Thursday, April 10, 2014

Scents of Spring

After a long and cold winter we are all ready for signs of spring awakening!  We just received an incredible selection of nourishing soaps and lotions and our shop is filled with soothing scents. 

Here are just a few items gracing our shelves, not yet on our website so please call to order or stop in soon. 

From Italy, LAFCO Champagne soap in pretty black and white boxes.

The Queen's Honey Soaps from Pre de Provence

9 delightfully packaged guest soaps from Pre de Provence

Seaweed and Sea Salt Soaps Made in USA

A Large selection of Naturally European Soaps, Lotions, Creams from England
The best hand creams 

Sunflower Facial Soap from Sweden

The best Pine Soap from Tallba - Made in Sweden

More from LAFCO, these big bars are triple milled and made in Portugal

Our best selling Olivina

LUXE Soaps for Provence

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

New Works by Thomas Mullany: The Figure - Studies on Found Paper, Paintings, Sculpture

"Flemish School Flowers"

An exhibition of new works by Thomas Mullany opens on March 16 with an all-day open house in the r.h.ballard gallery, from 10am-6pm, at 307 Main Street in Washington, VA. The show runs through April 6. 

This exhibit is unique for Mullany in that it shows his use of a wide range of materials and methods and also his ability to spontaneously rendure the figure. Ultimately, for the viewer, this event is a surprising and in-depth look at the creative process. 

Mullany’s work spans decades, and throughout his career he has always created drawings on paper as precursors to larger murals and paintings but also as individual pieces of art. 

This exhibit consists of dozens of studies using found papers as backdrops which become part of the composition by integrating with the figure. His works using paper ephemera such as antique maps, packaging, vintage book and music pages are all utilized as part of each unique composition.  In addition, oil paintings will be displayed, with figures as subjects, as well as new figurative sculpture. 

Historically, from the beginnings of modern art, there has been a tradition in which the artist would appropriate found papers and objects and incorporate them into layered compositions.  Artists such Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Kurt Schwitters, and Robert Rauschenberg, among others, often created studies and works using this method.  Mullany often creates studies on found papers while working on larger murals and commissions. 

This particular piece "Geological Nude", was painted on a vintage U.S. Geological Survey map, detail below.

And this figurative sculpture below was carved from a single log.

Below is a painting entitled "Dunk the Girl", a favortie of mine which incorporates many figurative elements.

Mullany has exhibited over the years in Washington, DC, New York City and Washington, VA, mounting over 18 one-person exhibitions.  This is Mullany's eighth one-person exhibition r.h. ballard gallery has presented in Washington, VA.  He is included in over 21 corporate collections and has created numerous murals, sculpture and public art projects throughout the United States. 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Spring 2014 Collection: Le Jacquard Francais


I have been selling LJF French Jacquard linens since 2002, 
but was a fan many years before. I always look forward to their new collections.

Well, they did not disappoint this year. They continue to have special designs, ones which surprise and inspire. This spring they offer another beautiful blend of traditional and contemporary designs in stunning colorways. 
There are 100% Cotton, 100% Linen, Acrylic-Coated Wipe-Off, and something brand new this year are acrylic-coated placemats and table runners.
There is something perfect for every taste, style, decor, event.

We have them all available on our website and also in our Main Street Shop in Little Washington, VA.  Want to have a few minutes of delicious eye-candy? 
Just scroll through all the images here, 
there will be more than one that will make you day a little brighter.



 Bouquet d'Epices

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