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  • Good-bye summer

    Good-bye summer

    Photo © Amy Collier

    Summers generally die long and hard here. It was just a mere three weeks back that temps were still dawdling in the low 90s. Winter has made a persuasive comeback with a blast of very cold arctic air this week. Of course it will get warm-ish again with some plants blooming well into December but the blazing heat is a ghost until next year. Until then, I will look back fondly on my Pride of Barbados (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) flowering wildly in the yard this summer.

    –Amy

  • O’Keeffe: Plains, 1953

    O’Keeffe: Plains, 1953

    Photo © Amy Collier

    Georgia O’Keeffe – American, 1887–1986
    From the Plains I, 1953
    Oil on canvas
    Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio

    This painting expresses O’Keeffe’s spiritual and emotional ties to the West Texas landscape. In 1916, while she was teaching in Canyon, Texas, O’Keeffe wrote a letter to Alfred Stieglitz:

    The plains—the wonderful great big sky—makes me want to breathe so deep that I'll break—There is so much of it… It seems so funny that a week ago it was the mountains I thought the most wonderful—and today it's the plains—I guess it's the feeling of bigness that just carries me away…

  • NorthPark Center, Dallas

    NorthPark Center, Dallas

    Photo © Amy Collier

    Photo © Amy Collier

    Photo © Amy Collier

    Photo © Amy Collier

    Photo © Amy Collier

    “In the early 1960s, developer Raymond Nasher leased a 97-acre cotton field on the edge of Dallas and hired E.G Hamilton of Harrell+Hamilton Architects. NorthPark Center opened in 1965, as then the largest climate-controlled retail establishment in the world, and is now owned by the Caruth family and managed, operated and leased by husband and wife David J. Haemisegger and Nancy A. Nasher (Ray's daughter).”

    […]

    “Best known for its reputation as an art museum inside a shopping center, in November 2007, NorthPark Center was named as one of the seven retail wonders of the modern world…”

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