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Admired Artists
Quote of the Week
Visiting Small European Towns
Monet, In and Around Paris

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Admired Artists
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I have admired artists most of my life. I've even written about some of them. When I think about artists, I usually think about the ones who lived long ago rather than contemporary ones.  Last week, I had the opportunity to meet a contemporary artist - a fiber arts designer.  
I sent out the last newsletter from Minnesota, just before I started for home.  I was driving through the twin cities, so I decided to look up a yarn shop my friend had told me about.  It was the shop owned by artist/designer Steven Berg, also known as StevenBe.  
I had never been to the shop before and didn't know what to expect, but I will be going back. The shop was amazing - every skein of yarn that I touched felt like a dream in my hand.  What grabbed my attention most, though, was the rack of books I saw when I first walked in. StevenBe recently published a book on his signature pattern, the Eyelet Ponchini.  
I've been familiar with the pattern for a couple of years, but had never purchased it - now was my chance. StevenBe was in the shop that day and when he saw I was going to purchase the book, asked if I wanted him to autograph it.  Of course, I said yes.  He then asked if the shop-workers had shown me how to wear the ponchini.  Since they hadn't, he led me to a rack of samples where he modeled one for me. He even invited me to join in on the Sunday afternoon or Thursday evening "knit night."  I was impressed by the personal attention I received from this well-known designer. 
Meeting and talking to a well-known artist or designer is an exciting experience, especially when he is as friendly as StevenBe. You can read more about him on his website.
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Quote of the Week - 4 November 2016

"When you have glitter with breakfast, your whole day sparkles!"
-- Steven Berg

This Week's Post:

Visiting Small European Towns

When traveling to Europe, visitors often think about visiting large popular cities like Paris, Berlin or Rome, but small towns can be interesting, too.  Small towns can offer a reprieve from the busy-ness of the cities, but can also be interesting in their own right.

Visiting small towns may be a bit more difficult, though.  They are not always as easy to access - should you rent a car or use public transportation?Sometimes it is difficult to find information about hotels or restaurants in small towns.

We have visited the towns of Giverny, France; Burdaard and St. Annaland, Netherlands; Bacharach, Germany; and Vers-Pont-du-Gard, France...  

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Monet, In and Around Paris

I’m a big fan of Claude Monet.  I’m not sure I’d call him my favorite, because he’d be competing with Vincent VanGogh, but these two are probably tied for first.  VanGogh is Dutch and has a museum in Amsterdam that showcases his work.  Monet is French; his works are displayed in various places in Paris.  His home, studio and famous gardens are in nearby Giverny.

A trip to Paris would not be complete without a look at works by Claude Monet. If you are a Monet fan, your first stop should be the Orangerie.  The building, originally a greenhouse for orange trees, it was redesigned as an art museum with input from Monet.  The centerpieces of the museum are eight of his famous water lily paintings, but there is also a nice collection of works by his contemporaries – Cézanne, Matisse, Renoir and ...

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Tour of Paris - 2017

The dates have been chosen!  My next tour will be September 8 - 17, 2017.  Paris is my favorite city in Europe and I’d love to share it with you. Click on the link below for more information.  

10 Day Tour of Paris

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