Yesterday afternoon, Liz McKinnon held an opening reception to her art show entitled, Sooth Fairytales, Folktales, and Other True Things, at Vida Pour Tea on State Street. Liz, dressed as mother nature, looked beautiful from head to toe. The sparkling, white lights in her dress were said to be magical luminescence, emitted by fireflies. Her watercolor paintings feature animals intertwined with elements from fairytales. There is a bear walking on two paws with a man in his heart and a woman and a bear in his stomach; an otter wrapped around a blue, Victorian-inspired house, an elongated fox with a dreamy reading nook intricately recreated within his tail. In her artist's statement, Liz said that she takes her inspiration from classic Grimm's tales to folk tradition and modern retellings. Themes include tea and coffee as a medium, and other aspects of nature.
In the above photo, the artist is flanked by Kara the Big Bad Wolf, and Michelle as Little Red Riding Hood. In the photo square below, Sarah, the owner of Vida Pour Tea, stands at the cash register greeting customers and taking orders as Alice in Wonderland. Creativity and customer service abound in Vida Pour Tea and yesterday's event was no exception. Liz's artwork will be up for a few more weeks; so, even if you weren't able to enjoy the magic yesterday, there is still time to head over, sip some tea or coffee, and take in the fairytale atmosphere. You will be delighted, and that's the sooth!