Art & Soul II: Vintage Voices

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Art & Soul II: Vintage Voices
Presented by Quirks of Art

Saturday, October 4th 7-10PM

Featuring: Leah Suarez & Friends from Charleston, SC

Supported by local favorites Timeline Jazz Quartet.

This event will be presented in a well-appointed tent on Prince George Street in front of the Blue Talon Bistro.

$40 ticket includes admission, a welcome cocktail, and artfully prepared Hors d’ oeuvres and dessert by Chef Scott Hoyland of the Blue Talon Bistro. 

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Photo by Alice Keeney Photography
We hope you’ll join us on Saturday, October 4th, 2014 for an intimate evening of music, art, and food in a large tent on Prince George Street. The event begins promptly at 7PM with a performance by local favorites, theTimeline Jazz Quartet.
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Then be prepared to go on a musical journey with Leah Suarez & Friends.  Leah will use her smooth, sultry voice to pay homage to the late, greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Etta James, and Nina Simone.
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Photo Credit: Alice Kenney Photography
Leah has a luminous voice and an authentic and alluring stage presence. She has cultivated strong roots in jazz into a deliberate, emotionally mature sound, combining the best of many traditions. She has performed a range of music that includes American jazz standards, Brazilian bossa nova, and folk music from all over the world.

Leah is a graduate of the College of Charleston with a degree in Music Performance with an emphasis in Jazz Studies. She had the opportunity to perform at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival,and has been featured as one of Charleston’s “Women Who Rock.” The article praised her “fresh and nuanced vocal style” and “considerable improvisational liberties,” which are a hallmark of her performances, making even the most familiar standard unique and refreshing.

Leah’s musical and creative talent and credits extend well beyond the bandstand, most notably as one of the founding members of Jazz Artists of Charleston - a non-profit dedicated to  advocating for jazz. She currently serves as the organization’s Executive Director and is the Resident Vocalist for the Charleston Jazz Orchestra.
Leah Suárez is a singer, writer, risk-taker, and above all someone who believes, without question, in the power of music. We just love that about her.

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Photo Credit: Alice Keenan Photography
Our featured artist for the evening will be Sandhi Schimmel Gold.  Sandhi creates one-of-a-kind portraits and artwork using scrap paper and junk mail.  This is an original called “Lady Day” and it features the incomparable Billie Holiday.  Sandhi will be on site and have many pieces from her collection (both originals and reproductions) on display.
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“Lady Day” original art on canvas $2100
RAVE REVIEWS FOR Art & Soul
Those that attended most likely remember how great our first event was…but just in case you need a reminder, here are just a few of the RAVE reviews we received….
“I just wanted to tell you how blown away I was by the event. Michael Bellar and his group were outstanding; but aside from that; you created the perfect atmosphere. I haven’t been to anything like this in Williamsburg in the 27 years I have lived here. Loved it!! Can’t wait for the next one…” Denise Koch

“We had a wonderful time. We bought tickets at the last minute to celebrate our 9th wedding anniversary, it was a memorable evening. The venue, the food, and the artists were outstanding. Thank you for stepping out and planning such an event–Congratulations that it was sold-out! We look forward to the next event. You’ve got two devoted attendees.” Tammy Rojek

“Thank you for a wonderful evening last night! The music and company were wonderful. I look forward to the next event!” Lisa McManus

“Your party was the best fun – beautiful setting, perfect method of service (no crowds) and the music was truly outstanding. Good Job – put me on your list for Art & Soul II!” Beth Fugate

“AMAZING NIGHT FOR ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD- – even more over the top for Williamsburg!!!” Shirley Vermillion

“Thank you, it was a fantastic night! Great setting and wonderful music.” Sam Buirski

“Jazz, Art, good folks. I’m down with it.” Randy Cummins

“Those who attended Art & Soul at the Muscarelle on Wednesday evening were treated to one of the best evenings ever held in Williamsburg. The setting was dignified and elegant and the food was excellent.
The music was out of this world and fun! Jennifer, her staff and sponsors throw a mean party.” – The Virginia Gazette, June 8th

“ART & SOUL NIGHT – a superb night of music, art, food, drink, and cool people all splendidly combined together by the ladies of Quirks of Art – Williamsburg and conducted at the Muscarelle Museum of Art on the campus of the College of William & Mary.
The featured jazz band was the nationally known Michael Bellar & the AS-IS Ensemble from New York. If you like instrumental jazz, this is the one!
The intro band was the international rising star band known as The Hark with Liana Jones as the singer who always knocks us dead and this time did not disappoint with some romantic tunes. (One was in Spanish!) I would have paid 10 times the cost for this event as it was so classy and well done. Thank you!”

“”The first Art & Soul Event sponsored by Quirks of Art on June 5 was a fabulous evening of great music, food and conversation in an intimate setting. Jenn and the gang at Quirks of Art did an awesome job.” – The Virginia Gazette, June 15th
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Photo Credit: Alice Keeney Photography
Ticket price is $40 and includes a welcome cocktail, concert, artfully prepared light hors d’oeuvres, and dessert and coffee.
A cash bar will be open throughout the evening.

Space is extremely limited. Don’t delay…Reserve your tickets here.

For added fun, join our Facebook Event Page.

A special thanks to Steve Rose at Williamsburg Event Rentals for helping to make this event happen.

We’ll all be there and really, really hope you’ll be able to join us!

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We proudly present this event as part of American Craft Week.
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MoZart Fun Houses

MoZart Fun Houses

On October 10th, Artist Mo Crone will be presenting her collection at our store! She is our featured local artist for Williamsburg Fall Arts and American Craft Week!

(click HERE for more details on event)

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Colorful. Individual. Whimsical. Irresistible!

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Those are the words we here most when customers see our collection of pottery fun houses!

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No two pieces are ever alike…

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…But you probably could have guessed that from the amount of detail and hours of painstaking love that goes into every fun house!

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After 8 years in Italy, Mo recently settled in Portsmouth and we are proud to have her as one of our local Virginia artist!!

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Every fun house starts as carefully, hand molded clay…

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Then each piece is painted, fired and VOILA!

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The whimsical doors, hearts, and nature pieces are made separately, than added on to the house structure for a 3D effect!

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Even the window panes have quirky details!!

Don’t miss Mo Crone coming OCTOBER 10, 2014!! Click HERE for more info!

Houston Llew: The Man Behind the Copper & Glass

Houston Llew: The Man Behind the Copper & Glass

Houston Llew is our featured artist to celebrate Williamsburg Fall Arts & American Craft Week! Houston will be flying in from Atlanta October 2nd & 3rd for our Meet & Greet! Get more info HERE.

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Alright ladies, we know what you’re thinking… what great boots right?! haha If we had a dime for every time a customer pointed out Houston’s cheeky, “adorable” smile, we’d have.. well… about a hundred Spiritiles!! :D

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But we are here to announce, there is so much more to this guy! He makes incredible art, in fact his copper and glass fused tiles are a best seller at Quirks of Art!

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This isn’t shocking news to anyone who has ever seen our downright awesome, Spiritile wall! But in case you somehow missed it, fear not! We’ve got you covered!

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See… pretty awesome right? :)

The process of making them is even more mind-blowing! The glass is applied to one side of the metal using stencils and relying on precise layering with hand sifters. The piece is only fired once. After firing, a pin is rolled over the enameled metal to form intentional crazing marks in the glass. 

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Houston says this technique creates increased light refraction, particularly in the transparent glass, and allows for easier malleability. Like all beautiful enamel works, the results are best seen in person to fully appreciate the effect.

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You can see the effect of Houston’s unique, rolling pin technique particularly well in this piece!

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Don’t miss Houston at Quirks of Art October 2nd for the Williamsburg Gallery Crawl, and October 3rd for our Meet & Greet with Houston Llew! He will be signing Spiritiles personally for you!

20% OFF In stock LAZY SUSANS!!

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Starting TODAY we are offering 20% OFF ALL in stock Lazy Susans!!

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This portrayel of the four seasons offers simple, sweet messages. Get it HERE 

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Add vibrant colors to your home today!

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This fun Lazy Susan is for perfect for the “Hostess with the Mostest”! Looks stunning on the dining room table :)

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You can find all of these handcrafted, beautiful creations HERE on our website! All IN STOCK Lazy Susans are 20% off through the 17th!

Houston Llew Spiritiles Fall 2014 Release

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Announcing the Fall Kick-Off Release of Houston Llew Spiritiles!

We just LOVE this tribute to American Industry.

Order yours today for immediate delivery, or pre-order for our October 2nd and 3rd show with Houston Llew and have your Spiritile SIGNED at no additional cost. Just let us know at checkout which option you prefer.

Use online code: americancraftweek to save 10% on all Spiritiles through Sunday… and remember there is always FREE SHIPPING on these items!

This release is dedicated to the adventurers, the innovators, the ones who won’t give up and won’t give in – these two pieces launch the indomitable spirit of the fall season, and herald great things to come in the months ahead.

So turn up that blues music, that classic rock ‘n’ roll, read the stories for these brand-new all-American pieces below, and enjoy!

Buy art and travel on.

Vintage Lace Pressed Hearts NOW ONLINE!

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We have recently added our absolutely stunning line of pottery Hearts to our website!!

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Every single heart is layered with detail!

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From natural wood arrows…

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 …to being pressed with vintage lace and buttons!

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These are our small heart collection ranging form $79- $139!

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Can’t get enough? Just check them out HERE and ORDER TODAY!

Jenn’s FABULOUS FORTY Celebration

At Quirks of Art, we love any reason to celebrate, especially when it comes to the woman who makes it all possible for us to be here… and that’s Hilary Clinton!

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JUST KIDDING! Of course, it’s our Chick-in-Charge, Jenn!!

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Jenn picked Prime46forty as our gathering place! From the blue pearl granite bar to the vivid lighting, you really feel like you’ve stepped out of Williamsburg and straight into the city!

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When the whole gang finally arrived, we ordered a mixture of white wines and mixed drinks! Our favorite being the “Blond Cosmosis”, which had pear vodka, white cranberry, a drop of rose syrup, splash of sour and a squeeze of lime! YUMMY!

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Tiara’s for ALLLLLL!!!!

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OK we admit… we did talk a little business…

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But all that seriousness was over in a flash!!

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After, more than a few, cocktails Jeremy & Kendra give their best “Vogue” faces!

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In true Quirk fashion, we drank, drank, AND drank some more!!

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…and then we got SILLY!

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What a whirlwind it was! The night was over before we knew it!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JENN!!!!!

-Kristina, Kendra, Leigh Ann, Jeremy, & Karen <3

Practically FREE DYI with your Dog!

Recently it was, Kristina’s puppy, Chloe’s FIRST EVER birthday!! Chloe was rescued from Heritage Humane Society, after being there for a whole two and a half months! So we knew we had to make her birthday special… but we needed something within hours! Oh what to do!!

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So… in true “girl” fashion, we turned to Pinterest and found this SUPER easy, and practically FREE, DYI Doggy Cake!

You can take any cake pan, and fill it with water!

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Then add some drops of peanut butter throughout the cake pan…

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…add some toys! Chloe’s favorite are her kong and ball!

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Then throw in some random treats and stick it in the FREEZER!

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A couple hours later, voila!

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We sang Happy Birthday and Chloe was the most excited puppy in the whole world!

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Even with her strong pit bull teeth it took her a over TWO HOURS to devour!

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Hope your doggies love this treat just as much as ours did!!

Whimsical Paintings from Savannah

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This artist from Savannah, David Gildersleeve, was originally sparked by comic books – Batman being a favorite!

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David paints subjects that invade his subconscious, using a wonky style to help bring these images to life!

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David has been published in several magazines including Playboy!

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He uses a wide array of media including acrylics, watercolor, pastels, pen and ink and others to create original art and prints. 

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In addition to his many stupendously successful and creative projects, Dave enjoys spending as much time as he can with his talented and beautiful wife Samantha and working on classic muscle cars from the 60′s and 70′s. 

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While David is teaching, Samantha, his wife, runs the gallery as well as her own successful graphic design company!

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Since opening the Gallery, they have met many interesting people from all over the world and they hope that more people come to enjoy David’s work.

 

POCKET MONKEY- the really, really thin multi-tool

This SUPER thin tool can just about save your world in almost EVERY circumstance!

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It fits perfectly in your wallet to ensure you ALWAYS have it on you!

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…AND if that wasn’t enough.. it’s only 1 ounce!

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I mean, come on… Would you rather carry this around all day?

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Yeah, we wouldn’t either! Now, for it’s features! Drumroll please….

The obvious bottle cap opener, but who doesn’t have one of those hanging around on a belt or keychain?! We need MORE!!

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…like a banana nicker!

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OR for the forgetful who always loses their keys.. a DOOR LATCH SLIP to get inside!

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FLATHEAD SCREWDRIVER! One of the most commonly needed tools – now in your back pocket! Need we say more.

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HEX WRENCHES! 5 sizes of standard English hex-bolt/nut wrenches nested into one another. Slip the tool over a bolt-head and slide sideways until you find the right size. Convenient and easy to use!

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A FLAT PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER?? That’s right! The cross blade isn’t the key to the phillips head pattern. It’s the angled tip. This novel 2-D phillips screwdriver works!

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PHONE KICKSTAND! Insert your credit card to make a stand for your touch phone.

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RULER! Sometimes all you need to know is the difference between 3/16ths and 1/4 of an inch. Now you can measure those small details that life throws at you!pocketmonkey-ruler-260

By now, we know what your thinking… I HAVE TO BUY ONE FOR EVERY SINGLE PERSON I KNOW!

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And guess what! YOU CAN!!! Just check out our website and order away! :)