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Artist John Stark’s “Apiculture” exhibition at the Charlie Smith London – opening October 6th

One of our favorite artists, John Stark, will have an upcoming exhibition, Apiculture, opening on the 6th of October at Charlie Smith Gallery in London.  We published a short blog post about his art back in August of 2010.

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An interview with John Stark in Spoonfed sheds some light on beekeeping imagery that is woven through a number of his paintings:

These beehives form the narrative crux of the exhibition, and lend a new “conceptual cohesion” to John’s work. Under the title of Apiculture, the works trace the ritual undertakings of a series of strange figures, like a cult of bee-keepers, anonymous under brightly coloured hoods and black face-masks. These bees, for John, are  “a really nice open metaphor, that can be read in so many different ways. All through the history of literature and art, the beehive has been cited as an example of utopian society, of a selfless existence. Do these hives represent the world? An idealised world? Art, even? Are the keepers the artists, producing the art, or the collectors harvesting the art?” Importantly, these possibilities are kept delicately open.

Copyright John Stark

Copyright John Stark

John Stark – Apiculture can be seen at the Charlie Smith London gallery from October 6 to November 12,  2011.


09 2011

A Bee and her Basket…

Have you ever noticed that some of the bees you see flying have these orange or yellow clumps on their hind legs?

If you haven’t, they look like this.

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04 2011

Remembering “The Life of the Bee,” Life Magazine 1952

LIFE Magazine Aug 11, 1952. The cover, a black-and-white closeup of Joan Rice, announced her as “Robin Hood’s New Girlfriend”.  Also on the cover, a headline  announcing, “Farewell to Eva Peron.”  But what is not alluded to on the cover is the edit piece that you and I probably would have gotten the most delight out of reading: an arresting full-color photo essay titled, The Life of the Bee. Paintings By Microscope Reveal the Busy World Inside The Hive.  Let’s have a look…

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03 2011

Come to Me, My Sweet Willow…

Salix discolor: North American native pussy willow © 2010 Michaela at TGE

Salix discolor, North American native pussy willow – Pitcher by Aletha Soulé. Photo © Michaela TGE

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02 2011

Oh, for a bee’s experience of clovers and of noon! (A bee poem by Emily Dickinson)

Pollinate. Copyright Mike Holtzinger 2009. Click here to visit her site.

THE BEE by Emily Dickenson

Like trains of cars on tracks of plush
I hear the level bee:
A jar across the flowers goes,
Their velvet masonry

Withstands until the sweet assault
Their chivalry consumes,
While he, victorious, tilts away
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07 2010

Penstemon, Rudbeckia and Veronica: An Easy, Breezy, Flowering Combination for Mid-Summer Meadow Gardens…

A sunny, summertime entry garden at Ferncliff – Design and Photo ⓒ Michaela at TGE

Bees buzzing in the garden, sun-tea brewing on the terrace, and books piled high beside the hammock; sweet summertime is here at last. I love waking up to early morning sunshine playing upon the warm, summery colors in my garden. Read the rest of this entry →


07 2010

"The Honey Bee and the Hive," CAA London

Things we love: “The Honey Bee and the Hive” exhibit in London’s Contemporary Applied Arts (open through May 1). says, “This extraordinary exhibition at Contemporary Applied Arts collates the works of 28 artists who have specially created decorative objects inspired by the honey bee and the hive. The beautiful collection captures the beauty of the threatened species in silver, glass, textile, wood and ceramics.”


04 2010

The Beauty of Bees Up Close

Honey bee macro by Robert Seber. Visit his Flickr page.

Nature produces beauty in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, it’s easy to overlook those finer details that contribute to the beauty of the subject. Macro photography helps us take a look close-up, magnifying the subject. Here are some stunning macro photos of bees by talented photographers. Feel free to visit their Flickr pages and leave them a comment. And make sure to Share this page with friends and spread the beauty of bees close up. Read the rest of this entry →


03 2010

The Frozen Honeybee Collection on Etsy

Beetiger, an artist on Etsy, has amazing new honeybee jewelry worth a look. Here is the artist’s statement:

“The honeybee is one of nature’s most beautiful creatures, and her relationship to both the sustenance of the plant world and to the human food supply, both as pollinator and honey producer, is unsurpassed.

In the wintertime, bees cluster together in their hive to keep themselves and their queen warm until the spring thaw and nectar flow. But sometimes a few bees venture outside of the cluster and to the top of the hive in the coldest days here in New York . When I visit the hive in my yard, sometimes I find them frozen there, wings spread, stopped in the moment.

I honor the spirit of the bee and the hive by casting these tiny insects in resin, and setting them in the context of beautiful jewelry. Every detail of the bodies and the wings are very visible, making each item a scientific curiosity and conversation piece as well as a one-of-a-kind adornment.”


02 2010

Beekeeping Art by John Stark

Have you seen John Stark’s impressive art?  Here you see a few select items.  Visit his gallery at

The Drone by John Stark

Empire by John Stark


01 2010