Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Dressing up Walls

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out to shop this year's Celebrate Art show! 

This was the first year to move the show out of my home, and our new location near the Katy Trail worked out great. The space was transformed when the artists moved their pretty canvases inside. 

And Friday night was quite a party!  Artists Lizzie Bailey, Emily Ozier (EMYO), me, Nicole Groth and Mary Houston snapped this pic before the crowd poured in. I am so proud of all of the artists who participated this year...their work literally flew off the easels. 

I somehow managed to make it home without a painting for myself this year....but I had a good reason. I have been saving my money for a set of framed botanicals handmade by Becky Davis. I first saw Becky's work in Garden & Gun magazine, which happens to be about the only glossy read Stroud and I can agree upon. 

Becky is a true hunter and gatherer - she literally cruises through marshes in South Carolina low country in her canoe, plucking indigenous plants for her beautifully framed botanicals. She braves wasps and dodges alligators, just to find the perfect water lily or lotus to transform into a work of art. 

The botanicals look gorgeous framed alone or grouped together. This display is from Phoebe Howard's shop Max & Company in Atlanta. 

Needless to say, some of Becky's botanicals have been on the wish list for quite some time. This summer, I finally pulled the trigger. I opened up an account with Becky, and put in an order for a set of four big-leaf hydrangeas. Becky watched her hydrangea bushes for a few weeks, and plucked the blooms at just the right time. She matted them and framed them in antiqued silver leaf frames. Honestly, the pictures don't do them justice - they are almost three-dimensional. 

They are currently living in my upstairs hallway. I am in love! 

Becky Davis Botanicals
available for custom order through
Lindley Arthur Antiques & Interiors

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