Monday, November 24, 2008

Right Next Door!

Can you imagine the fun I have knowing what is right next door, and being able to just browse and watch while they create these wonderful pieces?? I love their building (I rent my space from Jon and my building is just as wonderful in a completely different way - more later about that) and the way it translates into any time or place. It is the perfect place for a studio/showroom/gallery and we had a long battle convincing Jon to open the space to the public so that they could enjoy all of this too. The actual workshop is at the back of the building, and I will be taking a photo journey through there in a few days so that you can see how all of this comes together. For now, let's just enjoy what's up front!!

I can't imagine any home that couldn't use one of these great pieces! I am fascinated at the process that creates this finished product. And it is absolutely amazing to see bits and pieces of wood and plaster come together in such a beautiful way. I have my eye on one of these with the fleur de lis!

If ever I needed or wanted a mantle this would be the place to hunt and search. They are massive and at the same time delicate in their detail. These are just perfect for a study/library, family room, or formal living space. And one in the bedroom? Oh, yes! Jon and his crew work with architects and builders during the design process so that what the owners see is the perfect piece in the perfect place. Many homeowners who have been bitten by the renovation bug come to Jon before they begin the destruction/construction process so that they can incorporate one of these works into the final plan.

I am considering an over the cook-top pot rack for myself. I have been wanting one for a long time now, and with Jon next door, I have no excuses left for not starting the project. That will be another series of blogs I am sure!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

What did you do Friday night?

Every Fall around this time the Baton Rouge Mid City Merchants hold their wonderful White Light Night celebration. Merchants up and down Government Street open their doors from 6pm until 10pm (or until the wine gives out and there is no more room to fit another person in the store) to showcase local artists and the new holiday gift selections that have just arrived. We were happy to have one of our favorite local artists here with us again this year. Kyle Rainey has a distinctive style that has become his trademark near and far. Some of his works are shown above. It is an unusual way to display such works - propped up on shelves, standing against display cases, and sitting on easels all around the space. This year we were fortunate to be able to have some of Kyle's works on display in the studio/workshop next door where Jon McArthur and his crew manufacture chimney mantlepieces, trumeau mirrors, and kitchen island hoods. The juxtaposition of vibrant, mixed media canvas with the gold leaf and classic lines of Jon's works was a sight to see. The contrast brought out the best of both!
Tomorrow we will post some photos of Jon's works - they are absolutely fabulous and will make everyone want to add at least one of his pieces to their homes.