Ferns fascinate me as there are over 10,000 species and aesthetically, they exude a mystical yet understated elegance. On the subject of ferns, one of my favorites to follow on Instagram as of late is the English artist @lucindawhartonartist. Her posts usually include lovely vignettes around her Georgian Country home she is restoring, often with her two labrador retrievers in tow. She also seems to be a fern fanatic as her posts (akin to the above) include garden ferns around her home.
We hopped over to Jessica Hagen’s Fine Art Gallery last evening to honor the work of Hunt Slonem. Hunt was in town to celebrate the occasion of having a solo exhibition at the gallery. His work, obstreperous in color and material, is well known for its neo-expressionist character, mostly of butterflies, rabbits and tropical birds. Like Hunt’s own personal style, his pieces are splashy, colorful and equal parts whimsy. Hunt’s work is known around the world, with permanent collections at the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney, and the Moreau Foundation.
I first discovered Hunt’s work at a gallery in San Francisco, only to then see one of his bird paintings in Aspen. From then on, I was intrigued. View more of Hunt’s portfolio, here.
Above: A personal favorite – A tangerine hued piece as part of Hunt’s oil on diamond dust (on canvas) collection. We then left with Hunt’s book “Bunnies” and scribe.
I am pleased as punch to see the launch of the Parterre Bench come to fruition today. C&C Consulting, along with the Private Newport team, worked tirelessly and passionately to truly bring a dream to a reality. The Parterre Bench is a beautifully-scaled, custom bespoke garden accessory that commands celebratory order. It is available for any discerning eye to bring home to their own garden setting.
My client was inspired by a whimsical bench spotted some 30 years ago at Birr Castle in Ireland. She then specifically created a bower in her own Newport, Rhode Island garden (one that effortlessly mirrors Gardens of Versailles, mind you), to house the custom bench she designed to satiate her dreams. Years later, with some guts and grandeur, we are thrilled to bring the Parterre Bench to market.
DO: Get inspired & watch this video.
Thank you for your support & Happy Gardening!
(Photograph above shot by the uber talented Jodi Paquin | http://www.jodipaquinphotography.com/)
I’m coming off of an incredible weekend amongst the Vermont summer mountain air. I haven’t felt so relaxed in quite some time. Here is a capture from a swimming post on Chittenden Reservoir. Green is good. xx