Fragility

“When you see how fragile and delicate life can be, all else fades into the background.” — Jenna Morasca “Why is it that scuba divers and surfers are some of the strongest advocates of ocean conservation? Because they’ve spent time in and around the ocean, and they’ve personally seen the beauty, the fragility, and even … More Fragility

Decorative Tools

“We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us.” — Winston Churchill Artist-naturalist James Prosek considers the sculptural, symbolic and practical functions of forged iron eel spears as part of his installation within the Florence Griswold Museum’s Fragile Earth: The Naturalist Impulse in Contemporary Art exhibit. Exploring the line between artifact to art, he … More Decorative Tools

Power of Design

“…the conversion from ‘pest’ to gem occurs through the power of design.” — Jennifer Angus   “Every being devotes and dedicates itself to some innate purpose. Single cells, microbes, plants, insects, animals—every being makes its own unique contribution.” — Julie J. Morley “I get inspiration from a lot of things around me – nature, hills, … More Power of Design

Wild Beauty

“Cherish sunsets, wild creatures, and wild places. Have a love affair with the wonder and beauty of the earth.” — Stewart Udall “People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.” — Iris Murdoch    Wild Beauty — Gardens at the … More Wild Beauty

Unconventional Image

“Human progress has always been driven by a sense of adventure and unconventional thinking.” — Andre Geim Playing off a 2005 Discovery Channel series in which voters selected the country’s leading figures, artist Jac Lahav creates his own unconventional presentation of The Great Americans. Exploring the tension between image and reputation, media fame and history, … More Unconventional Image

Imagination let loose

“Imagination is the power of the mind over the possibilities of things.” — William Stevens Typically known for her faux and decorative paintings, Old Lyme (Conn.) and Nantucket (Mass.) artist, Robin Breeding, pays tribute to Surrealism art in this 2018 holiday tree at the Florence Griswold Museum. Miniature handsewn mixed media ornaments represent key images … More Imagination let loose

O Tannenbaum

“Some Christmas tree ornaments do more than glitter and glow, they represent a gift of love given a long time ago.” — Tom Baker   With a nod to the legendary German Christmas folk song, O Tannenbaum, and drawing on his German roots, American artist Ralf Feyl created a thoroughly German Christmas tree for the Florence … More O Tannenbaum