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Long time!

August 10, 2007

I can’t believe how long since my last post!  So much has been going on, I haven’t had time to keep up!   I did, however, post my Summer ’07 Newsletter which gives somewhat of a glimpse into what’s been going on.  

The Ogden Museum opening in conjunction with New Orleans’ White Linen Nights was a huge success.  Over 2,000 people attended.  According to the press and comments on the streets, the hit was Hunt Slonem’s exhibit on Ogden’s third and top floors entitled “Hunt Slonem: Artist and Collector”.  Seven of our brightest colors were selected as the backdrop:  Del Sol, Monteverde, Giverny Blue, Mikonos Blue, Carnelian, Amethyst & Sapphire.  I have to say, I can see why people were raving.  The rich wall colors complemented Hunt’s vibrant paintings and unusual antiques beautifully.  Hunt commented that he thought all galleries and museums should use color on their walls.  He’s right, the paintings seemed to almost pop off the walls.  Of course, Hunt’s paintings are in the permanent collections of over 100 museums (including the Metropolitan, Whitney & Guggenheim), so as you can imagine, his artwork doesn’t really need enhancing! 

The curators at the Ogden did a magnificent job putting together this major exhibition which will be up through the end of September.  Curator, David Houston said, “In true Hunt Slonem style, too much is not enough for this exhibition.”

Also, the first copies of Hunt’s new book “Pleasure Palaces:  The Art and Homes of Hunt Slonem” are available at the Ogden.  The book will be available after September 7th on Amazon.com.  It’s a beautiful, very interesting “coffee table book” filled with many beautiful photographs of his paintings, fabulous homes and studio.  He’s often called “one of the world’s greatest living artists”, but he’s also an amazing decorator.  I know I’ll be buying several more for Christmas gifts!

Our sample jars and sample sets are also on display and available for purchase through the Ogden’s Musuem Store.  And. . . look for a new “Ogden Museum Palette” to come out soon!

Three days after the opening, I helped organize a seated dinner for 32 at Lakeside Plantation, which I’m happy to say turned out quite well– great food (Jason Roland’s Heirloom Cuisine), beautiful flowers (friends Beverly Walker & Janie Simmons), a beautiful setting and a very diverse interesting group of guests!  It followed two days of filming by the CBS Sunday Morning crew who are doing a segment on Hunt for an upcoming show which is supposed to air around October or November.  They filmed the Ogden show, an interview with Hunt at Lakeside and the dinner party.   I’ll keep you posted when I find out the exact date! 

To celebrate the success of the debut of our colors, we’re offering $5 off per gallon of each of the colors listed above that were used in the exhibit!.  Just remember to remind us when you call to place your order that you read about the discount on my blog!

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