Local artists show work in Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Craft Show is recognized as one of the
premier exhibitions and sales of contemporary American crafts in the United States. Three local artists will be at this year's show: David Paul Bacharach of Cockeysville, Leslie Bowman of Reisterstown and Peter D. Kaizer of Baltimore. Mr. Kaizer is known for his contemporary stoneware and tile works, Ms. Bowman is a fabric designer and Mr. Bacharach weaves metal into jewelry, sculpture and flatware.
The show isn't easy to get into -- as an exhibitor, anyway. This year the panel of jurors chose only 175 people from 1,654 applicants, so it's quite an honor to be included.
The Philadelphia Craft Show is the largest fund-raising event of the year for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It will be held at the Philadelphia Civic Center, located at 34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard, from Thursday to next Sunday. Call (215) 787-5431.
The cost of remodeling a bathroom has, like just about everything else, skyrocketed. The alternative is to repair rather than redo. If you're sick of living with the avocado tile work that was so trendy in the '70s, you could have it refinished in a fashionable ivory.
Most companies etch the surface with acid to prepare it for the top coat. Aladdin Tub & Tile Refinishing uses a chemical bonding process developed by Kott Koatings, a 38-year-old California company. It's FDA-approved and non-toxic, so it can be used for food-preparation surfaces like kitchen counters as well.
Resurfacing a bathtub costs around $275 to $300. That could be a huge savings when you consider the cost of tearing out an old fixture, the potential damage to surrounding walls and the plumber's fee -- all above and beyond the price of a new tub. Call (410) 557-6500.
Garth Brooks is dominating the pop charts. Clint Eastwood's Western "The Unforgiven" was the surprise movie hit of the summer. And Southwestern cooking is the hot cuisine right now. So is it any surprise that the Western influence on interior design is stronger than ever this fall?
Because the American West look has been around awhile, designers are getting quite specialized. You have lines that are rustic country, some that are pure cowboy and Indians, and others that are exclusively Southwest. A striking example of this specialization is Edgar B's Mission Ranch Collection, inspired by the influences of Spanish explorers and Franciscan missionaries the furniture of Central California. So you'll find leather trunks with wrought-iron hinges as well as distressed wood finishes, and European tapestry prints side by side with Indian blanket designs. The line is available through Edgar B's Mission Ranch catalogs. For your copy, call (800) 225-6589.
You're looking forward to having a house guest for the holidays. But where are you going to put him? We don't all have the luxury of a guest room -- or even if we do, there's always that time when we have one more guest than bed.
An economical, practical, and design-wise solution is a futon. Inspired by the Japanese cotton mats that roll up and store away easily, the American version is more comfortable -- and more elaborate. Shonin in Belvedere Square is the only Baltimore store that sells them exclusively.
You can spend as little as $65 for a cotton-and-foam mat or you can get a frame and mat starting at $155. The frame converts the futon from a sofa or chair to a sleeping surface, but it's much more easily moved around than a conventional sleep sofa.
Shonin is located at 524 E. Belvedere Ave. For more information, call (410) 323-2977.