Thursday, August 30, 2012

NEW Ayala Bar jewelry!

Wild Orchid necklace by Ayala Bar

We've been waiting 6 long months for the new Ayala Bar jewelry collection to be available and it's finally here! In keeping with this Israeli designer's vision, every necklace, earring, ring and bracelet is composed of intricate patterns that look like tiny mosaics.

Electric Slide necklace by Ayala Bar

Ayala's unique shapes coupled with oh-so-yummy colors make up her luscious new line. As always, her stunning jewelry is available for six months at a time before she completely re-designs the look and feel, making every piece a limited edition. This season brings new shapes and patters that are quite exotic. Some of the present themes include a paisley effect and teardrop form.

Milano earrings by Ayala Bar

A woman of many talents, Ayala studied at art school and has worked in the creative industries from theater to interior design. We think this is her best collection yet, so hurry in before her exquisite work is all gone! The entire line could have been ours this season - after all, it's only money.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Peggy Ferris: Designing Fine Art

Abstract painter Peggy Ferris is no stranger to the world of art. The California native is formally trained in art and design from the Royal Academy art Art in The Hague, Holland and at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. In a previous life, she had a career as a graphic designer, but once she returned to the world of fine art, there was no going back.

Unchartered, mixed media on canvas
Her spontaneous abstract paintings are often informed by her past graphic designer experience. Peggy initially began choosing color palettes by mixing colors on her computer. Currently, her hues are far less premeditated; Peggy will sometimes select paint almost at random, which forces unexpected color play and interactions that can have surprisingly pleasing results. Another way her graphic design experience shows itself is within Peggy's understanding of balanced composition.

Peggy's inspirations come from the energy and vitality of the urban landscape, and structures often make guest appearances within her paintings. Her recent Butterfly Series took its inspiration from the mid-20th century architecture of Palm Springs:

Butterfly Roof, Palm Springs
Butterfly Series 3, mixed media on board
Working in both large and small scale allows Peggy the freedom to explore different shapes, textures and materials. Her work is perfect for a contemporary home or office, either as a focal piece or a small accent. View all 7 works on our website, or come in to see them in person. Either way, you're sure to be in for visual stimulation!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Get Down and Boogie!

The last summer concert of the year has come and gone. They were all a blast and last Thursday was no exception! For a change of pace, we decided to throw a not quite end-of-summer potluck. Thank you, again, to our talented artists and delightful friends and family for sharing a summer evening with us and for bringing such yummy treats to our potluck party! And thank you to Guillermo Lefranc for providing some of the photos! Just take a look at the fun that was had:

Joanna Craft & her fun mixed metal & resin jewelry

Watercolorist Pete Roberts

Look how much fun John Sawyer is having!
Vince, Bob & Buddy Band played crowd-pleasing oldies, photo courtesy of Guillermo Lefranc

Dana Cooper works on one of her small gallery scenes

Noah and Julia take in Ian Montelongo's credit card painting
The Price-Agrums - what a cute couple!

Jim Wodark with Trish & Larry
Susan Horton shows off her latest weaving project, photo courtesy of Guillermo Lefranc

Weaver Susan Horton and jeweler Barbara Lanci, photo courtesy of Guillermo Lefranc

Jim Wodark, lovely as ever

Can you see the credit card Ian Montelongo is painting with?

How's it coming along, Dana Cooper?

Sherri & John Sawyer

Noah & Julia are the cutest kids!

Aunt Karen and Noah

Julia tried, but there's no escaping Aunt Karen!
As a bonus not-quite-end-of-summer treat, a few of our talented artists will be painting during the Enderle Center Classic Car Show this Sunday, August 19th! Come by 10am-3pm to see some special "transportation" themed art and check out the sweet rides while you're at it!

Keep your peepers peeled for upcoming events that are in the works, including a special announcement about our 21st Annual Children's Book Illustration Art Show & Book Signing!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Do You Know What August & Bonnie Holmes Skincare Have in Common?

August has arrived at long last, and it's extra sweet for users of Bonnie Holmes Skincare Products because for the entire month we're extending a *20% discount to you! Choose from her line of spa-quality cremes, cleansers, masques and scrubs to find just the right products for you. We'll even give you samples to take home and try out! Indulge in Bonnie's gentle skin care that will leave you feeling fresh and luxuriously soft from head to toe.

Ebb and Flow, oil on canvas by Bonnie Holmes
Don't forget to refresh your eyes with her beautiful plein air landscape paintings while you're at it!  

*17% discount if paying by credit card

Lathering Facial Cleanser.....$33
A pH balanced water-soluble cleanser that gently lifts away makeup and impurities from the skin.

Creme Cleanser.....$35
The combination of water, glycerin, wheat germ oil, apple pectin and oils from California oranges makes this the ideal cleanser for drier, more mature skin types.

Skin Refreshment.....$35
Alcohol-free and packed with nutrients in a purified water base, Skin Refreshment restores depleted vitamins and minerals to the skin.

Sheer Skin Moisturizer.....$48
This is the ideal creme for all skin types, but will especially be enjoyed by those with more natural oils in their complexion.

Super-Rich Skin Creme.....$60
Packed with anti-oxidant nutrients to promote moisture and healing, this is creme is suited to drier, more sensitive and mature skin types.

Eyelid Balm.....$38 *LIMIT 1 PER CLIENT*
The delicate skin surrounding the eyes gets ultimate support and protection from this blend of vitamin e, grape seed extract, aloe vera and evening primrose oil.

Original Skin Creme.....$48
Ideal for skin that's sun damaged or over 30, Original Skin Creme contains an alpha hydroxy acid that increases skin's metabolism leads to younger-looking complexion.

Clay Refining Masque.....$35
Denser than traditional clay masques, the Clay Refining Masque has been specially formulated to dry slower to allow the skin to absorb as many nutrients from the clay as possible.

Mineral Skin Polish.....$45
An ultra-fine pumice exfolient meant for everyday use, Mineral Skin Polish helps to prevent the build up of dead skin cells and leaves your face smelling rosy.

Roll-Away Creme.....$68
A light exfolient that adheres to the dead skin cell buildup on the skin's surface and leaves skin feeling soft and fresh.

Therapeutic Sinus Toner.....$40

Serious Sunblock.....$25
Contains SPF 25 and is perfect for sensitive skin.

Satin Body & Bath Oil.....$49
Almond-scented body oil enhances moisture retention when used regularly while skin is still damp and doesn't leave skin feeling oily.

Ultra Velvet Body Creme.....$70
Silky creme for use all over the body.


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