Intersection of Fine Art: From the Wall to the Tabletop

Fearless Art Works founder and CEO, Michelle Micalizzi, extended an invitation to me to create place settings that correlate to her latest exhibition “Quartette in Color” for a private event in conjunction with N2 Publishing. Chef Justin of Cafe Bink provided hearty and delicious bites for over 50 attendees.

This unique exhibition features multi-media art from four women fine artists: Katalin Ehling, Marty Gibson, Margit Kagerer and Ann Otis. Their art comprises paintings, collages, metals and fabric. They create as they see and are inspired and all love color. Visit Fearless Art Works in Carefree, Arizona between now through August 24th. Visit @YvetteCraddockDesigns on Facebook for the live video from August 11, 2017.

Enjoy these images of artwork with place settings that correlate to the colors and composition of the exhibition pieces. The more complex the painting, the more dynamic the place setting is to capture colors, shapes and textures.

 

 

Enjoy some of these events highlights:

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Tabletop Tuesday: van Gogh’s Garden

Tabletop Tuesday presents the impressionist genius of Vincent van Gogh. The center plate features one of his garden paintings. I’ve paired it with a larger orange plate on the bottom to layered the orange and red colors found in the painting. The runner in this place setting picks up the red and golden hues and organic textures in the plate. The vintage Thai brass and rosewood flatware adds more warmth to this setting. A touch of purple flowers in a brass vessel adds color. The vintage brown glassware grounds the setting.

Vincent van Gogh was born in 1853 and was of Dutch descent. After stints in commerce and religion, he began creating art in 1881. His early paintings feature rather drab still lifes and peasant labourers.  All of that changed when he left his native land. His art expanded in context and color upon his relocation to Paris in 1886 when he met and befriended other great artists namely Émile Bernard and Paul Gauguin. They were part of the avant-garde group of artists who were rebelling against the Impressionist flavor of the time. His paintings continued to evolve in style, subject matter and the application of more color when he relocated to the south of France in 1888.

Vincent van Gogh is known for severing his own ear which was a result of a feud with Gaugin. In ended his own life at the age of 37 after years of mental illness and poverty. Today, his paintings garner some of the highest prices in the art world. What a tumultuous life filled with anguish and extraordinary talent.

Learn more about Vincent van Gogh in this trailer.

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Wednesday Walls: Start with the Heart

Do you have wall or counter space that needs some beauty? My friend Laurie Pollpeter Eskenazi‘s ceramic art may be your remedy.

Hearts are one of her signature designs. Her color combinations are also uniquely styled with her flair. This picture is from the recent Atlanta International Gift and Merchandise Mart. If something piques your attention, reach out. Let her know that I sent you.

Fill your blank space with beauty. http://www.lpeclay.com/

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Tabletop Tuesday: Prancing Pears

Tabletop Tuesday features a wonderful quartet of plates featuring the top plates designed in a repetitive pear pattern in reversed color trios. I placed these salad-sized pear plates on alternating citron and graphic black and white plates with different tablecloths to create a whimsical arrangement of plates full of prancing pears.

When is the last time you had fun with your placesettings? Food is fun. It is said that digestion is better on a happy stomach. Let me know how it works for you.

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Modern Monday: Milan Milieu

Modern Monday travels to Milan. A chocolate shop and bistro no less. The citron chairs with walnut legs seem to effortlessly complement the brass accents on the table bases and countertop. The two-toned marble floors play with the theme of duality. The high ceilings feature a subtle texture. The dark window frames perfectly accent the chandelier and sconces. All elements combined make this space elegant, inspiring and fun.

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Tabletop Tuesday: Ocean Breeze

Tabletop Tuesday is a setting that reminds me of a peaceful moment on the beach when the blue waters meet the white layer of sky hovering just above the waves.

It is important to create beauty in front of you, while enjoying and paying tribute to beauty around you. Food, like the ocean, is fuel for your soul.

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Modern Monday: Mediterranean Skies

Modern Monday transports us to the crisp azure isles of the Mediterranean with this white, cobalt and sky blue room.

Although the color combination is simple, the visual impact is high. The architectural details that encompass the shapes, patterns and moulding in the archway plus the smooth wall textures leave the eye wanting more. Did you see the slight difference in the wall whites and textures midway down?

The furniture and accessories repeat the color, shapes and pattern found throughout. Did you notice how the area rugs perfectly repeat the colors, textures and symbols found in the furniture?

This room exemplifies how a seemingly simple color combination can be visual rich and dynamic.

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Wednesday Walls: Mixed Media Trance

Wednesday Walls features this exhilarating, haunting and psychedelic mixed media piece at “Flourish” a Thinkspace Gallery exhibition of contemporary art.

When is the last time you expanded your inspiration, intellect and soul by visiting a museum?

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Tabletop Tuesday: Purple Glaze

Tabletop Tuesday is all about style, shape and color. The bone plates are full of stylized design with elegant geometric details. The design proves that bone does not have to be boring. To take the presentation to another level, I added a vibrant purple bowl which complements the shape, texture and glaze finish of the bone plates.  The beige and muted purple linen adds a contrasting texture and correlates with the beige linen napkin. For fun, I added the multi-colored wood napkin ring and some flowers. Definitely try these simple tips at home.

This is an original Yvette Craddock design.

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Modern Monday: Transitional Retro Dining Room

Modern Monday takes us to Arkansas. Yes, there. This room has an abundance of delicious style that it is hard to find a starting place. My favorite dilemma. The ceiling. That marbelized treatment in the tray ceilings is a visual treat with a mix of past and futuristic touches. Lower your eyes to that retro […]