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May 2009 - JANET PORCARO

Natural Sense, a Newtonville Hidden Gem

Natural Sense, a Newtonville Hidden Gem

Step into this special shop located in Newtonville and browse the delightful selection of skin care products, aromatic notions, and unique gifts. If you would like a skin care consultation, proprietor Deborah Goldstein is as knowledgeable as she is nurturing and will help you select the right products. The first product I purchase from Deborah is a wonderful oil-free moisturizer and toning mist call Herbal Tonic Mist. Now, all my cosmetics come from Natural Sense. Nevermore to the impersonal mall cosmetic counter. I look forward to stopping in to visit my friend, Deborah. Nice tip: I purchased a heavenly lavender spray from Natural Sense. I keep it in my car for a calming blast before meetings with clients.

Natural Sense, 326 Walnut Street, Newtonville, MA  02460

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Newton Open Studios – Experiencing Modern Day Social Connections

Newton Open Studios – Experiencing Modern Day Social Connections

Newton has a wonderful connected community. The electric experience of visiting some of the Open Studios locations was

Patty Simon

Patty Simon

energizing. I ran out of time but enjoyed the array of creative expression and craftmanship.

My friend Patty Simon’s mixed media installation, “What is Love”, was brilliant . . . warm, humorous, colorful, and clever. The installation expresses and addresses the issues of relationship and connectedness. In today’s world of social media, some would suggest we are craving connectedness. In this picture, I am extending the metaphore by inviting you to visit Patty’s Open Studio web page: http://newtonopenstudios.com/artists-page.asp?a=257.

“The Bachelor” made me smile. He also got me thinking. I decided to go home, give my husband a hug and kiss, and make a nice dinner for my family.

Thanks, Patty. You are a special gift to our community.

 

 

More Open Studio stories to come.

Newton Open Studios, May 16 – 17, 11 am to 5 pm, FREE

Newton Open Studios, May 16 – 17, 11 am to 5 pm, FREE

Today I stopped in at Newton Open Studios’ location at 225 Nevada Street to browse th myriad display of photographs, paintings, fabric arts, jewelry, and many other products all produced by local artists and craftsmen. Now I know what I am doing tomorrow for a good part of the afternoon! Over 140 artists are displaying their works at various locations across the city. Part of the Newton Pride Committee, NOS is funded by the artists, donations, and by the Newton Cultural Council. See www.NewtonOpenStudios.com for details.

Enchanted Silks by KarinKarin Joy Sprecher does amazing hand painted silk scarves and Silk Judaica.  A beautiful huppa is from her son’s wedding. For those of you who may not know, a chuppa is the portable canopy beneath which the couple stands during their marriage ceremony. Her equisite scarves are the perfect accessory for a summer dress. Contact her at Enchanted.Silks@mac.com.

Keith F. Nelson, Artist Chinese Brush Ink and Watercolor – I fell in love with this man’s work. Chinese brush work is to my mind a meditation in process. Keith’s stunning watercolor work is vivid and sublime.

http://www.fifthsonstudio.com

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Newton Open Studios, Sunday May 17, 11 am to 5 pm

Newton Open Studios, Sunday May 17, 11 am to 5 pm

Sunday is a great day for spending time in appreciation. The second and last day of Newton Open Studios. See http://newtonopenstudios.com/ for more details. These are two exhibits I enjoyed yesterday.

Peter Kastner’s is a craftman who produces original and fine arts prints of community and neighborhood maps. I spent a lot of time studying these maps and ended up purchasing a 1917 map of Newton. Peter is familiar with the history behind these maps. As I continue to learn about the history of the villages of Newton, I think I have a new resource. www.communityheritagemaps.com

Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum

My husband and I visiting Lilac Sunday ath the Arnold Arboretum. Althought I am a native Bostonian, this is the first time I have ever seen the lilac garden in all its blooming glory. The annual mid-May event is a tradition since the turn of the century. Crowds stroll through, stopping to picnic, or just bask in the fragrance. I particularly delightedin the children rolling down the grassy hills, hanging off tree limbs, and reaching out from strollers to pet the passing dog. The people watching was fun also. Lots of great hats, and moments. Grown men sticking there faces into a deep purple blossoms and enjoying the frangrance. Nirvana. For more pictures, see my Boston page.

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
125 Arborway, Boston, MA 0213o
www.arboretum.harvard.edu