Friday, March 25, 2011

Carol Cirillo Stanley Fine Art Photography

 If you have attended any of the Guilds events or seen any of the photographs of the Guilds Fashion Shows then you have seen "Carol Cirillo Stanley Fine Art Photography" at work and her work.  See more amazing art photos of hers in an incredible setting at " The Fine Arts Building"  DTLA

         Show Opening!!!!!     Thursday, April 14th 2011      6 - 9 PM         
                                         The Fine Arts Building   
                                         811 W. 7th Street              
                                         Los Angeles, CA.

The opening show of “The Collections” hosted by Mark & Brian’s Fine Arts Building, takes place during the LA Artwalk     The ambiance and lure of department store windows serves as the perfect backdrop for the avant-garde collections.  A chic and sophisticated body of work each piece has its own hip identity.  Lala is the muse for each collection!  You are invited to join in a celebration of photography, design, and whimsy!                Show dates:            April 11 - May 7, 2011            Directions:     Questions:  949-633-8961

Monday, March 14, 2011

Mad About Hats

There is an amazing program going on at the Pasadena Museum of History.  Go to the Here to the Events Page.  Barbara Troeller, Millinery Historian will give a lecture A Fine Feather: The Cawston Ostrich Farm, Feathers, and the Millinery Industry in the Early 20th Century
Thursday, April 14th, 7:30 pm  Wear a hat!!

Exhibition Viewing
The exhibition is open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays, 12:00 to 5:00 pm.
Tickets (available in Museum Store): $5 General; $4 Students & Seniors; Members & Children under 12 Free.

Exhibition Tours
Mad for Hats! Tour and Tea
Fridays, March 4 - June 10; Tours at 12:15 pm. Tea at 1:30 pm at Tea Rose Garden, 28 S. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena 91105
Choose a Friday in spring and treat yourself and your friends to a docent-led stroll through hat history from the 1860s to the 1960s. Then continue in the vintage spirit with an elegant afternoon tea at the nearby Tea Rose Garden, 28 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena 91105. 
Tickets: Tour: Museum Members $4; Non-Members $8. Reservations and prepayment required.  Tea: $25 payable at restaurant (20% of your restaurant bill will be donated to PMH). Please call 626.577.1660, ext. 15 and ask for the “Mad for Hats! Tour and Tea Package.” 
About the Exhibition
Through the ages, men, women, and children have adorned their heads for a variety of reasons.  At times, hats were purely utilitarian providing protection from the elements.  Over the years, hats evolved beyond their functional purpose to become an essential accessory that indicated the wearer’s economic standing, social status, or fashion savvy.
The popularity, size, and shape of hats has changed measurably over time.  In past decades, a respectable lady or gentleman would not have ventured outdoors without one.  The design of women’s hats has been influenced by hairstyles, haute couture, new materials, and even the popular use of the parasol.  The impact of men’s hat designs – such as the top hat and the fedora – has also been remarkable.
The exhibition Mad for Hats! explores women’s hats as social and fashion phenomena.  More than 100 hats and related photographs, selected from the Museum’s collections, showcase the various materials, styles, and shapes of ladies' hats from the 1860s to the 1960s.

About the Curators: 
Elizabeth A. Smalley, M.D. - Dr. Smalley is a physician and partner at Health Care Partners in Duarte.  She also serves on the Museum's Board of Trustees and is chair of the Museum's Collections Committee.

Suzanne Ehrmann - Ms. Ehrmann is the owner of Designs by Suzzanne jewelry.  She also volunteers for the Collections department at the Museum, where she works with the Costumes & Textiles Collection.   
Janet Kadin - Mrs. Kadin is a retired educator and long-time volunteer with the Museum, where she serves as Volunteer Council President and as a member of Collections Committee.  
Community Wednesdays
Free Mad for Hats! admission every Wednesday to anyone who lives, works or is a student in any of the following local communities: Alhambra, Altadena, Arcadia, Bradbury, Duarte, Eagle Rock, El Sereno, Glendale, Highland Park, La Canada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Monrovia, Monterey Park, Pasadena, Rosemead, San Gabriel, San Marino, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena and Temple City.  Please mention this offer and show some form of i.d. in the Museum Store.
Exhibition-Related Programs
PMH is pleased to offer a variety of exhibition-related programming throughout the run of Mad for Hats! Please visit the Programs & Events page on this website for up-to-date information, or sign up to receive our monthly e-calendar.      

Friday, March 4, 2011

Classes!! Kay Durden is Coming To Los Angeles

Kay Durden

For those interested in beginning hat making and blocking, these are workshops you will not want to miss. The exact locations will be announced later however, you may register for various cities by going to the registration page on Kays Site Here Once the locations have been established, I will notify you. At that time you will have two weeks to submit your registration fees through PayPal; a secure website. All workshops are $350.00, and limited to ten students each location. Some supplies are included in the fees. 
Blocks Students Will Use

Workshops # 3 California:
Los Angeles area, Two days
 Saturday and Sunday
 April 3-4, 2011
 Rescheduled to July 16-17, 2011 

Workshop # 4  California : 
Los Angeles area, Two days
Saturday and Sunday
April 9-10, 2011
Rescheduled to July 23-24, 2011

The last class in this series is Hat blocking, also known as “Men Make Hats Too”. During this workshop, participants will learn proper techniques for blocking, wiring and completing felt or straw hat bodies. They will also have the opportunity to learn leather and other material blocking. During this workshop students will block no less than one felt and one straw hat of their choice. Some outside classroom work may be required depending on each student’s pace. 
Men are encouraged to attend this workshop. However, anyone wishing to learn felt, straw, leather or other material blocking is welcome. To all those men who like hats and thought hat making was for women only, THINK AGAIN!!!!! The fact is even though many of today’s hatters are women; men originally dominated the hat making industry. Their livelihood depended on their millinery skills, which consisted of hard work and physical strength.

I look forward to sharing my Art of Millinery with you. If you have questions or comments e-mail me at or call me at 318 792-5757.