Ilona in the Spring

04 Mar 2011
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It's always interesting to notice how the weather affects us.  Springtime, whether it's raining or sunny, always changes our moods into a brighter, sunnier disposition.  And as you can tell from the image below, springtime has inspired Ilona to show us another aspect of her artwork... one of collages.

Fittingly, a collage is an assemblage of found objects.  The term collage actually derives from the French word "coller" meaning “ glue.  Surprisingly, this term was coined by the great artists Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the beginning of the 20th century which was when collage became a distinctive part of modern art.

One of our favorite local artists, Ilona Cronan will be here tomorrow Saturday March 5th from 1 to 3.  She’ll be painting and collaging and would love to chat with you about your art interests and wishes.

We hope to see you here!

Sara

 

 

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Amour

12 Feb 2011
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Meet Ilona

We just can't say enough good things about her.  Over a year ago we started showing Ilona Cronan's artwork in our showroom.  We've said it before and we'll say it again... her art doesn't stay around for long.  Ask her what her mission is and she'll say that she wants to paint for people who love her work and she wants to do it often.  She's created numerous custom pieces for our showroom, each one more special than the last. 

The fishing boat painting above was a worked commissioned by a client of Marci's.  They brought in a photograph of a Mediterrean port.  This port town was very special to them yet the image wouldn't have worked blown up and framed.  Marci knew that Ilona would be the perfect artist to create a meaningful piece of art from their photograph.

Ilona listens, she contemplates, she prays and she creates.  Never missing a sign, she understands her clients wishes...even the unspoken ones.

Nan and Ilona meet often to discuss changes in the showroom.  It could be that new furniture pieces are coming in and Nan wants to change up the look in a space or that the weather is changing and the art in the showroom should reflect that change.  As early as a week later Ilona will then bring in a couple of pieces she's working on.  She and Nan may tweak the concept a bit or perhaps change the color range and a few days later she'll be back with completed and stunning pieces.

In Ilona's words...

"As a child I remember spending countless hours rearranging my desk or my room or the things on my wall. I found a considerable amount of enjoyment balancing the spaces with objects, until the composition was pleasing to my eye.  Then, in a few days, I would do it all over again.  My most treasured memories are of a pine-needled backyard turned into rows of neat pathways leading to pretend rooms of a house.  Never bored, I found fascination in the smallest of things.  Things that were simple and had many uses.  So, many years later, still never bored with anything that life has to show me, I find such thrill in rendering a simple object juxtaposed to a straight line, balancing the shapes and color as if I were still at my desk.  That moment of "stoppage" is the game for me.  If I am happy with the compositions, really happy, I will stop.  If not, I keep going until I feel a balance."

 

Ilona will be at Nantucket Home painting from 1 to 3 today (Saturday the 12th of February).  She'd love to meet you and if requested, she'd be happy to discuss art ideas for your spaces.  Sara

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An inspiring run-in

03 Feb 2011
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There is so much to see and so much to do whenever we're at market that we walk quickly and we search with intensity.  Rick is usually somewhere in our wake.  As you know, Rick loves to talk. Instinctively and perhaps subconsciously, Rick can start up a conversation with anyone from a fast food drive-thru staff member or in this case a rep, a shopper, a vendor or an elevator attendant.  It’s his nature.  Granted, 9 times out of 10 he finds out useful information that he didn’t even know he was searching for. 

Another thing he’s good at is watching people.  If you catch him in the right mood, a little timid or perhaps overwhelmed you might catch him studying his surroundings and the people in those surroundings. 

One such day in High Point, N.C. Nan and I were occupying ourselves with the new styles and products while Rick sat down for a break and noticed one particular shopper.  Sure, she was attractive but he was more intrigued with how she shopped thoughtfully and decisively the entire time never looking at a single price tag!  He pointed this out to us and we were all a bit dumbfounded.

We finished in this showroom and hopped on the shuttle to move on to the next showroom (yes, they’re far apart in High Point).  The first person we came across was the same pensive shopper.  She was already there marking her items with red stickers.  Now since the showroom was packed and people were frantically trying to get a salesperson to ‘mark’ their items we could only assume that she either called ahead for the precious stickers or perhaps she knew the tricks and brought her own?  Either way, Rick needed to find out.

This is how we met Lisa Luby Ryan.  Rick, of course, found out oodles of information… that she has a store in Dallas, Texas, she specializes in European antiques, she goes to France at least 4 times a year to buy for her shop and for certain, how she got her stickers.

That same market we ended up running into her many more times and always delightful she greeted us with a big smile.  Since that '08 market she’s been busy with her own shop and started her own line of furniture, lamps and accessories.  You can read all about her here

So we were very happy to see her and her new line at the recent Las Vegas market.  All the pieces she’s designed for the line have the same relaxed sophistication she conveys.

These vases work as pitchers, vases or take the vases out and use the metal shelving for green moss and seeds.

 

Our favorite piece

is this linen slipcovered bench

Shown placed at a dining table (afterall, it's a slipcover!)

It would also be fantastic at the foot of a bed.

And... we'll be seeing it soon in our showroom. 

Sara

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