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the devilish details

finishing the Summer ’17 Homes by taste

 

I’ve always preferred to believe god was in the details rather than the devil.  It’s a far more positive way of sustaining the focus and the energy needed to get finishing details right.  Especially now, when the pressure is on for our team to finish the finely crafted and designed homes we’ve been working on for nearly two years.

Every space plan, cabinetry design, coffered ceiling, tile detail, fixture, finish, color and wall covering (this is an endless list) takes its place in the overall vision we’ve had for the home.  And when clients, and even our builder friends we’ve worked with side-by-side,  begin to see color go on the walls and light fixtures installed, they breathe a sigh of relief.

They’ve trusted (sometimes skeptically, but that’s ok; we’re used to the raised eyebrows) our ability to see the final finish and lead decisions about the details we knew to be truly important to the overall design.  And that trust is validated when they stand back and see how the wall covering in the dining room works with the pantry color, and kitchen light fixtures complement the stone countertops.  That “I get it moment” for our clients is pure payoff for us.

Of course it doesn’t end there; just as the hardwood, stone, tile and color go in, there’s another layer of detail ready to be installed.  Features such as cabinetry hardware, the restored settee, the custom draperies and the commissioned artwork truly finish the work and makes those rooms sing.

Stay tuned as we finish and share sneak peeks of the Summer ’17 Homes by taste.  Until then, snapshots of finished interior details follow, to inspire you this summer.

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artist spotlight: kelly jo shows

an artist and her many shoes

 

Last summer brought new artists to taste. Among the fresh talent were paintings by the unique portrait artist Kelly Jo Shows represented by Candita Clayton Gallery. Kelly Jo takes an unconventional approach into her creations, focusing on shoes rather than faces to represent her subjects’ personality. The shoes she’s given display wear from all walks of life. Some are hard-worn, speckled with paint, classy, comfortable (like bedroom slippers), dressy, or a multitude of colorful converse sneakers. Each is as individual as their owner, and Kelly Jo Shows captures this through her detailed portraits.

I’m excited as this summer approaches to be working with Kelly Jo on a commissioned family portrait (think shoes instead of head shots) that will perfectly complete the interior of our clients’ summer home. Kelly Jo has just the right amount of modern sophistication and unique style to create this young family’s portrait. I’m looking forward to the process — reviewing the shoe choices, delivering these carefully selected pairs to Kelly Jo, and watching her transform them into two-dimensional perfection.

Enjoy a sampling of Kelly Jo Show’s portraits below. She has more wonderful portraits on Candita’s website, and a great look behind the scenes on her Instagram page at @fearnoart11. Be sure to check both out.

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A shot inside her studio.

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A completed commissioned piece drying on her easel.

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Portrait of Artist Billy Childish by Kelly Jo Shows

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Portrait of Artist Candy Chang by Kelly Jo Shows

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Portrait of Artist John Casey by Kelly Jo Shows

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Portrait of Artist Mark Ryden by Kelly Jo Shows

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Portrait of Artist Martha Coburn by Kelly Jo Shows

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Portrait of Artist Patrick Finster by Kelly Jo Shows

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Portrait of Artist The Art Guys by Kelly Jo Shows

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Portrait of Artist TMNK by Kelly Jo Shows

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Portrait of artist Alan Neider by Kelly Jo Shows

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artist spotlight: ben anderson

 

I’m so pleased to have the work of Ben Anderson gracing our gallery, ready to share with fellow art appreciators.  Thanks to a friend and loyal collector of Ben’s work who needed to downsize her art collection, we’ve acquired a vast and varied number of ceramic reliefs and plates.

Among my favorites are Ben’s molds of a freshly caught fish, not unlike the Japanese fish printing process where a fish is rolled onto a soft paper. The glazing on his fish is luminous and perfectly slippery.  I’m also lucky to have one of his crab and lobster plates too, inspired by the traditional Portuguese dish from Friends Market in Providence.

Learn more about Ben and his series of highly charged compositions that remind us of the simple beauty found in living things.

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The following video features Ben Anderson at his studio. He gives a great explanation of his influences and process as an artist.

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Visit taste to view the following available pieces in person, or view the collection in our web-based gallery at www.tastedesigninc.com.

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Ben Anderson – Flounder – Ceramic Plate – 13 x 16 inches

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Ben Anderson – Garlic and Mussels – Ceramic Plate – 6.5 x 4 inches

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Ben Anderson – Fish in Forest Stream – Ceramic Plate – 10 x 10 inches

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Ben Anderson – Blue Fish in Forest Stream – Ceramic Plate – 16.5 x 14 inches

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Ben Anderson – Fiddleheads on Forest Floor – Ceramic Plate – 14 x 18 inches

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Ben Anderson – Two Fish – Ceramic Plate – 13 x 13 inches

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Ben Anderson – Three Trout – Ceramic Plate – 14 x 14 inches

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Ben Anderson – Fish Swimming in Green Pool – Ceramic Plate – 16.5 x 19.5 inches

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Ben Anderson – Shells – Ceramic Plate – 16.5 x 19.5 inches

 

 

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Ben Anderson – Mushroom, Okra and Bay Leaves – Ceramic Plate – 6.5 x 4.5 inches

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Ben Anderson – Blue Crab – Ceramic Plate – 17 x 17 inches

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Ben Anderson – Three Cloves – Ceramic Plate – 6.5 x 4 inches

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Ben Anderson – Mussels on Green Plate – Ceramic Plate – 9 x 6 inches

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Ben Anderson – Shells on Forest Floor – Ceramic Plate – 14 x 17 inches

 

Our gallery furnishings and art are available for our in-home “try it before you buy it” program.

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Artist Spotlight: Christian Potter Drury

painter of the natural world and its unseen details

 

 

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We were honored to feature Christian Pottery Drury’s inspiring work at our Gallery Open House in August.  Here’s a snapshot of Christian and a preview of the pieces currently hanging in our gallery. If you’re a local, please stop by to view in person…

Christian Potter Drury comes from a long line of artists. Her relative Allyn Cox spent two decades painting the murals in the Capital rotunda in Washington, DC, and her father was the art book publisher Clarkson N. Potter. Christian spent her childhood in New York City and London and summered in Jamestown, Rhode Island, where she now resides.

Drury trained at London’s Sir John Cass School of Art and at SUNY before embarking on a long and successful career as an Art Director at newspapers, notably the The Los Angeles Times, and most recently the Wall Street Journal.

Christian has drawn and painted since she was 13. Two years ago she returned to painting full time.  We’re so fortunate she did.

Enjoy and be inspired, as we are everyday as we take in the subtleties and messaging in her work.

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Christian Potter Drury – In the Deep Dark Forest You Will See a Golden Light – Acrylic, Pencil, Watercolor, Varnish – 30 x 30 inches

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Christian Potter Drury – en famille – Acrylic, Collage, Pastel, Ink, Watercolor, Varnish – 16 x 20 inches

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Christian Potter Drury – Buds – Watercolor, Acrylic, India Ink, Collage, Varnish – 8 x 8 inches

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Christian Potter Drury – Opera Coat for David Lynch – Gouache, Acrylic, Pencil, Collage, Varnish on 100% Cotton Arches Paper; 300 lb – 36 x 30 inches

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Christian Potter Drury – Rogue Wave – Acrylic, Collage, Pencil, Varnish – 16 x 16 inches

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Christian Potter Drury – High Tide – Acrylic, Pastel, Pencil, Varnish – 24 x 24 inches

 

 

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Christian Potter Drury – Tulipus (sp.) Margarettas – Acrylic, Pen, Watercolor and Pencil – 30 x 30 inches

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Christian Drury – Mount Wilson – Gouache, Watercolor, Pastel Collage – 24 x 30 inches

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Christian at an Open Gallery Night this past August with her piece Tulips (sp.) Margaritas

Artist Spotlight: The Fab Five

new show opens August 11th and features the work of five fabulous women

Our final show of the summer season opens August 11th and we’re brimming over with work from five fabulous and innovative women.  Join us Thursday night, August 11th to experience truly outstanding works of art, from these exceptional women — Kelly Jo Shows with her eclectic series “Portrait of an Artist”, local mixed-media artist Christian Potter DruryKaren Murphy and her oil seascapes and our longstanding favorites Dora Atwater Millikin and Kelly Milukas.  Read on for a sampling of their work and stop by Thursday evening, August 11th and throughout August to be inspired.

See you soon at the gallery at taste.

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P.S.  In other exciting news, we’ve added a gallery of artists and their work to our website! Click or stop by to view our artists’ pieces on-line, or in person at 17 Narragansett Ave.

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Open Gallery Night, May 26th, 5 – 8 pm

Memorial Day is just a week away!  To kick-off the summer, the gallery at taste will host monthly Open Gallery Nights beginning next Thursday, 5/26 from 5pm – 8pm.

Next week we will feature three artists in collaboration with Candita Clayton Gallery.  Like me, Candita is dedicated to discovering and promoting both emerging and mid-to-late-career artists from Rhode Island, and believes that art should – and can – be accessible to everyone.

This month’s featured artists are Jenny Brown of Rhode Island, Estelle Chojnicki of Rhode Island and Rebecca Mickelburgh of the United Kingdom. We’ll have select pieces on display in our gallery.

Mark  your calendars for Thursday’s Open Gallery Night. If you can’t make it next Thursday, stop in Monday – Friday from 9-5 and Thursday & Friday nights from 5-8 throughout the summer.

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Jenny Brown is an artist living and working in Providence, RI, whose primary mediums are drawing, collage and works on found paper. Her work brings to life a mythical world of sea creatures and forests, realized through her love of paper ephemera. Jenny studied art at Bennington College and received her MFA from School of Visual Arts. Recent shows include “Here” at Lore Collection in Providence, RI, and the Silpe Gallery at the Hartford School of Art in Hartford, Connecticut.

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Sea Peach by Jenny Brown

 

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Having art in her blood from her name sake Grandmother, Estelle had always dabbled in art. Attending Munson Williams Institute for the summers while residing with her Aunt in Utica, New York, many exclaimed that she should be an artist. Throughout several moves and raising her children, her art has been an outlet to express that which lies within. The colors of her paintings are drawn from the memories of the corn fields, the fall of the autumn leaves, and the harsh winters of Central New York. While the energy comes forth from her travels from New York to Paris, from East coast to West coast, and points in between. The canvas remains the outlet of her abstract expressionism and up to the interpretation and the imagination of the viewer to enjoy.

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Prairie by Estelle Chojnicki

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Rebecca was brought up in the Kent countryside from a young age and has been inspired by her natural surrounding and animals and wildlife in general.  Her palette knife paintings come from enjoying the odd gin while painting, and a unique ability to paint vibrant colourful paintings while maintaining the form and integrity of her chose subject. Rebecca studied Art at Kent Institute of Art and Design and went on to achieve a BA with Honours at the University of the Arts London (Formerly Chelsea College of Art and Design)  She paints professionally from her Studio in the beautiful Scottish Borders, and exhibits across the UK and America.

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Leviticus by Rebecca Mickleburgh

Dora Atwater Millikin at Taste

During the past several years I’ve had the pleasure of introducing and placing Dora Atwater Millikin’s work at my client’s homes.  (If you’re a client, you’re probably shaking your head in agreement that yes, Dora’s paintings are always at the top of Patti’s recommended art list.)  Her oil paintings capture our coastal locale in an original and fresh spirit, always drawing you in and inviting you to be a part of that moment in time.

My respect and regard for Dora’s work makes happenings at the gallery at taste the past two weeks that much sweeter.  We’re proud to include Dora’s paintings on our gallery walls, further deepening our on-going support of her work.  Five exceptional pieces have arrived the past two weeks and while one has already found a home with very special clients, four others are available to see and appreciate, at taste.

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“Down To Sea” 2010

Sold to special clients in Providence.

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“Returning”

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“On Round Pond”

36 x 54 inches

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“Morning Soon Come”

36 x 54 inches

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“Campers” Diptych

30 x 48 inches

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“Confidante”

Sold, because my husband surprised me with this to celebrate our 18th anniversary this year.  I’m so lucky that I get to appreciate this every day.

Stop by or call the studio to see these exceptional pieces, or arrange for an in-home viewing. You’ll be glad you did.

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inspiration @ work: architecture, art and light

We’re constantly inspired by our collaborators in the field of design and by new technologies we incorporate into our projects.  Lately we’ve had the pleasure of adding personal relationships with artists to our well of inspiration.  This week we’re brimming over with inspiring people and things.  Here’s a snapshot of three people and things bringing excitement to our work.

Daniel Forster Photography

Swiss-born Daniel Forster has covered eleven America’s Cups and ten Olympic Games. His photographs appear in every major nautical magazine in Europe, the USA, New Zealand and Australia, and in general interest magazines like STERN and TIME. He’s also been commissioned to photograph Maxi yacht owners yacht participation at major sailing events in book format.

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of meeting Jamestown-based Daniel and gasping at some of his photographs he so humbling shared with me. As a result, his work now proudly hangs in the gallery at taste and hopefully in our client homes in the near future.

A. Tesa Architecture

Since it’s founding in 2011, A. Tesa Architecture has earned a reputation for designing homes that offer an admired interpretation of classic New England character coupled with modern flair and functionality. For Alec R. Tesa AIA, the firm’s principal, the process begins by taking the time to thoroughly understand the client’s vision and how they live. This thoughtful process, from concept to completion, is a partnership unfolding over time ensuring that every detail is carefully considered.

Alec’s style is one I’ve long admired and I’m so pleased to have been selected as the interior designer on one of his client homes in Narragansett, Rhode Island.  Let the thoughtful and considered collaboration begin…

Radio Ra.2 by Lutron

Designing in layers of light has long been an important part of our practice. Creating scenes with those layers of light enables our clients to easily adjust all, or some, light fixtures in a room to a pre-set level. Add to that the ease of lowering window shades and controlling the thermostat from a keypad or remote, and we’re able to bring an ease to our clients lifestyle and the way they use their homes.

(I’m still tickled when I visit a client home where we installed Lutron’s electronic shade controls a few years ago with a favorite collaborator, Back Bay Shutter. My lovely client still takes great pride in demonstrating how easy it is to raise and lower the room-full of shades in the family room with a touch of a button. It makes her happy and I couldn’t be more pleased.)

Currently, we’re designing lighting plans for two client homes that use Lutron’s RadioRa system. Savvy electricians are key to incorporating a lighting control system and we’re fortunate to be working with two of the best. Bring on the layers and the ease of designing with light.

Stop by taste anytime or click on over for a dose of inspiration!

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you’re invited- grand opening events

join us Thursday evenings in August at taste

We’re nearly there! It’s been quite the operation to move us, our gear and what feels like millions of samples to our new home. Next week we’ll open our doors at 17 Narragansett Avenue and welcome friends, clients and neighbors.

Join us and everyone who helped make it happen at grand opening events the next three Thursday evenings in August from 5 – 8 PM.

August 13th – Ribbon Cutting and Open House

August 20th – Open House

August 27th – Open House

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17-N-Finished-Floors-2015-Editedbeautiful hardwood floors before move-in

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a framed giclee of Evelyn Rhodes’s Crow in Snow, an exclusive reproduction to celebrate the opening of the gallery at taste

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See you soon!

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