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All About Eve

Published May 7, 2017 by Maryanne

SAM_2438Drawing by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

All About Eve

All about Eve?

What about me?

In a superficial society.

Trendy, Fendi,

Keeping up with Beyonce

Spending at your local foods

People are so freakin’ rude

Pushing shop carts into butts

Let their kids do what they want.

Monopolize the conversation

It’s better than a sex sensation

Demean others, even your friends

The main thing is to “win, win, win.”

Do it daily, do it loud

Do it often so you feel proud

Raise your kid the same way

She’s a princess every day

Problems in the world we see

Ignorance, sickness, poverty

Change would be nice, if only …

Yet we still chant, “Me! Me! Me!”

And, you know, it’s nothing new,

Eve was all about “me” too.

Back then it was forbidden fruit,

Now it’s Botox to stay cute.

Charlton Heston, was once the rage, uh-huh

No one cares what Moses claimed; uh-huh

And the ME goes on. And the ME goes on.

On.

On.

On.

On.

Copyright 2017, Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

All rights reserved.

I’m Sold!

Published September 18, 2016 by Maryanne

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The Picnic, Photograph by Darlene Foster

I’ve shared, several times on this blog photographs by Darlene Foster (http://www.darlenefoster.com/) that I’ve modeled for. October 2010, we spent the day together taking a series of photographs during an 8-hour period, with a long break for lunch. An interesting side note is that prior to the modeling session I got into a minor car accident. I was still able to drive to Darlene’s home, but during the session I was seeing stars. After the session I went for acupuncture treatments for several weeks.

Nevertheless, we made some great art together.

The Picnic was Darlene’s latest creation and it sold yesterday at The River Queen Artisans Gallery in Lambertville!

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “Love Cats” available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. https://www.amazon.com/Love-Cats-Maryanne-Christiano-Mistretta/dp/1681020513

 

Esty Store!

Published June 1, 2016 by Maryanne

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Several years ago I dabbled in artwork and sold my prints in Union Square, NYC.

While there was an interest, and I’ve even commissioned some work, I never quite had the nerve to start an Esty store … until yesterday! I took photos of all the prints I have available and put it all together to make a store — Pear Tree Punk Party: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PearTreePunkArtParty?ref=pr_faveshops&atr_uid=27826848

In the near future I’m going to be creating more stuff, so be sure to visit again in a month or so!

Frames and Framers, Millburn, New Jersey

Published October 13, 2015 by Maryanne

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In this day and age of Instagram and Facebook photos, people are missing the big picture.

Because of instant visual gratification people are getting into the habit of not preserving their memories. In the same vein of not being able to hold a vinyl record album in your hand and looking at the artwork, people are relying on electronic gadgetry. That said, another art form is being lost — having a perfect frame made for your artwork or photograph.

Frames are an old world craft which highlight and amplify personal art and photographs. Step into any museum and you’ll see what I mean. Yes, there are frame-less art displays, but that’s just an option, not the norm.

Frames can add so much to a photograph: elegance, funkiness, cool, classy, old-fashioned or modern. The art doesn’t just end with a photograph. This is why, when you walk past a frame store and see the displays in the window, you see a personal designer enhancing a piece of work, like an interior decorator does to a room.

One look at the blow-out window display at Frames and Framers (http://www.framesandframersnj.com/) in Millburn, New Jersey, and your imagination will run wild with framing possibilities!

Let’s not see another art form go by the wayside because of technology. Support your local custom frame shops!

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BeachDreamDezines

Published September 5, 2015 by Maryanne

Beach DreamDesign by Sarah Miller Geer

Sarah Miller Geer grew up in New York City and always had a love for the ocean.

She remembers her parents taking her to Atlantic City when she was a little girl and walking on the boardwalk, with the beach “right there.”

The Jackson, New Jersey, resident started making beach-inspired jewelry about 15 years ago, at first as a hobby for herself. Then when friends asked her to make something for them, she wouldn’t charge. When her friends wore the creations to work, they’d get orders for Sarah, who said, “I didn’t intend for it to be more than a hobby.”

Her business is strictly online. You can visit her Etsy shop at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BeachDreamDezines or visit her Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Beachdreamdezines

Designs are one-of-kind made from items found right on the Jersey shore beaches, like real starfishes — only the dead ones … Sarah loves animals and throws the real ones back into the ocean! She also uses seashells that aren’t broken, sea glass and “sand from Point Pleasant and Seaside.”

Currently Sarah is learning more advanced techniques for jewelry making, such as wire wrapping. She said, “Wire wrapping allows no room for mistakes.”

When Sarah isn’t making jewelry, she loves photography. And the beach is still her major inspiration. She said, “I love to photograph nature, seagulls, clouds … anything to do with the beach.”

Enjoy shopping for your beach dream designs — but not the one pictured, that’s for me! I’ll be purchasing when I meet Sarah face-to-face later this month! 🙂 ❤

Pear Tree Presents Elvis Show at Boonton Library

Published June 6, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_7582Ruben Castillo performs as “Elvis”

Thanks, so much, to Stephanie Gablemann of the Boonton Holmes Public Library (http://www.boontonholmeslibrary.org/) for hosting Pear Tree’s (https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/) “Learn and Listen” series featuring The Music of Elvis Presley on Friday, June 5, 2015.

Ruben Castillo (http://www.soundsofelvis.webs.com/) was a hit, especially with the young ladies, who were too shy to dance, but sang along to many of the Elvis hits on this gorgeous spring evening!

Some of the Elvis hits Ruben performed included: “It’s Now or Never,” “Hound Dog,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” and “Trouble.”

Prior to the performance, Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta gave a brief Elvis bio, focusing on Elvis’s first performance of “Old Shep” when he was a youngster, honoring the Dog Days of Summer program, a small grassroots organization dedicated to exposing the public to the importance of art. (www.boontonarts.com)

Also in celebration of Dog Days of Summer, it was Dog’s Night Out. Dog owners paraded their pride and joy down main street, as Ruben, a fellow dog lover, sang Elvis tunes to them.

Here is some video footage: http://www.dailyrecord.com/videos/news/2015/06/06/28594927/?fb_ref=Default

From Boonton Holmes Library Face Book Page: https://www.facebook.com/boontonlibrary/videos/vb.243211676921/10152832693366922/?type=2&theater

It was a fun night for all!

Special thanks to Dylan of the Boonton Holmes Public Library for helping out with the sound system!

SAM_7565Just one of hundreds of dogs featured in Boonton’s Dog Days of Summer

If you’d like to have the “Learn and Listen Series, featuring the Music of Elvis Presley” at your library or other organization, please contact Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta for pricing and availability at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

Happy National Dolphin Day!

Published April 14, 2015 by Maryanne

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Happy National Dolphin Day!

Dolphins are probably the one animal that we can all agree are absolutely the cutest. I’m so lucky to live on the east coast and see them often, swimming along the beaches, in their natural habitat, as well as the few times I went on boat cruises specifically to view dolphins (and whales). Seeing them always makes me feel happy. Even seeing a dolphin in a picture or on a piece of jewelry makes me smile.

Dolphins symbolize: friendship, playfulness, harmony and gentleness.

I wish everyone the happiest dolphin day ever!

SAM_1842Drawing by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta, 2005