I was absolutely thrilled when Zack Mannheimer called me to talk about working with the Des Moines Social Club on a public art project. If you are not familiar with the DMSC, it is an innovative arts and entertainment venue.  It’s really a place where the arts, in all forms, are celebrated. The DMSC also recently restored a firehouse that was used by the Des Moines Fire Department from 1940 until 2012. They have lovingly restored this firehouse and created an incredible space for arts engagement. It was important to them to remember the building’s past and to create a memorial dedicated to the men and women who had served there.

I quickly became passionate about this project and spoke to several artists about ideas and it was obvious that artists Gabe Lueders and Laura Palmer were the perfect fit.

A quick note about the location of the project: The area where these two artworks have been installed is a back entrance that will be used everyday by people coming in from the theater and parking lot to the main building. It was also previously used as the fire hose drying room. After the firefighters would come back from fighting said fires they would dry their cotton hoses on two elevated beams for a day. You can see these beams in the following photos.

First we have Gabe’s project below. Gabe created a mechanical light that uses antique cotton fire hoses (giving a nod to the room’s past) and a wooden crank that anyone can interact with and move. It is also visible from an interior 2nd story window that looks into the room. It’s really a beautiful piece.

Mechanical Light #2, Gabe Lueders, 2014

Mechanical Light #2, Gabriel Lueders, 2014

 
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These Life Lately posts are always a mixed bag for me. I love taking a look back at the awesome month I just experienced but then they also show how many times I blogged that month. Oops, it was a little light in March. But I had good reason….

On the ferry going to Taronga Zoo, Sydney, Australia.

On the ferry going to Taronga Zoo, Sydney, Australia.

I was in Australia! Nick and I went to visit with my best friends from college. Janna and Clayton live there now and Emily and Matt came from TX and met us there. We had a jam-packed 10 days filled with exploring, art, amazing weather, surfing, and fantastic food and friends. Here are a couple of pictures below.

Hanging with a koala, Sydney, Australia.

Hanging with a koala, Sydney, Australia.

Hunter Valley, Australia.

Hunter Valley, Australia.

Surfing in Dee Why, Australia.

Surfing in Dee Why, Australia.

If you ever go, I highly recommend the Gallery of New South Wales for your museum-going. We also enjoyed the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia but part of it was closed for a new exhibit going up while we were there. It was the most amazing vacay and I look forward to going back. If it weren’t so far away I think I would run away there.

So clearly that was the big deal of the month. The rest of the month I spent my time practicing for my adult dance recital aka Junior League Follies…

Cell Block Tango Ladies, Junior League Follies.

Cell Block Tango Ladies, Junior League Follies.

And working a lot on projects like a mural restoration.

Cleaning a mural with q-tips.

Cleaning a mural with q-tips.

I have started posting a photo a day on Instagram about a day in the life of an art advisor. Follow me at @LizLidgett to take a peak at what I am working on.

Off to work on some major projects that are due in the next couple of weeks. Looking forward to sharing them with you this month.

xoLiz

 

 

So  much has been happening lately and I am excited to share lots of pictures from projects I have been working on this month. In the mean time, I want to introduce to the work of this super talented emerging artist. Alex Peyton-Levine is a recently-graduated BFA student who lives in Portland, Oregon.

Her work combines both sculpture and traditional 2-D painting using canvases that seems to almost peel or force themselves off the wall. Her work is surprising and such a treat, just look at these beautiful images below.

Alex Peyton-Levine - Chromatism 2013, 42in x 42in x 3.5in, acrylic on canvas

Alex Peyton-Levine – Chromatism 2013, 42in x 42in x 3.5in, acrylic on canvas


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Last night I “attended” a great webinar put on by editors of Better Homes and Gardens and Alt Summit. BHG’s color issue is out right now featuring the color palette of the year.

Slide from last night. Thanks, BHG!

Slide from last night.

 

One of my favorite takeaways is having a neutral palette in your floors, walls, and furniture and adding fun pops of color through the extras. Of course, most people will take that as your pillows, curtains, and accessories but I take that as the perfect reason to switch up your art! I recently just went through our house and completely switched our artwork around just for fun. You now may be thinking I need to get out more if that’s my idea of fun. But trust me, it was.

So here are some art picks I have found recently that go perfectly with this BHG color palette of the year.

Wake, Phil Jones, Only $15 on Society6.

Wake, Phil Jones, Only $15 on Society6.

 

#7, Print Club Boston, $100

Peridot, Elise Werbler, $110

Peridot, Elise Werbler, $110

or select from the entire line of screen-printed gems and find your birthstone.

Full set of birthstones, Elise Werbler.

Full set of birthstones, Elise Werbler.

5th Avenue, New York City, Remko Gap Heemskerk, inprnt.com

5th Avenue, New York City, Remko Gap Heemskerk, inprnt.com

 

Yellow, Claudia McBain, Society6, $15.

Yellow, Claudia McBain, Society6, $15.

Thanks again to BHG and Alt Summit for the chance to listen in on all things color last night.

xoLiz

I am back in the United States and back to reality after an amazing 10-day trip to visit friends in Australia. Last night while working on some things for a client I put together a little diagram to share with everyone.  Sometimes, it can be difficult to fill the space above a couch or seating area (or really any large piece of furniture.)

A good rule of thumb: the artwork should be around 75% of the width of the piece of furniture. This 75% space can be used in a lot of different ways, whether it is just one large piece of artwork or a gallery wall.

Remember when you are hanging a piece of artwork too that the center of the piece should be around 58-60″ because that is the average eye-line.

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Hope that is helpful and have a great week!

xoLiz

Didn’t I just write a recap of January?! Where is the time going? Well, February is an absolute blur so I am going to do my best for a quick recall.

At the beginning of the month we went with some of our friends to the Second Saturday Dinner at Proof. It was artist-themed and 10 courses so we had to go. Below are the pictures (from my cell) of each course. Try and guess who the artists are. Answers after the pictures…

Proof-KandinskyProof-Mondrian

Proof-3Proof-Pollock

Proof-MagritteProof-dali

Proof2Proof-Rothko

Proof 4Proof-Picasso

1. Kandinsky 2. Mondrian 3. Carpaccio 4. Pollock 5. Magritte 6. Grant Wood 7. Dali 8.Rothko  9.Chef Sean Wilson from Proof 10. Picasso

I am still dreaming about the clay potatoes in the American Gothic dish (with the awesome pitchfork). I’m currently very hungry and this is not helping at all. Delicious.

Amidst all of the non-stop work this month, I was able to go and talk to some middle-schoolers during their academic excellence ceremony. Trying to mold young minds by telling them to work hard and be kind. And then I was obsessed with the Olympics. Maybe that’s why this month is a blur. It’s because I spent most of it on the treadmill pretending I was an athlete while watching the events. I even made Nick participate in a medal ceremony with me after a particularly difficult run.

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Alright, and here’s the kicker. Minutes after I post this I am heading to the airport and flying to Australia with Nick to see my best friends from college. I promise to post pictures after I am back-or maybe even while I am there if I am feeling particularly productive while on vacay. If you have been before, leave a comment about places we should see. We’ll be in Sydney the majority of the time. I’d say that’s a pretty great way to finish this month.

Happy end of February, folks.

xoLiz