We wanted to give y’all a quick reminder about the two exciting events that we have coming up over the next couple of days!
FRIDAY, 10/20, at SummerHouse | Oxford, we have artist (and Baton Rouge native) Lauren Barksdale coming in for an art show! She’ll have lots of new pieces, many of which are Oxford themed. What better way to kick off the Ole Miss / LSU weekend?! The show is from 10-6, with light bites and cocktails from 3-6. Below are a few of the Oxford-y pieces she’ll have with her!
At the Ridgeland shop, we’re excited to welcome jewelry designer Mark Edge in for a jewelry trunk show on Tuesday, 10/24! Mark will have hundreds of pieces of jewelry with him (many of which are brand new introductions) PLUS he is currently taking appointments for one-on-one meetings to discuss custom designs. Mark can take your keepsakes (old keys, medals, lockets, or just whatever!) and turn them into stunning pieces that you can wear. Call us at 601-853-4445 to make an appointment with Mark to discuss him making a piece just for you!
To get things started on the right foot, we’re also hosting a cocktail reception for Mark on Monday 10/23 from 5-7. We hope you’ll join us for a night of fun and fellowship!
We look forward to seeing you at these events! Thank you so much for stopping by today. Let us know if you have any questions about either of these events!
We are so excited about an upcoming event we’re hosting in Oxford! One of our favorite artists, Lauren Barksdale Hill, will be at SummerHouse | Oxford on Friday, October 20th! This is the day before the Ole Miss and LSU game, so we know tons of you will be in town looking for something fun to do! We’ll have light bites and a few drinks from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., although the actual show will be all day (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.!)
Lauren will have some of her classics, like abstracts, birds, and cotton, plus several Oxford-focused pieces! We think you’ll love what she’s working on… Get excited!
We hope to see you on 10/20. And of course we’d love to see you before then, too!
Thanks for stopping by today! We love when you take the time to check in 🙂 Have a great rest of your week!
We are SO excited about the huge shipment of new Lynn Sanders art we just got in last week! Lynn’s art quickly became some of our most favorite because of her unique style and her impeccable use of color! We have several of her large canvas pieces adorning our showroom walls. This most recent shipment, however, was of lots of lovely little small pieces!! These unframed originals, in all different sizes, start at just $95. What perfect gifts these would make for just about anyone! AND, we have some great connections when it comes to framing, so we can help you take care of that part, too, if you wish!
We are SO in love with these that we got a little photo happy… So… Here are a ton of photos of these beautiful new pieces. They are all so pretty, though, we didn’t think you’d mind lots of pictures! 😉
Just last week, our showroom filled up with the prettiest artwork from one of our favorite new artists, Lynn Sanders! We love Lynn’s use of color and her style is just beautiful!! We actually did a fun interview with her not too long ago if you want to check that out!
Here are a few of the pieces we currently have in the showroom. Of course, they’re even prettier in person, so come see them for yourself if you’re able to get by! You’ll be so inspired!
See what we mean?! How gorgeous?! We love every single piece.
We hope all of you had the best weekend! Thanks for dropping in today! 🙂
For this edition of Inside The Orange Box, we asked our designers to share about their favorite local or regional artists! We got some fantastic feedback from them. See if any of their favorites happen to be your favorite as well!
DESIGNER ELISH PHARES MOON
Dick Ford is a local Mississippi artist and my current favorite. His work spans several different styles, but I am always drawn to his more “simplistic” abstracts that explore lines or figures using watercolor. I love Dick Ford’s work because it has a strong impact in groupings or standing alone and pairs well with other artist’s pieces. I often visit Brown’s Fine Art Gallery to see his newest pieces on display whenever I get a chance!
DESIGNER CAMILLE HOLLAND PARKER
My favorite local artist is Liz Nichols, her abstract art is soothing and has a touch of modern that really shines in any space! Her color palettes and texture are beautiful and intriguing!
DESIGNER LINDSEY TOWNSEND
As of late, I have also been really interested in the abstract work of Liz Nichols! I love her color schemes and composition. Her work makes an impact on the space its in. She grew up in Jackson , MS but currently resides in Tennessee. Her work can be seen at Browns Fine Art Gallery. I also have to agree with Elish; I have always loved Dick Ford’s work. I am so happy to say that I have a piece by each of these artists in my own home!
Stay tuned for part 2 on this topic in the coming weeks!
If you’re looking for a really cool and unique gift for a person who seems to have everything, for an art lover/collector, or for a newlywed couple who is looking to invest in their nest, why not consider a piece of original art? We have several pieces in stock that are one-of-a-kind and, more importantly, under $200! Some are just $85!
All of the pieces shown here are by a few of our favorite regional artists, all of whom we love and know personally!
Texas artist Austin James recently sent some darling little 8″ x 8″ abstract paintings that we are just in LOVE with! They are the most perfect little size to stick on a side table or in a bookshelf! They add just the right amount of modern to a small space.
We have some amazing new pieces of art by Louisiana-based artist Lauren Barksdale in the shop right now! Landscapes, abstracts, birds… All of our favorites! Here is a preview of what we have… And this is only a sample! We have lots more in the store!
Come see all of these pieces for yourself next time you’re in the area. They’re truly breath taking!
We have a lot of gorgeous new art in the showroom right now that we are just dying to share with you! And this is only a sample of what’s recently walked through our doors! New artists Jason Kelch and Donna Hughes integrate beautifully with veteran artists like Austin James! All of these pieces are more beautiful in person than they are in photos, so stop in and see them for yourself next time you’re in our area! We’d love to see you!
Feel free to give us a call about any of these! 601-853-4445. We are happy to help!
Thanks for stopping by today! It means the world to us!
If you haven’t visited our web store in a while, it is looking particularly fantastic as of late! Jen, our new web store manager, has been working diligently to get things updated and we must say she is doing a beautiful job!
One of our favorite newly updated sections is the one featuring our original art. Here are a few highlights from that category…
“Abstract Landscape” by Austin James
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“Tide Creek” by Brent Smith
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“Piled High #1” by May Perkins Benton
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“Rainbow Cotton Stalks on Paper 1” by Caroline Youngblood
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“For the Love of Monet 1” by Dyann Gunter
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There is MUCH more here, so be sure to check it out for yourself soon! We think you’ll find something you like! 😉
Happy shopping, and thanks so much for stopping by today!
Our Lee Loves Local event FOR THE LOVE OF ART is tonight! We hope you’ll join us! Don’t forget that 10% of sales from the evening will go to benefit the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra!
We’ll have plenty of small, well-priced pieces that make the most perfect Valentine gifts! Plus, artists Lauren Lachance, May Benton, Brent Smith, and Dyann Gunter will all be here to talk about their incredible work with you!
Call the store if you have any questions about tonight! 601-853-4445.
We’re in love with all of the new art gracing our showroom floor these days! In case you missed the posts about the new Lauren Barksdale and Doug Kennedy pieces we have, you might want to check those out too!
The artist we want to introduce to you today is Margaret Moses! Her work is incredibly unique and mixes so well with what we have going on on our showroom floor. See?
Here’s a little more about Margaret herself:
Margaret Moses was born in December of 1974 in Houston, Texas. She moved to Monroe, Louisiana in 1982 and currently resides there. Margaret graduated from the University of Louisiana in Monroe in 1998 with a degree in Interior Design. Her career includes seventeen years of interior design as well as ten years as an artist. A quote that inspires her, from grandfather and artist, Charles Schorre, is “Good characteristics for painting for me are: in doubt, outrageousness, mysteriously beautiful, unidentifiable elegance, and always inventive and uniquely my own.”
Margaret’s main medium used in her paintings is acrylic, as well as the use of various textural agents, ink, oil pastels, and paper. She draws her inspiration through the organic forms, textures, and colors found in nature. Her work has been featured in the 2013 and 2014 St. Jude Dream Homes and the 2013 Design Show House in Monroe, Louisiana, as well as in Delta Style and Bayou Life magazines. Margaret’s work is included in the corporate collections of Capital One in Virginia and Texas, as well as private collections in Monroe and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Jackson, Mississippi, Austin, Texas, and Washington, D.C.
Do you see why we love Margaret’s work so much?! For more information on any of the pieces you see, please feel free to leave a comment or give us a call. (601-853-4445) We’d love to help!
One of our favorite artists, Lauren Barksdale, recently brought us a collection of brand new (and extraordinarily beautiful) artwork! We adore Lauren’s sense of color, her attention to detail, and her eye for great subject matter, whether it be landscape, abstract, or wildlife!
Here are a few of the paintings we have in the showroom, and believe us, they’re even prettier in person! (And we LOOOOVE the new technique she’s using to make some of them glossy!)
If you’re interested in pricing or any other information, please leave a comment or give us a call! 601-853-4445. Our designers are always happy to assist!
We recently had the great pleasure of catching up with a very talented artist named May Benton! If you’ve been to SummerHouse recently, you’ve undoubtedly seen her work. It’s simply stunning, and so different! May tells us a little about herself and her work in this quick little interview!
1. Tell us about you in a nutshell!
Born and raised in Jackson, MS, I loved growing up in Mississippi and my Southern roots have kept me grounded and inspired throughout my life. After attending JA for elementary and Jackson Prep for high school, I went to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) where I earned a BFA in Photography and a minor in Art History. After college I moved to California to continue my photographic aspirations and it was in the awe-inspiring city of San Francisco that I met my amazing husband, Matt. We loved living in California but eventually decided to move to Jackson to be closer to family and friends. Fondren has been home to us and our two dogs for the past twelve years.
2. We LOVE your artwork. What is your process called?
My images are created using the photographic process called Mordancage’. This process was invented by the late French photographer, Jean Pierre Sudre, in the 1960s. It is an acid solution consisting of copper chloride, glacial acetic acid and hydrogen peroxide. The process begins by making a photogram using native Mississippi plants and flowers that have been gathered throughout the seasons. Once I have arranged my plant compositon, I process the photogram in my darkroom using standard photographic chemicals. After the print has been fixed and washed, the Mordancage’ process can begin. The acid solution literally “lifts” the silver gelatin from the solid black areas of the photogram and the gelatin can be manipulated in many unique ways. The process leaves behind a striking texture and metallic property unlike any other photographic process.
3. Where did you learn about Mordencage’ and why are you passionate about it?
I was taught the Mordancage’ process by Professor Craig Stevens while taking Advanced Black and White Printmaking at SCAD. Professor Stevens studied and mentored under Jean Pierre Sudre for decades. He would translate for Sudre, who could not speak English, during his workshops in the beautiful town of Aix in the south of France. Sudre passed away in 1997 but I did have the pleasure of going to his home and meeting his wonderful wife, Claudine, while attending the SCAD Italy/France summer quarter abroad.
4. Did we hear correctly that you’re one of very few artists in our area who practices this technique?
Yes, the Mordancage’ process has remained pretty exclusive and is not widely practiced as a photographic process. Only a handful of photographers across the world use and teach this unique printmaking technique.
5. What is the most exciting place this work has taken you?
The most exciting place my work has taken me would have to be the SoHo Photo Gallery in New York City. My work has been chosen for several juried shows of Alternative Photography hosted by that inspiring gallery.
6. Why did you choose SummerHouse as a showplace for your work?
I chose Summerhouse because of many reasons. I am inspired by interior design and I think that as an artist, having your work displayed alongside interior decor is one of the best ways to connect with the customer. Everyone at Summerhouse is so professional and talented and absolutely wonderful to work with! The store and merchandise are just beautiful and their artwork is the perfect accompaniment to their design aesthetic.
7. Where do you draw your inspiration for your work?
I am greatly inspired by nature. I love being outside in the natural world and finding interesting plants and flowers and studying their uniqueness that God created. Also traveling and exploring something new have always brought me much inspiration.
Thank you so much, May!
You can find out more about her and see more from her on her website and her Facebook page! And of course, you can see her beautiful photographs in person here at SummerHouse!
Here’s a little bit of mid-week eye candy for your viewing pleasure! The showroom is looking gorgeous, and with our new photographer Anna around, we’ve got some extra pretty pictures to bring you today!