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Hechizoo: Voyages/Explorations. Lustrous textiles pay homage to Amazonian nature at Cristina Grajales Gallery

Hechizoo, a Spanish word that translates to “bewitch” is an apt description for the vibe at last week’s opening of the show Voyages /Explorations. Everyone seemed spellbound by the visual extravaganza on display at the Cristina Grajales Gallery. Colorful tableaus included vividly hued textiles, glittering metal leaves,  even a canoe, every inch of it clad […]

A new riff on a traditional form in Philadelphia

When artist Alexander Stadler opened his jewel-box-sized shop a little more than a year ago, near Rittenhouse Square,  in Center City Philadelphia, anyone who knew Stadler was sure it wouldn’t be ordinary. Think of the shop, Stadler Kahn as a well curated  “five & dime”  one featuring cool objects rather than safety pins or baseballs. He sells […]

Luxurious bathing in a traditional style bathroom in the film Blue Jasmine

“Be sure to thoroughly vet your architect” advises Jasmine, (Cate Blanchett)to her potential husband/client, Dwight, (Peter Sarsgaard) in the new Woody Allen film, Blue Jasmine. As the lead character, the line delivered in her delicious quasi-Brit- speak, sounded authoritative. And I couldn’t agree more. The role, wonderfully acted by Blanchett, allows Jasmine to fake it […]