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Can Art Ever Capture the True Spirit of the Sea?

Is it possible for an artist to capture the essence of the ocean? Its mystery, texture, and movement? Its fantastical and majestic denizens? The smell of it, the saltiness of it, the awe that it inspires? A gifted and hard-working visionary can take those elements and viscerally bring them into even the most earth-bound environments. Jennifer Clifford Danner is one such talent. We visited her studio recently to view her work and hear her story, and we were swept away.

How to Give a Luminous Gift This Holiday Season

The Dandelion Chandelier Luminary Café is the place to find a series of personal interviews with fascinating people who are stellar achievers in their chosen field of endeavor. Our Luminaries are sharing their origin stories, life philosophies, secret songs, guilty pleasures and hidden talents. It’s guaranteed to be illuminating.  Our 2017 Luminaries are incredible people, and as part of our holiday gifting series, we wanted to give them a big shout-out. If you’re looking for brilliant presents, look no further than this list of experiences, art, food, drink and amazing reads created by this stellar group. In addition, our Luminaries are sharing charitable organizations or causes about which they care deeply that would benefit greatly from your generosity and help radiate more light in the world. For a luminous holiday, you’ve come to right place.

Celebrate with Luxury Holiday Gifts Made in New York

Live in New York State? Or perhaps you used to? It’s easier than ever to give a holiday gift that is made by New York artisans using local resources and partners who are also neighbors. Our Luminary and dear friend Silda Wall Spitzer is leading an effort, New York Makers Marketplace and Magazine, that celebrates and showcases the wide variety of products made in New York State. We asked her to curate a list of luxury made-in-New York State holiday gifts to share with our Dandelion Chandelier community, and she happily agreed. Below you’ll find over 15 luxurious ways to buy local, to give a gift that celebrates the bounty of New York, and to support a local maker who is bringing talent and hard work to everything they create. All prices include shipping. If you’re looking for artisanal luxury this holiday season, look no further.

Can Photography Be a Tool for Social Justice?

Does art have the power to change the world? Can it be a means to advance positive social change? The historical record is well-established — the answer is an emphatic yes. Think Vietnam War-era protest songs, photos and videos of the civil rights marches, provocative feminist performance art, and the AIDS Quilt. These works touched the soul of the nation, and moved people to act with an urgency that well-reasoned speeches and newspaper articles couldn’t always achieve. We recently had the opportunity to meet an artist who is demonstrating the impact that photography can have in the difficult and ongoing work of social justice. Her name is Lynn Savarese, and her story is incredible.