Friday Favorites 2/8/2013
February 8, 2013
Erin Marvin, Associate Editor
This week I wrote about beautiful bedrooms as an antidote to the winter flu season, but just as important to your recovery is comfortable bedding in which to snuggle while you sniffle. What better remedy than Sferra‘s new Classico Vintage collection, made of 100-percent Italian-spun linen and available in soft, supple colorways.
Stacy Kunstel, Homes Editor
Categorize these under, â€œthings you never knew you needed, but can’t live without.â€ I’m talking about the brush collection at Privet HouseÂ in Warren, Connecticut. I never knew I needed a wooden handled wire brush to clean my terra cotta pots, but why now would I use anything else? The German-made feather duster works even better than an old T-shirt for freeing the nightstand of it’s layer of debris and the long, black bristled keyboard brush is now gets daily use. All of these I found beautifully displayed at this European-inspired country story full of glassware, antiques, collectible books, and furnishings that I covet. They are currently just the ones I can’t live without.
Maria LaPiana, Contributing Writer
The Center for Contemporary Printmaking is one of those places I discovered by happy accident; I’d been working in Norwalk, Conn. for a year when I found the 19thÂ century stone carriage house that is home to the organization. What I didn’t know at the time is how extraordinary the CCP–an entity dedicated solely to the art of the print–truly is.Â From intaglio and monotype to silkscreen, woodblock and book arts, the non-profit organization celebrates every method of printmaking; there’s nothing else like it from New York to Boston.Â You can learn the basics of printmaking here, or sign up for an advanced workshop such as â€œChine Colle and Delicate Papers Intensive.â€
No matter your level of expertise, the acclaimed exhibitions held year round in theÂ Grace Ross Shanley Gallery will wow you. Opening this Sunday (Feb.Â 10) is a solo exhibit featuring a painted negative technique by artist/photographer Courtney Johnson, and the annual CCP members’ show titled â€œPortraits in Print.â€Â Introducing more than 80 original prints by accomplished artist/printmakers, the members’ show is on view through March 31. Sunday’s opening reception will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. TheÂ CCP is located at 299 West Ave. in Mathews Park, in Norwalk. Workshops, gallery and offices are open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, callÂ 203-899-7999Â or visitÂ www.contemprints.org.