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3 Goals for the New Year

As we start our New Year celebration, I wanted to let you know of some of the happenings at our gallery. Our plans for 2015 continue to be ambitious!

  1. We have just retired 28 of our photographic works into the history books. We also have plans to further increase this number to allow us the space to bring fresh and exciting works into the spotlight.
  2. We already display several works for sale at the local DFW Cafe Brazils in Addison and Richardson.   But, we will soon expand into displaying at some of the local art festivals as well. We want to share our art with even more patrons, artists, and other art galleries and expanding into the realm of the art festival appears the next logical step.  As we gain membership into the festivals we will post the details as they become available.  Stay tuned!
  3. We continue our search for a quality local printers and framers for printing our work. The reproduction and framing of artwork is always an ongoing process. The physical printers to create excellent quality fine art are expensive, large and cost prohibitive. So, we are always searching for local printers dedicated to reproduce our images in high quality. A local printer  decreases wait times for local orders and improves the overall quality of our art even more! It also allows for possible expansion into the online markets on Amazon and Etsy.

These are just a few of our plans for 2015. So if you haven’t subscribed to our blog, you really need to! It’s the best way to keep up with all of our exciting events and become part of something spectacular in the art world.


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Martini: Shaken or Stirred?

Our gallery welcomes the iconic drink Martini into our midst. Martini is a subtle work taken in the low light of a very classy antique hotel lobby. It simply resounds in decadence and cultural sophistication.

Indeed the martini is a famous cocktail drink of the 19th-20th centuries. It’s invention is much like the hot dog or hamburger,  so many stories exist of its creation we may never know the truth.

The most famous drinker of this smooth concoction is of course Ian Fleming’s James Bond.   Few characters in literature or silver screen have done more for a cocktail.

However, in typical Hollywood style, the directors of the movies managed to mess with the traditional recipe offered up in the first book Casino Royale.

Olive or lemon twist?

Truthfully, the drink that Bond partakes of is a martini called the “Vesper” after the love interest in the book.

The Vesper is:

  • 3 parts Gordon’s Gin
  • 1 part Russian or Polish Vodka
  • ½ part of Lillet wine

Shaken until ice-cold and served with a lime wedge.

After the 1st book , Mr. Bond starts ordering strictly vodka martinis.

The next question to pop into mind is over the controversy of “Shaken not stirred”. Martini purists cringe at this thought because it will bruise the gin. The truth is that they are right, however, there is a hidden cost at stirring the drink and not shaking it.

When you shake a Martini, you manage to actually cool the gin and vermouth to an ice-cold temperature in just seconds. You save your martini from being diluted with melting ice. However, you will add air bubbles to your gin, thus slightly altering the taste and texture of the martini.

If you want to stir your martini, then you will need about 2 minutes of stirring to reach the temperature achieved by shaking. If you wish to keep the texture of the Martini, you will prolong the contact of the gin with the ice thus the melting ice will dilute the gin.

So, the choice is yours, do you like your martini slightly fizzy and cold, or cold and watery. Either way the classic Martini is :

  • 2-1/2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounces dry vermouth
  • Green olive or lemon twist


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