Wednesday, June 29, 2011

"A Suitable Chimera" Postcards Available

Whether or not you were able to come in earlier this year and see Sharon Eisley's A Suitable Chimera in our gallery, you can now browse 17 images from the exhibit in the postcard section of our Online Shoppe.

Each of Sharon's portraits is represented in full, without cropping. I can imagine some crafty person recreating a miniature Castle in the Air gallery at home, hung with all these exquisite creatures!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Aimee Baldwin in Bay Nature


Congraulations to Aimee Baldwin for catching the attention of Bay Nature with her vegan taxidermy. You can read the article, which goes into a bit of Aimee's philosophy and process, here.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Amy's Amazing Balloons

Talk about dreams taking flight -- get a load of our friend Amy K's magical balloons! Amy traveled from the East Coast a few years ago to attend John McRae's Dirigible class. Now airship fever has got hold of her and she's sent a fanciful flotilla of decorated German papier-mache eggs sky high.

Amy claims that the unidentified flying object at the far right in this picture is a friend of hers who helped her "mobile-ize" her fleet. Thanks to you both for sharing the photograph with us!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Step On Out

Last week I taught the Czech marionette-making class at the shop. There are particular phases in any class -- in any artistic project, for that matter -- and the small size of this class made two of them stand out more strongly.

There was the Wondering phase:
Am I on the right track? Will this turn out well? Do I know what I'm doing at all? But the answer to all those internal doubts and fears came parading in before long. Look at this dancing skeleton from one of the students! The Unveiling phase came, and all our marionettes had such life and joy in them.

The classroom that had seemed sparsely populated before was suddenly very full!

Anandamayi Arnold in "The World of Interiors"

We are so incredibly proud of our dear friend Anandamayi Arnold, whose botanical surprise balls -- realistic crepe paper sculptures of flowers and fruit loaded with tiny toys and surprises -- are the subject of a six-page spread in the June 2011 issue of The World of Interiors, featuring the gorgeous photography of Aya Brackett.

Anandamayi's surprise balls are well-known to anyone who has seen them on display at The Tail of the Yak, and she's been bringing her artistic touch to Castle in the Air since we opened, painting murals for our walls and teaching classes in crepe paper flower making. Now thanks to the article our out-of-town friends have the chance to sample her rare and delicious fruits. Congratulations, Anandamayi!