Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Hopping to It

Never a dull moment here at the gallery and here’s a quick update:


We’re having fun hanging for our new show which opens on Thursday. It’s the second year in a row that we’ve presented Arts and Ale – a lively exhibit that showcases great new art from our gallery artists to the toe-tapping sounds of one of our favorite local bands, Smokey's Farmland Band. We like to wash it all down with some microbrewery ale…and we’re expecting good art, good music and good suds will make for a fun evening.


And, here’s a little sneak peak of what will be on the walls:


French Courtyard II, 40 x 30 Laura Lacambra Shubert


Untitled III, 36 x 36 Susan Spies


House in the Dunes, 18 x 24 Jim Richards


Three Bays, 30 x 40, $4600 lo res Bethanne Cople


TidalFlats Martica Griffin


River Water Rings 24x24 low res Liz Barber


Meanwhile, across the pond in sunny and glorious Provence, Nancy Franke is hosting the first of two one-week painting workshops. Those lucky artists…their days will be filled with a perfect mélange of activities that will run the gamut from antiquing to wandering the local markets, digging into heavenly two-hour lunches…and plenty of excellent painting advice from our own Nancy Franke. Nancy is the perfect storm of an instructor: immensely talented but able to convey techniques in a humble, fun and spontaneous fashion. We can only imagine the goings-on going on!


Finally, a quick visit to the future home of Huff Harrington Home was exciting: walls are primed, electrical is going in and today the bones of our checkout counter will be put together. Ann and Linda have just returned from a buying trip in Paris and are over the moon about some treasures they have found.


Stay tuned and ta ta…


HH








Monday, September 5, 2011

Another Door Opens for the Huffingtons

If you’ve been following our blog lately, you may have noticed that we’ve been hinting about something big that’s in the works for us.

Six years after opening our little blue door at the gallery, we’re still having the time of our lives. We are passionate about art, adore our artists and clients and consider every day a pleasure. But we’ve noticed that our interest has been piqued by other elements that marry so nicely with art. In the space of two and a half years, one of us has either torn down and rebuilt a home (Meg’s new living room pictured below):



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…or in Ann’s case, embarked on the search, discovery and miraculous transformation of a Paris apartment.



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Despite the tears and temper tantrums that go hand-in-hand with rebuilding, renovating and designing interiors, we both realized how much we enjoyed the processes…and it got our brains whirling.

What if we kept the gallery but opened another retail store that featured all the other stuff that goes hand-in-hand with art?

What if we filled it to the brim with all the things we love – and can’t live without?

We started thinking about the furniture we’d carry – lots of crusty Louis XVI but a splash of new, bright and modern, too:


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Who can resist the sexy lines of Louis XVI? We can’t…especially when it’s paired with something really sassy.

Then, we thought about lighting….chunky crystal chandeliers hanging side by side with industrial chic pendants:






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What if we filled the space with baskets, books, candles, champagne flutes, fine linens, throws and hard-to-find, one-of-a-kind accessories that we knew we could scour from our favorite sources in France?




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We know these would be gorgeous covered in a pale gray linen and we’d snap them up in a heartbeat.




And, clean and new: who couldn’t love this elegant upholstered sofa made here in the United States?



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We remembered Linda’s fabulous photo shoot and her fun wine jugs. We could carry those, too. (We found five big ones that we loved and you should have seen Linda and Meg trying to get them in the back of her Suburban…)


Wouldn't it be fun to have a little section called La Pharmacie and carry French soaps, lotions, and creams (and yummy candles)?

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And linens galore…


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And, wouldn’t it be so great if we find a fabulous, high-visibility location near the gallery?

To all those questions, we happily can answer YES, YES, YES – and we proudly and officially announce that we’re opening Huff Harrington Home on November 11, 2011 at the swanky Buckhead address of 102 West Paces Ferry Road.


Our space is gigantic (to our eyes!) and oozing with industrial chic: concrete floors, huge ceilings, flooded with light and a long, long expanse of glass windows that will be perfect for showing off our wares. And, we plan on infusing our new space with our favorite french music, friendliness and fun.


We’ll keep you posted on the fun before and after pictures…but for now, we just can’t wait to open our new doors.







Ta Ta.



HH