Our most recent acquisition is this edgy piece by Jordan Wiebe (you can find him on Instagram here: @jordanweeb), he's a friend who used to live here in the valley and now lives in Minneapolis, MN. He recently began selling some of his art, and this is the one we chose.
The store has big windows in the front, and she has come up with creative ideas to fill those windows.
One window changes seasonally, and I'm constantly amazed by the ideas she comes up with.
This was the first installation, and involved making and hand painting flowers made from newspapers!
Next came origami cranes.
And then a darker, spookier version of those origami cranes.
When spring and summer rolled around, this gorgeous dress was front and center.
But I may just be the most impressed with her current installation. While the store has been closed because of the pandemic, Ilone has been working on her current art project. I'm always intrigued by how she turns thrifted items into stunning art displays. A restaurant across the street went out of business several months ago, and they had plastic lids from the drink cups. I don't know about you, but I would never have thought up a creative use for plastic drink lids.
Ilone was inspired by Monet's Water Lilies paintings. Also, it would never cross my mind to combine the two...
She used alcohol paint on 7,000 lids. Yes, you read that correctly: 7,000 lids.
She then strung them together.
It turns out that they were quite a bit heavier than the previous art installation projects, so Mark added a support bracket midway on the hanging rod.
And this is the stunningly epic display she created.