Gallery Mondays: Western Tanager by Yu-baba

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Over the weekend I came across this beautiful mural in Washington Heights on the iron gate of Marina Dental Center.

Painted by Belarusian artist Yu-baba as part of the Audubon Mural Project, the mural features a gorgeous western tanager, an American songbird, surrounded by leaves and berries.

In collaboration with  Gitler &_____ Gallery, the National Audubon Society’s Audubon Mural Project brings awareness to the climate-threatened birds of our environment.

Needless to say, I’m going on a hunt for all the rest of these murals! There are 67 murals currently complete, with 247 left to be painted.

Learn more about the Audubon Mural Project.

Gallery Mondays: On Ripeness and Rot

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Is it still hunting season?

I saw this rather interesting piece of art last month at Last Rites Gallery in Midtown. The piece is part of Kimberly Witham’s On Ripeness and Rot series, which contrasts fresh fruits with dead animal carcasses.

How’s that for morbid?

It’s crazy how she combines the two so gracefully, almost as they appear in nature. Take away the bowl and you have an innocent deer against a white background with berries dangling from a branch above her.

See more of Witham’s work at www.kimberlywitham.com.

 

Gallery Mondays: A Bird’s Life by Elizabeth Grajales

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Time for some art from New York City’s underground!

On the way to the gym last month, I saw these gorgeous tiled art pieces by Elizabeth Grajales called A Bird’s Life on the platform of the 1 train at Penn Station.

I was drawn to it immediately because of the soft green color. I then noticed the black birds, which, in any other context, would have scared the daylights out of me. For some reason, this depiction of black birds with their young made them seem less frightful.

Learn more about A Bird’s Life here.

Gallery Mondays: The Birds

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Fall is literally two days away, so the lovely birds that came to visit NYC for the summer will be headed south soon.

I saw this amazing street art by Denton Burrows on a shipping container near the intersection of Ludow and East Houston Street in the East Village earlier this month. The two birds painted on the container look like the cutest couple snuggling up together on that branch!

I love that these colorful birds are set against the sky blue background, making it feel as if you’re actually staring at two birds sitting high up in a tree. Cue “The K-I-S-S-I-N-G Song.”

Also, is it just me, or does that green leaf in the bottom right corner look like some sort of smiley face leaf emoji?

See art by Denton Burrows at www.dentonburrows.com.

Photo Diary: 7 Days in Niagara Falls, CA

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From May 27th to June 2nd, I visited Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada. Yes, I’m crossing one off my 30 Before 30 list, because I’ve finally visited a foreign country!

I went with the ‘rents, who decided to take the 7 hour drive up there from NYC. Thankfully, I’m not a kid anymore, so I didn’t keep asking if we were there yet, but jeez, that was the longest ride!

Having only seen Niagara Falls in pictures, seeing the falls in person literally took my breath away. Majestic doesn’t even begin to describe the scene.

That's my "I can't believe I'm actually in Niagara Falls" face.

Behind my mom and I is the beautiful American Falls. That’s my “I can’t believe I’m actually in Niagara Falls” face.

Here’s a rather lengthy photo diary of my time in Canada:

Day 1 – May 27th: Crossing the border into Canada, seeing the Falls for the first time, and Clifton Hill at night

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Wall Art That Will Bring Spring Into Your Home

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The temperatures are finally reflecting spring weather in New York!

After your spring cleaning is all done, you might notice some empty space on your walls. Why not fill them with some spring-themed art?

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1. Birds Meeting.

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Here’s to wishing the birds will line up like this on the telephone wire outside your window.

2. Rainy

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For all the April showers that brought May flowers.

3. Spring Nectar Square III.

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The hummingbird in this piece reminds me of the song “Hummingbird Heartbeat” by Katy Perry.

4. Fragrant Spring.

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You can’t get closer to spring than this flower painting. You just can’t.

5. Boundlessness in Bloom.

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Fashionistas will fall madly in love with this one. Maybe you can even find a floral dress to match…

6. Japanese Garden in Bloom.

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You’re going to wish you could live in this painting after staring at it for so long.

7. Spring is in the Air.

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Indeed, it is. can it stay there?

8. Spring.

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Things that remind you of spring.

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Gallery Mondays: #CreekLove

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It’s finally back to feeling like spring again, and Earth Day is coming up, so I’ve decided to feature this artwork I found while visiting Austin, Texas in March.

The piece was created by Lucas Aoki as part of SPRATX‘s #CreekLove Storm Drain Project to promote keeping the creeks and lakes of Austin free from pollution. All of the art created for the project a painted over a storm drain.

I think it’s a pretty cool way to remind people to take care of their city. I was also quite odd but very pleasant to find art like this on the ground instead of on a wall.

See more of the art created for #CreekLove.