An Artist at Work: Submerge by Cheryl Maeder

April 1st, 2015 by

A dear friend, renowned Artist & Art Critic, Bruce Helander, walked up to me several months ago and repeated in my ear “Underwater”. The effect of his words touched me like that movie Field of Dreams, where the voice said “if you build it, they will come. “ It struck a cord. I started considering a new direction in my art.

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Dreamscapes, Submerge I

 

Then several weeks ago, at my friend Karen’s birthday party, it became clear. Demi, my friend Judith’s wonderful daughter, was swimming in the pool. She began to float on the rippling waters, and then slowly submerged to the bottom. Judith called me over to witness Demi, and the painterly effects of her body across the water immediately inspired me.

 

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Dreamscapes, Submerge II

 

That was it. Several weeks later, I photographed Demi in the waters for my new series, Submerge.

 

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Submerge seeks to explore the relationship we as human beings have with water, both in the physical and metaphysical sense.

 

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The act of submerging beneath the water’s edge embodies the courage and willingness necessary to take the leap into the depths of the waters of the Soul; to emerge with a stronger sense of self.

 

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Dreamscapes, Submerge VI

 

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The waters represent her explorations as a human being seeking her own identity on the Earth.

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One King’s Lane, and a Life of Art and Design

March 4th, 2015 by

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Looking forward to Monday! “Dreamscapes” Photographs will be featured on One Kings Lane!

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Taylor and I preparing prints for purchase on One Kings Lane, which starts on Monday, March 9th, at 8:00 am PT, 11:00 am ET!

 

Whirling with Art and Interesting People at Art Wynwood 2015

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I had the extreme pleasure of exhibiting at Art Wynwood 2015, with Galerie Mark Hachem/Paris from February 11th through the 15th. I felt immersed in another world at Art Wynwood. For five days I met such interesting people. Whether they were collectors or other galleries, a love of Art tied everyone together. It is so very inspirational and creative to be part of it.

 

Red Cross Designer Show House, The Birthday Cake Castle

My friend and fabulous creative interior designer, Veronica Volani-Inza, is designing the entrance foyer for the Red Cross Designer Show House in Lake Worth, Fl. It is called the Birthday Cake Castle and is absolutely beautiful. She came to the studio to pick up my photograph “Hampton Dunes” for the Show House Exhibition.

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As she walked in the front door there, sitting by my photograph, was my Angel sculpture, entitled “Listen to Me” by artist & poet Les Bernstein. Veronica fell in love with the sculpture as I did. So, now exhibiting at the entryway foyer of the Show house, are both the photograph and the Angel Sculpture happily placed together!

 

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Magical night at the Design District Miami

Last Thursday night, Gary and I went to an absolutely beautiful party by Modern Luxury Magazine in Palm Court, Design District in Miami.

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We sat there on the outdoor sofa, while the band was playing beautiful Brazilian music. Soon, crowds of fabulous people started pouring in, including our friends Carol Teti-Keesler and Bob Keesler. It was wonderful meeting new people, and seeing all the exciting new shops and buildings going up in the District.

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Until next time!

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Celebrating All Four Seasons at Gardenhouse

February 6th, 2015 by

 

New At Gardenhouse! Our GardenWalls, Italian Summer Collection!

So excited to announce our newest GardenWalls collection, Italian Summer. The inspiration for this Collection is the Italian Ficus plant that grows beautifully on the gardenwalls here in Florida.

We have added five colors to the collection: Chocolate, Moonlight, Magenta, Bronze and Plum.

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Italian Summer, Chocolate

 

Italian Summer, Moonlight

Italian Summer, Moonlight

 

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Italian Summer, Magenta

 

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Italian Summer, Bronze

 

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Italian Summer, Plum

 

ART & PROSECCO AT FOUR SEASONS HOTEL, PALM BEACH

What can be sweeter than starting the new year off having an art reception for my work at the Four Seasons with friends & collectors as the guests sip prosecco, my favorite wine? It was such a great evening. Special thanks to the Four Seasons and the Paul Fisher Gallery for making it happen.

 

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Jayme Smollar & Brenda Cuevas, Four Seasons, myself, and Nidia Helena, Paul Fisher Gallery

 

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Julie Dungan Holdefehr, Dana Donaty, Judith Knoop, me, Mayor Jeri Muoio, and Karen Tierney

 

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Paul & Irina Fisher

 

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Irina Fisher and Gary Antoniio, my husband

 

Road Trip to Naples

I love taking road trips! I am always ready for adventure. This past Monday, Gary and I took a road trip to Naples to deliver my photographs to Aldo Castillo Gallery at the Design Center. Florida winters have a beauty worth celebrating. I couldn’t help myself but take photographs on the way, as we were going through “Alligator Alley” in the Everglades. I kept looking for the alligators, but all I saw were beautiful, wide open spaces of green and yellow. That was enough for me.

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Until next time!

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La Dolce Vita! Loving Italy and Italian Design

January 7th, 2015 by

 

Dreamscapes Exhibiting at Poltrona Frau, Miami

 

So very happy to have my fine art photographs exhibiting at Poltrona Frau Designer Showroom in Miami. I am in love with Poltrona Frau. Their passion for beautiful design and their long history of collaborating with artists, designers and architects. Here below are room views of the photographs at Poltrona Frau.

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Annual Les Copines Potluck at Chez Maeder

 

Every year at holiday time, my friends Judith, Karen and Jane, who I photographed for the Les Copines series, come over for dinner and celebration. We include Gary, my husband, and Bengi in on the festivities. We eat fabulous food that we all create and open our presents afterwards. This year Jane Dagmi had this creative idea. Inspired by the Les Copines photographs, Jane painted her beautiful paintings as gifts for all of us. Loved it, so original. I placed two of them in my home.

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New at Gardenhouse, Charming Vintage Gone Modern Settee

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Love our new settee, which was created in collaboration with Designer Custom Source. I designed the entire settee and the pillows, and cushions were manufactured at Designer Custom Source.
Check it out at Gardenhouse when you have the time.

Italian Designers Massimo and Lella Vignelli

 

I saw this wonderful documentary on Massimo and Lella Vignelli of Vignelli Associates about a month ago. Massimo and Lella have worked in so many major areas of design ranging from package design, houseware design, and furniture design to public signage and showroom. In the documentary, Massimo mentioned that he was never going to retire, only to create! Several weeks ago I received the New York Times Magazine to find his quote on the cover. He had passed away this year, and had lived so very, very fully. He and Lella are such an inspiration to me.

 

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Friends at DCS & Maeder Does Miami

December 10th, 2014 by

Gardenhouse & Designer Custom Source Collaborate: A new Gardenhouse Settee is Born!

 

The best works of art and design spring out of the passion to create where everyone wins. This is the wonderful experience I had working with Designer Custom Source. DCS is a centralized online resource that demystifies the production process for designers, providing the workroom resources necessary for custom product design.
Designer Custom Source (DCS)  is a resource that we created as a result of observing a need in the design community. We discovered there was an absence of workrooms that provided quality, custom soft-goods coupled with the support of online technology.” – Melinda Merijanian, Product Development Director of DCS

I had the sincere pleasure of working with Anita Winter, Art & Media Director, and Melinda Merijanian, Product Development Director of DCS.

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Pictured: Anita Winter (L) and Melinda Merijanian (R)

I’ve worked with Anita before, and was excited when DCS approached me with this new opportunity. I was to design a Gardenhouse inspired settee with their resources, which DSC would produce and feature alongside my nature inspired wallcoverings, GardenWalls, on their site. Loved working with Anita and Melinda – they were so accommodating and helpful. It became a fun treasure hunt going through the outdoor fabrics on the DCS site. I sifted through the fabrics, searching for which materials would lend itself to create the outdoor settee. I happened to choose all Sunbrella fabrics, and was happily surprised when I received the cushions and pillows. I was so impressed by the wonderful workmanship and quality, I photographed our new settee with our GardenWalls, Japanese Spring the same day it arrived. The turquoise accents on the settee and the wallcovering blended so well together, it became a match made in heaven. You can read the excellent piece they wrote on GardenWalls and Gardenhouse on their blog here.

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Gardenhouse Settee with GardenWalls, Japanese Spring Turquoise, also featured on Designer Custom Source

 

Back in our Studio from Miami Art Week and Exhibiting at Scope Art Fair

Spent all of last week at Scope Art Fair, Miami. I had the honor of exhibiting my work with Gallerie Mark Hachem/Paris.

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Dreamscapes images at Scope: Les Copines, Meditation & Hampton Dunes

I met with so many great people that came to the booth, as well as various galleries which were exhibiting at the fair. It was very exciting to meet so many people from so many walks of life and so many countries. Art had brought all this people together from around the world.  The Scope pavilion was right on the beach this year in South Beach. It was awesome to have the view of the ocean right there in front of you as you walk along viewing all the art. I would take breaks and just sit outside with the ocean in front of me. What a great combination having the art inside and also outside in front of nature’s art.

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Gary at Untitled Art Fair

 

The Scope pavilion was right on the beach this year in South Beach. It was awesome to have the view of the ocean right there in front of you as you walk along viewing all the art. I would take breaks and just sit outside with the ocean in front of me. What a great combination – the art of man inside, the art of nature outside.

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Winter is Warming Up at Gardenhouse

November 19th, 2014 by

 

So excited that I finally get to wear my fake fur jacket at the studio today here in Palm Beach! The air cooling down, but we’re moving forward at full speed!

Cheryl Maeder’s Fine Art Photographs at Scope Art Fair/Art Basel Miami

It’s that time of year again when Art takes over Miami! Galleries from all over the world are exhibiting at various fairs throughout the city.

My fine art photographs will be on exhibit at Galerie Mark Hachem, Booth G08, at Scope Art Fair. Come visit!

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Hampton Dunes, 2/10, 45 x 30 inches, photograph on plexiglas

At Gardenhouse, Burnt Orange is the New Black!

Here is our Houndstooth Louis XIV chair, the perfect companion for a room with casual elegance. Love it!

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For regular updates on Gardenhouse decor and styles, be sure to like our Facebook page here!

The Industrial Elegance of Vincenzo de Cotiis, Interior Architect, as Featured in New York Times Style Magazine

 

Every Sunday I look forward to getting my New York Times, and this week I was so happy to get T Magazine and find this beautiful feature on Vicenzo de Cotiis.

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Having lived in Europe for nine years, I have developed a strong passion for style that embraces the natural aging of buildings. That, to me, is Art. Vincenzo’s minimalist style, described as “monastery meets laboratory,” successfully explores the beauty and simplicity of less means more!

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photo credit: New York Times Style Magazine

 

Sneak Peak to a future feature!

Now that we are all rested from PLAY, we have already begun our next cinematic adventure. As per tradtion, here are Danilda and Taylor after our brainstorm session included in with my Fake Ancestors! Stay tuned for more great news on the way.

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Until next time!

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Happy Trails and Adventures at Gardenhouse

November 5th, 2014 by

 

Modern Luxury Interiors: South Florida

Last Wednesday, Gary and I headed over to the Flor Showroom in Miami. Modern Luxury Interiors, South Florida was having their opening party for the new issue. I was psyched to be a part of it, having a double-page spread in this issue. It was great to be published for the creative work that I do in fine art, Gardenhouse furnishings, and GardenWalls wallcoverings all in the same feature. I felt like a proud mama reading it. Is that so wrong?

It was a pleasure to meet Drew Limsky, Editor-in-Chief of the magazine.

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Maeder Presents Gardenhouse to Gil Walsh Interiors

My lack of shyness presents itself in many ways! I love giving presentations of my work and meeting new people. Last week, I gave a presentation to the wonderful team at Gil Walsh. It was great to see her showroom and sit down with her great team. Loved it.

 

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Houndstooth Wing Chairs at Gardenhouse

Just thought I would show the before and after photos of our hounds-tooth wing chairs. I really enjoy taking a vintage piece and creating it with modern touches.

 Before…

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….and after!

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Until next time!

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Vintage Gone Modern! Barbies & a Gardenhouse Settee

October 15th, 2014 by

 

Barbies in Living Color

Some years ago, when my studio was located in San Francisco, I would weekend at my brother’s home in Los Gatos. My niece, Rory, would hold me hostage in her room playing with her Barbie & Ken dolls. Just recently, my friend Julie Dungan Holdefehr took me to Jeff Todd’s house. Jeff, a former stylist for Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein, is a restorer of antiques and fine art. At Jeff’s house there were several variety of cats roaming the corridors, and, best of all, Jeff brought out his collection of Barbies. With camera in hand, I photographed his collection of 60’s retro Barbies. Here they are in living color.

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A Gardenhouse Settee finds a home in a Cottage in the Woods

One of my favorite creations, a Gardenhouse aluminum settee, has found the perfect home. It now resides in the garden of Didi and Chip Hoffman’s beautiful cottage in the woods of Georgia. Didi has been in the furniture and design trade for over 20 years and is a wonderful writer. She is presently working on a biography of one of the great female American Sculptors of the 20th Century. Can’t wait to read her finished novel.

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Moonlight and Palm Beach

Under the moon light, I took my camera to the ocean. I was mesmerized by the mysterious beauty of the illuminated moon on the water. In my imagination, I felt transported to the actual surface of the moon. A huge wave came up and completely soaked me from head to toe. Sand and water were all over my soggy jeans, but I didn’t care – it was all part of the moment.

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Until next time!

 

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New Beginnings and Celebrations

October 1st, 2014 by

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Several weeks ago, on the hottest day of the year here in southeast Florida, I was photographed by Brett Hufziger, for a feature in Modern Luxury Design Magazine for the October 2014 issue. I found it very humorous for a photographer photographing another photographer. I knew Brett would be contemplating this situation on his way here,  as he has not met me before. I tried very hard to go easy on him –  to show him Maeder is definitely a team player, no diva here!  We greeted each other on my patio area, while he contemplated the outfit I was wearing.  He pleasantly asked me if I had another ensemble. Rejected, I went into the house and put on a black tank dress. I walked out hoping I would get Brett’s approval and it worked!

On the hottest day of the year, Brett photographed me, photographing my garden.  wearing a long, black tank dress in the heat. I now know how it feels to be a model! For all the models I photographed in San Francisco shooting all those Fashion Catalogs, this one is for you!  Especially on those cold, freezing foggy days when we  were shooting summer fashion catalogues. I now know how you felt when you were wearing those bikinis or lingerie in the freezing cold pretending not to have frost bite. I finally have compassion for you! I loved working with Brett and had a fabulous shoot.

Here’s a video of Brett, Bengi, and I.

New Beginnings 

I am very happy to announce my new partnership with Orange Alloy Creative Management. I will be working with Angela and Hannes on exciting artist collaborations! Onward hoooooo!

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Here at Gardenhouse

At Gardenhouse, check out our black, high gloss, teak bench. It’s great for both indoor and outdoor living spaces.

 

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Celebrating our 20th

Several days ago, Gary and I celebrated our 20th anniversary! We had dinner on a two hour, twilight cruise along Palm Beach. It was romantic and fantastic, and the dinner was absolutely divine.

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Bon voyage!

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Maeder’s Slightly Tilted World

September 9th, 2014 by

 

Last week Jane Dagmi – friend & road trip companion- came for a quick visit to the studio. Jane, never without her trusty camera, was poking around the studio, smirking while capturing vignettes that caught her eye. In her photos, I noticed that both lampshades are tilted – now how symbolic is that?

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A Luxury Travel Blog: Photograph of the week. A Moonlit Palm Beach

Very happy for the news that A Luxury Travel Blog featured my photograph “Blue” as Photograph of the Week!

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One night at full moon, I took my camera over to the ocean on Palm Beach. The light, glimmering across the navy blue waves, was so heavenly that I had to capture the scene for myself.

My Fake Ancestors

This week, I would like to also write about my collection of “Fake Ancestors,” which grace my living room wall. The collection began some years ago, at my studio in San Francisco. I was rummaging through a box of vintage paraphernalia at an estate sale, and there they were the pile -two vintage portraits, circa 1950’s. I named them George and Doris – my long lost relatives from somewhere in Connecticut. I hung George and Doris up on my studio wall and as time went by, I added others to the collection. When friends and colleagues came over to my San Francisco studio for a photo shoot, we would sit at the lunch table. Looking up at the ancestors hanging on the wall, I would happily fabricate stories about them. Traveling across country on our move to the east coast, Gary and I would stop on the way and pick up another “Fake Ancestor.” Now I am proud to say that the portraits found a home on our living room wall. They are becoming quite famous, Jane Dagmi wrote a feature on them for Glo.com . Here is a photo of my relatives with Jane fixing my hair, as I pose along side them in the photo. I am in one of the two alcoves in the wall.Can you find me?

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A new ritual in our household, whenever someone new comes to our house, I take a photo of them with the ancestors.

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Carol Teti-Keesler and Bob Keesler

 

 

 

Karen&Judith Fake Ancestors

Judith Knoop & Karen Tierney

 

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Jeri Muoio & Bengi

 

Taylor Fake Ancestors

Taylor Deveraux

 

Until next time!

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