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Sgraffito.

n. pl. sgraf·fi·ti (-t)

1. Decoration produced on pottery or ceramic by scratching through a surface of plaster or glazing to reveal a different color underneath.
2. Ware decorated in this manner.
 
If I just taught you something, you’re welcome!  Beginning August 1, we will be featuring the artwork of Janine Medlin, a local artist who applies this technique to oils on canvas, creating depth and complexity in each piece she touches.   Whether you have never heard the word before, or you know all about this beautiful approach to artwork,  you will want to drop in for the artist’s reception this Friday evening, August the 3rd, to celebrate Janine’s art, chat with her, and enjoy some delectable bites, and a glass of prosecco (or two!).
 
Janine, a Tennessee native and UT Knoxville alumna, began painting in 2000 after moving to Charlotte from Nashville with her husband and sons, and quickly fell in love with it, realizing she had a knack for capturing the complexity of single elements in nature.   Some of her most personal and prolific artwork has consisted of nests of eggs, which have connected with people in countless personal and beautiful ways.  Some of these paintings have gone to new mothers, mothers leaving abusive relationships with their children (symbolizing that home would be wherever they were safe together), the Ronald McDonald house for families away from their homes, and recently to a woman who just lost her husband.  Janine says that her faith directs the feel of a piece as it reflects the serenity and grandeur that she sees in nature back to God who created it all.
 
Janine has been a participant in many charities including Art with Heart, where she has been a finalist in the emerging artist competition for the past 6 years, earning second place in this years event.  In addition, she’s been featured in Charlotte Living,  and Baby and Child Magazine among others, and one of her pieces was selected for the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition house built in Shamrock.
 
And, even more wonderful than all her accomplishments, Janine is a lovely woman with a sparkling spirit and a deep and beautiful heart.  Just like her art.  Come check her out on the feature wall of Slate Interiors from August 1-31.

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Have I ever mentioned that I love my job?  I do.  I love my job.  Weird stuff happens here.  The awesome kind of weird.  For example…

Once upon a time (not so very long ago…) a lovely lady heard great things about Slate and came to see what all the fuss was about.   Little did she know as she drifted through each vignette, that hidden among all the loveliness was a buried treasure in the form of a painting,  from her life decades ago.  Until there it was, staring her in the face with a sense of irony too unlikely for words.  So she sought out the charming and witty store rep (who bears an uncanny resemblence to your dear writer…) and told her, “You will never believe it, but I painted this in the 60’s.  I can’t believe it’s here.”  So I will tell you the story of how the painting came full circle, and then you will know why this place is so awesome. 

You can still see hints of the original colors, and still in it’s original frame!

Five decades ago, the aformentioned lovely (Chris is her name) gifted a sizable red and yellow magnolia flower painting to her sister for her birthday, which remained with her for her entire life.  After she passed and her husband remarried, it was thoughtfully returned to her, where it sat in a closet for several years. 

One day her daughter came upon it, decided it might be useful in a different color palette, and gave it a cream and sky-blue make-over.  Voila!  Sadly, her husband hated it.  So back to the closet it went.  Years come and go, and nob0dy wants it.  It’s time.  The daughters sells it.  A short time later, another daughter hears the painting has sold, and is beside herself.  Really? How could you just go and sell a family treasure like that?  I want that painting! 

Now at this point in the story, Chris pauses to qualify that (she swears) she talked to everyone and nobody wanted the darn thing.  But there we are.  The painting is gone.  I mean, what can you do?   And so she stares at this painting in serendipitous disbelief that it has made it’s way back to her.  It even has the original rough wood frame that her husband made for it.  And so it came to pass, my friends, that I made a call, relayed the story, and Cookie (the sweetheart  merchant who owned said painting), was as charmed by the story as I was, and returned it to the family for her cost.  The painting is home again, and hopefully not in the closet.   Full circle.  I love my job.

The end.

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It’s a new month, friends, and though 2012 is half played out, we are here to give you something to look forward to each and every month.  Yes, those new year’s resolutions may be but distant memories, but at this, the halfway point in the year, we are hosting  a reason to put on a dress and drink some prosecco.  Our feature art wall changes the first of the month, so it is time to celebrate a new month, new artist and new season of summer fun. 

This month, at the crux of summer, we highlight the art of Kate Gaither.  Inspired by nature and frequently a painter en plien air (frenchy speak for open air painting), she often takes a multi-media approach, and has been known to use everything from recycled materials to beach glass she finds along the Carolina shore. 

Born in Indiana and raised in Florida, Kate moved to NC in 1980 after college at University of Florida. She owns Newport Properties, a full service real estate firm at Lake Norman and has been in Real Estate for 32 years. Kate finds it relaxing to create new visions of what she sees in nature in her spare time.

 This collection of works is inspired by spring’s bloom – everything coming to life; it is a collection featuring acryllics and collage.  And with the heat bearing down on us these days, these flowers may be the only ones not wilting in the sun.  Come see them here beginning the 1st of July.  Stay tuned for more information on our artist reception July 13th.

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A gorgeous table full of delicious accoutrements

 

Parker Kennedy Living.  The response has been incredible.  People  have  actually rescheduled work trips to be here when they bring in new inventory!  Who are these design geniuses, you ask?  Let me introduce you to them, dear friends.  Meet founders and business partners David Ecton and Lance Jackson of Parker Kennedy Living – they will change your life… or, perhaps just your living room, but either way, you’ll be in true love in no time.

 

 

Only developed as recently as early 2011, Parker Kennedy Living has gone full force with their own design group, an Atlanta store front, furniture product development, as well as being permanent antique dealers at Atlanta’s famous Scott’s Antique Market.  Their company has been wildly successful, and we are thrilled to welcome them to the Slate family. 

Self-described as “preppy on the edge,”  they strive for a modern approach to traditional design. Finding those unique items that have a story, and seeing their clients fall in love is what it is all about for them, and their pieces have been selling almost before they can be merchandised.  (We even had a not-altogether-undisguised little war between a couple of Charlotte’s best designers  over a set of 4 vintage lucite chairs that sold the first day they moved in !)

Head over heels for this book. Literally!

 

 While Lance has been a professional designer for over 15 years, sits on the Atlanta Advisory Board Council of the Savannah College of Art and Design, and is involved with IIDA and NEWH Atlanta, David holds an MBA in International Trade, and together this team is making heads turn with their design aesthetic: fresh, clean, classic lines, transitional and fun… preppy on the edge!

 

Come in and check them out.  You’ll fall head over Louboutins too.

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We’d like to welcome Dana Phillips and her mother, Sheila Mahood, the newest members of our Slate family. Guided by a shared passion for art, antiques and vintage items, Sheila and Dana love working together, taking trips to the High Point Market, and seeking out inspiration and current trends.  They are always on the look-out for unique pieces from all time periods.

Sheila, who lives in Fayetteville, WV with her husband Charles, daughter Sarah, and dog Lucy, has been an interior decorator for more than 15 years.  Her current passion is spending time in her workshop refinishing antiques, vintage furniture, and making glasses from wine bottles as well as doing room redesigns.

Dana and her husband live in Charlotte with their two sons Noah and Tosh.  A stay-at-home-mom with a background in Culinary Arts, she is inspired by green initiatives, and is continually seeking new ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle in her designs. Often you can find her in the workshop in her home crafting new items from discarded items such as burlap coffee sacks and otherwise repurposing items for a lovely second life.

Drop by Slate soon to check out Dana and Sheila’s great space.

 

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