CRAFTS ON COLUMBUS DOESN’T END!

You may have read in some of our prior posts about the discontinuation of the Crafts on Columbus Art Show due to community members and leaders on the Upper west side deeming it undesirable.

Well…. We are pleased to inform everyone that the community board re-evaluated their stance and decided to renew the contract with the art show! YEAH!!!! The decision was made to continue the show with 3 weekends in the spring but no event in the fall (originally it was 3 weekends each season). Nevertheless this is still a big accomplishment, a huge win for the art community and in our opinion a huge win for the Upper West Side.

We would like to say THANK YOU!

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Thanks to everyone who read our blog and took action by signing the online petition. Many of you came to the show and helped to solidify our belief that this was as important to us as it was to you. It is amazing to watch how local politics works and in all honesty uplifting to have taken part in the protest that helped change the decision.

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We are not sure if Leo signed the petition but he’s proud of you!

To all of our fans and especially to those who joined in petitioning the closing of the show you deserve a pat on the back, a cookie, a cheers-ing of glasses or whatever it is you prefer when being celebrated!

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Although you will not be seeing us at anymore events until the winter, we have some great things in the works, creative new concept pieces and colorful jewelry designs that are going to make the wait worth it! Stay connected as we are also going to release beautiful work all summer long on http://www.karencurtis.com.

All our best,
Karen and Aaron

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CELEBRATE MOM – OUR GIFT GUIDE FOR MOTHER’S DAY 2014

2014 marks the Centennial Anniversary of the United States officially observing Mother’s Day…. So it’s kind of a big deal!

When you think back to all the times your mother put you first and went out of her way to make sure you were taken care of, you begin to realize how important it really is to shower your mom with love each year! If you have a minute we wanted to include this short video that is so funny & touching… It went pretty viral a few weeks back but if you have not seen it check it out here

When you had dreams your Mom had encouragement, when you fell down she picked you up, when you were sick she knew how to make you feel better (sometimes it was as easy as ice cream). When you talked she listened, when you wouldn’t eat the crust she would cut it off, when you were scared in the middle of the night she was more than happy to have a crowded bed.

Celebrate Mom:  Give a letter, give a poem, give a call, give flowers, chocolate,  jewelry, a day at the spa. Whatever it is you give to your Mom this year, know that the most important thing to a Mom is that you are happy.

And to all the Dads out there with children too small to pick out a gift for themselves, go big and show your appreciation for this wonderful woman who helped bring that priceless bundle of joy into your life.  She has given you a different type of wealth which you couldn’t have found on your own. An extravagant Mother’s Day gift is a great way to show how much she means to you and your son or daughter… Make your lady smile with something special :).

To help you out this Mother’s Day we put together a few Gift ideas … We also recommend if you are in NYC Mother’s Day Weekend and trying to figure out what to plan for a special day, we want to suggest taking her to the Crafts on Columbus Art Show… I grew up going to this show with my parents every Mother’s Day, and this Mother’s Day weekend is the final Crafts on Columbus Show after a wonderful 35 year run.  You can start the day by taking her to brunch… Ocean Grill is across the street from the show and is delish… Isabella’s is just down the street… 2 of my fav’s… Then walk the show … there are countless artists displaying their work, us included 🙂 . The exhibit features Jewelry, Paintings, Ceramics, Blown Glass, Photography, Sculpture etc…. A great place to find a gift for her, if you haven’t already found something in advance…. And then we suggest finishing off with dinner… Just our thoughts 🙂

Additionally we wanted to suggest : Our Picks for MOM 

If she loves flowers why not get her a beautiful hand blown glass vase
And some flowers to go in it…
carnations are the official flower of mother’s day… who knew? I love tulips and recommend her favorite flower.

hand_blown_vase_graffiti_Karen_Curtis_1If she’s a wine enthusiast, how about her favorite bottle of wine and a Hand Blown Glass Wine Stopper or a Wine Stopper Set to go with it   … 

winestopper-in-bottleLastly, You can’t go wrong with Jewelry
Especially all you fathers buying something special for your wife this Mother’s Day. We will have many styles and collections at the art show and as always the website will be up to date with our newest collections!

chunky_necklace_roaring_20s_kc5372_whtAnd Lastly…. To Our Mom’s – We want to thank you for your Generosity … Your Love … Your Support and for Always being there for us. 

Thank you mom(s) for being so wonderful!

We Love You!

– Karen & Aaron

2014 Crafts on Columbus – End of an Era

CRAFTS ON COLUMBUS ART SHOW

Webster’s Dictionary defines culture as “the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time”.  New York City has its own culture while also being arguably the most culturally diverse city in the world.

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When I think of New York’s culture I think of a group of people who work hard at what they do for a living, push the limits of their respected industries whatever that is, fashion, architecture, finance, technology etc. New York is a place where people know how to have fun and relish in the freedom of the weekend… packed restaurants, theaters, bars and clubs. If you didn’t know…. New Yorkers love to dance, New Yorkers wear black, New Yorkers don’t stare upwards at buildings while they are walking the streets, We’re fast paced and embrace the concept of a new york minute, therefore New Yorkers have less patience, unless you’re a doctor but that is a different type of patients.  All of these characteristics help to  define the culture. The museums, the mom and pop stores, the shows and performances including the wonderful art shows that you find yourself stumbling upon on lazy meandering days. This is why it so saddening to let everyone know that the next 3 weekends will be the last Crafts on Columbus art show after an outstanding 35 year run.

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Briefly, the history of the Crafts on Columbus Art Show starts with a well-recognized NYC painter named Simon Gaon. Simon started this show in 1979 and found other artists who joined in showcasing their artwork in a wonderful community. All the proceeds benefited community programs and went directly back to helping the UWS. Well, we all know that when money is changing hands the city is going to want a part of it, so the show was later taken over by the parks and rec department to which they would find ways to spend the revenue generated. The show has hosted so many great designers and artists for 35 years, and created a platform from which emerging talents can grow and find their niche. Over the years there have also been countless memories, from wacky weather (springtime showers), to celebrity sightings, and even a temporary shut down one morning as the Pope  was scheduled to be traveling through the area.

Why is the show over? Is automatically the next question. Based on a report by DNAinfo.com (this is the link to article) it is the community board that doesn’t appreciate the show anymore or the foot traffic on the weekends and would prefer a farmers market every weekend instead….. Local Politics. This is just a synopsis of Emily Frost’s article. What I found most unappreciative was the quote from Robin Epstein, a resident who said “Now it’s(the art show) a mixed bag with a lot of junk, frankly”. I loved this quote because in another quote she is so enthusiastic for the flea market instead, which we all know from experience are completely junk free (sarcasm).

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Here is a list of just 4 great artists we all know Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Emily Dickenson, and Edgar Allan Poe. The common thread between them is that the general population didn’t find value in their work while they were creating it, deeming it as “junk”. I find this relevant to the communities actions and opinions, seeing as though art is such a subjective matter. Emily Dickenson only had 9 poems published in her lifetime, all of which had to be modified from the original per the publishers request. Her complete works had later been released by family members after her death. Van Gogh was thought of as too dark and during his lifetime he only sold 1 painting of 900, titled Red Vineyard at Arles. Monet never gained much recognition during his time either, many people disliked his paintings because it went against the traditional style and method of painting. And finally Edgar Allen Poe, who actually did find a way to get his work published, but not that he gained the recognition he deserved for it among his peers in his time. The poem “the raven” was sold by Poe for a mere $9.00. The list goes on, but the lesson to be learned is you never know, you may very well be walking right past one of our societies most important artists, the foundational work of a whole new direction in art and culture. 

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What Crafts on Columbus has given our company over the years is invaluable. A great location to meet customers, admirers and just appreciative people. We have been fortunate to have met so many fans of our work, and grow interest and exposure to our business. Before Facebook, twitter and the rest of the social media sites this is how we were able to connect with our customers… In person (imagine that). So to that we would like to extend a HUGE THANKS to Yed and Myron. Two people who coordinate this every year. They have been inspirational, positive and unimaginably helpful to each and every exhibitor. Without their hard work and dedication to bring this show to life every year and making it a staple in the cultural beauty of New York City we would not be where we are today. Thank You!

Crafts on Columbus epitomizes the uniqueness of NYC and this culturally rich city just lost a bit of wind, as small as that might be in the grand scheme, it is still a loss. Unfortunately, the last word about Crafts on Columbus is best expressed by the raven from Edgar Allen Poe’s poem…. “Nevermore”.

We hope you can join in the farewell weekends of this show. The dates are:

April 26/27 • May 3/4 • May 10/11

10am until 6pm everyday rain or shine

Columbus avenue from 77th to 81st street

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-Karen and Aaron

 

Best Holiday Gift Guide For Colorful Jewelry 2013

Hey Everyone!!!

Every year this happens and every year we all say the same thing, “I can’t believe it is already the holidays”.  I say NOT THIS YEAR!  Really, the least I can do to help lighten the stress of holiday shopping is give you some ideas from the collections of work that Aaron and I feel are going to be wonderful gifts this year.  There are countless gift guides you can go through….. online, in the mail, and on television so I will just stick to my specialty and show what will be available at The Karen Curtis Shop this year in Grand Central Terminal.  I don’t want to show you products and pretend to know what you might want to get for someone.  You most likely receive this blog/email because you have an appreciation for our work whether for yourself or as gifts, and it is solely because of you that we are able to bring colorful designs to your life, and we want to thank you all for that!!!

EARRINGS

Let’s start with Earrings!  We went design crazy with earrings this year.  I’ve been toying with some new styles over the past couple of years and come this November there will be more styles and more one of a kinds then ever before.  Switching up earring styles is one of the easiest ways to have fun accessorizing your outfits so you can never have too many earrings…. or jewelry for that matter ; ) !  Here are some photos of new colors and concept pieces for the up-coming seasons.

Swarovski Sapphire with Pearl Earrings

Swarovski Sapphire with Pearl Earrings

Rare Vintage Swarovski Sapphire with Swarovski Pearl Hannukkah Earrings

Rare Vintage Swarovski Sapphire with Swarovski Pearl Hannukkah Earrings

Christmas Hoop Earrings

Christmas Hoop Earrings

3_strand_earrings_mink__03201.1350087998.420.420Chandelier Earrings with 3 tiers of crystal drops
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Large Swarovski crystal chandelier earrings

BRACELETS

Brand new designs of single strand bracelets, charm bracelets, bangle bracelets, and beautiful cuffs!   One of my favorites is the cuff with spikes.  By not setting these very rare crystals in the traditional manner they end up protruding from the bracelet and create a cool edgy texture.

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Cuff Bracelet – Spiked – Magical Collection available at the grand central holiday fair 2013

Swarovski Crystal Charm Bracelet

Charm Bracelet

NECKLACES

Necklaces range from single wire wrapped strands to ultra-glamorous layers of crystal.  Once again I focused on creating more one of a kinds and new styles of Swarovski crystal necklaces to add to the selection this year.  I think its more fun for all of us.  I get to create new special pieces and my customers have a huge selection to choose from.  I hope you enjoy the preview.

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Folklore jewelry collection layer necklace

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High End designer crystal necklace available at the grand central holiday fair 2013

WINE STOPPERS

Finally I can’t wrap up this gift guide without mentioning our wine stoppers.  Hand Blown by my husband Aaron and I, Colorful like the jewelry but uni-sex!!!  Any wine enthusiast would be thrilled to get this for the holidays. There is a great selection on our website and if you are in the NYC area stop by our location at the Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair to stock up on a gift that is always nice to have on hand through out the year. Think House warming parties, hostess gift for Thanksgiving, and all those holiday parties we end up attending for the next couple months.  Why scramble around last-minute when you can be fully prepared with a few nicely wrapped wine stoppers.

Hand Blown Wine Stoppers

Hand Blown Wine Stoppers by the Karen Curtis Company

Hand Blown Wine Stopper

Hand Blown Wine Stopper made by the Karen Curtis Company