We’re up and running through May 13th at the Tusinski Gallery, 2 Main Street in Rockport. Karen Tusinski, the artist-owner at the gallery, hosts a show every April in conjunction with Earth Day, and this year she opened her space up to The Roving Home.
Our pieces are a great fit with the idea behind Earth Day, one of appreciating our planet’s resources, and by extension, conserving these resources. We take the old and, in a sense, make it new again by presenting it in a fresh light. Of course this has always been done — antiques shops are not a new concept — but the difference now is that old stuff doesn’t have to be valuable to be valued, if you know what I mean. People are catching on to the fact that vintage pieces add depth and patina to a home, and vintage doesn’t mean fine antiques. It can mean a collection of humble milk glass, or a cast iron gooseneck lamp — the type of lamp that was at every work desk in every factory in America for decades. These seemingly insignificant items provide a real connection to the past. And even better, they’re still functional. (Yet another reason to keep them around.)
Some of the pieces in the show are old items, pulled apart and re-worked into genuine originals, like our handpainted taxidermy boxes. And other pieces in the show are re-worked ideas from our collective domestic and decorative past. Such as the chinoiserie panel that is hand painted over a base coat of chalkboard paint so that the colors of the design could be changed according to whim, the owner able to interact with the piece in a way that traditional hand painted chinoiserie wall coverings do not encourage.
We had a little party to kick off the shop; a few friends contributed their talents by making deviled eggs and red velvet-esque cupcakes — both old fashioned culinary delights that are back in vogue. My husband made a brutal batch of Haymaker’s Switzel, a drink designed to put some pep in your step back in the 19th century. Here in the 21st I don’t think we have the stomach for it. (Some things are better left un-recycled.)
Here are a few shots from the shop’s opening, thanks to friend-of-The-Roving-Home Carolyn Mohr!
One of the gallery windows. The light is built from a reclaimed beam and massive cable.
Handpainted taxidermy in vintage box. The photography light is part of a set of three from the 1940s.
Like all good hipsters, we listened to records while looking over the recycled glass bottle lanterns.
Checking out the Dollhouse Project in front of a wall of snapshots in vintage frames detailing our obsession with our possessions.
The living room in the dollhouse, with its Dorothy Draper inspired interior.
The sign for the pop up shop.
Haymaker’s Switzel, a hair-raising ginger infused drink, with vintage glassware on a vintage tray.
A large vintage photo print of elephants, taken on safari, and other manly-themed elements on the gallery wall.