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!
to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/Svvcxrm93RI/AAAAAAAADzs/QXRXLVr-4-8/s400/Antiques+Diva.jpg” border=”0″ />In addition to covering antiques, I often write about home décor and art galleries and that’s where Agudo comes in! Not only is Agudo a talented writer, but she is also a photographer with her art work appearing currently in an Amsterdam art gallery! From Nov 7-Dec 5 you can view Agudo’s current series at tographs/Contact.html” target=”_blank”>Eduard Planting’s Fine Art Photographs. Better yet, Meet the Artist this Saturday, November 14th from 4pm-6pm!
Eduard Planting Fine Art Photographs
Eerste Bloemdwarsstraat 2 links
1016 KS Amsterdam
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.”
The Antiques Diva™
(seen right peddling my way in the Dutch countryside)