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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Charlotte: Art Meets Breakfast, Breakfast Leads to Art

We only had a few hours to hang out today but instead of being sad we were determined to make the most of it. And make the most of it we did ‘LARGE’. So we woke up early to maximize my time there, I figured I could just sleep on the plane. On the way to breakfast the cloud cover was thick, it made me think how glad I was that we got a spot of nice cloud free sky yesterday to look for the Prothonotary Warbler. Although I don’t like too many clouds for birding I do love clouds for landscape photos and atmospheric lighting for architectural shots.

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DOWNTOWN CHARLOTTE

We headed first for Amelie’s, a French bakery that Ms. Ivey swore I would love. The second we walked in the door I fell I did in fact lose my heart, Ms. Ivey knows me so well.

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TA DA – MS. IVEY IS SO CUTE

Amelie is quirky and fun with just enough crazy thrown in the mix to be really quite adorable. It reminded me a little of Anthropologie, the store not the digging of artifacts, my all time favorite place to shop. Before I could even direct my attention to breakfast I had to walk around to see and photograph EVERYTHING. It was all just so much fun! I wish I could be nuts enough to decorate my house like this, maybe when I am 80 I can, for now I will just have to enjoy when others... go wild... with their decorating decisions. Because although I adore looking at all the quirky arty excitedness that is this decor I am not sure how happy I would be to live in it, and dust it.

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THE LIGHTING WAS HIT OR MISS FOR ME BUT I ADORED ADORED ADORED THIS HANDMADE KITCHEN UTENSIL LIGHT

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A COOL MONA LISA

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LOVED THE STRIPES AND THE CLUSTERED ARTWORK IN THIS HALLWAY

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REMINDS ME OF SOMETHING MY GRANDMA WOULD LOVE

Of course we went for breakfast so it was time for me to stop screwing around with taking photos of the decor and start ordering. At the counter there was a large assortment of pastries that all looked delicious, in the end Ms. Ivey and I both ordered the ham and gruyere egg croissant sandwich which was DELICIOUS. I of course accompanied my sandwich with an ever present Diet Coke while Ms. Ivey got the coffee.

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THE PASTRY COUNTER

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The second we walked in, even before I ogled the decor, I saw the dessert counter. All through taking photos and eating our breakfast I was rationalizing in my head why desserts would be ok to order at breakfast. And well, since it was a LATE breakfast... more like brunch really.... and actually if you really look at the time it was kinda more like lunch.... and well at lunch it is entirely OK to order desserts. Besides Ms. Ivey had never tasted a macaroon and well that needed to be rectified right away.

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So I ran up and drowned in the sights of so many yummy sweets. It was so hard to narrow down what to get, everything just looked so good. Thank goodness they had them in adorable little sizes, the perfect taste test size. So I ordered seven.

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Don’t worry I did split them all with Ms. Ivey and the deliciousness that ensued melted away any niggling doubts about ordering the sweets for breakfast, brunch, or lunch.

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After break-brun-unch we headed over to the Mint Museum in Uptown Charlotte. Now generally I am not a big fan of most modern art, which is what the Mint Museum contains. I am a classics Renaissance, Impressionism kind of girl. HOWEVER Ms. Ivey had found a feature and knew I would love it.

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The Mint was featuring a ‘ Fairytales, Fantasy and Fear’ exhibit. Now that is right up my alley! It was so incredible, more incredible than I originally thought. Sadly we were not allowed to take photos inside the exhibit, past the main doors, which was really upsetting because you all know how I love my photos. Taking photos aside I really enjoyed myself and liked several of the pieces and I really loved several more. It was a really fun and fascinating collection of quirky imagination.

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A fairy tale section included interpretive pieces from common fairytales. Some of my favorites were by Mattia Biagi who used melted tar in his creations. For instance his Little Red Riding Hood interpretation was a scary wolf created out of multiple layers of black melted tar. The figure of the tar wolf was then dressed in a blue skirt with a red cloak carrying a basket as if he was on his way to grandma’s house. Although I loved much of the work my favorite piece by far was the PP Tree Instillation by Tom Price in the entrance of the exhibit. Tom created a collection of trees made entirely out of cut, tied and melted together pcv pipes. The trees, entirely white, seemed to have this gorgeous lacy delicateness to them which was strange because they were made out of such a hard industrial material.

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PP TREE INSTILLATION BY TOM PRICE

After getting our fill in the showcased exhibit we wandered around some of the permanent collections. Although not a fan of modern art there were some pieces that caught my eye, and since I was allowed to take photos here it made me content to follow Ms. Ivey around. There was a creature created from clay in the permanent collection that I thought could have fit into the Fantasy exhibit.

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ARANA BY CHRISTINA CORDOVA

There were quite a bit of wood and carvings and designs that caught my eye. In particular I fell in love with three. The first was a yucca plant that was carved out of porcelain and glass. ‘Temple of the Cool Beauty by Michael Sherrill was beautiful.

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TEMPLE OF COOL BEAUTY BY MICHAEL SHERRILL

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TEMPLE OF COOL BEAUTY BY MICHAEL SHERRILL

The second was an intricately carved vase called Realm of Dream by Binh Pho. Hand carved and painted with acrylic and gold leaf paint I loved all the detail and the fact that the more I loved the more I fell in love with. I so don’t have the patience for making stuff like this but I just adore admiring it.

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REALM OF DREAM BY BINH PHO

The last piece was Plate Glass Vase by Sidney Hutter. Several layers of cut, ground, polished and laminated glass plates shaped in a way to create a layered look it was beautiful. Hard to dust and not very practical but I admired its precision.

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PLATE GLASS VASE BY SIDNEY HUTTER

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PLATE GLASS VASE BY SIDNEY HUTTER

And then just when we were walking out the door we ran into a modern artist that I actually do really like. Suspended above the escalator at the exit of the museum was a Chinhuly piece. His work made entirely out of pieces of blown glass is beautiful and reminds me often of creatures of the sea. Weighing at 2,200 pounds it is made of hundreds of asymmetrical glass pieces.

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ROYAL BLUE MINT CHANDELIER BY DALE CHINHULY

What a beautiful way to end our museum excursion. All in all I loved the Mint! My sister-in-law, Mrs. Painter, would be so proud! Thanks Ms. Ivey for another incredible day.

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2 comments:

paul peggy zeus said...

What a fun and decadent way to spend your last day together. Ms. Ivy does know your heart well. Those deserts looked deadly delicious, by the way!

Jennifer Arens said...

Charlotte seems SO awesome! SEVEN desserts? hahha oh rogue woman....

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