Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Day at the Beach on Florida's Gulf Coast! + Oysters: Fried, Stewed or Nude

A Day at the Beach
A Photo Essay 
It's Summertime
and we're ready for
a beach day
in Florida!
by Jack A. Atkinson



(Source: All photos are © Copyright 2012 Jack A. Atkinson)

Wintzell's Oyster House
A gulf coast tradition since 1938.

...and their "Happy Hour Price" for a dozen raw oysters, was unbelievably affordable!

Wintzell's is a gulf coast landmark and is best known far and wide for: "Oysters: Fried, Stewed or Nude." Wintzell's Oyster House was founded in 1938 as a 6-stool oyster bar by J. Oliver Wintzell. The family sold the business in the 1980's, but the restaurants, all located near the gulf coast, have remained much the same - with their main specialty being: "OYSTERS!"

Oyster Shuckers
working as fast as they can!
Wonderfully Fresh OYSTERS, NUDE = on the half shell! Mmmmmm.
(Source: All photos are © Copyright 2012 Jack A. Atkinson)

Until Later,

ARTSnFOOD, is an online publication "In the Pursuit of Happiness, the Arts aNd Food". All rights reserved. Concept & Original Text © Copyright 2012 Jack A. Atkinson under all International intellectual property and copyright laws. All gallery, artist & museum photos are taken with permission. Images © individual artists, fabricators, respective owners or assignees.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Little Green Men & Women - WALK Lights Around the World + Summer Fizz Cocktail

Andorra - Above is the beautiful design of the WALK lights in The Principality of Andorra, a microstate in Southwestern Europe bordered by Spain and France.

"WALK" lights 
as Street Art!

Pictured are some interesting "WALK" lights from various cities around the world. Enjoy these different icons, which all graphically say: "CROSS NOW!"

Antwerp, Belgium - the capital of the Antwerp province of Flanders

Chamalieres, France - about 150 miles east of Lyon.

Amersfoort, Holland - a medieval city in the province of Utrecht in central Netherlands.

Odense, Denmark - east of Copenhagen on the island of Funen.

Dresden, Germany - the capital of the Free State of Saxony, near the Czech border.

Kawagoe, Japan - "Little Edo" a castle town during the 17th century Edo Period, 30 minutes by train from Tokyo.

Corunna, Spain - an Atlantic Ocean coastal beach destination, & city, in N/W Spain.

London, England - the capital of the United Kingdom.

Mexico City, Mexico - capital of Mexico and the seat of the federal powers of the Mexican Union.

Mysore, India - the second-largest city in the Indian State of Karnataka.

Warsaw, Poland - the capital and largest city of Poland.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - "Rio" is the capital city of the State of Rio de Janeiro and the second largest city in Brazil. The Corcovado, meaning "hunchback" in Portuguese, is the mountain in central Rio, topped with the statue of "Christ the Redeemer", Brazil's best known tourist attraction.

Taipei, Taiwan (Republic of China) - the political, economic, and cultural capital of the island of Taiwan.

(Source: These images were on a construction fence and photographed as street art in NYC the site is across from 100 Church Street. Photography shown was taken by Jack A. Atkinson, © 2012 all rights reserved.)

1/4 of a seedless watermelon, 
diced into cubes
2 limes, juiced
1 12 oz can of Ginger Ale
4 cubes of frozen watermelon, for garnish or
4 Lime wedges, for garnish
Gin (for the adult version - 1 jigger gin for each 8 oz glass)

1) Puree the cubes of watermelon in a blender (strain if you desire, I didn't) Blend in lime juice. 
2) Pour the Ginger Ale into the blender, stir.
3) Fill two 8 oz glasses with ice.  
4) Pour the watermelon FIZZ to fill each glass. 
5) For the adult version add one jigger of Gin to each Glass and Stir.
6) Garnish with a frozen cube of watermelon or a slice of lime.
(Makes 4 drinks - An Atkinson Family Cookbook recipe)

It's Vacation Time
Remember when flying was fun
and they served food?

Baked Alaska served on the Cunard Line.
Photo by Sara Clemence courtesy of The Wall Street Journal

Writer Sara Clemence just published a story in the Wall Street Journal comparing the joys of the food, the rest and the spa time onboard a transatlantic ocean voyage to Europe vs. the unpleasant endless flight, resulting in losing a day to jet lag. The cost can be close to the same and if you've got the time - an ocean liner is the only way to go for a European vacation. Read the rest of the story at the link below.

Until later,


ARTSnFOOD, is an online publication "In the Pursuit of Happiness, Art and Food". All rights reserved. Concept & Original Text © Copyright 2012 Jack A. Atkinson under all International intellectual property and copyright laws. All gallery and museum photo taken with permission. Images © individual artists, fabricators, respective owners or assignees.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Artists Across America 2012 - The Cherry Creek Arts Festival + Eggplant & Tomato Casserole

Art Across
America 2012
A survey of Art from
The Cherry Creek
Arts Festival,
Denver, CO

For three-days in early July, the Cherry Creek Arts Festival in Denver, Colorado is a world renowned art happening. It is ranked as the "Number One Fine Arts / Fine Crafts Festival" in the United States. Below, and in the following issue* of ARTSnFOOD, we show a few samples of the art most of America enjoys and buys. 

Martin Lambuth, Denver, CO (Paintings of Junked Trucks)

Martin Lambuth from Denver, CO said:
"Anytime we drive out of  town, we take the back roads and make notes of the mile markers or exit locations for the various junk rusting in the fields. Then on our way back, we stop, I make sketches and take reference photos for my paintings. My art process is my own unique way of painting - with bits of plastic credit cards, instead of brushes" 

Sarah Giannobile, St. Louis - Drawings & Paintings

Painter Sarah Giannobile from St. Louis, MO said:
"People want to buy art that makes them happy! That's my observation of why people buy my art, which is abstract. Many people have trouble with abstraction, they want realism, but the interior designers ALL love my work." 

Dean Lucker & Ann Wood, St. Paul, MN - Animatronic Paintings & Sculpture

Animatronic Sculpture
Dean Lucker from St. Paul, MN said:
"Ann does all of the paintings and the decorating of the sculptures, I carve the sculptures and I do the animatronics on them and in Ann's paintings. We also create games - we like the idea of interactivity. And yes we went to see the movie HUGO!"

Steven Olszewinski, Pincney, MI - Ceramic Sculptures

Ceramicist Steven Olszewinski from Pincney, MI said:
"These sculptures are all made from clay using a raku process. I enjoy the unknown qualities that the fire adds. To slow fire them I cover them in flaming sawdust." 

Joachim Knill, Hannibal, MO - Conceptual Artist / Painter

Artist Joachim Knill from Hannibal, MO said:
"This is an installation and an exhibit of individual paintings. They are ALL for sale, both at the same time or individually. It is a comment."

Anthony Hansen, Morro Bay, CA - "Stop Sign" abstraction

Brian McGuffey, Seattle, WA

Carl Zahmann, Fergus Falls, MN

Peter Karner, Hesperus, CO
Terrie Mangat, El Prado, NM, Quilt
Melissa Dominiak, Hannibal, MO, Chair Portraits

Bill Starke, Denver, CO, Bronze Sculptures
Angie Pickman, Lawrence, KS, cut paper

Barbara & Guy Beals, Bailey, CO at Blossoms Shop

Benjamin Frey, Buena Vista, VA - Drawing 
Betsy Youngquist, Rockford, IL

Casey Sheppard (right) - jewelry

Casey Sheppard - jewelry

Chris Dahlquist, Kansas City, MO "Places we must be mindful to notice." - photography

Chris Vance, Bondurant, IA

Dean Lucker & Ann Wood, St. Paul, MN - game

Dean Lucker & Ann Wood
St. Paul, MN
Animatronic Sculpture 

Denis Roussel,
Boulder, CO
wet-plate collodion original
Denis Roussel, Boulder, CO - ink-jet print, from the wet-plate collodion original

Donovan Palmquist, Farmington, MN - ceramics

Ellie Rusinova & Brandan Styles, Denver, CO

Jeffrey Raasch
Milwaukee, WI

Jennifer McCurdy, Vineyard Haven, MA - ceramics

Joachin Knill, Hannibal, MO - painting

Kemper, Napa, CA

Kina Crow, ceramics, "What are we waiting for?"

Kostas Ulevicius, St. Petersburg, FL, - ceramics

Kristin Gereau, Waukesha, WI - arm warmers

Lillis Taylor (fashion designer) & Trey Taylor (painter), Birmingham, AL
Original prints of Trey's paintings designed into Lillis's dresses.

Mandrake Mantle, Seattle, WA - miniature paintings

Martin Lambuth, Denver, CO "Night Truck" - painting
All photos above, were taken with the permission of the artists.
Art Across America CONTINUES in the issue below.

Summer Garden Casserole 
ovo-lacto vegetarian Main Dish

1 eggplant, unpeeled, sliced in 1/3" thick rounds
Salted water
3 medium tomatoes, sliced
4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
4 slices Pepper Jack cheese 4" x 4"
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons minced fresh basil (can substitute1 tbsp dried)
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley (can substitute 1 tbsp dried)
Breadcrumbs, fresh or Progresso bought plain bread crumbs
Spray oil

Slice the eggplant and soak in salted water for 20 to 30 minutes. I put a colander on top anda small cutting board to weigh the eggplant down, and keep them submerged.

Heat the oven to 425* F. 

Remove eggplant onto paper towels and pat dry. Saute eggplant slices in some olive oil until browned on both sides.

Lightly grease a 8"x8" baking dish with spray oil or butter. Transfer the sautéed eggplant slices onto the bottom of the baking dish, layering is quite OK.

Cover eggplant with a layer or layers of sliced tomatoes.
Sprinkle the basil, parsley and chopped garlic on top.
Sprinkle the casserole with Parmesan cheese.
Put on a layer of chopped, hard boiled eggs.
Cover chopped eggs with squares of Pepper Jack cheese.
Sprinkle the bread crumbs on top of the cheese to cover.
Spray the crumbs with oil, to help them toast (alternatives to spray oil are to drizzle with olive oil or melted butter).

Bake uncovered for 20-30 minutes in a 425* oven, until cheese is melted and bread crumbs have browned.

Remove from oven and let the casserole rest for 10 minutes. 
Serve warm, or at room temperature. 
Leftovers may be refrigerated (but not frozen) - microwave to re-heat or it is also good served cold.
(Source: Atkinson Family Cookbook)

Vegetarian defined:
ovo-lacto Vegetarianincludes eggs and dairy products. 
Vegan: excludes ALL animal products, including eggs, dairy, gelatin and honey.
Semi-Vegetarian: include eggs, dairy, fish and some people include poultry.
Until later,
"In the Pursuit of Happiness, Arts & Food" 
An online publication primarily focused on the Visual Arts and Food. All rights reserved. Concept and Original Text and Photos © Copyright Jack A. Atkinson, 2012 - under ALL international intellectual property and copyright laws. Gallery, museum, studio, art fair/festival, performance and all photos were taken with permission or were provided with permission. Artworks are © individual artists, fabricators, respective owners or assignees.
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