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meet taste team member Michaela Palmer

 

 

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Designing a space is more than just the big reveal at the end. It’s about understanding how the space can evolve to fit the needs of the people or family living there. There are so many layers that make a house a home.  Embrace the process and enjoy the journey.

Michaela Palmer, Interior Designer

Many of you may know Michaela as our ever-calm and always reliable production manager who joined taste in 2014. As taste’s Production Manager, Michaela estimated, ordered, followed and received all the elements of a home—from custom furniture to tile to lighting.  She learned the many facets involved in the design process and how every dimension, finish and material selection counts toward the final outcome. This experience developed her deep appreciation for attention to detail and a firm belief that organization and precision, from conception to realization, ensures a high quality design experience.

You may not know that Michaela has a fine arts background, with a BA degree from Towson University and a degree in Interior Design. Her classical arts training and study of concept and color composition is revealed in her work everyday, as our newest interior designer. (Not to mention her incredible talent for hand-lettering; even her everyday note taking is elegantly crafted.)

In addition to her creativity and end-to-end understanding of the design process, Michaela brings a love of family and home-making to her client work. She and husband, Greg, live in Warwick with their sweet puppy Murphy. Weekends are often spent with her family and frequent trips to Boston to visit her sisters, nieces and nephew.

Whether starting with an empty room or a well-loved family home needing an upgrade, Michaela brings a balance of creativity and practicality when helping her clients realize their own home-making dreams. And for her, the reward comes when watching clients’ reactions as personalized furnishings she’s created are unveiled and made ready for their time with family. Well done, Michaela.

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Michaela at work on a soothing master suite.
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The big reveal…  Michaela commissioned these paintings by Dora Atwater Millikin for a favorite client.
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Michaela’s warm smile is ever present, especially during our annual holiday open house when we welcome children of all ages to create ornaments in our studio.
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Never shy to take on an assignment big or small, Michaela can often be found at a photo shoot lending a hand.  This time, it was art-spotting.
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Fine details are exciting!  Michaela brings the joy of discovery and detail to her client work.  Not to mention a ton of fun.

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before & after…

a welcoming kitchen, and baths for all

 

 

 

 

before & after:

a welcoming kitchen, and baths for all

 

Even masterfully architected homes need a facelift eventually.  Last year, we helped our clients see the potential in their circa 1980 Jim Estes designed home and transformed their spaces for more comfortable gathering and weekend entertaining.

The galley Kitchen, Powder Room and Pantry were reappointed while honoring the original architecture and strong lines of the space.  And, we reworked the lower level space plan to increase the baths from one to three — so no more sharing bathrooms with weekend guests.  (And if you’ve ever reworked a lower level space plan, you know its a challenge to work around structural and mechanical requirements to reimagine a space.)

While challenges were plentiful, the plan worked and the waiting list for summer weekend visits is already growing.  An Estes home, proudly enhanced by taste.

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A coffee and beverage bar welcomes guests into the Kitchen, day or night.

 

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Terracotta tile was replaced with the warmth and character of hickory floors – set at a diagonal to complement the architectural character of the home – offering visual contrast to the honed Calacatta marble countertops and white cabinetry.

 

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A lighter and brighter Kitchen.

 

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The teeniest of Powder Rooms gains visual space with a cantilevered sink base in walnut.

 

 

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The hosts are equally as comfortable as their guests in their Master Bath, complete with large shower and private water closet.

 

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The once laundry was moved to create a guest bath, and an efficient laundry space created from an unused walk-in closet.

 

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After Photography: Kyle Caldwell

 

reflections on summer: new work by Dora Atwater Millikin & Susan Strauss

 

 

 

Our fresh coat of paint has dried and we’ve refreshed the gallery at taste, complete with new work brimming with images of warm days and nights.  Dora Atwater Millikin and Susan Strauss return to the gallery with bold and lively new work, just in time for summer.  Be sure to stop by the gallery at taste, Monday through Friday from 9am to 5 pm, to view Dora’s and Susan’s new selection of paintings.

About Dora…

Though not unfamiliar to our walls, we are pleased to show new work by the Massachusetts artist Dora Atwater Millikin. Known for her roadways, summer camper series and the geometry found in everyday life, we’re pleased to present a new series of early morning, evening and coastal scenes.

Dora Atwater Millikin Artist“Ordinary, mundane objects are featured, not omitted, and the works are meant to engage scenes of contemporary life that transcends the everyday. My urban subjects depict objects associated with a more leisurely life and are in direct contrast to nature.  Their titles such as “No Parking” or “Parking this side only” allude to the complicated network of rules and privileges installed to maintain order in an overly congested world.
As site specific as the places in my paintings may be, hopefully, anyone can relate to the universal nature of their activity.  What is my message?  My message is to find the rhythm and beauty in the world around me and to give an interpretation of life in my time as seen through my eyes.”

Also no stranger to the gallery at taste is Susan Strauss. Her loose, dynamic style captures the essence of the scene. Strauss brings a new set of small works featuring spring and summer hued landscapes to our gallery along with several large pieces that demand the center of attention.

susan-strauss-with-art-at-taste-grand-opening“Each new painting is fresh, open to risk and growth. I paint from direct observation of both inner and outer landscape.

Simply put, I am painting to make visible both seen and non-visual experiences, to explore their interconnection and to reveal their universality. 

My goal is to be present in my life and my paintings.”

In other gallery news… summer Gallery Nights will be back on July 20th and August 17th. Mark your calendars!

Thursday, July 20th :: 5 – 8 pm

On July 20th, we’ll feature the layering, textural artist Coral Bourgeois and her mosaic collaged pieces, Kelly Jo Shows’s unique Portrait of an Artist shoe paintings, local artist Christian Potter Drury’s playful, eclectic story pieces, and Jessica Pisano, whom you may recall is a sought after seascape artist. Jessica’s new series features birds in flight in her highly crafted and articulated oil techniques.

 

 

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Thursday, August 17th :: 5 – 8 pm

August 17th brings Debby Krim and The Colors of White photography study featuring the relationship between positive and negative space, Rhode Island artist Vanessa Piche who has added the Summer Tides and Gannett Summer boating series to her ever-popular shorelines and marsh paintings, Wendy Wahl’s 3D pieces made from unbound pages of discarded encyclopedias, and Tiffany Adams’ organic ceramic sculptures inspired by nature.

 

 

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Enjoy this glimpse of our current show with Dora Atwater Millikin and Susan Strauss or drop in anytime Monday – Friday between 9am – 5pm to view these stunning pieces in person. And as always, take advantage and “try before you buy” to view pieces in your home or office.

Only the best,

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Dora Atwater Millikin – 8pm – oil on linen – 20 x 48 inches

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Dora Atwater Millikin – Door, Drum – oil on linen – 28 x 20 inches

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Dora Atwater Millikin – Night – oil on linen – 36 x 20 inches

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Dora Atwater Millikin – Street Light – oil on linen – 30 x 20 i inches

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Dora Atwater Millikin  First Thing  – oil on linen – 24 x 36 inches

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Dora Atwater Millikin – Morning – oil on linen – 36 x 20 inches

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Dora Atwater Millikin – Night Driving – oil on linen – 20 x 28 inches

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Dora Atwater Millikin –  Vortex – oil on linen – 48 x 72 inches

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Dora Atwater Millikin – Summer Place – oil on linen – 24 x 30 inches

 

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Dora Atwater Millikin – Bellow Docks – oil on linen – 28 x 16 inches

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Dora Atwater Millikin – Beach Street – oil on linen – 28 x 20 inches

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Susan Strauss –  Sky or Reflection? – oil on panel – 28 x 36 inches

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Susan Strauss – Exceptional Summer Moments – oil on panel – 12 x 16 inches

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Susan Strauss –  Pardon Gray Trees (left)  – oil on panel – 11.5 x 5 inches

Susan Strauss –  Pardon Gray Trees (right)  – oil on panel – 11.5 x 5 inches

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Susan Strauss – The Speed of Summer – oil on panel – 36 x 40 inches

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Susan Strauss –  Wonderful Place – oil on panel – 12 x 12 inches

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Susan Strauss –  Iconic – oil on panel – 12 x 18 inches

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Susan Strauss – Early July – oil on panel – 11 x 14 inches

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Susan Strauss – Entrance  – oil on panel – 12 x 16 inches

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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.

Only the best,

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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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Consider Art this Giving Season

original art is a thoughtful holiday gift that gives and gives back, all year long

 

As you’re finishing your holiday shopping, consider giving a small work of original art. A petite piece of art comes with endless possibilities for incorporating into a home, presenting a low-pressure way for the recipient to enjoy your gift. Small works can fill a tiny wall in a vestibule, be combined with other pieces in a gallery-style art wall or even sit on a shelf to accent books and treasures. Current small pieces in the gallery at taste follow below. Call or stop by to see these in person and consider the giving possibilities, or even the possibility of a gift to yourself this holiday season.

 

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068---milikin---returning---12-x-12-in---oil-on-panel---1500This Dora Atwater Millikin piece comes framed in her signature unfinished wood surround.  

It’s perfect for the coastal home or a young sailor’s room.

Dora Atwater Millikin – “Returning” – 12 x 12 inches – oil on panel

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These teeny works by Jessica Pisano are perfect by themselves, or grouped in a grid on a wall.

Jessica Pisano – Oil & Gold Leaf on Panel – 6 x 6 inches each

(Top)  “Water’s Edge #33”  & “Water’s Edge #34”

(Bottom) “Water’s Edge #36” & “Water’s Edge #37”

Evelyn Rhodes - Beavertail Surf, West Passage - 8in x 10in framed RCVD 6.11.15 BThis classic coastal oil by Evelyn Rhodes would look stunning on a richly painted wall or hung on the face of a bookshelf.

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This exclusive giclee of a timeless oil by Evelyn makes a thoughtful gift for the budding or accomplished birder in the family.

Evelyn’s  Rhodes – “Crow in Snow” – 14 x 11 inches – Giclee Reproduction Framed at 17.75 x 14.75 inches

075A Peter Roux - Southern Coast no 2 - 24 x 24 - oil on canvas - 2750Peter Roux’s surreal landscapes are poignant by themselves, or grouped as a diptych.

Peter Roux – “Southern Coast  #2” – 24 x 24 inches – Oil on Canvas

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Barbara Owen’s works on paper are a gift of energy and happiness.  Each comes framed and provides the perfect infusion of color to a room.

Barbara Owen – “Layered Abstraction (Bubble)” – Acrylic & Ink on Cut Paper – 24 x 18 inches

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Susan Strauss’s coastal landscape is a composition that instantly draws you to that familiar place on the beach where worries and stress are far, far away.

Susan Strauss – “Early July” – 14 x 11 inches – Oil on Panel

Susan’s wooded landscape is a lovely reminder that Spring and Summer return, every year.

Susan Strauss – “Entrance” – 12 x 16 inches – Oil on Panel

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Susan’s watery and shimmery “Promising” is painted on an 1 1/2″ thick board, so beautifully stands on a shelf or a console table to complete a composition of objects.

Susan Strauss – “Promising” – 12 x 12 inches – Acrylic on Panel

taste interior design new england rhode island boston susan strauss artist galleryThese oils by Susan have wonderful texture and depth and would be stunning paired side by side or one over the other, providing flexible hanging options.

 Susan Strauss – “Closer” & “Seeing Into” – 12 x 12 inches each – Oil on Panel

Susan’s study of local bridges would be the perfect gift for anyone who appreciates these engineering works of art we travel on every day.

Susan Strauss – “Blue Bridge” – 8 x 10 inches – Oil on Panel

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Susan Strauss – “Long Swim” – 18 x 18 inches – Oil on Panel

Windows, 16 x 16 Kelly MilukasKelly’s tactile encaustic works come framed and ready to add vibrancy and texture to any wall.

Kelly Milukas – “Windows” – 16 x 16 inches – Encasutic Painting in Custom Hardwood Frame

060- A Milukas - Tree Chatter - 9 x 21 - Pastel, Float Maple Frame, Museum Glass - 1200These framed pastels by Kelly are just 8″ and 9″ wide and therefore able to perfectly punctuate one of those slivers of space we all have in our homes.

Kelly Milukas – “Tree Chatter” – 9 x 21 inches – Pastel, Float Maple Frame, Museum Glass

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046A - Milukas -Orange City - 8 x 8 - Encaustic Painting in Custom Ash Frame - 695Kelly’s framed encaustics stand on their own or can be paired together for an always needed dose of color.

Kelly Milukas – “Orange City” – 8 x 8 inches – Encaustic Painting in Custom Ash Frame

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Kelly Milukas – “Float” & “Beach” 8 x 8 inches each – Encaustic Paintings in Custom Ash Frames

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Kelly’s seaside pastel offers so many shades of watery blue and earthy sand it can find a special spot in just about any coastal home.

Kelly Milukas – “Sand and Structure” – 10 x 19 inches – Pastel, Custom Float Maple Frame, Museum Glass

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Michael Rich – “Sky I” – 12 x 15 inches – Oil on Panel

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Michael Rich “Sky II” – 12 x 15 inches – Oil on Panel

051A - Michael Rich - Breathe - Oil on Canvas - 26 x 22 - 2800Lastly, Michael Rich’s abstract oils breathe modernity and a fresh spirit into any home and work equally well on richly painted or gallery white walls.

Michael Rich – “Breathe” – 26 x 22 inches – Oil on Canvas

 

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”

12 x 12 inches

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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.

All the best,

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Dora Atwater Millikin at the Jamestown Art Center

 

 

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A note to our Rhode Island clients and friends…  Be sure to visit the Jamestown Art Center between June 4th and June 27th to explore coastal New England with Rhode Island’s own Dora Atwater Millikin.  I’ve remained a big admirer of Dora’s work for years now, and take every opportunity to introduce her to clients.  Her paintings grace the walls of taste-designed homes from Newport to Providence.

The opening reception will be Thursday, June 4th between 6 – 8pm. Millikin’s work will be on display in the gallery Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10am – 2pm until June 27th.

Enjoy!

Patti

 

 

Artist Documentary

 

 

About the Artist :: Wyndfield Studio

Dora Atwater Millikin grew up in Little Compton, Rhode Island. She graduated with the “Senior Art Prize” from the Stoneleigh-Burnham School, Greenfield, Massachusetts in 1979. Four years later she graduated from Newcomb College (Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana) with a BFA Degree in Painting, Drawing, and Art History.

In the Fall of 1998, she sought a more structured and academic art program and enrolled as a full time student at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts (Old Lyme, Connecticut). She graduated in May of 2002 with a BFA degree in Painting.

Today her subject matter focuses on coastal New England scenery with emphasis on the gritty, industrial aspects of the fishing industry and the increasingly more urban nature of local towns.

Dora is an artist member and painting teacher at the Providence Art Club. She is currently painting with groups at the Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme, Connecticut and is represented by Walker-Cunningham Fine Art in Boston, Massachusetts. Her work is seen in private collections in Europe and the United States.

At the National Arts Club in NYC Dora was the recipient of the Edwin Gould Foundation Award (2002). This award placed her fifth overall for that year. In the Club’s annual student exhibition featuring art schools in NYC and surrounding towns. Upon graduating from the Lyme Academy, she received the John Stobart Fellowship Award encouraging the transition to a professional career in painting. In 2005 she won top honors at the Annual Non- Member’s Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in NYC with the Joseph Hartley Memorial Award for Oil, in 2007 she was juried into the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club as an Artist Member, and in 2009 she became an elected artist member of the Copley Society. In January 2010, Dora won top honors at the Fidelity Investments annual juried competition at the Providence Art Club.

Dora continues to participate in local and National painting competitions and exhibitions (both solo and group). In 2012 she exhibited 30 paintings in a solo exhibition at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in New Bedford, Massachusetts. At present, she serves on the Board of Directors as an Honorary Member for the South Coast Artists Inc, a volunteer, non-profit corporation that promotes artists year round in the south coast region of Massachusetts and Rhode Island and she opens her studio each summer as a participant on the open studio Art Drive Tour.

To read more about Dora and to peruse her gallery of artwork, visit her website at www.wyndfieldstudio.com.