After Thanksgiving Sale At Mignonne!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

*local artists' work excluded

We are opening early to offer you great savings on all store inventory* at Mignonne.

 30% Reduction on our already affordable prices ~ a sale you won't want to miss!
We have gifts for every budget ~ starting at $5!

Stop by for freshly-brewed coffee and yummy poundcake while you browse all the great choices in stock ... 

Time for a headstart on holiday shopping and of course,, your opportunity to support your local Old Oakland retailer.  We have new inventory to peruse and we will be offering FREE gift wrapping ... All this at your favorite Old Oakland boutique ... Mignonne!

List Making Time!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Gorgeous Hand Thrown Pottery Pieces Now at Mignonne!

Friday, November 21, 2008

We are very excited to introduce the work of ceramic artist Whitney Smith at Mignonne.

Whitney began "throwing clay" in 1994. Whitney says her design sense is primarily informed by her obsession with flowers and other forms found in nature. She has painted and drawn since she was a small child. Whitney likes the look and feel of old things and antiques, and her glaze choices have a certain look that reminds people of an different era.

She also tries to emulate the craftmanship of an earlier time. Unless otherwise noted, all of her pieces are thrown on the potter's wheel first, then carved and textured into their final shape.

We have selected some great choices that would make a lovely addition to your home or a wonderful treasured gift for the holiday season.

What's better than functional art that you and your family will admire and love with each use?

Pictured is Whitney's Cake Stand with Bird.

New Voluspa Candles Have Arrived!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Voluspa continues to be one of our most popular candle lines at Mignonne.  Not only is Voluspa committed to using the highest quality waxes and fragrance oils in their candles for a clean, long-lasting burn ... but their beautiful and inventive receptacles make lovely accessories for the home.

We recently received a new shipment of the following fragrances:

Goji & Torocco Orange - Goji berries grow on evergreen shrubs in temperate, sub-tropical climates and the scent is combined with Torocco Orange, similar to blood orange.

Makassar Ebony & Peach - Woodsy ebony combined with peach create a sensuous result.

Frost Pinecone - A perfect hostess gift for the holidays, with scents of forest cypress, pine needles and pinecone seeds. Beautifully boxed and ready to go!

Speaking of Artists.

Friday, November 14, 2008

"delauers" - Valerie J. Cochran, photographer

We recently introduced our other featured artist at Mignonne, Valerie J. Cochran.

Valerie's photography has been featured in print publications as well as many online sites including the BBC, Photoblogs Magazine and SFist. She has also self-published a photography book.

Valerie's work received rave reviews during our recent Oakland Art Murmur art reception.

At Mignonne, not only do we seek out compelling local artists to provide a venue for their work...but we are committed to helping our customers bring beauty and art into their homes by finding affordable options to meet a wider variety of budgets.

Valerie's work can be purchased at Mignonne at $50 per print. Her work explores the relationships between people and places in an urban landscape, and utilizes only film photography.

Treat yourself and your home environment to the added dimension original artwork can provide.

If you'd like another chance to see her work in person, mark your calendars for December 11th when we will be hosting a Closing Reception for Valerie's art. More information on the event will be shared as the date draws near.

Welcome Back Gary Comoglio!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

We are thrilled to welcome back, by popular demand, the works of local artist Gary Comoglio.

Gary's art captured the imagination of many of our customers and we are delighted to feature his paintings again during the holiday season. Here's a bit about Gary and his process:

Since graduating from San Francisco Art Institute, Gary's main creative focus has been acrylic painting and Japanese wood block printing.

By changing colors and constantly challenging his completed works, Gary Comoglio is able to create a body of prints that captures the interplay of light to evoke different moods and emotions in the viewer.

He employs European, American, and Japanese techniques to produce the final printed image. Using linoleum as the base material, Gary hand prints all his own prints, the majority of which are one-of-a-kind.

"I am dedicated to creating unique images drawn from my surroundings, and mastering precise technical skills in carving and hand printing. My art is inspired by images from my daily life: I focus on simple beauty, brilliant colors, and strong composition."

When he is not painting, carving or printing, Gary is enjoying one of his other passions which include playing golf; cooking with fresh produce usually purchased at local farmers' markets; spending time with family and friends; motorcycling along the magnificent Bay Area's roads; drinking Sonoma County zinfandels and pinot noirs, New Zealand sauvignon blancs; eating fine cheeses and chocolates; watching British Comedies; and traveling.

A sampling of his works on display and available for purchase at Mignonne, through the end of the year, are shown in the slide show below:

Tonight ~ Art Opening and Sale at Mignonne!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Join us tonight from 6:00 to 9:00 PM for a wine reception celebrating NEW work by this month's featured artist. Tonight's reception is in conjunction with Oakland's Art Murmur ... so plan for a great evening in one of Oakland's hottest neighborhoods.

Take advantage of our Huge Store Sale while you're here. See you there!

23 Months: Stories of the Street

Valerie J. Cochran

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