Thursday, October 6, 2016

Artist: RS Connett

It's hard to pick just one, but here's one of my favorites:

Sea Creature Coincidence. 

Long story but I was google image searching for a mermaid throne and although that was tough to find, many other amazing artworks showed up in the search. Mermaids led to sea creatures which lead to sea creatures that are taking down ships. I’m so blown away by the talent of so many artists. It’s also amazing how some of the images really made me feel scared!! Ok, so the coincidence part is that next day I came across a story that is a hoax about a giant octopus who sunk a Staten Island ferry. An artist made up this story to tell his nephew and he decided to turn it into a larger art project by creating a monument, a website and mockumentary. Because it seems so “official” people are actually wondering if this could be real!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Tiki Match Collection:

Sam's Seafood and Hawaiian Village
Huntington Beach, CA

Opened in 1923. Rebuilt as Tiki-themed in 1957 after a fire.
Closed in 2007
Reopened as Kona, closed
Reopened as Don the Beachcomber in 2009 - current as of September 2016

Sam's was originally a seafood restaurant but not Tiki themed however when a fire burned the building down in 1959 the family who owned it decided to rebuild with the Tiki theme. So glad they did!

I love pictures of tiki drink menus that show the drink prices back in the good ol' days!!

Photo from critiki

Photo from critiki
These are photos from critiki of Don the Beachcombers Tiki mug collection. It looks amaaaazing. Gotta see it for myself!

Tiki mug collection photo by Codman on critiki 
Tiki mug collection photo by Robin on critiki 
This Hula Girls article from sometime in 2015, which is filled with lots of in-depth information (thank you!), makes it sound like the people who own the land that this restaurant is on are hoping to demolish and redevelop but based on Hula Girls gig calendar it has them performing at Don's throughout December 2016. Let's hope this place stays open.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tiki Match Collection:

Mai Tai Restaurant (Rum Runner bar inside)
Excelsior, Minnesota

Here's a fun story Dusty Cajun added to the website:

"The Mai Tai was a wonderful big restaurant, on the water, with very Polynesian/Hawaiian architecture and a South Pacific cuisine. We docked Sunshine and went in for a grand dinner. My very favorite dish was called the “Flaming Hawaiian Feast”. It was a wok dish with lobster, crab, shrimp, beef, pork, chicken, pineapple, celery, and other veggies and fruits that I don’t remember. They poured brandy over it and served it flaming. It was offered as a dinner for two but it was easily enough for three of us. They also offered the very best scorpion I ever drank, but you had to drink it when you got there so you would be sober enough to drive when you left. "

Based on comments, it was established in the mid 70s


from Dusty Cajun on 
from Dusty Cajun on

Photos are mine unless noted otherwise.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Favorite Art Styles: Folk Art

Came across an article about a compound in Georgia painted in folk art. When I saw the photo I was like, yes!, folk art is my jam. I do like so many different art styles and get a little frustrated with myself for not having one style I really gravitate to, but folk art makes me happy and perhaps my home is a little bit folk art in that it has a mishmash of items and colors. 

I absolutely love House of Blues decor.
Every wall has something of interest even the ceiling!

Here are some links to artist websites

The photos I've posted are from various sites on the web, not my own.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Am so happy to learn about Sister Corita Kent. I can't figure out why I haven't heard of her before. Very inspiring details about her life but I'll just share my favorite pieces of hers here.

Monday, August 15, 2016

"Liquid Shard"

Fluttering Silver Cloud Hovers Over Los Angeles Square

Pershing Square in Los Angeles is getting a second look this week with the addition of a surreal glittering silver cloud that undulates in the air above the concrete, seemingly floating without any supports. Tethered from a 10-story purple bell tower to a lower corner of the park, the latticework installation is made of thousands of holographic mylar strips that flutter in the breeze. The work is a collaboration between Patrick Shearn of Poetic Kinetics and the AA Visiting School of Los Angeles, a week-long design program for art students.

Poetic Kinetics is known for creating many of the massive, colorful creations that appear at Burning Man each year. Sharon says he was inspired by nature and “the feeling that we are only aware on a very surface level of what is really going on around us. We feel the currents of air on our skin but do not see the larger movements.”

Unfortunately I missed seeing this. :-(

Friday, August 5, 2016

The Lost Mushroom Masterpieces

How an obscure woman mycologist left her mark on fungi.

By Alicia Puglionesi    JULY 27, 2016