Beekman1802.com http://beekman1802.com The fastest growing lifestyle brand in America Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:12:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2 Five Beautiful Things http://beekman1802.com/five-beautiful-things-40/ http://beekman1802.com/five-beautiful-things-40/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:18:33 +0000 http://beekman1802.com/?p=28035 il_570xN.429181352_4nsk

Neighborly Blooms

Photographer Ellen Hoverkamp loves her neighbors. So much so that she frequently tiptoes through their gardens to pluck (with permission!) poseys full of daffodils, peonies, fern fronds and leaves, which she incorporates into her art. Carefully arranging her botanical finds on the screen of a high-resolution flatbed scanner, Ellen scans the compositions to achieve a unique photographic look reminiscent of the Dutch and Flemish still-life painters. There is a book of her work available, as well as matted archival prints. Click here to see more of her work and visit her online shop.

 

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Barn Raising http://beekman1802.com/barn-raising/ http://beekman1802.com/barn-raising/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:23:57 +0000 http://beekman1802.com/?p=28013  ca. 1938  A man sits at the peak of a framed barn.

ca. 1938 A man sits at the peak of a framed barn.

 

Last year, we were named to the Board of Trustees of the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, NY.  The mission of the museum is to cultivate an understanding of the rural heritage that has shaped our land, communities and American culture.

One of our favorite collections of the museum is the vast photo archive.

Plowline: Images of Rural New York is a collecting initiative. The Farmers’ Museum, with the generous support of the Gipson Family, is actively assembling original photography that documents changes in agricultural practice, rural life and farming families in New York State from the 19th century through the present.

Each week on Beekman 1802 we’ll highlight a photo from the collection that not only depicts where WE come from but where we ALL come from.

 

To learn more about the museum or plan a visit on your next trip to Sharon Springs, click here

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Junk Food in Drag

I recently started following an Instagram account that gives new credence to the term, “Presentation is everything.” The account, created by one Chef Jacques La Merde (a cheeky French pseudonym which we will not translate here!) is filled with imagery of convenience-store junk food, styled and plated in a perfectly pretentious manner. On one plate he serves Chef Boyardee Beef Ravioli with Triscuit cracker shards and a Miracle Whip crema. I love the tongue-in-cheek vibe of his chosen art form and what it says about the art of presentation. If you’d like to follow him on Instagram you can find him @chefjacqueslamerde. The account has already amassed 45,000 followers.

La Menu:
1. Hostess cupcake with rainbow Dunk-a-Roos, yogurt raisins, some Nibs and Starbucks Mocha-Frap caviar.
2. Baked Hot Pockets with Hidden Valley bacon ranch spheres and a puree of Chef Boyardee Zoodles.
3. Hawaiian Bagel Bites, Cheetos, baby carrot and ranch puree, small vegetables and chipotle oil.
4. Pogos on marble cheese slices, honey ham rosettes, Sponge Bob Squarepants Zoodles and mustard tears.
5. Raspberry Pop-Tart parfait with vanilla snack-pack and Grape Crush scented gel, enhanced with Mike ‘N’ Ikes, Cry Babies and Fruity Mentos.

 

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The Chatter for May http://beekman1802.com/the-chatter-for-may-2/ http://beekman1802.com/the-chatter-for-may-2/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:09:03 +0000 http://beekman1802.com/?p=27992 chatter square

 

 

We’ve lobbied really hard for Garrison Keillor to give up life in Lake Wobegone and move to Sharon Springs, but thus far he has not answered our letters or returned our calls.

Sharon Springs has beautiful people and above-average children, too, so on to Plan B.

What is a small town village without a small town paper to keep track of what everyone is doing?

Nancy Pfau, the town historian, is now editor of our own little paper.

Each month you can check back here for a new issue and follow the lives of the real village people. If you pay a real visit, you may even want to submit a story idea of your own!

You may not live in small town, but at least you can pretend.

See below for the April/May 2015 Issue

 

 

Chatter April/May 2015

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Five Beautiful Things http://beekman1802.com/five-beautiful-things-38/ http://beekman1802.com/five-beautiful-things-38/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 12:52:45 +0000 http://beekman1802.com/?p=27973 ANTIQUE NO 5

 

Dream Houses

An elaborate floating palace, hovering above a desolate bog; a Tudor tower with windows on every facade rising from a barren hillside. For German graphic designer and collage artist Matthias Jung, anything is possible in that space where dreams meet architecture. He first began to create surreal houses and buildings as a young boy, using scissors and glue found in his father’s photo lab to make elaborate collages. Earlier this year, Jung created a series of fantasy houses and buildings using digital collage. The series, called “Houses”, incorporated his own photography – images of architecture and landscapes that he gathered on his travels. Where glue and scissors once sufficed, modern digital programs now help him realize his visions. These days, he says technology removes the apprehension from the cut-and-paste process: “If something doesn’t work, I just hit the back button. This is what is different now.”

 

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Spring Awakening http://beekman1802.com/spring-awakening-2/ http://beekman1802.com/spring-awakening-2/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 23:13:47 +0000 http://beekman1802.com/?p=27959  

 In the image, two girls pose with sprays of flowers in an outdoors setting. On the back of the corresponding photograph is written: "1950." This image is part of a collection of photographs of the Dezemo family, owners of a dairy farm in Orange County, New York possibly in Walden, New York.

In the image, two girls pose with sprays of flowers in an outdoors setting. On the back of the corresponding photograph is written: “1950.” This image is part of a collection of photographs of the Dezemo family, owners of a dairy farm in Orange County, New York possibly in Walden, New York.

 

 

Last year, we were named to the Board of Trustees of the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, NY.  The mission of the museum is to cultivate an understanding of the rural heritage that has shaped our land, communities and American culture.

One of our favorite collections of the museum is the vast photo archive.

Plowline: Images of Rural New York is a collecting initiative. The Farmers’ Museum, with the generous support of the Gipson Family, is actively assembling original photography that documents changes in agricultural practice, rural life and farming families in New York State from the 19th century through the present.

Each week on Beekman 1802 we’ll highlight a photo from the collection that not only depicts where WE come from but where we ALL come from.

 

To learn more about the museum or plan a visit on your next trip to Sharon Springs, click here

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Where the Wild Things Are

Canadian sculptor Ellen Jewett grew up surrounded by nature and has always been fascinated by humanity’s relationship to the animal kingdom: from the wildness we shrink from in fright to the need we have to dominate and domesticate other creatures. Her sculptures echo this projection of human fantasy and the materials she uses in work (all-natural, locally-sourced) enhance the strangeness of her figures. Ellen studied anthropology and fine art at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Today Ellen’s work is achieving a vibrant internet presence and is featured in public and private collections worldwide. She is enthusiastically expanding her studio practice, forever experimenting and meeting the demand of her time and art. Click here to see more of her work.

 

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Five Beautiful Things http://beekman1802.com/five-beautiful-things-36/ http://beekman1802.com/five-beautiful-things-36/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:40:52 +0000 http://beekman1802.com/?p=27930 Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 11.36.13 AM

Making a Splash

Photographers Jeremy Floto and Cassandra Warner, a husband-and-wife team based in New York, have an obsession with colour. From portraits to landscapes to more experimental projects, Floto and Warner always look on the bright side, bringing striking colour to their photographs with little or no digital enhancements. Their series “Colourant” features splashes of coloured liquids photographed in mid-air at a speed of 1/1300th of a second. The captured splashes, frozen in a moment of exuberance, appear like curious phantoms hovering over the landscape. Click here to see more of their amazing work.

 

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Rise and Shine http://beekman1802.com/rise-and-shine/ http://beekman1802.com/rise-and-shine/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:47:59 +0000 http://beekman1802.com/?p=27926  Photographic negative. Image of woman at Lippett Farmstead taking a pan of gingerbread from the fireplace. Otsego County, New York


Photographic negative. Image of woman at Lippett Farmstead taking a pan of gingerbread from the fireplace. Otsego County, New York

 

Last year, we were named to the Board of Trustees of the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, NY.  The mission of the museum is to cultivate an understanding of the rural heritage that has shaped our land, communities and American culture.

One of our favorite collections of the museum is the vast photo archive.

Plowline: Images of Rural New York is a collecting initiative. The Farmers’ Museum, with the generous support of the Gipson Family, is actively assembling original photography that documents changes in agricultural practice, rural life and farming families in New York State from the 19th century through the present.

Each week on Beekman 1802 we’ll highlight a photo from the collection that not only depicts where WE come from but where we ALL come from.

 

To learn more about the museum or plan a visit on your next trip to Sharon Springs, click here

 

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Five Beautiful Things http://beekman1802.com/five-beautiful-things-35/ http://beekman1802.com/five-beautiful-things-35/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:55:42 +0000 http://beekman1802.com/?p=27909 22493db0848d613adf4f275e03750334

Plant Concoctions

One of my favourite books is called The Plant Recipe Book, by Baylor Chapman. The premise of the book is simple: choose your favourite vessel (a copper pot, a serving bowl, a wooden crate), fill it with earth and plant it with bulbs and small houseplants to create a living arrangement for the indoors. The book contains 100 examples of these creations with instructions and tips on how to choose your plants, how to arrange them and how to keep them living for as long as possible.

“I think that people are surprised by how much you can fit into one bowl,” the author told the LA Times. “They are leery about adding too much to it. You can jam stuff in there like a floral arrangement. Succulents don’t mind being crowded. People tend to give them a lot of space. It’s not like a garden outside. The plants are not going to grow that much.”

Like flower arrangements, however, these living arrangements are ephemeral. Do not expect your plant concoctions to last a lifetime. Chapman’s remedy for this dilemma is simple: reuse and recycle. “Sometimes you can take succulents out of an arrangement and plant them outside,” she says. “Or separate them and plant one in a single container. An asparagus fern looks lovely by itself. Often you can make another arrangement from the plants.” Below are some examples of Chapman’s arrangements from the book. Using herbs, ferns, flowering bulbs, hellebores, succulents and wild flora, Chapman creates unique, long-lasting arrangements that would enliven any space.

 

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