Thursday, September 25, 2008

Kaleidoscopes at Smith Galleries

Smith Galleries features one of the finest selections of kaleidoscopes you will ever see. The gallery is located on beautiful Hilton Head Island and is open Monday through Saturday between the hours of 10 and 6.

The kaleidoscope shown here is called "Inversion" and it is made by Henry Bergeson. It is a two mirror scope which has its own internal light source. Just push the brass button and the internal light comes on revealing the brightly lit object chamber. It is made of birdseye maple and bubinga and comes with three interchangeable object chambers. It stands 12 inches tall and is $840.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Smith Galleries Features the Artglass of Christian Thirion.

Smith Galleries features the art glass of many contemporary American glassblowers. Christian Thirion has an unusual story in that he grew up in France and was trained as a professional pastry chef like his father. Life brought him to the United States in 1980 where he started a restaurant and through a set of circumstances developed an interest in glass. "If you can't stand the heat. get out of the kitchen." That's an apt saying for many people, but not for Christian Thirion. He left the kitchen and a career as a master pastry chef, for the hot shop and a new career as a glassblower. "Chocolate," he explains, "is liquid and then becomes hard. Glass is a similar concept." Pictured is one of his "taco" bowls.

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Art at Smith Galleries

Smith Galleries features a large selection of framed art. The gallery is known for everything from traditional images to abstract and contemporary paintings with a whimsical quality.

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Handblown glass perfume bottles featured at Smith Galleries.

Smith Galleries features a stunning collection of hand-blown glass perfume bottles by several of America's leading glassblowers. Perfume bottles are facinating to look at and are the perfect gift accompaniment to her favorite scent. Pictured are perfumes by Antonio-Garcia.

Gallery hours are 10 - 6.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Joan Z. Horn Jewelry is Featured at Smith Galleries

Smith Galleries has just received a few new pieces of jewelry by Joan Z. Horn. Pictured at left is a stunning pair of earrings in sterling silver, 14k gold, pearls and peridot. See slide show of new pieces here. And click here to see more of her work on our web site.

Gallery hours are 10-6 Monday through Saturday.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Amoroso Kids Baby Blankets featured at Smith Galleries.

On one of our recent discovery trips, Smith Galleries discovered the Amoroso Kids baby blankets. We were wowed by the colors and designs. Each 40 inch square machine washable blanket is double knitted in cotton which yields a rich and comfortable feel. The double knit makes it possible to have reverse designs on each cool is that! There are many designs in bright hues or traditional pastels and there are even unisex colors which are perfect for boys or girls.

And...they are made in the USA...yea, idea whose time has come!!

Amoroso blankets are the perfect gift to celebrate the newborn people in your life. Give them at a baby shower and they will be the most appreciated gift at the party and you will look smart too.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Handmade designer purses at Smith Galleries.

Smith Galleries features many purses which are hand made in America by American designers. Pictured are a few pieces by Janet Chico. Beautiful fabrics aren't they? The gallery also carries purses by Maruca, Lori O'neil, Maple Leather, and Henderson Leather.

Gallery hours are 10 - 6 Monday through Saturday.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Clocks by Ravenrock Artworks featured at Smith Galleries.

Smith Galleries has featured the Plexiglas clocks of Addison and Eric Paige for several years. The Plexiglas clocks are made in their studio called "What Will the Neighbors Think". They are now making a brand new collection of steel clocks under the name of "Ravenrock Artworks".

Addison and Eric are a brother-sister duo. They begin these new clocks with powder coated laser cut steel shapes which they paint in a variety of ways with acrylic paints. The colors and textures they achieve yield a very organic look as they reflect colors from nature. "Sentinel I" shown at left is 30"x 5"x 2" and is $360.

Gallery hours are 10-6. Be sure to see this blog tomorrow for Wednesday's "Blog Reader" incentive.

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