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Boston Logan International Airport Unveils Permanent Art Exhibit on Movies Made in Massachusetts

Posted by BOSTON STYLE HUB - March 2, 2012

It’s “Lights, Camera, Action!” at Boston Logan International Airport as a new art exhibit celebrating movie-making in Massachusetts is now showing at an airport terminal near you.  Some 30 posters -- with room for more to be added in the future – are hanging in the walkway between Terminal C and Terminal B.

The new exhibit would not have been possible without the help and support of the Massachusetts Film Office which provided the posters to the Massachusetts Port Authority, which owns and operates Boston Logan.

Photo courtesy of Massport

"Public art is an important element in humanizing the airport environment,’’ said David S. Mackey, Interim CEO and Executive Director of Massport. “Airports can be stressful, confusing places and art helps alleviate that. When it entertains and inspires, or provides a sense of place for out-of-towners and residents returning home, it cannot help but leave a lasting positive impression on those who walk through our terminals. We think this exhibit does that in spectacular fashion.’’

“The movie poster exhibit is a great opportunity to show visitors the history and importance of film to the Commonwealth,” said Lisa Strout, Director of the Massachusetts Film Office. “We are very proud of the creative and innovative workforce here in Massachusetts that helps make these movies a reality.”

The exhibit is representative of many of the major Hollywood studio films shot in Massachusetts over the last 45 years. It is hung chronologically by year with a poster from “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” which was shot in Northampton and released in 1966, starting the exhibit closest to the Terminal C ticketing hall. The posters extend towards Terminal B, stopping at “The Town”, which was shot in Boston, Cambridge, Melrose and Somerville and released in 2010. Plaques next to each poster contain the year of the film’s release and many of the Massachusetts locations used in the film.

Massport will continue to add to the exhibit as new films shot in the Bay State are released.

Massachusetts offers filmmakers tax credits, a growing number of some 3,500 local film professionals, a wide range of backdrops from the old brick of Beacon Hill to the beaches of Cape Cod and the Islands. The movie industry pumped $220 million into the local economy in 2011. In 2011, Moviemaker magazine called Boston the top city in the US in which to film.

 

Source: Massport

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True Northern Exposure: The Beehive in Boston, MA Becomes a "Sugar Shack" on Wednesday, March 7th

Posted by BOSTON STYLE HUB - February 23, 2012

Leave it to the masterminds behind The Beehive, the wildly popular restaurant, live music venue and living art gallery in Boston, Massachusetts, to transform into of all things, a Quebec style “Sugar Shack” for an evening!

In Quebec, maple syrup isn't just something drizzled on pancakes. It's an excuse to sit down for a feast at a Sugar Shack or “cabane à sucre,” where just-tapped maple sap is boiled until it's transformed into sugary syrup. Hundreds of sugar shacks lie just outside Montreal and Quebec City, and many have massive dining halls, where families sit at communal tables and are fed an endless parade of simple country cooking, pickled beets, pancakes, fried eggs, stews, sausage and bacon, split pea soup, pork cracklings, meat pie, maple syrup pie, often accompanied by a live band playing traditional folk music (similar to Cajun music) and dancing.

On Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 from 5:00PM – 2:00AM, The Beehive teams up with Chef Alexandre Loiseau and his crew from Bistro Cocagne in Montreal, Quebec to offer Bostonians an original twist on the Sugar Shack experience with a multi-course family style feast accompanied by live musical performances by traditional Quebec performers. Guests will be seated at communal tables and served a series of dishes on shared platters as well as the diner’s own choice of entrée. The meal has a set price of $45 per person.

To ensure authenticity and in observance of Celebrations de la Francophonie in March 2012, a month long celebration of the diversity of the French speaking world, The Beehive has partnered on this event with the Association Québécoise en Nouvelle-Angleterre, the Quebec Delegation of Boston, and the Consulate General of Canada in Boston. Harpoon Brewery will be participating as well, with an advanced release of their limited batch Catamount Maple Wheat Ale.

This event is an opportunity to sample the talents of Chef Alexandre Loiseau, one of the top young chefs in the highly regarded Montreal culinary scene.

After years working with some of the greats such as Norman Laprise, David McMillan, Stelio Perombelon and Jean-Paul Giroux, Chef Loiseau opened Bistro Cocagne in 2004 to critical acclaim (http://www.bistrococagne.com/). Chef Loiseau will be working with resident celebrity Chef Rebecca Newell producing authentic, yet innovative twists on traditional Sugar Shack fare.

Because no experience at The Beehive would be complete without some of the best musicians in the world, The Beehive is proud to present two very special performances from award-winning Québec artists.

Beginning at 6:30PM guests will delight in the sounds of Isabelle Cyr and Yves Marchand. From Témiscamingue Lake in Québec, to the Acadian shores, Isabelle Cyr and Yves Marchand offer a stunning repertoire of original songs and traditional pieces. To the spellbinding rhythms of the piano, the harmonium, the drum, the autoharp and the guitar, the irresistible duo blend their voices and cultures for the greatest pleasure of us all.

At 8:30PM The Beehive is proud to present De Temps Antan! Songs from the past and songs of today, dosed with uncontrolled laughter, deep-rooted couplets and sudden impromptu shifts - this is the sum total of De Temps Antan! Since 2003, Éric Beaudry, André Brunet and Pierre-Luc Dupuis have brilliantly explored and performed a traditional repertoire of Quebec's musical past. With an explosion of fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki and a number of other instruments, they enjoy a devilishly good time straying from the ordinary and thrilling audiences with their contagious joie de vivre. Now it's Boston’s turn to get in on the dance with De Temps Antan!

Whether you come for the sights, the sounds or the taste, The Beehive will transport you to a different place on March 7th, 2012! Call 617.423.0069 for reservations!

WHAT: “Sugar Shack” (cabane à sucre) Event at The Beehive

WHERE: The Beehive, 541 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116 | P. 617.423.0069

WHEN: Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 5:00PM – 2:00AM (EST)

Dinner Served: 5:30PM to 11:30PM
Isabelle Cyr and Yves Marchand 6:30PM
De Temps Antan! 8:30PM

MENU:        
The Beehive
CABANE A SUCRE (SUGAR SHACK) MENU
$45 Per Person

TABLE ACCOUTREMENTS
Beets Marinated with Cider Vinegar & Maple Syrup,
Homemade Pickles, Homemade Ketchup, Maple Syrup Bacon

FAMILY STYLE FIRST COURSE
Cream of Turnip Soup with Maple Syrup Crouton
Pork Creton (Rustic Pate)
Plate of Dried Ham, Raspberry Vinegar Reduction & Maple Syrup
Lettuce Salad, Oreille de Christ (Pork Cracklings), Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

Entrée Course
Each Diner Chooses one of following :

Roast Pork, Apple Cider, Maple Sugar & Baked Beans
or
Seared Salmon, Maple Roasted Root Vegetables, Crystallized Lemon & Sour Cream
or
Braised Lamb Shank, Tomatoes, Maple vinegar, French Beans Amandine
or
Baked Stuffed Lobster, Garlic, Parsley, Lardon, Maple Vinegar and Lobster Butter,
Mashed Parsnip Puree, Creamy Spinach +$10
or
Quebec Meat Pie (Pork, Turkey, Venison) with Baked Beans

FAMILY STYLE DESSERT
Vanilla Maple Panna Cotta
Maple Syrup Pie
Bread Pudding Chomeur with Maple Ice Cream

*Menu Subject to Revisions

INFO: Multi-course meal served in a communal setting to encourage conversation. $45pp (Tax, Gratuity, Beverages not included).

http://www.boston.gc.ca
http://www.gouv.qc.ca/portail/quebec/international/usa/accueil/boston/
http://www.bistrococagne.com/
http://www.isabellecyr.com/
http://detempsantan.qc.ca/en/
http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/
http://www.thehotelveritas.com/

 

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Jetset Style: Look of the Day

Posted by BOSTON STYLE HUB - February 20, 2012

Jetset Style: Vacation in style with stylish beach hats, bold jewelry and a bag that sizzles in eye-popping orange...

FEATURED PROMOTED LOOK OF THE DAY

 

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This April, The Revere hotel will open as the city's premiere independent, luxury hotel & entertainment destination

Posted by BOSTON STYLE HUB - February 16, 2012

This April, The Revere hotel will open as the city's premiere independent, luxury hotel and entertainment destination – the same month in 1775 when Paul Revere made his famous ride warning of the British invasion.  Inspired by Boston's revolutionary spirit, the property will pay reverence to the city's rich history and storied past while embracing a modern edge and reveling in the non-traditional. The Revere will breathe new life into the spaces formally inhabited by The Radisson and Stuart Street Playhouse, located on 200 Stuart St., in the heart of Boston's vibrant theatre district.  Following a dramatic transformation under new ownership, Northwood Hospitality (The Palace in NYC), the boutique hotel will boast 356 rooms, more than 35,000 square feet of meeting space including an exciting nightlife concept (the Emerald Lounge), a film and live entertainment venue (Theatre 1), and a versatile, multipurpose setting for events (Space 57).

The vision for The Revere hotel has been meticulously orchestrated by world-renowned BBGM Interiors (W in NYC, St. Regis in NYC) and the hotel's internal design team.  The design and decor of The Revere will reflect a contemporary and timeless aesthetic, a harmonious balance of convenience and luxury in an environment that is both welcoming and comfortable.  BBGM designers will transform each space to capture the essence of The Revere brand: equal parts style, character and sophistication. A subtle flair for the dramatics will be woven into the design, a tribute to the property's theatre district locale.

Located in the center of the city, the hotel will offer 325 guest rooms, 30 deluxe suites and one presidential suite.  The lobby of The Revere will serve as its prologue, a sleek and sophisticated opening setting the stage for the acts to follow.  A functional art piece inspired by the work of famed sculptor Richard Serra will serve as a majestic welcome to the hotel.

The Revere guest rooms will serve as the ensemble cast of the production.  Combining high-style with superb comfort, the design for each room is best described as "livable glamour." A neutral color palate will allow patterns and bold splashes of color to steal the show.  A hardwood entryway will anchor the space and present three distinct areas of the room for "sleep," "work" and "lounge"  that will include an oversized desk, a suede headboard, plush bedding, and a masculine houndstooth chaise.  Each Revere guest room will also feature an oversized balcony offering commanding views of the city skyline and the historic South End. Inspiring artwork will adorn the walls, subtly referencing by-gone theatrical productions. As part of a commitment to partnering with local brands to create a memorable Boston experience, exclusive Skoah skin care amenities will be provided.  The only Skoah "spatique" in the country is located in Boston, a few blocks away from The Revere.

The grandiose Presidential Suite will be the leading actor of The Revere.  Located on the 24th floor with sweeping skyline views, motifs reflecting world travels and theatrical set pieces will exude individuality throughout all 1,400 square feet.  The suite is designed to capture a dark and dramatic vibe through vivacious splashes of color and a cohabitation of modern and traditional elements.  This presentation of glamour and luxury will offer a unique option for hosting special events and entertaining.

The Spaces:

The Revere will introduce a unique and avant-garde "industrial chic" sixth floor.  Designed to embrace its raw structural elements, the space will feature exposed brick, reclaimed wood and rustic metals.  The space will evoke a creative energy and provocative environment native to an artist's loft rather than a conventional meeting room.  The space is broken into a 4,900 square foot function space and four smaller breakout rooms.

The Revere hotel will also unveil two new venues, "Theatre 1" and "Space 57," in the space formally inhabited by the Stuart St. Playhouse.  The renovation will include a complete redesign of the existing venue to transform it into a luxurious and state-of-the-art theater.  The 225-seat "Theatre 1" will be outfitted with plush seating, ambient lighting and the finest in projection and audio technology.  Each luxury seat comes with its own designated workspace and power sources, creating a versatile venue amenable to everything from an intimate performance to a business presentation.  The venue will also feature a newly designed pre-function lobby with full bar and service capabilities.

Opposite Theatre 1 is "Space 57," a 6,700 square foot blank canvas and multi-dimensional event space, named in honor of the building's initial tenant, the Sack Cinema 57.  Transformed into an innovative and distinctive event space, Space 57 is a raw shell with infinite possibilities.  Space 57 will boast 25-foot ceilings, a built-in 30' x 12' AV screen and will be able to accommodate up to 1,000 guests.

An allusion to Boston's sprawling Emerald Necklace and the "brightness and glory" discovered in the capital city of Oz, Emerald is destined to become the wicked jewel of Boston's hospitality scene.  The 6,000 square foot sophisticated and lively lounge is designed to cater to an eclectic mix of patrons from the after-work professional to the local night reveler.  The glamorous ambience of Emerald will be complemented with creative craft cocktails and utensil-free cuisine.

For more information, visit http://www.revereiscoming.com

 

SOURCE The Revere Hotel

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Omni Parker House Hotel Hosts Its 11th Annual "Brides of Distinction" Bridal Brunch & Fashion Show, March 4, 2012

Posted by BOSTON STYLE HUB - February 15, 2012

The elegant and legendary Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston will host its 11th Annual "Brides of Distinction" Bridal Brunch & Fashion Show on Sunday, March 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The event provides brides the opportunity to plan their perfect wedding by meeting with top local vendors and wedding experts.

Photo Courtesy of Omni Parker House

The fashion show, hosted by Flair Bridal & Bridesmaid of Boston, will highlight the newest bridal wear.  Guests will be greeted with a mimosa and enjoy brunch, cake and a wedding gown fashion show while seated at beautifully decorated tables featuring the latest flower and linen designs.  Jenny Johnson from "TV Diner" on New England Cable News will again emcee the event.  The Omni Parker House has also arranged for several dedicated bridal companies to showcase their offerings, including Madison Floral, Rentals Unlimited, Person & Killian Photography, Beacon Hill Photography, Montilio's Baking Company, The Gilded Harps, Joseph Gann Jewelers, Santisi & Bove Jewelers, Invitations & Company, Wedding Tresses Hair Design & Makeup Artistry AVT Event Technologies and The Knot.  Upon departure, each bride-to-be will receive a gift bag provided by The Knot and other partners. The day's activities will take place in the hotel's breathtaking ballroom -- the only rooftop hotel ballroom in Boston. The room will be divided into four sections and decorated according to each season.

Known for its historic charm and timeless beauty, the Omni Parker House has been one of the most sought-after Boston wedding locations since 1855.  The enchanting rooftop ballroom occupies the entire 15th floor and can accommodate approximately 250 guests.  The elegant Alcott Ballroom located on the Mezzanine level of the luxury hotel features a dance floor and a spacious pre-function area making it the perfect setting for approximately 130 guests.  The Omni Parker House was named to the "Best of Weddings 2011" list by The Knot.

For additional information and to purchase tickets for the 11th Annual "Brides of Distinction" Bridal Brunch & Fashion Show, call 617-305-1857. Tickets are $39 per person and require advance purchase.

For more information, visit http://www.omnihotels.com/findahotel/bostonparkerhouse

 

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First Impressions: Adding WOW Factor to Outdoor Spaces is the Theme for The 2012 Boston Flower & Garden Show, March 14-20.

Posted by BOSTON STYLE HUB - January 30, 2012

Spring’s most popular event, the Boston Flower & Garden Show, returns to the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston on Wednesday, March 14 through Sunday, March 20. This year’s theme – First Impressions: Adding WOW Factor to Outdoor Spaces – will showcase the endless possibilities to express one’s personality and style, as well as add enjoyment, a welcoming vibe, and value to one’s property.

The 2012 Boston Flower & Garden Show will kick off Tuesday evening, March 13, with the Annual VIP Preview Party, where Boston elites, including Mayor Thomas M. Menino, mingle with New England’s top landscape designers and gardening experts. Proceeds from the night will benefit the Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s Fund for Parks and Recreation, in their work to maintain the stunning landscapes of the City of Boston.

Set to the backdrop of spectacular garden displays by cutting-edge landscape professionals and area nurseries, visitors to the 2012 Boston Flower & Garden Show will also enjoy a wide variety of lectures and demonstrations by top garden writers, industry professionals and chefs, shopping from a wide marketplace featuring thousands of plants and hundreds of the newest gardening products, as well as chances to take home exciting giveaways.

Highlights Include:
• HGTV star John Gidding, host of Curb Appeal: The Block: John visits the show
Friday, March 16 to demonstrate easy garden makeovers and answer questions from the
crowd.
• Become an Urban Gardening Guru: At the After Work Urban Gardening Series, City
Garden Center staff and horticultural non-profits will lead programs on growing edibles
in containers, community gardens and gardening in small spaces.
• Learn the Value of Curb Appeal: Local real estate professional Robin Brodsky will
offer landscape staging tips and estimate the real value of specific landscape upgrades.
• Get the Party Started: Local chefs including Chef Todd Heberlein of Wilson Farms will
transform easily grown produce and herbs into impressive, party-starting appetizers for
the best backyard bash.
• Strut Your Stuff In Floral Competitions: The annual tradition continues as the
Massachusetts Horticultural Society and the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts
coordinate colorful competitions amongst the region’s top amateur floral arrangers and
horticulturists, all set to the show theme.

The 2012 Boston Flower & Garden Show is produced by Paragon Group of Needham, Massachusetts, an event marketer and producer of major events including the New England International Auto Show and the National Golf Expo Boston.

Where:
• Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston

When:
• Preview Party: Tuesday, March 13, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
• Wednesday, March 14, 9 AM – 9 PM
• Thursday, March 15, 9 AM – 9 PM
• Friday, March 16, 9 AM – 9 PM
• Saturday, March 17, 9 AM – 9 PM
• Sunday, March 20, 9 AM – 6 PM

Admission:
• Adults $20
• Seniors (65+) $17
• Children (6-17) $10
• Children Under 6 Free
• Group discount tickets are available for advance purchase in quantities of 20 or more.

Please contact prose@paragonexpo.com
• Tickets are available at all Roche Brothers and Sudbury Farms Supermarkets starting
February 15, 2012 and at www.bostonflowershow.com

For more information, please call the Paragon Group at (781) 237-5533 or visit www.bostonflowershow.com

Check out this beautiful video from a previous show!

Photo Courtesy of Boston Flower & Garden Show

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Yankee Candle Unveils Pure Radiance™

Posted by BOSTON STYLE HUB - January 21, 2012

The Yankee Candle Company, Inc., the world's largest manufacturer of premium scented candles, today announced the launch of its new contemporary candle line, Pure Radiance™. Made of a custom soy wax blend, Pure Radiance features patent-pending LumiWick technology. When lit this flat, all cotton Lumiwick™ provides a consistent burn and a wide, radiant flame. With a clean design, the line is offered in 12 new distinctive, but approachable fragrances and three sizes. Pure Radiance is available for purchase immediately in all 12 scents via www.yankeecandle.com and select specialty retailers and gift shops across the U.S.  A limited selection of Pure Radiance fragrances and sizes are also available via the company's catalog and in its Yankee Candle retail stores.

"We consistently strive to meet the needs of all of our consumers, and at times they are looking for something that fits a more contemporary decor style. We are excited to introduce Pure Radiance, a brand that provides a more contemporary option without compromising on the superior fragrance and quality that Yankee Candle is known for," said Hope Margala Klein, senior vice president, brand, design and innovation for The Yankee Candle Company, Inc.

After Dark™ — Enjoy an enchanted evening with this nocturnal mix of night air, garden herbs, rich woods and musk.

Emberlight™ — Bask in the glow ... pine, charcoal and balsam combine to bring the warmth and comfort of the fireside.

Ice Crystal™ — Refresh and renew with this modern mix of mint leaf, eucalyptus, pine, and cedar.

Denim™ — Comfortable and casual ... this carefree mix of citrus, white flowers, cedarwood and musk is as relaxed as a Sunday afternoon.

Petals — Treat yourself to flowers with this soft bouquet of sweet peas, berry blossoms and musk.

Lavender Chiffon™ — Relax and unwind with this silky, smooth, lush lavender bouquet.

Beachfront™ — Escape to a place where the air is filled with the sounds of the waves and the scents of summer blossoms. Includes notes of watery, ozone, pineapple, lotus, and coconut.

Key Lime — With sweet and tart notes of lemon, lime and vanilla cream, this scent is always upbeat and refreshing.

Nectar — Life is sweet with this warm and wonderful, sun-drenched blend of orange, pineapple, peach and mango.

Grapevine — Like a fine wine, this fruity, spicy vintage has a bouquet of berries, a touch of floral, and a hint of warm woods.

Creme Brulee — Savor the evening with this rich and creamy blend of caramelized sugar, maple and bourbon.

Cinnamon Scone — Fresh-from-the-oven fabulous ... pinches of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and brown sugar make this scent feel like it was baked with love.

 

Photo courtesy of Yankee Candle Company

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Opens a New Wing and Restored Historic Galleries to Public on January 19, 2012

Posted by BOSTON STYLE HUB - January 18, 2012

On January 19, 2012, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will open to the public a new addition to its original building, kicking off an inaugural season of exhibitions, performances, and events that highlight the Museum’s wide range of programming. The new 70,000-square-foot wing was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano to preserve the historic 1902 building and alleviate pressures caused by years of use. Situated behind the original building on its site along the Fenway, the new addition provides purpose-built spaces for concerts, exhibitions, and classes, along with enhanced visitor amenities. Following special advance previews for Museum members on January 15-18, the grand opening celebration will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with City of Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino on January 19, followed by three days of free Bank of America Community Opening Days from January 19-21.

“This new wing is an extraordinarily elegant workshop, a bustling counterpoint to the historic building’s serenity. Here, the thinking and the work of the Museum is performed, so that the Palace, which had been put to uses for which it was not equipped, can once again give visitors the experience Isabella Stewart Gardner intended: a personal confrontation with art,” said Anne Hawley, Norma Jean Calderwood Director of the Museum.

The Design
The design of the Museum’s new wing incorporates glass and natural light to create an open and welcoming entrance, as well as to provide uninterrupted views of the historic building and gardens. The building features four volumes clad in green pre-patinated copper and red brick that appear to “float” above the transparent first floor. Key features of the new wing are a cube-shaped performance hall and an adjustable height special exhibition gallery, which are the Museum’s first purpose-built spaces to accommodate such functions.

Visitors enter the Museum through a new entrance facing Evans Way Park into the glass-enclosed Bekenstein Family Lobby. A new space, named the Richard E. Floor Living Room, welcomes the visitor in an intimate domestic-like setting where hosts, books, and touch screen monitors on easels offer information about Isabella Stewart Gardner, the collection and its unique installation, and the Museum’s Artist-in-Residence Program.

Calderwood Hall, the Museum’s new performance hall, is the largest space in the new wing at 6,000 square feet, and is designed in collaboration with acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota of Nagata Acoustics. With 300 seats configured in three balcony levels surrounding the central performing area on all four sides, the hall preserves the intimate experience that has long characterized the Gardner Museum’s music program.

The Special Exhibition Gallery, which will present three major exhibitions each year, is a flexible space featuring a retractable ceiling and a full wall of windows overlooking the historic Museum and the Monks Garden. The addition also houses working greenhouses, a landscape classroom and expanded outdoor garden spaces; two artist apartments; conservation labs; the Claire and John Bertucci Education Studio, which will offer hands-on art workshops for students and families; a new store, called Gift at the Gardner; and a new restaurant, Café G, with indoor and seasonal outdoor seating.

“Isabella Gardner’s Palace, with its treasured collection and inimitable installations, its verdant courtyard and mesmerizing corridors, will always be the focus of the Museum, but it could only remain so with the construction of a companion building. With housing for resident scholars and artists, labs for the conservation of the collection, and room for public assembly and school partners, the new wing frees up the historic building to fulfill its historic purpose,” added Hawley.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is seeking LEED gold certification by the United States Green Building Council. Primary components of the sustainable design are a geothermal well system, daylight harvesting, waterefficient landscaping techniques, and the use of local and regional materials, which reduces the environmental impact associated with transport.

Restoration of the Palace
Since 1990, the Gardner Museum has completed significant restoration work on the historic palace building to stabilize its structure and help accommodate increased programming and attendance. Projects have included replacing the skylight over the courtyard with thermal pane glass and installing a climate-control system. Construction of the extension complements preservation work that is ongoing within the historic building, including a decade-long lighting project to protect sensitive artwork and improve the visitor experience.

A centerpiece of the Museum preservation project is the Tapestry Room, which has been restored to its original glory after being used for 85 years as a temporary concert hall. As the Museum’s world-class concerts will now take place in the new wing’s Calderwood Hall, the Tapestry Room has been returned to its former configuration to be experienced as a grand tapestry hall. Conservation treatment of the space included the cleaning of its Mercer-tiled floors, restoration of the French medieval stone fireplace, reinstallation of select art and furniture objects, replacement of historic textiles with reproductions, and new lighting.

Exhibitions and Programming
The design of the new wing fulfills the programmatic demands of the Museum, encompassing five curatorial areas of Landscape, Scholarship, Education, Contemporary Art, and Music. Each derives from areas of passion and exploration expressed by Isabella Gardner during the early years of the Museum. The Gardner will open its new wing with exhibitions by contemporary artists, all of whom have roots in the Museum’s Artist-in-Residence program, which celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year. The inaugural show in the new Special Exhibition Gallery will be Tapestry (Radio On): New Work by Victoria Morton (on view through May 28), the first solo exhibition in an American museum by the Scottish painter and sculptor. Morton invites viewers to closely examine densely detailed canvases and encounter objects that expand the space of paintings. Points of View: 20 Years of Artists-in-Residence at the Gardner, a complementary exhibition on view through August 13 in the introductory space of the new gallery, will further celebrate the Artist-in-Residence program by presenting a
selection of works by past participants, as well as objects from the collection and artists’ correspondence.

The work of Los Angeles-based photographer Luisa Lambri will be featured in Portrait, an artistic meditation on the Gardner Museum’s unique spaces, presented in a new gallery space in the former entrance vestibule of the historic building through October 15. Also on view at the opening is a site-specific outdoor work—a drawing of a bright red tree titled Ailanthus, by Italian artist Stefano Arienti. The first work to be installed on a new 34-foot-high by 16-footwide space on the façade of the new wing, it will be on view through 2012.

The Gardner’s celebrated music program will relocate to Calderwood Hall and offer expanded programming in chamber music, new music, and jazz. From January through June 2012, the Sunday Concert Series will feature 18 concerts, the monthly Jazz at the Gardner series will continue, and Avant Gardner will extend its cutting-edge classical music programming into a monthly series. Calderwood Hall also will host many of the Museum’s public programs, including talks by leading figures in the field of landscape design, and lectures about collection highlights.

For more information, visit the Gardner Museum online at www.gardnermuseum.org

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31st Connecticut Flower & Garden Show is February 23-26, 2012 in Hartford

Posted by BOSTON STYLE HUB - January 5, 2012

HARTFORD, Conn., Dec. 21, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "31th annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show" – one of the largest and most prestigious flower shows in New England -- is set for Thursday, February 23 through Sunday, February 26, 2012 at the Connecticut Convention Center on 100 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford. Hours are: Thursday, February 23 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, February 24 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, February 25 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, February 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The colorful, fragrant show covers almost three acres with the theme, "Traditions of Nature". Highlights are:

- More than 20 gardens fill 45,000 square feet, created by professional landscape designers and nonprofit organizations, and include naturalistic, low maintenance and organic gardens.

- Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut's 2012 Advanced Standard Flower Show: over 12,000 square feet of design and horticulture competition and more than 250 judged entries – theme: "The Fabulous Fifties!"

-- Seminars by experienced horticulturists and experts include:

  • Nationally renowned gardening, lifestyle expert and best-selling author Mar Jennings – Four Seasons of Gardening;
  • Landscape designer and radio personality Baroness Maureen Haseley-Jones a.k.a "The English Lady" - Healing Our Plant One Garden At a Time;
  • Horticulturalist, author and photo stylist Tovah Martin – The New Terrarium;
  • Floral designer Robert Buettner - Floral Arranging;
  • Gardening editor, writer and photographer Steve Silk – The Crazy Mixed Up Border;
  • Sal Gilbertie of Gilbertie's Herb Gardens – Herbs from the Ground Up;
  • Garden writer, speaker and photographer Lorraine Bellato - Foolproof Hydrangeas and Designing with Shrubs;
  • Horticultural lecturer and consultant Paul F. Split - Container Gardening and Cooking with Herbs demo;
  • Garden designer, writer, teacher, lecturer and consultant Kerry Mendez - Tips for Gorgeous Sustainable Perennial Gardens; and
  • Gardening author and columnist Tom Christopher – Sustainable Gardens: Saving You Money While Saving the Environment and The Artful Garden.

- Hundreds of displays and activities and aisles of fresh flowers, plants, garden ornaments, herbs, bulbs, seeds, fertilizers, soils, gardening books, patio furniture, ornaments and lawn equipment for purchase. Floral/garden Arts & Crafts area. Bring 1/2 cup of soil to the UConn Co-op booth for free soil testing.

Admission: $16 Adults; $14 Seniors on Thursday/Friday only; $4 Children 6-14; Free Age 5 and under – Cash Only (Advance tickets $2 off –Jan. 1 through Feb. 21 at the following Conn. locations: The Garden Barn in Vernon; Garden Specialties in Mystic; Lawncare, Etc… in North Haven; Moscarillo's Garden Shoppe in West Hartford; Natureworks in Northford; Revay's Garden Center in Broad Brook; Stonehedge Garden Center in Newington; and Woodland Gardens in Manchester.

For more information, seminars, and driving directions, visit www.ctflowershow.com

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The full Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring/Summer 2012 show, filmed in London

Posted by BOSTON STYLE HUB - November 30, 2011

Courtesy of BURBERRY on YouTube

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