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Nothing like a city to give you a jolt of electricity after exploring some wilderness! And Buenos Aires is a major city in every sense of the word! Dubbed “The Paris of South America”, its gigantic and ornate buildings from the 1800’s mingle with run-down dwellings and lovely modern structures.

There are many distinct districts or neighborhoods, each with an appeal of its own, from artsy Palermo Soho to Ricoletta with amazing churches and a cemetery unlike any other I have seen. Evita is buried here, yet her presence still dominates the hearts of many in this city. I can hardly do justice to Buenos Aires in such a short post, but sharing some of my favorite pics, from street art in San Telmo, to colorful homes in La Boca to the majestic Colon Theater. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention the large steel flower sculpture, Floralis Genérica, that blossoms towards the sky! We stayed in the city for more than a week while I attended an amazing workshop that I will tell you about next!

 

After our whirlwind road trip in the northwest of Argentina, we had to take 2 flights to get to El Calafate in Patagonia in the far south. While I kind of dreaded the idea of winter weather in August, this journey into snow and ice was well worth it!

What a stunningly beautiful, unspoiled part of the world! Vast plains with grazing sheep and horses, gorgeous snow-covered mountains and air so clean and crisp and refreshing. On our last day there, a boat tour gave us a close-up view of the Pietro Moreno glacier. I will never forget the sight of this masterpiece of nature. One of my favorite craft discoveries was from a talented wood carver named Christian who created amazing spoons and sculptures from wood in the local area. (And one more tid-bit… Teri Hatcher and her daughter were staying at our same small hotel! But no pics…you could tell she wanted her privacy!)

As you may know, I recently had the good fortune to spend a few weeks traveling to various parts of Argentina. To do it justice, I am going to do a 4 part blog series to share with you a tiny bit of the inspiration I gathered!

The first leg of our journey was to the rugged northwest part of Argentina, specifically in the regions of Salta and Jujuy. These areas are famous for their incredible scenery of colorful Andes mountains, stretches of white salt flats, herds of llamas and sheep and cattle, and some incredible wineries. This meant a road trip for my adventurous husband and I! We put many miles on our rental car, and in spite of my struggle with some altitude sickness and car sickness, the beauties of the area were not diminished! Oh, and I can’t forget to mention crafts…the small mountain villages were brimming with woven textiles, pottery and silver. I only wish I would have brought more of it home with me!

On the evening of September 27, from 5:00 until 7:00 pm, we encourage you to stop by Kathy Davis Gallery and enjoy a unique exhibit, “Street Art with Heart”.  The designers from the Kathy Davis Studios will showcase samples of street art that express positive and inspirational messages. The exhibit will feature drawings, paintings, and photography.

As the reception unfolds, we have special events planned both indoors and outside. Our artists will kick off the fun with chalk drawings on the sidewalks and drawing space will be provided for any community members who want to join in the fun and create a masterpiece of your own! You bring your imagination and we’ll supply the chalk. It will be a creative opportunity for children of all ages and all those young at heart!!!

Along the way, there will special savings on Kathy Davis Gallery store items, terrific refreshments, and great live music by Horsham’s favorite singer and songwriter, Anthony Viscounte.

If you have visited our gallery before, this will be a chance to purchases some of your favorite items at discounted prices. If you have never been to our new retail gallery, this would be a great time for your first visit!!!

We welcome you to join us, enjoy the free festivities, and maybe even create your own chalk dust memories.

Thanks….

 

Live in joy.Laugh with abandon.Love with your whole heart.

“Love is the answer, and you know that for sure;Love is a flower, you’ve got to let it grow.”~John Lennon

People are crazy about their pets! Of course, there is nothing quite like our devoted companions who never judge… and love unconditionally! My husband and I have quite a menagerie ourselves, with canaries, finches, koi, and our ultra-sized Great Pyrenees pups, Mojo and Moxie! They are as gentle and loving as they are BIG! So, this month I share with you some of my best picks for pets!

Be good to your furry and feathered friends…they will surely love you for it!

one:Artist: Kim Johnson Originally from Sioux City, Iowa, award winning artist Kim Johnson discovered her love for the creative process at a young age. On the advice of family and friends concerned that she have a “real career”, Kim completed her degree in psychology before pursuing her real passion—watercolor. With a focus on the human and animal experiences, Kim’s masterful use of watercolor technique breathes life into her pieces. Kim continues to teach classes for other aspiring watercolor artists at a variety of workshops.



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DIY: Pet Beds
If you’re looking to upgrade your pet’s sleeping chamber, check out Architecture, Art and Design. They have 25 different DIY pet bed ideas that all come from recycled material. Love these!!!


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Books: Flo & Wendell – A new book from William Wegman -available September 26, 2013!
William Wegman is best known for creating series of photographs involving dogs, primarily his own Weimeraners in various costumes and poses. His newest endeavor is a children’s book called “Flo & Wendell”. Based on the relationship between his dogs, Flo and Topper, this new book will encompass both his painting and photography. For more information, watch the Wegman Short for Penguin.


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Product: Potting Shed Creations – Catnip, Cat & Dog Grass
Currently being sold in our Kathy Davis Gallery store are these great items for your pets from Potting Shed Creations! We carry their Catnip, and also Cat or Dog Grass that is an easy to grow treat for pet health and vitality. If you are in the area, stop by our shop and pick up a few so you can grow some fresh treats for your pets!


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Fashion/Style: Jonathan Adler for Pet LoversWho says your pets can’t eat in style? Designer Jonathan Adler has some hip and trendy pet accessories! Head over to his website to check out these fun finds.


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Charity/Event: The Gentle Barn I first discovered The Gentle Barn on Facebook, where I keep up with their heartwarming news and rescues.

I later found out that this is a favorite charity of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, who are devoted animal lovers.
The Gentle Barn, located in Santa Clarita, California, rescues, rehabilitates and gives sanctuary to abused animals, like Biscuit the pig, 1000 pounds of pure love who was found in a pumpkin patch.

They also work with children from the inner-city, group homes, mental health care facilities, foster homes, and schools to teach them that even though we are all different on the outside, on the inside we are all the same and are deserving of the same rights, respects and freedom. Their ultimate goal is to open Gentle Barns across the country so that every animal and child can have a place of healing and safety and where they can be seen for the perfect beings that they are. To find out more on how to donate or get involved visit their website.


 

Surround yourself with things of beautya sense of purposeand people who love youfor who you are.

Whether you’re in a cafeteria or at work – everybody’s gotta eat, so why not do it in style? With all the Back-to-School deals going on, now really is the perfect time to update the old lunch bag you’ve been lugging around.

This fun insulated PACKiT is my favorite find, and it’s currently buy-one-get-one-free on their website. I love a good deal, and of course, I would LOVE it even more if I could get one in Kathy’s own designs. The middle green print would be so fun!