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Off the Beaten Path: Dispatch From the 2015 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

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Nestled on 39 acres of mature hardwood forest, Cator Woolford Gardens at the Frazer Center is located on a historic estate just a few miles from the heart of downtown Atlanta. It is here, in the gorgeous indoor atrium, where 110 hip, well-dressed, and fun-loving women gathered for an evening of food, libations, and celebration of the female culinary superstars of the South. Atlanta businesswomen Genevieve Bos and Kat Cole joined forces with Atlanta Food & Wine Festival cofounder Dominique Love to create this event, Poweful and Delicious: A Celebration of the South's Culinary Superstars, after an evening of discussing the Festival’s Advisory Council, which, not unlike most commercial kitchens, is male dominated. Uplifting and showcasing Southern talent is a key goal of the Festival, so the trio thought it only fitting to create an event where female culinary superstars could tell their stories to female corporate and community leaders.

Since its start, the event has taken on various themes — the first year focused on James Beard award-winning chefs like Atlanta’s own Anne Quatrano. Year two was about international influences and featured chefs who were cooking outside of the boundaries of so-called traditional Southern food, including Andrea Reusing, whose Asian dishes wow diners at her Chapel Hill restaurant. This year’s sold-out event was hosted by chef Georgia Pellegrini of Austin, wines were poured by April Wright Collins of Vintage Wine Marketing in Austin, and a delicious blood orange old fashioned, featuring Maker's Mark Cask Strength Bourbon, was an added surprise. The focus was on untraditional paths into the culinary industry, and highlighted chefs like Sarah Gavigan, who left the music industry in Los Angeles to cook delicious ramen in Nashville, Tennessee, and Chrysta Poulos, a former Air Force fighter pilot who is now a pastry chef for the celebrated Rocket Farms restaurants in Atlanta, Georgia. Chef Vivian Howard began her professional career as a chef, but had a compelling — and surprising — story to tell about running to New York City to escape her small town heritage, only to find herself back in Kinston, North Carolina, where she embraces the very foodways and culture she swore she wouldn’t come back to. Rounding out the evening was Victoria MacRae-Samuels, VP of operations for Maker’s Mark, who began her career as a chemist and is now the only woman in the bourbon industry who runs operations.

This is a signature event of the festival, and the energy and talent in the room was awe-inspiring! During each course, the chef who prepared the dish approached the microphone and talked about her career and how found success in the culinary world — not as a woman, but as a talented individual who is helping to shape the region’s food and drink culture.

Here are some of the dishes served by these talented speakers. Sarah Gavigan of Nashville, Tennessee, served pecan miso rolled in ship leaf; eggplant with sesame sauce; and spinach with dashi. Vivian Howard of Kinston, North Carolina prepared barrelfish sashimi with marinated cucumber and spring onion; shrimp and grits; and Noumi chang sausage (white sausage stuffed with rice). Chrysta Poulos of Atlanta, Georgia, sweetened things up with Pearson Farm peaches with bourbon caramel pound cake.

Save the date for next year and get your tickets ASAP.

The 16 Best Bachelorette Party Ideas (That Aren't Las Vegas)

We're all for a night out on the town dressed up in some funny, thematic sashes. But a bachelorette party can also be so much more than that. Go ahead and buck tradition if a club isn't your guest of honor's style. What's most important is that everyone's able to let loose and have fun—and we've got some alternative bachelorette party ideas for making that happen.

But before you get into planning mode, first thing's first: Consider the bachelorette party budget. Chat with other guests to see what people are comfortable spending and that'll help you narrow down the options. Also, it's okay to consult the soonlywed if you're totally stuck on bachelorette party ideas! If anything, it shows you really care about making this an impressive, enjoyable event. Throw out a few bachelorette party activities, ask for feedback and take it from there.

Whether you're looking for something wonderfully low-key or wildly unconventional, this list of things to do for a bachelorette party is the one for you. Not only have we provided editor-approved (and Instagram-ready) inspiration, but we've also linked out to some activities you can book right on the spot. Take a peek, and make sure to consult our complete bachelorette party checklist too. That way, you can rest easy that everything will go off without a hitch.

1. Go Glamping

Get everyone together for a luxe weekend escape. We're talking about a decked-out cabin in the woods, a chic chalet in the mountains or an amenity-filled campsite by the water. Throw in some fun bachelorette party games, a day trip to a nearby town, and, of course, some refreshments. Sites like and Glamping Hub have options across the globe, while Under Canvas specializes in experiences at national parks. Meanwhile, Collective Retreats offers a unique, hotel-like experience on, believe it or not, New York City's Governors Island! And don't forget about rental booking sites like Vrbo with entire hubs dedicated to glamping in the USA.

2. Travel Off the Beaten Path

You don't have to jet off to a big city to have fun. Consider renting a car (or a few) and driving somewhere less traveled. Pick an end point (a restaurant, lodge, rental retreat, you name it) and stop for hiking and site-seeing along the way. While it's nice to have some sort of plan in mind, feel free to get a little spontaneous and pull over for roadside farm stands and photo ops along the way. New York's Hudson Valley is one of our favorite regions to explore. As for how to book your vehicle(s)? We like Budget for a good deal, but there's also a cool newish service called Turo that's basically the Airbnb of rental cars—borrow a ride from a "host" and you could just save some cash.

3. Plan a Wine Tasting or Vineyard Tour

Instead of hitting up a crowded bar or club, take your bachelorette party on the road to drink some wine. From Long Island, New York, to the Leelanau Peninsula in northern Michigan and (of course) Napa, California, there are lots of spots to choose from. Rent a limo or party bus, plot your stops and arrange for food along the way. Mix it up and get a little dirty: Some wineries like Grgich Hills Estate, in Rutherford, California, allow you to kick off your shoes and actually stomp the grapes. For a more mellow, upscale atmosphere, reserve a seated tasting at the Wölffer Estate in Sagaponack, New York, for an afternoon of sophisticated, sommelier-guided sipping. For more vineyard bachelorette party ideas, check out Airbnb's experiences hub. But you're also more than welcome to stay local and support the small businesses near you.

4. Book a Photo Shoot

Supplement any getaway with this bachelorette idea. Choose a destination—really, almost any destination works—explore what it has to offer, and schedule some time for a group portrait session. Flytographer connects clients with destination photographers around the world. You'll work with a concierge to plan your dream photo shoot and walk away with snapshots worth framing (and obviously, 'gramming). It's a really nice way to capture memories without being glued to your phones the entire trip.

5. Make Your Own Lingerie

If you're celebrating a more hands-on kind of to-be-wed, a DIY lingerie party is the perfect out-of-the-box bachelorette party idea. Have everyone bring basic lingerie (we're thinking the affordable, on-sale stuff) along with embellishments like sequins and beads, then compete for who can create the cutest or craziest design. (Keep in mind, this is more for fun than for making something you can actually wear.) Want to take it a little more seriously? Order gorgeous lingerie-making kits by Madalynne Intimates for the whole party—they come complete with cute bonus items like "team bride" temporary tattoos. Or, head to an in-person bra-making class at Madalynne's workshop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

6. Chill with a Spa Day

Not every bachelorette party has to be a rowdy night on the town—especially if it's closer to the wedding day. Check out SpaFinder to find local pampering services. But instead of trudging out to a spa for some relaxation, you can also have them come to you. Companies like Mobile Spa create customized spa days in the comfort of your home. Don't let the traveling aspect fool you, though—they still offer massages, facials and body treatments to boot. For the best of both worlds, have a relaxing spa day then schedule at-home beauty sessions with pros (we love Glamsquad) who can doll you up with makeup and hair services before you head out for the night.

7. Go Thrill Seeking

When it comes to what to do for a bachelorette party, you've really got so many options. Always wanted to go zip-lining, parasailing or even bungee jumping? Think of the bachelorette party as an opportunity to try something new. If you don't want to risk anything this close to the wedding, try a unique class instead, like trapeze, pole dancing (yes, seriously) or rock climbing. Not sure where to find activities near you or in your planned destination? Search the city on PlacePass and get a list of local experiences you can book for more bachelorette ideas.

8. Throw a Slumber Party

On the hunt for a super-simple bachelorette party idea? We know you're not in middle school anymore, but an old-fashioned night filled with romantic movies, junk food (bust out the Cheetos, Pringles, Skittles and Reese's) and adult-only drinking games sounds like a good time to us. Order everyone their own custom sleep masks as favors for an extra-special touch.

9. Whip Up Something Delicious

Hosting a group of ameuter chefs—or those willing to learn? Sign up for an intimate group cooking class. Set a zero-judgement tone and enjoy the fruits of your labor together for a low-key bachelorette party idea. Again, Airbnb comes in clutch, offering lots of experiences to choose from. You can also use tools like TripAdvisor to search for local offerings. FYI: Alternatively, you can opt for a cocktail-making class!

10. Let Loose at a Music Festival

Get everyone together and get tickets for a music festival. Anything from Coachella on the West Coast to Lollapalooza in the Midwest will offer a variety of artists so everyone can hear something they like. Make a weekend out of it with a house rental that's stocked with plenty of snacks and libations for a few days of fun. Just don't forget festival gear—check out Show Me Your Mumu for chic boho attire and The Knot Shop for reasonably priced must-have accessories like fanny packs.

11. Spend a Day on the Water

Rent a small yacht or speedboat, plan a river-rafting trip and take your friends out for the day, or simply hit the beach. Coordinate drinks accordingly—an ocean breeze pairs perfectly with tropical cocktails and rosé—and buy some thematic gear for fun. We're talking tie-up T-shirts, beach totes, sunglasses and hats. And please, stock up on sunscreen!

12. Do Some Good

There are countless ways to get involved with charities and volunteering—just look for opportunities in your area. Think about causes that really mean something to the group and spend an afternoon putting some good vibes into the universe. Volunteer to clean up a local park, develop new skills building homes for families in need, run a charity 5K or help out at a soup kitchen—whatever feels right to the guest of honor. (And no one said you can't follow a day well spent with happy hour!)

13. Sketch a Nude Model

If you want an unconventional bachelorette party idea that's still blush- and giggle-inducing, this may be the just activity…. The Artful Bachelorette will bring the party to you (which includes a nude model and all the art supplies), and through a guided art lesson, you'll learn a thing or two about sketching the human body in all its glory.

14. Throw Axes

Nope, your eyes do not deceive you—axe-throwing (as a regulated, organized activity, of course) is where it's at right now. Book a private event at your nearest axe-throwing destination—there's probably one closer than you think) Examples include Stumpy's Hatchet House, with locations from Texas to Maryland. Learn how to throw like a boss from certified instructors and have a blast blowing off steam, enjoying friendly competition and laughing the whole way through. And what better way to channel prewedding stress than hurling hatchets in a controlled environment? (FYI: Groupon sometimes offers deals on axe-throwing and other group activities—the more you know, right?)

15. Create a Scented Keepsake

Candle shops Candlefish and Paddywax offer unique private-event workshops for candle-making. Not only will this bachelorette party activity be fun, but it'll also smell divine. Plus, because they're located in popular bachelorette weekend destinations—including Charleston, South Carolina, and Nashville, Tennessee—you can easily pair the classes with other local activities and attractions.

16. Arrange Some Flowers

This low-key bachelorette party idea is one of our favorites—who doesn't love fresh flowers? Let an expert talk you through the art of flower arranging, then take home your bouquets as favors. NYC's ARANJ and Flower Girl NYC are two great examples of shops offering experiences. And note that at many places, you aren't limited to table arrangements. A flower crown class, anyone?

92% Cabernet Sauvignon
6% Cabernet Franc
2% Petit Verdot

Black Berries
Black Plum
Dried Herbs

Sweet Oak Spices
Vanilla Bean
Toasted Almonds

Pairs with:
Ribeye with wild mushrooms and vegetable tarts

92% Cabernet Sauvignon
6% Cabernet Franc
2% Petit Verdot

Black Berries
Black Plum
Dried Herbs

Sweet Oak Spices
Vanilla Bean
Toasted Almonds

Pairs with:
Ribeye with wild mushrooms and vegetable tarts

Georgia: B's Cracklin' Barbecue, Atlanta and Savannah

There was barbecue in Atlanta, long before South Carolina native Bryan Furman showed up a few years back, but then Furman fired up the pits at B&aposs Cracklin&apos Barbecue, and now it feels like this modest roadhouse in the charmingly weedy, almost-countrified Riverside section of town is the only barbecue anyone around here wants to talk about. Follow the smoke and you&aposll find some of the South&aposs better barbecue right now—in Atlanta, and in Savannah too, where Furman first bounded onto the scene. B&aposs is one of those rare all-rounders where most everything is worth seeking out, but begin with the coarsely shredded and impeccably sourced heritage pork, along with the giant pork ribs. Furman&aposs peach mustard sauce𠅊 tribute to his adopted state—proves that rules about sauce are made to be broken. (Dab a little on the already stellar ribs—just beautiful.)

Also try Barbecue with elegant Korean side notes is the thing at Atlanta&aposs outstanding Heirloom Market, while on the other side of the state, Southern Soul Barbeque on St. Simons Island takes a creative, modern approach, almost within walking distance from the beach. Traditionalists will thrill to Jackson&aposs Fresh Air Barbecue, around since 1929𠅌ome here for chopped pork sandwiches and Georgia&aposs own Brunswick stew.

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

Guy Fieri's diggin' into everything from pork to pasta on this trip. In Chicago, a real-deal Italian spot with righteous ravioli and dynamite deep dish. Plus, an authentic Hong Kong barbecue experience served alongside all the classics. And in Spokane, Wash., a local joint with killer culinary, like carnitas fries and a twist on gnocchi.

Sandwiches, Southern and South of the Border

This trip, Guy Fieri's diving into sandwiches, Southern eats and south-of-the-border specialties. In Spokane, Wash., a lights-out food truck smokin' up real-deal barbecue. In Ashland, Ore., a Mexican joint putting a tasty twist on tamales and crushin' their carnitas torta. And in Bozeman, Mont., a fried chicken haven serving up the bomb bird on the bone and in the bun.

Pretzels, Pork and Paella

Guy Fieri's digging into everything from pretzels to paella. In Bozeman, Mont., a five-star take on breakfast with a Mexican pork masterpiece and a French toast Monte Cristo. In Little Rock, Ark., a microbrewery servin' up elevated pub grub like scratch pretzels and a gumbo-cheese fry mashup. Plus, a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant serving up Spanish specialties like on-point paella.

From Big Burgers to Little Italy

On this trip, Guy Fieri's going from the bomb burgers to a taste of Italy. In Little Rock, Ark., a funky joint pairing their craft brews with all kinds of on-the-bun creations. Plus, two brothers putting out real deal Italian, like homemade lasagna and raviolis. And in Santa Rosa, Calif., a sandwich shop dishin' out all kinds of righteous recipes.

Meaty Mashup

Guy Fieri is digging into all kinds of carnivore creations on this trip. In Little Rock, Ark., an old gas station-turned-eatery pumpin' bison into a burrito and pilin' pork onto cornmeal waffles. In Santa Rosa, Calif., a Vietnamese joint making phenomenal pho and righteous barbecue pork. And finally, nearby in Sonoma, Calif., a barbecue spot loading up a monster burger and frying off-the-chain chicken.

Burgers, Bacon and BBQ

On this trip, Guy Fieri's diving into meaty, savory goodness. In Little Rock, Ark., a funky farm-to-table spot piling up a pimento cheese burger and cranking out homemade brats. In Napa, Calif., an amazing Asian joint cooking up kimchi fried rice and prime-time pork ramen. And in San Antonio, Texas, a smokin' stop for some bomb barbecue.

From Sandwiches to Stroganoff

Guy Fieri is digging into all kinds of hearty meals on this trip. In San Antonio, an East Coast-Texas deli mash-up pilin' up smoked meat sensations. Plus a funky joint making big-time empanadas. And in Sebastopol, Calif., a farm-to-table spot putting their spin on stroganoff and making decadent bacon-gelato-toffee waffles.

Regional Recipes

On this trip, Guy Fieri's diving into dishes with righteous regional flavor. In San Antonio, an East Coast-Texas deli mashup pilin' up smoked meat sensations, an inspiring Creole spot serving legit gumbo and fried pork chops, and in Santa Rosa, Calif., a real-deal Mexican spot dishin' out Michoacan specialties, like the blazing hot molcajete.

Cultural Twist

Guy Fieri dives into cultural cuisine with a twist! First, there's a cafe that's been serving scratch-made Scandinavian specialties in Salt Lake City since the 1950s. Next, there's a pizza joint putting an Indian spin on the classic Italian pie. Finally, a funky Chinese-American mashup in New Orleans that dishes out their own spin on chicken along with cheeseburger fried rice.

Handy Helpings

On this trip, Guy Fieri grabs a fistful of righteous hand-held toppings starting with a kolach cafe in Salt Lake City cooking up their Czech specialties with some sweetness and comfort. Next, Guy checks out a burger spot that's adding beer to their beef and pattying up the pork. Finally, Guy hits a funky joint in Atlanta that's putting out real-deal tacos.

'Round the World Roundup

This trip, Guy Fieri digs into a world of flavors all over the United States! In Smyrna, Georgia, a doctor-turned-chef fires up amazing Asian from righteous ramen to Korean wings. In Austin, Texas, two buddies turn out their tasty take on tacos. And in Salt Lake City, a couple cooks up lights-out Lebanese for their Utah crowd.

Whole Lotta Comfort

This trip, Guy Fieri dives into hearty helpings of comfort starting with a soul food spot dishing out Southern seafood and killer fried chicken in Atlanta. In Salt Lake City, a funky bar cooks up American-Asian mashups like sushi-style pork belly and short rib grilled cheese sandwiches. And there's a barbecue joint making monster sandwiches and spot-on smoked burgers in Austin, Texas.

Eating Up New Orleans

Guy Fieri's taking a tasty tour of New Orleans, Louisiana. He rolls into a legit butcher shop with a funky take on the Big Easy's comfort food flavors, checks out a seafood spot getting uber-creative with their dishes, and digs into a real deal po' boy joint saucing up their oysters and putting out potato salad with a crunchy twist.

Sandwich Showcase

Guy Fieri's on the road to grab some serious sandwiches. In Austin, a rock-n-roll brunch bar adding a funky touch to meatloaf and a Monte Cristo. Plus, a Texas joint putting some '90s hip hop into their stacked up specialties. And in Pasco, Washington, a bakery serving up savory goodness, like a killer Cuban and off-the-chain chicken.

Southern to South American

This trip, Guy Fieri digs into Southern comfort food and South American specialties. In Atlanta, a real-deal soul food spot dishing out collard green lasagna and a twist on fried chicken. In Austin, a food truck putting out Brazilian flavors that has some A-list fans. And in Richland, Washington, a joint going big with their legit barbecue.

Mega Meat and Sweet Treats

Guy Fieri dives into mega meat and a little bit of sweet. In Atlanta, a Korean-taqueria mashing up unique flavors in their chicken tacos and bulgogi fries. Then in Austin, a pizza joint putting out killer pastrami and outrageous scratch-made caramel rolls. And in Richland, Washington, a funky spot serving serious strombolis and an apple-dough dessert.

Belly, Beef and Bratwurst

Guy Fieri is hittin' the road and diggin' into some serious meat. In Atlanta, a funky Asian spot putting out primetime pork belly and wok-fried chicken. In Vancouver, an elevated diner dishing out duck pancakes and not-your-momma's meatloaf. And in Kennewick, Washington, a brewpub pairing their pints with housemade sausages, like a chicken gyro and the bomb bratwurst.

Coming Together in Cali

For this trip, Guy Fieri zeroes in on Chico, California, celebrating the town's food scene as residents and restaurant owners recover from ravaging fires that rocked the area. There's a wood-fired Italian spot cooking up powerhouse pork ragu and killer chicken, and a bakery servin' up standout savory specialties like their legendary black bean chili and a Korean pork salad. Plus, a pub elevating their grub with a "Pho-rench Dip" and banh mi tacos.

Burger and Breakfast

On this trip, Guy Fieri's going from breakfast to burgers. In Vancouver, British Columbia, a pie shop bakin' up both sweet and savory sensations. In Chico, Calif., a morning hot spot pumping up French toast and spicing up potatoes, and a made-from-scratch spot in Richland, Wash., making gangster gravlax and a burger topped with a twist.

Not Your Everyday Eats

Guy Fieri is hitting the road and taking a detour to find some out-of-the-ordinary eats. In Chico, Calif., a Hawaiian-Asian fusion spot serving up righteous ramen and a fried chicken bao. In Vancouver, British Columbia, a funky joint putting their spin on lamb and pork belly. And in Richland, Wash., a bakery-gone-savory firin' up duck banh mi and sweet potato lasagna.

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Farther Afield

Swank Farms
The Maniac Maze and the Haunted Maniac Maze will test your bravery and problem-solving skills! The pumpkin patch will also have two giant jumping pillows (one just for little kids), a double slide, a cow train and pedal karts. Of course, they will have plenty of pumpkins for picking, too! Book a weekend day when you can experience the Trail of Lights and Frights!

Location: 4751 Pacheco Pass Hwy., Hollister, CA
Hours: Open select datesSep. 26- Nov. 1, check website for various hours.
Cost: Free admission to pumpkin patch, $21.95 festival pass, $29.95 festival and Trail of Lights and Frights. Save when purchasing online.

Dell’Osso Family Farm
This spot knows how to turn up the Halloween spirit and we love it this time of year. Grab your general admission wristband to check out the massive corn maze, haunted castle, Dell’Osso Express Train, Hay Ride, Mystery Tour, Scarecrow Ride, Goat Walk, Duck Races, Tire Pyramid and more. Add on adventures like the zipline and pumpkin blasters.

Gorgeous, affordable lodging.

Navarre and Navarre Beach offer beautiful lodging options for your family. The best time to visit Navarre Beach is really any time. You can find condos, townhouses plus vacation homes with up to six bedrooms to accommodate your family vacation needs in a variety of price ranges. It's easy for you to find the space you are looking for, and book online securely.

Excellent food choices.

When it comes to things to do in navarre beach florida and planning your family vacation, you want to make sure everyone is happy when it comes to mealtime. Many of the lodging options offer a full kitchen, and with both a Publix and Winn Dixie right in the heart of the city, you can easily stock up on everything your family needs. Navarre and Navarre Beach offer delicious restaurants such as Juana’s Pagodas and Sailor’s Grill, East River Smokehouse, and Lagerhead’s on the Gulf. Navarre even has it’s very own craft brewery offering locally brewed, hand-crafted beers. One of the best things to do in navarre beach is most definitely to check out the restaurants. Check out this food from our must try restaurants in and around Navarre:

Picasso Exhibit Road Trip

Just about 2 weeks ago my little artist gang, 4 Artist Friends, went on a road trip to see the only Picasso Figures Exhibit in the United States. We loaded up in my van and headed to Nashville, Tennessee just over two hours away, to have the opportunity to view his creations in person.

We had a great time not only at the exhibit but getting there and coming home, too. As you can imagine, we chatted and laughed the whole way. The girls fed me my favorite goodies like Snickers and Hot Tamales on the way there. Hah! It’s good to be the driver.

We’ve been planning this Picasso Exhibit road trip for a few months now. Just like anything, it took forever to get here and was gone in a flash. It was a special trip though because this is the only exhibit where the Picasso Figures will be shown in the United States. How lucky for us to be within driving distance. We were all excited to see the paintings in person.

As you can see, we were fighting the rain. We were pretty lucky though, we were supposed to have a chance for storms with heavy rain, wind and hail but it just rained on us.

I’m not a huge Picasso fan, but I certainly can appreciate the work. I wanted to share a few of the ones that I liked the most.

The above painting, The Barefoot Girl, was painted when Picasso wasn’t quite 14 years old. Pretty impressive. This probably isn’t the type of work you associate with Picasso’s work, but he was extremely technically talented at painting and in his early years painted similarly to seventeenth century Spanish Masters. He just chose to not remain painting that way. He explored all new worlds of painting that he made up. I gotta respect that.

Portrait of Dora Maar, 1937

This is probably my favorite painting of the exhibition. I like the colors in this painting the best out of any of the others. I think that is why I wasn’t a fan so much, his color choices are not pleasing to me. It was brought to my attention though that he did that on purpose. You might be familiar with his Blue Period but I’m not sure if any of the figures were part of that movement.

I also liked this one. It was quite large. Most of the pieces were not nearly as large as I had thought they were. There’s a part of me that’s drawn to surreal art and this fits into that. I also think the background wall color made this piece look appealing to me for whatever reason.

I’m not sure why I’m drawn to this one. It felt very sensual to me. Much of his work in this collection seemed very sexually driven. He definitely had an affinity for the female form, but I wonder why he massacred it so? Unless he was trying to intentionally come up with a new style, that might explain it. I just don’t remember if they even touched on it in my Art History class. Maybe there’s a Freudian theory in there somewhere.

It’s funny, we as artists, were standing around the paintings really inspecting them. We were all curious about the canvas sides. They stretched canvas a little differently then. Nails or some sort of attaching metal could be easily seen on all sides and you could really see the age of the canvas even though these really weren’t that old. I mean not centuries at least. It makes me wonder how my canvases will look in fifty or one hundred years.

And I was combing through each painting looking for remnants from the artist besides the obvious. Bits of hair or whatever… that somehow ends up in some of my paintings. It’s like I’m leaving a little of my DNA in all of my work. Surely, Picasso did as well. There was much to see, so I couldn’t spend as much time as I would’ve to inspect each one but I know there had to be some in there somewhere.

There was a room that showed a film of Picasso painting on glass so the viewer could see him while he painted that I thought was pretty cool. I had seen this somewhere before but enjoyed seeing it again.

After we bought a few souvenirs at the gift shop, we looked for somewhere to eat. I always like to use Yelp to find off the beaten path mom and pop shops and found a really neat local restaurant called Hi Fi Clydes. The atmosphere was so fun and it was just blocks from the museum so it was perfect. I ordered appetizers of handmade pretzels with beer cheese and omg they were so yummy. I left them a nice review on Yelp with photos, too. That’s Sandy taking our photo while in our booth waiting for the food.

In the photo above listed left to right: Vicki Wilson, Lori Rivera, Moi (Jaime Haney), and Sandy Dodd. Below, we’re missing Lori, she’s taking the photo. Who knew we’d match the signage! If someone had something purple on, it would’ve been perfect. Hah! That was done totally unintentionally.

We heard there is a Van Gogh exhibit in Atlanta I think later this year. I want to see the real paintings, not the immersive exhibit. I’ll have to do a little more research on that. That’s a much longer road trip and will probably require a night’s stay. I think it would be fun with friends though. It’s always nice to see things together that we all have in common, like painting. I’m sure my husband and son would be bored to tears. It’s good to have friends.

I hope you had a nice Mother’s Day, mine was pretty good. Today, I’m taking down my Spring Painting Collection from the exhibit at Alexandrian Public Library. I have another exhibit in June at Red Bank Library. I better get painting!

A few paintings from Delights of Spring

Learn more about me on the ‘About’ page under the additional links menu. I’m an artist – a painter mostly and an avid gardener. I paint a variety of subjects including birds, koi fish, my gardens, ponds and flowers as well as anything having to do with nature especially trees and tropical scenes. I also enjoy painting abstracts and have started created more and more of them. My most favorite thing to try to achieve in my painting is is mystery and telling mystical stories.

If you would like to keep up with what I’m doing, I have a newsletter e-mailed about once a month that gives you special status for invitations, birthday greeting and more. I’d love for you to add your email to my Friends and Collectors list!

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