Knit One, Pearl Two on the Warhol Bridge

I like to knit, I find it very relaxing. When my daughter was in high school we had a great group of women, including Nicole’s French teacher curling up on several couch’s, eating scrumptous appetizers and sharing fun stories while catching up on each other’s lives. While everyone around me was doing complicated patterns for sweaters, I was a very beginning knitter, staying in my comfort zone of simple projects like dish cloths or muffler’s, I never did graduate into an accompished knitter. I still have those cotton dish clothes stacked neatly underneath my kitchen sink~do I ever use them? No, I always think they are too nice to wipe the counter, so I  grab the yellow sponge to do it’s duty.

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The Fiberart Guild of Pittsburgh has a new project. To wrap the Andy Warhol Bridge in Allegany.  The Allegheny County Council voted unanimously to approval “Knit the Bridge”, and will be “yarn bombed” from August 10-September 7, 2013.

Andy Warhol Bridge, also known as the Seventh Street Bridge, spans the Allegany River in downtown Pittsburgh, PA and is the only bridge in the United States named for a visual artist.

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Named for the artist Andy Warhol, a Pittsburgh native, it is one of three parallel bridges called The Three Sisters, the others being the Roberto Clemente Bridge and the Rachel Carson Bridge. The Three Sisters are self-anchored suspension bridges and are historically significant because they are the only trio of nearly identical bridges, as well as the first self-anchored suspension spans built in the United States.

The bridge was renamed for Warhol on March 18, 2005, as part of the tenth anniversary celebration for the Andy Warhol Museum.


In case you have not heard of the term “yarn bombing”, it is an art movement that covers anything-including trees, bikes, military tanks, buses and buildings. Until now, no group in the world has attempted to yarn bomb a bridge this large. This event, if completed, will mark the largest project of its kind ever tackled in the United States.


The large group of supporters includes 1,256 individuals and more than 100 organizations from across the county. These volunteers will create 580 panels, each 3 feet by 6 feet, to drape the length of the bridge.

After the panels are removed, they’ll be washed and distributed to homeless shelters, nursing homes and animal shelters, or perhaps stay neatly folded underneath a kitchen sink.








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“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”~Forrest Gump


“Truffles” watercolor+pastel pencil by eileen tomson





The French Laundry photos by eileen


GANACHE TRUFFLES~Thomas Keller French Laundry

This is Thomas Keller’s famous French Laundry dessert. The batter can be made up to 1 hour ahead and left at room temperature to be baked last minute. Or, make the batter well in advance, freeze it in the ramekins and put them straight into the oven when ready to bake. From the freezer, the baking time is 20 minutes.

  • 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

Place the chopped chocolate in a bowl. Bring the cream to a boil and pour it over the chocolate. Slowly stir until smooth. Transfer the mixture into a shallow glass dish and let it cool slightly, about 10 minutes, then place it in the freezer to chill for 1 hour.

Scoop out balls using a 1 teaspoon measuring spoon and shape them so that they’re round. Chill until ready to use.

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Fannie May’s Pear and Caramel Chocolate

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“If you involve the community, then it belongs to the community” ~ Pedro Pablo Silva

Pedro Pablo Silva, was a Chilean-born artist who in 1981 sculpted a mosaic dragon, a 150 foot sculpture here in Nashville, TN. The mosaic adorns Fannie Mae Dees Park, across the street from where I work at Vanderbilt University. We call the park “Dragon Park”.

Mr. Silva studied in Chile before he came to New York on a Pan-American scholarship to study art at Columbia University. Early on in his career, Mr. Silva became enamored with public art, creating sculptures for various playgrounds in Manhattan and Harlem.

The mosaic dragon undulates out of the ground as if it were ripples of waves at the beach. More than 1000 members of the community helped design and install the mosaics .

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“If you involve the community, then it belongs to the community,” he told The Tennessean at the time. “So we made sure everyone was invited to help with the mosaics. Everyone has done a jigsaw puzzle, and doing mosaics is even easier than that.”

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 Sadly, Pedro Pablo Silva died June 20, 2013 at 78 years of age.

“But like of each thing that in season grows.”~Shakespeare


If you are in New York from the end of May until October 27, this is a must see exhibit at The New York Botanical Garden. Written up in Vogue Magazine, the exhibit Four Seasons, is by contemporary artist Philip Haas.

Philip Haas began his career as a documentary film maker, directing ten profiles of unusual artists through early 1990s with the theme “Magicians of the Earth,”commissioned by the Centre Georges Pompidou.

His feature films include Angels and Insects, set in Victorian England, which was nominated for an Academy Award and the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or, Up at the Villa, an adaptation of the W. Somerset Maugham novella, starring Sean Penn, Anne Bancroft and Kristin Scott Thomas, The Situation, a political thriller set in Iraq, released in 2006, and the highly-regarded The Music of Chance (1993).

On display from May 18 through October 27, Four Seasons is an installation of four sculptures–each standing more than 15 feet high. Encompassing Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter, the works are inspired by the 16th-century creations of Italian Renaissance painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo.

Four Seasons is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Additional support provided by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation

The Garden is located at 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458

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Four Seasons by Philp Haas

Emperor Rudolf II as Vertumnus, by Giuseppe Ar...

Emperor Rudolf II as Vertumnus, by Giuseppe Arcimboldo (now at Skokloster Castle, Sweden). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)