IT may look like a lost Picasso with a touch of Gustav Klimt, but "Where From My Love" is an even more striking fusion of art and craft. Doris Hall's 3-by-5-foot enameled panel, at right, made in 1957 from powdered glass fused to steel at 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit, is one of 200 pieces in "Painting With Fire: Masters of Enameling in America 1930-1980" on display at the Long Beach Museum of Art through Aug. 19. The show, curated by Bernard N. Jazzar and Harold B. Nelson, tracks the evolution of the medium from decorative plaques and bowls to mosaic artworks and architectural tiles. As both an arts-and-crafts fad and a means of artistic expression, enameling was extremely popular on the West Coast from the end of World War II to the early 1970s. The show reflects the breadth of work done in this state with designs by San Diego abstractionists Jackson and Ellamarie Woolley and brilliantly toned Zen-minimal vessels by San Franciscan Jade Snow Wong, who created the fiery 1952 bowl shown at bottom right. Long Beach Museum of Art, 2300 E. Ocean Blvd.; (562) 439-2119; www.lbma.org.
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Los Angeles Times Friday April 06, 2007 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 0 inches; 35 words Type of Material: Correction
Enamel bowl: A Scout item in Thursday's Home section about a show at the Long Beach Museum of Art incorrectly identified the bowl by Jean and Arthur Ames as the work of Jade Snow Wong.
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Los Angeles Times Tuesday April 10, 2007 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 0 inches; 37 words Type of Material: Correction
Art show: A Scout item in Thursday's Home section about a show at the Long Beach Museum of Art identified a bowl as the work of Jade Snow Wong. The bowl was by Jean and Arthur Ames.
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Los Angeles Times Thursday April 12, 2007 Home Edition Home Part F Page 5 Features Desk 0 inches; 35 words Type of Material: Correction
Enamel bowl: An April 5 Scout item about a show at the Long Beach Museum of Art identified a bowl as the work of Jade Snow Wong. The bowl was by Jean and Arthur Ames.
Angels gather near the ceiling
Bodo Sperlein, the German-born, London-based porcelain and lighting designer, introduces his new collection, Lladro Re-Cyclos Magical, at a reception tonight at Table Art in Los Angeles. Well-known for his popular berry-print plates and tabletop porcelain flowers, Sperlein is the first outside designer to work with Lladro, the Spanish firm known for its decorative, somewhat kitsch figurines. The collection consists of 25 pieces including vases, bottle stoppers and the Niagara chandelier shown here, available in two sizes. The 44-inch diameter version has 100 bisque porcelain angels suspended on fiber optic cables and costs $45,000. A 78-inch diameter version with 300 angels is $90,000. The public is invited to meet the designer from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Table Art, 7977 Melrose Ave. RSVP is required; (323) 653- 8278.
Crafty stencil pushers
Still standing tall despite its recent near brush with fire, the Hollywood sign is considered one of the city's classic views. Now, Stencil1's easy-to-use template makes it easy to turn any wall into a scenic outlook. Founded in 2005 by Brooklyn graphic designer Ed Roth, the firm's hip, pop-culture stencils are a far cry from the fleurs-de-lis and Tuscan scrollwork normally found in craft stores. Reusable 8 1/2 -by-11-inch plastic sheets include a Jolly Roger, a go-go girl and Che Guevara, plus L.A.-centric designs such as palm trees, seagulls, \o7lucha libre \f7wrestlers and the venerable symbol of the movie capital. A 24-inch-square stag head and a 30-by-70-inch birch tree also are available. Prices, the full range of designs and local stores can be found at www.stencil1.com.
The growing chic set
In 1999, Dwell began to define the 21st century bed with boldly patterned linens that referenced midcentury design and architectural elements. Three years later, the company launched Dwellbaby, a collection of crib bedding for modernist moms and dads who wanted their kids' cradles to rock. It would seem inevitable that Dwellbaby would grow into Dwellkids. The recently introduced collection includes twin and full-size duvet covers, coordinating sheets, pillowcases and shams in eight patterns including cocoa polka dots, pink damask, alphabet letters and three florals. The Cowboy pattern, shown here, has a sidekick, Cowgirl, in dusty rose. Twin sets cost $348; full are $384. For store locations or to purchase online, visit www.dwellshop.com.
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