Bill & Melinda Gates Art Wedding Gift

Bill & Melinda Gates Art Wedding Gift

I came across an article recently that talked about Bill & Melinda gates wedding gift that helps them not fight and keeps their marriage alive. To those of you who have not read this article, please do so here.

This made me realize the impact of a wedding gift that is thoughtfully selected or chosen by either the wedding couple or their friends & family can last for years and all though their marriage in a very enriching and positive way.

Bill  and Melinda Gates say that when the two of them disagree, they think  about how lucky they are that they mostly see things the same way. This is  something the couple is reminded of everyday, thanks to a wedding gift from Bill’s parents: A sculpture of two birds side by side.

“What we love about it so much is that it’s these two birds who are looking forward together,” says Melinda. “What it reminds us is, these two birds, who presumably are mates, have a shared view out into the world.”
What an awesome story about this amazing couple and this one gift of art that has brought so much meaning and joy in their lives. An artwork created by an artist will last all your life and remind you of your special day and the meaning behind the vows that you have taken to love and cherish each other.
I am sure Bill & Melinda Gates will pass these two sculptures on to their kids and grandkids and it will be an heirloom piece to remind their family for generations to come of the love that they had for each other.
To all the engaged couples, bring the joy of art  and joie de vivre into your life. Paint your marriage in color with an art wedding registry!
Flamingo Project-min Featured Art of Week

Flamingo by Iulia Dinca

Flame Game by Gaya

 

 

Window into an Artist’s World – Stephanie Bird

Window into an Artist’s World – Stephanie Bird

Stephanie Bird. Artist. Herbalist. Author of ten books. Both fiction and non-fiction. Included in various anthologies. Professor. Business owner. Mother. Soap maker.

Artist Stephanie Bird on Mishkalo

Artist Stephanie Bird on Mishkalo

Her resume will give anybody a serious inferiority complex. Yet, she is a calm, relaxed, almost laid-back person who wears her accomplishments with grace and humility. Always ready to jump into the next project.

Mishkalo is pleased to call Stephanie Rose Bird one of our artists.

A modern day Georgia O’keefe, Stephanie grew up in rural New Jersey surrounded by lakes, gardens, flowers and birds. As such, nature is still a major subject of her paintings, interpreted with her artistic eyes and hands.

 

Chilli by artist Stephanie Bird on Mishkalo.

Chilli by artist Stephanie Bird on Mishkalo.

Currently working on two expressionistic series – fruit and vegetables – Stephanie says, “It is interesting working with representational art and abstract expressionism simultaneously. Admittedly, I am partial to working abstractly yet I find both styles inform each other. I find there is a lot of pinned up energy during the winter and working with sumi-ink and brush painting, as well as mixed media on paper is the perfect way to capture all of that energy and get it down on paper or canvas.”

 

Artist in Residence

Always active in engaging and being engaged in the community, she has been selected to be the Artist-in Residence at Channahon – the place where Kankakee and Des Plaines rivers come together to form the Illinois river. “Can’t wait to capture the water,” she says gleefully.

Solo Exhibition

Further, she is preparing to exhibit her work this Winter and Spring in a solo exhibition at the Forest Park National Bank in Forest Park, IL. It should be interesting to see how the works relate to one another and contrast in mood, color and light, from one season to the next. The subject matter is landscape, plants, and botanicals, done in an Expressionist, Cubist and Abstract Expressionist style. She has enjoyed working expressionistically and in abstraction for quite some time. Neo-Cubism is a new enthusiasm. Her intention is to portray the border between representation and abstraction that occurs when focusing on light, shape, line and color rather than realistic representation of my subject matter.

Author

All this while she is writing a book of fiction, managing her company and writing articles on herbalism. Time to make some soap, Stephanie!

Hum - Painting by Stephanie Bird on Mishkalo.

Hum – Painting by Stephanie Bird on Mishkalo.

Asparagus - Painting by Stephanie Bird on Mishkalo.

Asparagus – Painting by Stephanie Bird on Mishkalo.

Painting by artist Stephanie Bird.

Painting by artist Stephanie Bird.

Jenny Yoo Bridal Show

Jenny Yoo Bridal Show

Jenny Yoo’s Bridal Runway Show – Chicago

Recently I had the opportunity to attend Jenny Yoo’s exclusive unveiling of the 2018 Bridal and Bridesmaids Collections. at the Chicago Athletic Association hotel. I must say that I was blown away by the elegance and sophistication of her show. Right from the choice of venue and décor to her beautiful models, the evening was simply mesmerizing.

We started off in the ballroom with wine & champagne and hors d’oeuvres which gave everyone a chance to mingle and browse through her bridesmaid dresses on display.  There was bubbles and bites by the chefs at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, event decor by Art of the Imagination and musical styling by Figweddings. We also got to participate in a photo booth by Rick Aguilar’s studio.

Jenny Yoo Bridal Runway show Chicago.

Jenny Yoo Bridal Runway show Chicago.

Jenny Yoo’s Collections were feminine and refined and extremely elegant. Her flattering silhouettes of tulle, chiffon, and lace on the lovely models were almost ethereal.

Here is what Jenny Yoo has to say about her philosophy: “Our philosophy is to present the brides & bridesmaids with a variety of dresses, incorporating rich and luxurious silks & laces to create an elegant, feminine, and refined look. Attention to detail, cut, proportion, and workmanship ensures each dress the most feminine and flattering fit.

Our dresses are inspired by delicious array of colors, ranging from soft buttery yellows to rich deep berries. Bias cut, asymmetrical lines, and soft layers of sheer chiffon and lustrous silk charmeuse create a rich mixture of textures. These are some of the many fresh details our collection offers. We design for the discriminating bridesmaid who is looking for a dress that she can use not only for the bridal party, but again and again for any special occasion. Our goal is to give our client a beautiful quality dress that she can carry with her for years to come… ”

Jenny Yoo Bridal Runway show Chicago.

Jenny Yoo Bridal Runway show Chicago.

Please check out Jenny Yoo’s beautiful bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses at their Chicago showroom in River North. Their address is :

311 W. Superior Street
Suite 404
Chicago, IL 60654
312.642.2327 | chicago@jennyyoo.com

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Imagining Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian’s wedding registry

Imagining Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian’s wedding registry

 Serena Williams Wedding Registry

What would someone like Serena Williams who has it all register for?  She has a beautiful home set up and has traveled all over the world , lives a  lavish and luxurious life for which she has worked very hard and deserves everything. She has been a Wimbledon Champion for many years and Alexis is the founder of Reddit. This seems like a match made in heaven.

A wedding registry has to be meaningful and memorable and something that you will be able to cherish all your life. It should be a gift that gives you joy and pleasure evertime you look at it. Original art makes a timeless and valuable gift.

I cannot help but imagine Serena creating a wedding registry for art with Mishkalo.

Here are a few registry picks for Serena Williams:

Dancer by Priyendra Shukla on Mishkalo

Dancer

Dancer’ by  Mishkalo Artist Priyendra Shukla: $1500  Size: 36 x 48

Priyendra Shukla is a India based artist. Many of his paintings depict the power and beauty of women and Serena Williams is an exemplary example of this.

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Evening Boulevard by Artist Dmitry Spiros

Evening Boulevard

Evening Boulevard by Dmitry Spiros : $350.  Size: 28 x 36

Dmitry Spiros creates paintings based on city life and nature. Most of his paintings are created using the medium of the palette knife, oils, and acrylic paint. This painting depicts a romantic walk in Paris and will make a great gift for Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian and bring back some romantic memories.

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This Week’s Unique Registry Ideas for the Bride – 11/13/2017

This Week’s Unique Registry Ideas for the Bride – 11/13/2017

This Week’s Unique Registry Ideas for the Bride

Groove Nation I by Artist Wendy Foster

Groove Nation I by Artist Wendy Foster

Groove Nation’ by  Mishkalo Artist Wendy Foster: $399  Size: 12 x 12

Wendy Foster is a mixed media artist. She is an abstract expressionist first and a storyteller second. Color, texture and pattern are the elements of her work.

A commentary on the mid century movement, rendered in oranges and aquas.. Materials included: Acrylic on board, Acrylic spray paint, Origami Paper, Kozo Paper, India Ink & Encaustic.

Add it to your Registry Here  !

Here is another unique registry idea for your home.

Two wall Dance by Zac Franzoni on Mishkalo

Two Wall Dance by Zac Franzoni

Two Wall Dance by Zac Franzoni: $800.  Size: 48 x 30

Zac Franzoni’s art is  very colorful and abstract landscape, even though it’s really not landscape in any representational sense … but it has a landscape quality to it.

Add it to your Registry Here

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This Week’s Unique Registry Picks for the Bride – 10/16/2017

This Week’s Unique Registry Picks for the Bride – 10/16/2017

This Week’s Unique Registry Picks for the Bride

Bliss by Lianna Klassen on Mishkalo

Bliss by Lianna Klassen

‘Bliss’ by  Mishkalo Artist Lianna Klassen: $1050  Size: 24×48

Lianna Klassen is a Canadian artist who does Abstract Realism.
This is a vibrant piece with bold color blending, and big palette knife strokes. This painting conveys motion and energy as well as lots of light and fast changes in contrast. Reminds the artist of a windy summer afternoon. High quality Golden acrylics and UV gloss and satin varnish. Sides are painted black and ready to hang.
This piece will look great on a white wall in your living room. The colors are pretty varied and can fit with different décor.  Your furniture can be dark or light, either way the painting will stand out in a room.
Add it to your Registry here : https://mishkalo.com/blog/art/bliss/

 

Maze Storage Box by Kevin Irvin on Mishkalo

Maze Storage Box by Kevin Irvin on Mishkalo

Maze storage decorative boxes by Kevin Irvin: $425 each.  Size: 12.5 x 12.5 x 9

Kevin Irvin is a Furniture Designer who looks to nature for inspiration.

The Maze Box is the anchor piece of the Maze Collection from Irvin Studio and Design. Available in your choice of five colors. These boxes can be hung in a variety of grid patterns to create an interesting design on any wall and provide for excellent storage. Installation is a snap with two equally spaced keyhole slots on the back. Cabinets are sold individually. Image depicts an arrangement of five.

These boxes are fun and will look beautiful on your wall.  They are available in Red-Koto, Walnut and Maple colors  but can be special ordered in almost any color.

Get 2-3 boxes and arrange them in any way you want and put some decorative pieces on top. This will look great in your foyer or in the Hallway.

Add it to your Registry here: https://mishkalo.com/blog/art/the-maze-storage-box/

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If you would like to create a one of a kind  Art Wedding Registry, check out Mishkalo