Christmas Tree Decoration at The Isham-Terry House in Hartford

Pictures of the Christmas Tree I decorated for the Isham-Terry House in Hartford in December.
The tree came down today.

The Isham-Terry House

Event Planning: Roseanne Barr at the Gathering of the Vibes

Backstage with Roseanne Barr, whom I arranged to give her Presidential Campaign Speech at the Gathering of the Vibes this year, in Bridgeport, CT:

VIDEO: Roseanne Barr’s Pitch For Presidency At The Gathering Of The Vibes 2012

Heading to The Vibes with Imani Mamalution and Lisl Meredith Heubner

At the front of the stage to watch Roseanne and Primus with Imani Mamalution, Lisl Meredith Heubner and Claude Rioual

BANG THE DRUM Energy & Environmental Art Exhibition, April 27 – May 25, 2012

Fashionista Eco Sink

Go check out my oil drum art work “Fashionista Eco Sink” at the BANG THE DRUM Energy & Environmental Art Exhibition at Hartford’s Union Station 7am – 11 pm until May 25th, 2012.

I was also the event planner for the opening reception. So I got to pick the music we would listen to and the food we would eat. Oh boy!! Here I am with the band I chose, Chief Archaic from Collinsville:

Lauren Blasig, Sophia Cannavo, Dana Herbert, Naomi Kravitz, Andrew Decker

At the end of the night, guests were treated to a special appearance by Ravenbane’s Firecraft:

Anatolia Demir

Shane Ravenbane

It was an AWESOME opening reception!
Special thanks to G-Monkey Mobile, Alchemy Juice Bar/Mamalicious Market, Flatbread Pizza Canton, and Fire n’ Spice Vegan Restaurant, for their very generous organic and gluten-free food donations!
There are over 30 amazing fine art oil drums on display right now at Union Station, most are for sale (with a portion of the proceeds going to Oil Drum Art), please go check it out if you haven’t already!
To keep updated on the exhibition, see more photos, and check out the prize winners, please join the BANG THE DRUM Energy & Environmental Art Exhibition page.
Oil Drum Art’s page about the Opening Exhibition.
Learn more here: Oil Drum Art

JUST RELEASED Ravenbane’s Firecraft Video

And stayed tuned, Oil Drum Art has recently been invited to go to the Gathering Of The Vibes in Bridgeport, CT this summer, and I will be covering that on this blog and on Facebook as well.

Oil Drum Art: Call to Artists


Create new Oil Drum Art
$2,000 in Cash & Prizes

The theme of the exhibition is Energy & Environment

Exhibition: April 27-May 26, 2012
Hartford Union Station Great Hall
One Union Place, Hartford
Opening Reception: April 27, 6-9PM

For FREE recycled 55-gallon oil drum in Hartford:
call Tao LaBossiere at 860-978-2622

- $25 Registration fee
(25% Discount to Charter Members. See “Membership”)

By April 15: E-Mail photo(s) of finished entry to:

April 18: Jury notification

April 26: Artwork delivery, 2-5PM

For more information go to

Inside Artists at Oscars Night Hartford 2012

Oscar Party ( Photo: Brad Horrigan, Hartford Courant / February 26, 2012 )

Johnny Frechette, left, and Dana Herbert, right, both of Hartford, pose for a photo with Kurt Uccello, of Providence, RI, depicting an Oscar at Connecticut AIDS Resource Coalition Oscar night party at Real Art Ways Sunday.

Dana is wearing a beaded silk gown made in India by Papelle Boutique.

Oscars Night in Hartford: CT AIDS Resource Coalition Oscars Party

Chris Kelly, Johnny Frechette, Dana Herbert, Amy Mielke LaBossiere and Tao LaBossiere at Oscars Night Hartford 2012. Real Art Ways. Photo by Steve Laschever.

More Oscar Night Hartford Photos by Steve Laschever here.

Hartford Bedroom Brightened Up By Inside Artists

What a difference a little bit of color can make! And of course a little bit of polish doesn’t hurt either . . .

Bedroom: Before

We started the job on Valentine's Day and so this was our wall sample. We chose a non-toxic venetian plaster in orange, or salmon, one of our favorite colors. Orange also just happens to sit in the NW corner of my feng shui color chart (I am limited here to black, white, yellow or orange) and the bedroom faces NW, in the NW corner of the house. Salmon is a great feng shui color for bedrooms.

First coat of venetian plaster is finished. Two more coats to go . . .

Johnny applying the second coat of venetian plaster.

Here is what it looks like after the third coat and some burnishing. We also painted the trim a pale olive green.

Venetian plaster is one of my favorite finishes. Just gorgeous!

Don't you think?

We'll be returning to decorate the room next month and will take some more photos then.

Here's a cool shot I took along the side of the wall that shows how the finish looks like glass!

Sacred Movement Yoga, Bishop’s Corner, West Hartford

That's me at Sacred Movement Yoga in Bishop's Corner, West Hartford, a Yoga Studio designed by Johnny Frechette and Dana Herbert of Inside Artists. Check out the Before and After picture below . . .


Before Picture #1

Before Picture #2


Johnny Frechette designed and built this gorgeous reception desk out of reclaimed barn wood I found this past summer. Paint colors and finishes were all selected by Dana Herbert (me).

Backstage view #1

Backstage view #2

I specified and painted all of the faux metallic copper finishes.

Johnny designed and built that cool looking window.

Another view of Johnny's window, from inside the office.

Owner Zette Sullivan, yoga instructor Jeff Hush, and designer Johnny Frechette. Rug made in India.

Owner Zette Sullivan, Class in Session

View their Class Schedule here.
Like their Facebook Page here.

AFTER PICTURES were taken with my cell phone. I will post professional photos when they become available. In the meantime though, nothing is better than viewing the actual space, so sign up for a class, take in the surroundings and get your yoga on!

Dorothy Street Apartments in Hartford Get A Fresh New Look From Inside Artists

Exterior of Dorothy Street Apartments

Kitchen - Before

Living Room - Before

Bedroom and Bathroom - Before

Dorothy Bedroom - Before

My Design Plan Using Live Interiors 3D Pro And Feng Shui Color Chart. See Actual Paint Colors Specified Below.

My Color Selections for Kitchen Using Online Paint Selector Program

My Color Selections for Kitchen, Living Room and Entry Using Online Paint Selector Program

My Color Selections for Living Room and Bedroom Using Online Paint Selector Program

I will post “After” pictures when work on the apartment is completed.

Nature Nourishes Exhibit at ArtSpace Hartford, now through August 26th

The Nature Nourishes Exhibit, a group exhibition curated by Lori Robeau and Karen Talbot has taken root at ArtSpace Hartford, 555 Ayslum Street, with 22 artists from across the nation. This show runs until August 26th, gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 3-8, and Saturday and Sunday, 12-4. Free and open to the public.

Here are some pictures I took of artist and herbalist Karen Talbot’s work during her Artist Talk and Weed Walk yesterday. I just LOVE Karen’s style . . .

Weeds as Food and Medicine. Entrees at the table include Evening Primrose, Jewelweed, Stinging Nettles, Wood Sorrel, Violet, Mugwort, Queen Anne's Lace (aka Wild Carrot) and Plantain. The centerpiece is Dandelion.

Grass and crystal chandelier.

Beautiful display of wild weeds in oils and as tinctures.

Karen Talbot reveals some of her secrets for getting wild in the kitchen.

Karen's homemade Stinging Nettles iced tea helps restore the adrenals, stabilizes blood sugar, and lessens allergic and menopausal problems. Just what i need!

Karen's homemade Sumac iced tea, so delicious!

Karen takes us on a Weed Walk behind ArtSpace, my back yard.

garlic mustard

We find some garlic mustard!

Sampling Karen's homemade Dandelion wine.

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