Victorian Artist Walter Potter

'Kitten's Wedding", etc

Walter Potter’s  Victorian era Art-Taxidermy

Even though this happened some years ago, I still find it fascinating what people will pay for art. Word is, Damian Hirst offered 1 million for the entire collection of the eccentric Walter Potter’s Art-Taxidermy Collection, but it was turned down. The entire collection was sold off piece by piece at auction, some pieces fetching more than $30,000, but I think it should have stayed together within a museum. There is nothing like it, and the sheer scope of the collection is amazing. I’ve heard some say it’s morbid, even cruel, etc…but I think it’s utterly fascinating that Walter Potter spent endless hours stuffing these creatures and setting up humorous, charming “after-lifes” for them….

Peace, Love and Rosendale

A couple of years ago, the film “Peace, Love and Misunderstanding” shot for over a week in our little town of Rosendale. Jane Fonda went mostly unnoticed by the twenty-somethings, but it was fun to see them all in their hippie finery. The whole town was an extra, basically, and our building where all the jewelry is made was in  a prominent shot! So, when and if you watch it, just look out for our little town by the river! {Oh and as fate would have it, Catherine Keener , who is a lead in this film was here, and years ago she wore our designs exclusively in “40 Year-Old Virgin”}