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A Sampler of Offerings at Long Beach Antique Market: Roseville Acquistions & Recent Paintings by Anna Pap

"Les Champs des Reves" Acrylic on Canvas 30" x 40" by Anna Pap, $395.00

Billy Blue Eye is pleased to offer a selection of recent paintings by Anna Pap at the Long Beach Antique & Collectible Market on Sunday, October 17th. Anna’s work has been profiled here before and she continues to offer strong, colorful creations of the world through her talented eyes. Hungarian born and educated,  Anna now resides and paints in Southern California often blending her European memories with her current life experiences offering the viewer a unique glimpse into her vibrant and joyful world.

"Homage to J. L. Seagull" Acrylic on Canvas 16" x 20" by Anna Pap, $250.00

We are also pleased to offer a selection of newly acquired Roseville Pottery vases, bowls and candle holders. Pictured below is a sampling of the newest “estate fresh” items that will be offered in Long Beach.  Billy Blue Eye will also have works by all of your favorite Pottery Companies including Weller, Van Briggle, McCoy, Shawnee, Red Wing, Catalina, Sascha Brastoff, Royal Haeger and Rookwood available for sale today at the Flea Market.

"Dahlrose" c. 1938 4.25" Double Handled Vase by Roseville Pottery, mold # 614-4, $240.00

"Apple Blossom" c. 1948 8" vase by Roseville Pottery, mold # 385-8, $295.00 SOLD

The Long Beach, California  Antique & Collectible Market held on Sunday, October 17th is open from6:30 AM to 2:00 PM in the Veteran’s Stadium Parking lot.  Look for our green and white tent,  booth A-853.

"Rosecraft - Color Series" c. 1920 5" x 8" Bowl by Roseville Pottery, mold # 83-5, $225.00 SOLD

For more information or to purchase any of these great paintings and vases, contact us directly at billyblueeye@cox.net. We accept MasterCard, Visa  and Pay Pal and all orders over $200.00 are shipped free .

For additional information on the Long Beach Flea Market contact us or visit their website http://www.longbeachantiquemarket.com. We hope to see you there!

"High Tide" Acrylic on Canvas 24" x 30" by Anna Pap, $350.00

"Donatello" c. 1916 7" Low Bowl by Roseville Pottery, mold # 238-7, $250.00 SOLD

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Taking Another Look at Weller Pottery

My childhood was spent in Chicago-land and I began collecting pottery and ceramics at the age of seventeen.  When shopping the many local antique stores that housed a century of treasures I was always drawn to a uniquely shaped or exquisitely colored vase. I quickly learned to ask the proprietors if they had any vases from Ohio which to me meant, “Do you have any Roseville or Rookwood?” If directed to a Weller vase or worse yet, a McCoy planter I would approach it as if it were one of Cinderella’s ugly stepsisters. Yes, I must confess, I was a Roseville and Rookwood Snob!

Weller Pottery "Loru" c.1933-39 9.5" Vase with raised leaves & flared rim, $135.00 SOLD

Ah, that feels so much better! Step one, admit you have a problem!

As the years passed and with the onset of some serious pottery and fine art collecting, I was reintroduced to Weller by an antique shopkeeper in Orange, California. She helped me see the subtlety of a Weller creation, the delicate swirl of the lines and the silhouette that the potter created. She showed me the vast diversity in the Weller collections and before long I knew that Weller needed to be included in my collection of Ohio made vases, candlesticks, planters and urns. I left her shop that day with a 1930’s Weller “Bouquet” vase that to this day sits proudly on a chest of drawers in my foyer.

Weller Pottery, "Bouquet" c. 1935-39 8" vase, mold #B-3, Private Collection

Weller Pottery, c.1935-39 "Bouquet" 4.5" Bowl/vase with Pansies, Mold #B-4, $110.00, SOLD

Over the last four years through the purchases I have made for Billy Blue Eye Pottery, I have come to possess a rich appreciation for the craftsmanship and pioneering spirit shown in the many  unique techniques, glazes and formulas employed by Weller. Recently we had an opportunity to acquire a number of Weller vases created in the 1930’s from an estate which we are offering for the first time at the upcoming Long Beach Antique & Collectible Market. Some of these new acquisitions are pictured here and hopefully you too can see why I have had to take another long look at the artistry of Weller Pottery.

Weller Pottery, "Cornish" c.1933 6" Planting Pot/Vase in Blue, $165.00 SOLD

I hope that seeing some of these lovely vases has sparked a renewed or “first-time” interest for you, dear reader, in Weller Pottery.  The Weller vases pictured here  will be available this Sunday, July 18th, at the Long Beach, California  Antique & Collectible Market.  Held from 6:30 AM to 2:00 PM in the Veteran’s Stadium Parking lot, visit our green and white tent,  booth A-853.  Let me show you why I took another long look at Weller and came back with a deeper appreciation for one of the “other” Ohio pottery companies.

Weller Pottery, "Elberta" c.1930-34 5" Draped Vase in greens & pinks, $150.00, SOLD

For more information or to purchase any of these great vases, contact us directly at billyblueeye@cox.net. We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover and Pay Pal and all orders over $200.00 are shipped free .

For additional information on the Long Beach Flea Market contact us or visit their website http://www.longbeachantiquemarket.com. We hope to see you on Sunday!

Weller Pottery, "Sydonia" c. 1928-33, 10.5" Double Vase, $150.00 SOLD

P.S.  I have also developed a deep appreciation and love for all things McCoy; but we will leave that for another day.

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New Works by Painter Anna Pap Shown at Long Beach Antique & Collectible Market

"Ostia, Italy" Acrylic on Canvas by Anna Pap 16" x 20", $250.00

Billy Blue Eye is pleased to present four new works by one of our favorite painters, Anna Pap. Each new work is representative of her dramatic use of high color contrast and reflecting imagery which is often a montage of European travel memories, photographs and imagination that captures an essence of freshness and delight offering universal appeal.

Anna was born and educated in Budapest, Hungary. She  currently resides in her hilltop home in Southern California where the beauty of the greenbelts and white water ocean views provide her with plenty of inspiration. Her love of nature is seen in her floral portraits.

 

"White Moth Orchids" Acrylic on Canvas by Anna Pap 16" x 20", $150.00 SOLD

These works will be on display and available for sale this Sunday, May 30th at the Long Beach Antique & Collectible Market. It is held at the Long Beach Veteran’s Stadium, Conant Street just east of Lakewood Boulevard from 6:30 AM until 2:00 PM.  This Sunday, Billy Blue Eye will be located in space number A840; find us under our signature green and white tent.

"La Gondola" Acrylic on Canvas by Anna Pap 18" x 24", $150.00

For additional information on the Long Beach Flea Market contact us  directly or visit their website http://www.longbeachantiquemarket.com. We hope to see you on Sunday!

 

"Solitary Aperitif" Oil on Canvas by Anna Pap 12" x 16", $275.00

 

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Billy Blue Eye at the Whittier Uptown Antique Faire

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Long Beach Antique Flea Market: Sunday, April 18th

Billy Blue Eye will be exhibiting at tomorrow’s (April 18th) Long Beach Flea Market from 6:30 am to 2:00 pm.  Located on the parking lot of the Veteran’s Stadium (north of Long Beach Airport) at Conant & Lakewood Blvd., convenient from the 405.    We’re located in booth A853 (east side of market) under the green and white tent.

We will be featuring Catalina, Roseville, Weller, Bauer, Cowan, Red Wing and many other American and International Pottery collections. Here is a selection of some recently acquired McCoy Estate sale pottery that will be available tomorrow:

McCoy Pottery c.1930’s 8″ Stoneware Vase w/ leaves and berries, (unmarked), $110.00 SOLD

McCoy Pottery c.1930’s 6″ Stoneware Jardiniere w/ leaves and berries, (unmarked), $120.00 SOLD

Nelson McCoy Pottery c.1915-30’s (unmarked) 14.5″ tall Jardiniere Pedestal, $100.00 SOLD

Brush McCoy c.1938-45 8.25″ Ribbed Double Handled Art Deco Vase Mo;d #579, $69.00 SOLD

For more information contact us directly at billyblue@cox.net.  We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.



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Anna Pap: Color & Form Converge in Contemporary Painter’s Work

"Two Row Boats" by Anna Pap Acrylic on Canvas 16" x 20" $225.00 SOLD

Born and raised in Budapest, Hungary, Anna Pap’s early childhood memories are filled with delighting her parents and family with her drawings and watercolors.  She loved to paint and draw the life she saw around her; landscapes, portraits, cityscapes all were a source of inspiration for her.   Although she longed to pursue a career as an artist, more practical voices prevailed, but just as she was to begin design school, her life took an abrupt turn and she left Hungary to live in the United States.

 

"White Blooms" by Anna Pap Acrylic on Canvas 12" x 12" $125.00

During these first years in America, Anna supported herself in the business world, but her hands were always busy.  She learned to be a silversmith, rug-maker, quilt designer, decorative furniture painter and just about anything else that involved using her hands and her natural eye for color and form.  Pursuing these passions, Anna enrolled in an architectural drawing and rendering class as well as attending more formal art classes where she learned about the technical aspects of painting and drawing.

 

"Three Orchids by Anna Pap Acrylic on Canvas 12" x 12" $100.00

Driven by the story behind the subject, Anna finds that not only does color and form play an important role in the choice of subject, but also its mood—what does it say to her?  Although she began painting on a small scale, her early patrons pushed her to explore larger paintings where she found considerable success, loving the energy and depth of field she could achieve in this more expansive format.

"French Countryside" by Anna Pap Acrylic on Canvas 24" x 30" $395.00 SOLD

Working quickly in her hilltop home’s open kitchen, Anna oftentimes mixes the paint right on the canvas to achieve an immediate effect and color tone that propels the viewer’s eye through her subject matter in a singular fashion unique to her work.   Her dramatic use of high color contrast and reflecting imagery is a montage of European travel memories, photographs and imagination that captures an essence of freshness and delight offering universal appeal.   With a significant collector base in Southern California, Anna is an emerging talent with great potential.

Every work she creates is subjected to a critique the following day, “with a fresh and analytical eye I can see if a correction is needed,” she says, “and then when I am satisfied that I have expressed myself truly and without prejudice, I move on to the next work.”  For Anna Pap the ideas for paintings never stop, it starts in her head and her heart and finds its beauty on the finished canvas.

"To My Venetian Room" By Anna Pap Acrylic on Canvas 20" x 30" $250.00

Billy Blue Eye is pleased to represent the paintings of Anna Pap.  These wonderful works of art are available by contacting us directly at billyblueeye@cox.net and  will be available for viewing this Sunday, February 21st at the Long Beach Antique & Collectible Market. We accept Visa, Master Card, and Pay Pal and all orders over $200.00 are shipped free.

The Long Beach Antique & Collectible Market is held from 6:30 AM to 2:00 PM in the Veteran’s Stadium Parking lot, visit our green and white tent,  booth A-853. For additional information on the Long Beach Flea Market contact us or visit their website http://www.longbeachantiquemarket.com. We hope to see you on Sunday!

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