Who Shot The Diva?

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to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/S5OefAT8seI/AAAAAAAAEV4/CY9My_KLE_w/s400/Angelica+Arbulu+-+Antiques+Diva+Photo+Shoot+2.jpg” border=”0″ />Angelica has a fascinating story. Born in Mexico (to parents from Spain), she has lived on four continents and considers herself a cultural mutt – although one might say if she’s a mutt, then we’ve just established a new pedigree that is certain to be all the rage! Her wealth of experience permeates her vision of the world and her art. She qualified as a clinical psychologist and, with many years experience in humanitarian work, her focus is on people and human relations. One look at her website and you can see her specialty is capturing the different levels of personality and their essence through the mundane that is often overlooked.

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Angelica explains, “I do portraits, be it of a person, a place or a thing. I try to give an honest reflection of what I see, but I also want the outcome to be beautiful. Because I believe art should be beautiful, but also because there is beauty in everything”.

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On that note, I’d like to give a special thank you to Cachot Antiek and Neeltje Twiss Art, Antiques and Interiors! Thanks for letting us photograph in your gorgeous shops!!!

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Cachot Antiek

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Neeltje Twiss Art, Antiques and Interiors

Diva Readers, if you haven’t read my post on either of these gorgeous boutiques, do go back and read them – here & here! In the meantime, make sure to check out the Crave Amsterdam website to discover the 149 other ladies with whom I’m honored to share the pages!

* Apologies for the graininess of some of these photos – they were taken only with my Blackberry…

< /a>Until Next Time,

The Antiques Diva™
(shooting Angelica with my Blackberry while she’s shooting me)

P.S. BLOG ALERT: I’ve just discovered that Angelica also writes a
personal blog – you must check out her insightful words and wisdom!

Last Minute Diva: Amsterdam Art Opening and “Must Buy” Book!

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Published by XPat Media/Scriptum, this full-color book jam-packed with great photographs explores the Dutch bicycle culture!

Dear Diva Readers,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>From time to time, I feel compelled to get off the antiques route and take in some additional European scenery. Today’s divergence is taking us down the “Fietspad”– that is, Dutch for “Bike Path”! I simply had to write today to tell you about a new book, Bicycle Mania, written by my good friend Shirley Agudo. And while bicycling might seem like a stretch for an antique shopping website to cover, it’s not as big of a leap in the imagination as you might imagine!

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Eduard Planting Fine Art Photographs
Eerste Bloemdwarsstraat 2 links
1016 KS Amsterdam
The Netherlands

I’m looking so forward to the launch of Shirley Agudo’s book Bicycle Mania – I’ll be driving from Berlin into Amsterdam for the weekend to see this special art exhibit & to attend the Book Launch Party!

To whet your appetite, why don’t you tographs/Bicycle_Mania.html#2″ target=”_blank”>visit Eduard’s website to see a sensational selection of Agudos work (and while you’re there why don’t you check out what else is on in Eduard’s Gallery!?).

A publicity email I received with information on the book launch reads:

“The Dutch are bicycle crazy. Nowhere else in the world is bicycling so ingrained in the culture as it is in the Netherlands. Never before has anyone captured its essence quite like American photographer and author Shirley Agudo, a long-time resident of Holland.

Depicted in this enlightening and amusing book are young, old and even NAKED cyclists in a country with more bicycles than inhabitants, transporting ‘anything and everything’ on their bikes – from tables and mattresses to four or five children and the family dog.

Shirley and contributing photographers Trevor Waldron, Ben Deiman and Max Rubenacker take us along some of the 29,000 kilometers (18,000 miles) of bike paths and into the heart of Amsterdam and other Dutch cities to show us how pervasive, practical and incredible the Dutch cycling culture really is.

It’s all here – the history, the infrastructure, the mentality and the global reputation of a culture gone completely mad about bikes.”

Until Next Time, Happy Trails!

The Antiques Diva™

(seen right peddling my way in the Dutch countryside)

Guest Blog: Lady Lotus – Are You Next on the Jewelry Chain?

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Dangling from my wrist these days is an amazing bracelet made from Euro coins. The gold and silver match everything and the piece is curious enough to evoke conversation, most of which start out by me proclaiming that the best part of living in an American university town is being surrounded by amazing local artists. One of my favorite designers, Danya Roselle, is the artist who crafted my new favorite piece.

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When La Reine saw my bracelet, she immediately ordered one of her own. Are you next on the jewelry chain??

Happy Shopping!

Lady Lotus

One Minute Diva – Amsterdam Sotheby’s Auction Alert

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When: Wed July 1, 2009 – 7pm
Viewing: Friday 26 – 29 June, 2009 – 10am – 5pm
Where: Sotheby’s Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 30, 1083 HJ Amsterdam

What: The sale of Modern and Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Amsterdam on 1 July is highlighted by a wonderful relief by Jan Schoonhoven, R 61-5 (Fanlight-shutters) from 1961 and an early work, White, Black, Blue and Red, by the British female artist Marlow Moss who had close ties with Piet Mondriaan. Works by Marlow Moss can be found in the collections of the Tate Modern London, the Henry Moore Institute Leeds and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

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Dutch Dates – October Calendar

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Regardless of the weather, October is a hot month for Antiques Diva Readers to be in Amsterdam! Four upcoming events caught my eye and I couldn’t help but to share these dates with you.

Corry Kooy & Loes Botman Art Exhibition
Diva Readers will recognize the name Corry Kooy from previous postings about this up-and-coming dynamite Dutch artist whose open style I adore. She has a special exhibit Sept 27 – Nov 2, 2008 in Nieuwkoop at the Hoeve Rijlaarsdam Galerie & Beeldenpark. Corry will be sharing the show with pastel artist Loes Botman whose work I haven’t yet seen in person. A quick browse through his website tells me he is someone I’ll be interested to discover!

Woon Beurs Amsterdam
The Woon Beurs Amsterdam – Home Fair will be Sept 30 – Oct 5, 2008 at the Amsterdam Rai offering inspiration and decorating advice alongside halls devoted to the latest and greatest in Dutch design.

Kunst & Antiekbeurs Verzamelen In Stijl
The Kunst & Antiekbeurs Verzamelen in Stijl is back in town for 2 days only – Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12, 2008. Entry is 5E per person and this dazzling art and antiques fair specializing in Art Deco, Art Nouveau and Jugendstil will take place in one of A’dams most centrally located hotels – Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky on Dam Square. Stay for lunch in their gorgeous Brasserie Reflet, with its Belle Epoque interior dating back to 1883.

Michael Parkes at Steltman Galleries
Years ago Antiques Diva Roving Reporter Lady Lotus turned me onto artist Michael Parkes at the Steltman Galleries in Amsterdam. Parkes is the world’s leading magical realist painter, sculptor, and stone lithographer and has been a staple at the Steltman Gallery since his first one man show in 1977.

The Alfajiri Gallery and De Nationale Art Deco and Design Beurs

top:5px;float:left;color:white;background:#382900;border:1px solid darkkhaki;font-size:100px;line-height:70px;padding-top:1px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>When my new friend, Joanne, sent me an email telling me about De Nationale Art Deco & Design Beurs happening Jan 31 – Feb 3, 2008 in The Hague, I found myself distracted by something else I read in her email. For in that same email about the fair, Joanne had included a link for me to see her own online art gallery – The Alfajiri Gallery. I was gobsmacked to discover that my new English friend was an artist – and that she, along with friends Jane and Briony, had set up shop on the internet selling their sculptures, paintings, weavings and more.

While Joanne had sent me an email so that I could tell The Antiques Diva™ readers about the fair in The Hague, I felt that Joanne’s online art gallery was just as diva- worthy, so I decided to lead off today’s blog by sending you her way. Joanne’s resin bronze of running hares is so wonderfully William Morris-inspired that I’ve half a mind to add it to my collection. Briony’s oil painting of an artichoke is crying out to be hung in my kitchen/open dining area while Jane’s rustic weavings might just be the perfect raw and tactile contrast to juxtapose against the French finery I tend to favor.

Meanwhile, Joanne was indeed a gem for recommending this upcoming fair! De Nationale Art Deco and Design Beurs fair is a “who’s who” in the world of Dutch Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Amsterdam School. The top galleries in Holland gather to present and sell their collections crafted during the last century as they display applied arts from 1880 – 1980. To round out the selection, galleries and designers from Belgium and Germany have also tossed their own tory_1920_1930.htm#Cloche%20Hat%20Timeline” target=”_blank”>cloche hats into the ring, offering Jungendstil and Bauhaus designs. Add to the offerings the fact that this fair is held in the Grote Kerk on the Torenstraat in the middle of my favorite city in The Netherlands – The Hague – and you can just about guarantee where you’ll find me and WG this weekend! The fact that the Grote Kerk happens to be conveniently nearby my favorite Dutch department store (Maison de Bonneterie) hasn’t slipped my mind either – and I suspect they still have some of the January sales ongoing.

Unfortunately, as the Grote Kerk in The Hague isn’t very big and the fair is exceedingly popular, the church is bound to be crowded on Saturday and Sunday, Feb 2nd & 3rd. If you have the time, I recommend you squeeze in a visit on Thursday, Jan 31st or Friday, Feb 1st to avoid rubbing shoulders with the masses of humanity. Joanne also advises that you wear what her grandmother calls “sensible shoes” as the floor in the church is old, and thus uneven, with random steps and dips. And while you’re planning your wardrobe, remember to wear clothes that layer as Joanne recalls she nearly froze to death during her first visit to the fair years ago and then last year found the heat was turned so high that she was sweating bullets!

For the record, the heat didn’t seem to get in the way of Joanne’s shopping! A true diva through and through, Joanne was determined to shop in spite of the heat! Thankfully she did, and as a result she’s got a great tip for you! She advised The Antiques Diva ™ readers to keep an eye out for her favorite stall – Galerie Fleur de Lis – where they sell beautiful glass art and vases. For this week’s fair, she is already making a list and checking it twice – she’s going to find out which glass is naughty and nice! Needless to say, I’m angling for an invitation to visit Joanne for a proper cup of tea in the coming weeks so that I can see her latest purchases and get a better look at her own art work!

Until next time, Gros Bisous from one Art Deco Lover to Another!

The Antiques Diva ™

PS. Sadly, Galerie Fleur de Lis doesn’t have a website – but if you miss the fair you can still check them out in person at their shop in Delft.

Galerie Fleur de Lis
Roland Holstlaan 1068
2624 JR Delft
+31 (0) 15 262 87 60