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August Birthstone Profile

August Birthstone Profile

August Birthstone Profile:Peridot Peridot Peridot has long been sought after for its plethora of desirable properties. Ancient Egyptians, who called it the “gem of light” or “gem of the sun,” renowned the deep, lustrous greens found in these gems mined on the legendary island in the Red Sea, Topazios. Hawaiians once called the stone the “tears of Pele” (the volcano goddess), due to peridot’s propensity to surface amidst volcanic eruptions. Europeans adorned priests, chalices, and churches with peridot from as far back as the 2nd century BCE, well throughout medieval times for both the stone’s aesthetic appeal, as well as...

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July's First Friday ArtWalk

July's First Friday ArtWalk5:00 pm to 8:00 pm       July's First Friday ArtWalk is almost here! Come visit us at the Squash Blossom from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm this Friday, July 5th! Our featured artists of the night will be J.R. Monks and Ray Hirman.     J.R. Monks Even though he primarily works with oils, he has a love affair with watercolors. Monks works on location, en plein air, as well as in the studio. Often, his studio work is created from memories, quick and spontaneous statements without the restriction of working from reference. Occasionally, he...

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June's First Friday ArtWalk

June's First Friday ArtWalk

June Blog Post Join us for June's First Friday ArtWalk! Published by Squash Blossom Come visit us at the Squash Blossom from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on June 7th for OCC ArtWalk! We will have live demonstrations by our two featured artists, Phil Lear and Mike Dwyer.                             About our Featured Artists: Phil Lear   Phil Lear's painting strives to present a certain poetic insight into the world around. His style and brushwork harmonize with the character of his subject, to reveal the inborn charm of...

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June Birthstone Profile

June Birthstone Profile

 A symbol of purity, clarity and loyalty, Pearl has been a valued gem among cultures for centuries. No other stone compares to the vibrancy of Pearl. In fact, it was said that Cleopatra once owned the most expensive, large and lustrous pearls. She wore them as earrings, and legend has it that she dissolved one of the pearl earrings in vinegar to dissolve the pearl--then drank it. Thus, when she did drink the substance at the feast, it truly was the most expensive feast to ever be hosted in Egyptian times.  There are 4 kinds of Pearl: Freshwater, Japanese Akoya,...

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