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You can’t take the Bosnian out of me, I love my coffee!

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If you know a Bosnian, you also know that they love coffee and drink it as if it is water. The flavor of our delicious coffee is not the only reason we enjoy it so much. The quality time that is spent with our friends and family during that time is truly what makes the coffee so sweet.

The unique handcrafted copper plate is what the coffee is typically served on.

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The use of copper for kitchenware and containers made of this metal is safe to hold food due to the tin lining, which is very resistant to organic acids. Copper objects were part of the normal endowment of Muslim households and, starting in the early 19th century, also of Christian households, so that in addition to their utilitarian qualities they also acquired aesthetic functions. The Ottoman art of copper-working reached the peak of refinement between the 17th and the 19th century, when the main schools were those based in Istanbul, in the Caucasus and in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

I find them beautiful as a wall decoration, the patterns have a symbolic essence to them. Find your own personal function for these plates which will add a special romantic and historic touch to your home.

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The engraved, silver-plated and treated copper plates that I brought from Sarajevo were made by Mirsad Brkanić. Mirsad’s craftmanship stands out among all standardized pieces. His embossed and chiseled figures have a monumental quality about them and an expressive immediacy.

Mirsad Brkanić carries on a family tradition that he is now passing on to his children. He never talks while he is teaching them. More than words, he says, what counts is to watch and understand, to learn the correct positions of the hands, the pressure to be applied to the hammer and the attention to be paid to the mark one is about to make. Mirsad Brkanić also pays special attention to the tin-plating stage: if the plating is applied by hand it will last for 30 or 40 years, while if it is electrolytic it will have to be repeated more often.

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Since copper and silver tarnish in time, if a protective patina is not desired, preferring to let the object shine naturally, it will have to be polished regularly. A soft wire will be included with your purchase for the maintenance of the plate.

I am so thrilled to share these Bosnian artifacts with you because, they are a beautiful reminder of my heritage and it is an honor to share them with my community in the United States.

Now it's time to share a coffee with some good company.

Hajde na kafu!

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A special thank you to the Brkanic family,  Studio of Norbert Heyl for your intensive research and UNESCO for preserving the importance of  authentic craftsmanship and encouraging artisans to continue producing traditional work. 

Elmira Lilic present "Flutter" at Veronique Wantz Gallery

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Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration. Hummingbirds open our eyes to the wonder of the world and inspire us to open our hearts to loved ones and friends. Like a hummingbird, I aspire to influence people in my life through art in any way that I can with love, joy and celebration.

I have reached a new phase in my life where I get to explore my creativity and build my tribe both in California and Minnesota. The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds me that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning. I am showcasing "Flutter" to bring all of us together and give you a glimpse of the beauty that lies within my mind.

Come explore my collection of artwork for one evening at the Veronique Wantz Gallery. I hope to touch your curiosity and make you smile with my vibrant color combinations.


Kids are welcome!

Show will be July 9th, 2016.

Exhibition time is 5 pm - 9 pm.

Location: Veronique Wantz Gallery
125 N 1st St, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401
 

A big THANK YOU to Veronique Wantz Gallery and her team for hosting my event. I am very grateful for your warmth and support!

Decadent Dreams: An Exploration of Creativity and Expression

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I am so thankful for everyone that helped my dream come true. I will remember this day forever, it felt so good to see my vision come to life. I imagined curating my own art show in March 2015 after being a part of an art show in Santa Barbara. I loved that evening so much that I knew right away I needed to create my own. Just about a year later that dream came true. I have been taking on one task each month to get me closer to this goal. I have learned so much in the entire process. I know that everything takes a team and a vision. Every person has been a detrimental part to my life and success that has been in my life. I am very grateful for the encouragement, support, advice and friendship from everyone that was involved.

I want to send out a special thanks to Allmost Gallery & Studio for sharing your space with me. A very big thank you to the artists involved; Deborah Lee Baker, Joaquin Howard, Gus Harper and Merima Tricic. Also, thank you John Hartman and Jordyn Giannamore for painting the greeting cards.  I could not have made it through the night without the magnificent team that helped me put everything up and down. Thank you Theresa, Katie, Devon, Mark, Rick, Jenna, Garret and Nehemiah, AJ and Jessica Hinds for your writing. I look forward to curating many more shows. 

 

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Decadent Dreams: An Exploration of Creativity and Expression

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I am so thrilled to curate my first art show. I would love your presence on this special evening.

Join me for a fun and explorative showcase of contemporary art featuring a collection from four of our artists. Larger works as well as the greeting cards will be on exhibit from the Elmira Lilic Gallery. The evening will include a live couples nude painting demonstration, sure to awaken the path to your own creative exploration!

Come on out, have yourself a drink, mingle with the artists, and immerse yourself in art.

Featuring Artwork by Los Angeles based Artists: Elmira Lilic, Deborah Lee Baker, Joaquin Howard and Gus Harper.

Music by Dj Nehemiah

*Our gallery is dedicated to giving 20% of art sale proceeds as well as a gifted greeting card for each purchase to the non-profit Bosana Foundation.

ALL(MOST) Studio & Gallery

Saturday, February 27

at 8 PM - 11:30 PM

1288 S. La Brea, Los Angeles, CA 90019 (Uber/Lyft is the best choice, there is only neighborhood parking)

 

Our first Non-profit organization is the Bosana Foundation!

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Bosana Foundation provides marginalized youth with the tools, funds and resources to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their personal potential; therefore, moving them from a predicament of poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, which promotes viable civil societies. Bosana hopes that through the empowerment and education of youth history does not repeat itself and that Bosnia and Herzegovina can once again be a country that boasts peaceful multi-ethnic and multi-cultural traditions.

  • Bosana Foundation helps orphan and marginalized youth develop hobbies, interests and confidence by providing job training, internships, mentoring and access to higher education to decrease juvenile delinquency and unemployment.

  • Bosana helps supplement for the massive “brain drain” BiH experienced since the war by educating the youth with technical and practical knowledge and encouraging their drive to succeed.

  • Bosana facilitates peace building and reconstruction of the post conflict society through education.

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As a native of Bosnia I feel honored to contribute to this wonderful organization. Our family was just one of an estimated 2.2 million other displaced Bosnians that have lost their families, homes, farms and businesses. Since my childhood, Social responsibility was engrained as one of the most important values. The communities that we become a part of are reflections of us and of our society, built on the contribution each individual provides in resources, knowledge and diversity.

20% of our profits and an equal amount of greeting cards for December and January will go to Bosana Foundation.

We are grateful to you for supporting us and the Bosana Foundation!

 

An Evening of Art & Design at West Elm- Featuring New works by Saatchi Art Artists

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In celebration of Saatchi Art's new partnership with West Elm Los Angeles, Saatchi was excited to present a new exhibition of works by Los Angeles artists, curated by Hayley Miner, Director of Art Advisory to the Trade at Saatchi Art. 

My piece "Conscious space" was selected to be shown with a group of very talented artists. I was thrilled to be a part of this pop-up art event at West Elm and look forward to doing more work with Saatchi Art.

My favorite part of this experience is to see a business such as West Elm show that they support their local artists. And I have been to this store many times but really felt it come to life with unique one of a kind artwork above its furniture this evening.

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Here is a little more about me.

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Through artistic expression, I connect with my emotional, mental, and spiritual selves. I see art as an expression of what life is through different perspectives. Art has the powerful ability to communicate across cultural boundaries; it is incredible to see different worldviews through the creations of artists all around the globe. This is the beauty of art to me. I feel personal growth and achievement through my artwork, now I am supporting children and other artists in reaching that expression. 

I am immensely involved in my community, I have been teaching kids how to paint for three years with Playground of Dreams. As a mentor, I learned how to teach kids about art and give them the tools and space for their self-expression and vision to flourish. In the past during my volunteer program with World Without Genocide, I helped with the ‘Tents of Witness’ exhibit, it is a visual art exhibit that has reached over 12,000 people since 2012, promoting genocide awareness, educational information and instructions on taking action.

Artistic expression is the language of the soul; the final product is a record of visions that helps us see the world in different ways. I am dedicated to using art as my tool of self-expression, exploring my challenges, finding my confidence and contributing to the world.