Archive for August, 2008

ROYAL TREATMENT

Last week was a fun time in Pleasanton.  The ZNE Convenzione was held.  Chel did an excellent job in promoting art in our town.  Attendees and teachers came from local areas and distances across the United States.  Here at American Harvest, we had the pleasure to meet so many of the attendees.  Michelle Legler of Mosaic Cottage was in town for the Convenzione.  We have carried her delightful mosaic cupcakes in the store for over a year now.  She arrived with a wonderful gift for us!
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This was such an unexpected surprise! This is a gorgeous mosaic crown.  The front reads, Sharon and Rodger….Queen and King of American Harvest.  Each section of the crown has a great descriptive word that we strive to express in our shop, e.g. Art, Haven, Bliss, Divine!
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I am so fortunate to have wonderful artists in the store.  Here I am with Michelle and of course the terrific crown!  With sincere gratitude and appreciation…Thank you, Michelle!

THEATRE MYSTIQUE: ACT II

We have been "performing" to sell out audiences everyday since our premier showing last Saturday!  Theatre Mystique is getting rave reviews from our customers and the media.  Thank you to all who have made this year's Halloween extravaganza such a huge success.  Here are more pictures of our shop, American Harvest.
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Our set designer, April, made this incredible marquee that hangs above our office and wrap area.
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Vintage garden busts wore masks to celebrate the festivities.
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Here is an original drawing by Donna O'Brien in a theatre box along with one of her magical crowns.
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Vintage props graced our backstage windows, such as this cosmetic travel case.
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Nearly every antique cupboard was made into a theatre to showcase our wonderful designs by many artists.  Pictured here are designs by Allen Cunningham, Eric Cortina and Bruce Elsass.
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Nicol Sayre's beautiful doll was centered stage at American Harvest's Theatre Mystique.  On Saturday, September 6th we will be hosting a signing and doll sale of Nicol's creations.
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Pictures of our "actors" morph into scary portraits.
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The lovely French bed doll is shown with vintage flowers as a headress.
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Vintage French ribbons were quickly snatched up by our customers.
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Vintage clothing served as costumes in our backstage windows.  I wish that I had a picture to show you of the antique French pierrot costume. 
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This is a very collectible shot glass boot made of metal.  Donna O'Brien embellished it into a fantastic Halloween display.
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From our front window, vintage and reproduced playbills, music and other props adorned the display.  Until our next post, keep memorizing those lines from acting class and remember "the show must go on!"

THE CURTAIN RISES AT THEATRE MYSTIQUE…

The curtain was raised at American Harvest's Theatre Mystique on Saturday, August 16th to the thrill of the many who stood in line for the premiere presentation.  Some were in line in the wee hours of the morning!  Here are a few of the pictures that captured the experience!

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The Ticket Master greeted everyone at the front door.  Backstage passes had been mailed out to lucky recipients.

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The window reveals the backstage of Theatre Mystique.  Debbie B. took this picture of the front window before the sun came up!!!

Pop out wall

Glittered skulls smiled ghoulishly as customers shopped.

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This majestic theatre created by Nicol Sayre was an outstanding show piece.  Bravo!!!

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Here is one of many "stages" found at Theatre Mystique.  The glittered skulls are an American Harvest exclusive and can be purchased at the store.

Poe collage

Karen Otto debuted her collection at American Harvest's Halloween Gala event.  It sold out immediately and we are anxiously awaiting new arrivals toward the end of the week. 

Masquerade 

Theatre themed creations by Donna O'Brien were among the favorite pieces scooped up by her many fans. 
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Eerie necklaces by Ingrid Pomeroy danced in the soft candlelight.  More of her wonderful items will be in the store by this weekend.

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Colleen Moody answered the Call to Artists campaign.  Her small Halloween characters were an enchanting addition to our Family of Artists.

Owls

 The vintage garden owl kept a keen eye on all of the festivities from his perch.

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Susan Arnot's dramatic presentation of theatres captured the theme of the day.

Balcony

Until the next post…..the balcony is closed!

THE STAGING OF THEATRE MYSTIQUE

The set designers and stage hands have been working none stop to get ready for the premier of Theatre Mystique at American Harvest.  Our executive producer and director guarantee that theatre doors will open promptly at 10am Saturday, August 16th!

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You are cordially invited to visit backstage at Theatre Mystique…..if you dare!

THEATRE MYSTIQUE

Ticket

You
are invited to the Halloween party premier of “Theatre Mystique” at American
Harvest.  This ticket is your backstage
pass to eerie décor and ghoulish delights. 

Our
spirited artists will amaze you with their magical creations.  The cast of characters will include your
favorite artists such as Donna O’Brien, Ingrid Pomeroy, Nicol Sayre and Debbee
Thibault.  In addition, many new artists
will debut their work on our stage for the first time!

The
theatre doors will open at 10am on Saturday, August 16th. 

 Bring
friends and experience the mystique together…
if you
dare!