April, 2018

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Playful Jewels

Medium: Jewelry

The pieces are light, fun, colorful and happy-smile sea glass with sterling silver.  I love sea glass and jewelry (!) and when I find someone who creates with it with love, it’s even better!  Sandy Bryant fashions wonderful swirls, hearts and hammered design that creates unique parring with glass.  You never know what type of color is around the next corner or what unique design she crafts.  I want them all!

Visit: Playful Jewels

Nigel B. Howe

Medium: Woodturnings

Nigel’s work had me at hello.  With each one-of-a-kind home décor piece, it’s as if nature is turned better due to his creations.  The knots are enhanced, the shadows take a new side and the forms create a wonderment aesthetic value. Some are functional but I would just leave them perched to show their grace…. Each piece is hand crafted and he so enjoys speaking about the natural beauty of each formation. Well done!

Visit: Nigel B. Howe

Mattatuck Museum

This wonderful museum gets a four-star rating from me… As soon as I walked through the impressive lobby, I was greeted by friendly, knowledgeable staff, knew my way to the restrooms, and with signage of each floor they were clearly marked with current exhibitions.  Even the giant banners on the outside gave me a hip welcome feel.  The nature light flooding in was most impressive for an older building that clearly designed for the public.  The permanent collection was impressive with American artists (including Hudson River School) and a section dedicated to the history of the Naugatuck Valley.  Gotta love the interactive displays.  There was a local school being lead by a docent and everyone was intrigued. There is also a button gallery located in the Museum hosting over 10,000 buttons, of all shapes, sizes and designs.  Impressive!  My most memorable moment…. The third floor dedicated the local school artists that displayed their work in a most professional manner.  Bravo Mattatuck!  Well done.

Visit: Mattatuck Museum