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Monday, December 2, 2013

My Home

My home, curated with all sorts of MackeyBlue finds, on pages 48-57 of the Dec/Jan issue of Cottages & Bungalows.  Pick up a copy and take a peek!!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Everything's coming up Ranunculuses!

 Gorgeous vintage necklaces nestled in an old heavy metal test tube container.  Jewelry culled by Garnish in Montclair.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Flea Marketing

Erin and I hamming it up with a big E for Erin and a little K for me at a flea market this summer.  One of our many excursions we go on to hunt for fun treasures for MackeyBlue!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

MackeyBlue Holiday Hours

We will be open extra hours this Holiday Season at MackeyBlue.  Do drop by and visit us and soak in some Holiday Cheer!!  (Click on calender to view larger image.)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Balls Galore

MackeyBlue is overflowing with vintage Christmas!  From glass balls and bells to mercury glass bead garland and tree toppers; bottle brush trees and feather trees; snowmen, Santas and reindeer; metal icicles and bows and Christmas Seal ornaments.  Every day we're open we're unpacking more.  Come visit and get your fill!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Frank Hanavan

MackeyBlue will be hosting Frank Hanavan on the Hoboken Artists Studio Tour this Saturday and Sunday, November 5 and 6, from 12pm - 6pm.

Swing by MackeyBlue, Visit with Frank and Drink in his Dozen Paintings that Will Be on Display. Peruse and Go Home With Your Favorite!

Frank's Message:
Hi. Thanks for visiting my paintings here at MackeyBlue for the Hoboken Studio Tour! I want to thank Karen from MackeyBlue for hosting my exhibit and Geri Fallo and the Hoboken Office of Cultural Affairs. I couldn’t have this show without Karen and none of us on the tour could be here without Geri.

I have always been a “realist” painter, I paint realism. You would think that would be pretty unambiguous but take a look at how “realism” in painting is defined on wikipedia:

“....Realism refers to the general attempt to depict subjects “in accordance with secular, empirical rules” as they are considered to exist in third person objective reality, without embellishment or interpretation. As such, the approach inherently implies a belief that such reality is ontologically independent of man’s conceptual schemes, linguistic practices and beliefs, and thus can be known (or knowable) to the artist, who can in turn represent this ‘reality’ faithfully. As Ian Watt states, modern realism “begins from the position that truth can be discovered by the individual through the senses” and as such “it has its origins in Descartes and Locke, and received its first full formulation by Thomas Reid in the middle of the eighteenth century....”

Pretty heady stuff. I have been painting in realism since I was a kid and I had no idea that all this time realism “ was ontologically independent of man’s conceptual schemes, linguistic practices and beliefs.” Whatever that means. Doesn’t ontology have to do with teeth? No?

I keep it simple. I paint in acrylic on canvas and I try to capture qualities of light in subject matter that appeals to my sense of “what looks good”. I paint what I see and try to make the painting look like the subject I’m painting. Sure there are a lot of subtleties involved but I felt the Wikipedia article was a bit overblown.

More about the Hoboken Artists Tour

Monday, October 17, 2011

Scaring up New Finds!

Bringing lots of Autumnal goodies into MackeyBlue over the next couple weeks.  Fly by and see what you might scare up for your Halloween and Thanksgiving soirees.
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