Friday, November 23, 2012

Home Again for Christmas Shopping

If you're looking for unique gifts, a visit to Home Again in Luzerne is a must on Black Friday or any day of the year.

Skating, anyone?

~ A vintage wedding gown ~

~ Swirly Christmas trees ~

 ~ Christmas trees galore ~

 ~ A shiny, silver Christmas tree ~

~ All that glitters ~

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Restoring The Grotto

Today was the re-dedication of the grotto at Saint Leo's Church, and it was a time to give thanks to everyone who had a hand in restoring the grotto.


This easel shows a few pictures of the work that was involved in bringing the grotto back to life.

I'm so glad I talked one of the parents into keeping Mary's original crown. Prior to restoring the crown of stars, it was a brass-colored metal, and the light bulbs were blue. A fresh coat of paint and new light bulbs brought the crown back to life.

 There are now curtains in the entrance way. They also put a new floor in the grotto.


The fountain is now running again, and they purchased "flameless" candles for the grotto.

 ~ The altar in the grotto ~


Saturday, November 10, 2012

The "Real" Green Theme


As an artist participating in this year's window painting event for the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association, I had the pleasure of working at the Anthracite Newsstand today. They wanted a Grinch theme this year, and I was happy to oblige.


Last year, the Anthracite Newsstand sold a $4.2 million lottery ticket.  So, of course, we had to capitalize on the "real" green theme.

 I had fun painting all those dollar bills. Hee! Hee! Gotta love capitalism!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Toothpick World - A Must See!

If you have a chance to see the Toothpick World exhibit at the Reading Public Museum in Reading, Pennsylvania, you'll see magnificent sculptures by the talented artist Stan Munro. The exhibit runs through December 30, 2012. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

All sculptures are copyright Stan Munro.




Sunday, November 4, 2012

More Pics Backstage at Wicked

Lynn and I were two lucky ladies last Saturday. Here we are backstage at The Gershwin Theatre in New York City an hour before the curtains came up for Wicked.

 ~ The Great Wizard of Oz ~

Here's the real Wizard of Oz, actor Adam Grupper (left), and John (right), head carpenter at The Gershwin Theatre in New York City. John was a good sport. We're extremely grateful for the backstage tour. I especially loved walking down the "suicide stairs" he built into the back of the stage for quick exits. What a trip that was!

I also enjoyed walking through the green room and getting a glimpse of the actors before the show. They looked as calm and cool as can be.  Walking through the orchestra pit was a tight squeeze.

 Here we are on stage in front of the house that blew away in the tornado.

 ~ Glinda's "bubble" ~

 ~ A professional craftsman creating a wig for a member of the cast ~

~ The masks for the flying monkeys and Dr. Dillamond (the goat) ~