Gallery owner and artist, Amanda Stone Talley, is celebrating in her spirited hometown, New Orleans, and wrapping her presents in a thrifty but soulful style. For the tiny gifts it's tea paper from Pearl River bound with twine and a twig painted gold. "I just get a small limb, spray it gold, and then break off a little piece for each present."
Talley earned her MFA at SCAD, she was a Fighting Squirrel, and for eight years she worked with Gerrie Bremermann. Imagine all the interesting things she's seen.
Next week she will be showing some of her more modestly priced work -- small cubes priced between $120 to $160 -- as part of a casual happening at her gallery, Studio Amanda Talley, 2369 Magazine Street. If you plan to be in the area, be sure and stop by. To learn more about Amanda's work, click here. Soon we just may be seeing a few new festive Crescent City sights, courtesy of her iPhone, so stay tuned.
The image below is via Cami McCormick and CBS News. Click here to see the entire 2006 photo essay with a diverse range of images from a Big Easy holiday.
For more of Thomas Jayne's wonderful New Orleans digs, click here.
Kerry Moody also incorporates citrus in his decorations. Note the red candles. Images courtesy Southern Accents.
Moody's decanters are 19th-century, the coffee set and gumbo bowls are Vieux Paris, also 19th-century, and entree dishes are Sheffield. Note too the traditional French sweets. Here's a direct link to holiday tips from Kerry.
Below, Moody at work, arranging vignettes for Lucullus.
And of course Amanda's former boss, Gerrie Bremermann, sets an exquisite table.
Images here are also courtesy SA.