Asher’s Art Gallery (Every Other Monday)

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and my Gallery is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for some awesome pieces. Now, have fun exploring my Gallery!

  • A Sunday on La Grande Jatte 1884-1866 by Georges Seurat Oil on canvas 

This is a fantastic work by “French Painter”, Seurat. It belong to a genre of painting known as Pointillism. The genre incorporates applying color to the piece in the form of tiny dots. The great attention to detail is shown by the use of multiple colors. It also changes appearance depending on how you view it. The painting is an outdoor scene with many rich people, a blue ocean, various umbrellas, and gorgeous, green grass. It also has a bit of a creepy feeling, as the people in the piece don’t have facial features. Nevertheless, I adore this work, and would love to hear your opinions in the comments’ section below.

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  • Techu-Anpu by Jean-Michel Basquiat one of the Thirty-two Drawings of The Daros Suite 1982-83 Acrylic, oil paintstick, pastel, crayon, charcoal, and pencil on paper 

This is a great work by “Master Surrealist”, Basquiat. It has many of his signature quirks, like repeated words, strange machines, and bizarre faces. There’s also a unicorn near the center of the piece. I have always loved Basquiat’s randomness, and this piece is definitely no exception. Tell me what you think of it in the comments’ section below.

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Asher’s Art Gallery (Every Other Monday)

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and my Gallery is open once again. Today’s exhibit focuses on the optical wizardry of M.C. Escher. Now, prepare to have your minds blown!

  • Three spheres 1 by  M.C. Escher 1945 wood-engraving 

This dazzling work causes the viewer to analyze it with all senses. The spheres appear to have an infinite number of lines stretching across it. They remind me of a mesh shirt that has been replicated continuously. I also enjoy the lack of color, and believe that this is an integral part of the work. It makes the viewer fill in the spaces with whatever they think belongs there, and this is how interpretation can increase its uniqueness. Escher also uses distortion to manipulate the work like it was made of silly putty. This is shown with the middle sphere, as it appears to be flattened at the top. I really would like to hear what you guys think of this piece, as well as your perceived meaning in the comments’ section below.

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  • Whirlpools by M.C. Escher 1957 wood-engraving printed from two blocks 

This is one of my favorite of Escher’s works. It is created to be like an optical illusion with a white spiral infinitely looping into the center. The use of repetition makes the titular “Whirlpools” act like a mobius strip, seemingly sucking the red and grey fish into the void. The work is very mesmerizing, and will pull the viewer into the the great unknown. Escher’s heavily detailed piece shows you just how unique of an artist he was, and why his works are still praised to this day. I would love to hear what you guys think of this work in the comments’ section below.

whirl 

Asher’s Pub (Thursdays)

Hello fellow Cicerones! It’s Thursday, and my Pub is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for some awesome drinks. Now, let me fix you up something special!

  • The Coyote Tango (Pacific Rim cocktail)

Ingredients

  • 3/4 oz. Sake
  • 1 1/4 oz. Tequila (preferably Voodoo Tiki Tequila or Desert Rose Prickly Pear Infused Tequila)
  • 1 1/4 oz. Lychee juice
  • Garnish: Lychee nut stuffed with pear

Directions: Add all ingredients to a shaker and shake. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lychee nut stuffed with pear.

the coyote  

 

  • Purple Cactus Cocktail

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 oz gold tequila
  • 1/2 oz sweet sherry
  • 1 1/2 oz passion-fruit juice
  • 1 tsp grenadine syrup

Directions: Shake and strain into an old-fashioned glass three-quarters filled with broken ice. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

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Yokai Wednesdays (Every 2 Wednesdays)

Konichiwa, everyone! It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more fascinating yokai. Now, let’s go on a journey to the “Land of the Rising Sun”!

  • Isogashi is an incredibly bizarre creature of Japanese mythology. It’s depicted as a blue-skinned monster with a huge nose, long tongue, and floppy ears. It always seems like its on the run, and can possess humans. Upon possession, people will have immense difficulty staying still. This will cause them to be constantly on the run, finishing everyday tasks with ease. 

isogashi

 

  • The Tearai oni is a gargantuan creature of Japanese folklore. The giant demon spans nearly the length of two mountains, and its leg is twelve kilometers long. The creature comes down from mountains to drink water from bays.

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Asher’s Pub (Thursdays)

Hello fellow Cicerones! It’s Thursday, and my Pub is open once again! I hope you guys are  ready for some awesome drinks. Now, let me fix you up something special!

  • Blue Coconut Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1-1 1/2 oz coconut rum
  • 1- 1 1/2 oz Blue Curacao liqueur
  • 4-8 oz 7-up® soda

Directions: Pour the coconut rum and blue curaçao into a tall glass half-filled with ice cubes. Fill the rest with 7-up, stir lightly and serve.

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  • Orange Oasis Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz cherry brandy
  • 1 1/2 oz gin
  • 4 oz orange juice
  • ginger ale 

Directions: Shake brandy, gin, and orange juice with ice and strain into a highball glass over ice cubes. Fill with ginger ale, stir, and serve.

orange oasis

More Delicious Foods From Around the World (Every 3 Fridays)

Hello fellow food lovers! It’s Friday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more tasty foods. Now, let’s dig in!

  • Kuku is a egg-based dish that comes from Iran. It’s made with walnuts, black pepper, and walnuts. The dish is quite similar to a Frittata.

kuku

  • Pamonha is special dumpling that comes from Brazil. It’s made with sweet corn paste, however many variants have been made with cheese, sausage, minced meat, coconut milk, or pepper. 

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Asher’s Pub (Thursdays)

Hello fellow Cicerones! It’s Thursday, and my Pub is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for some awesome drinks. Now, let me fix you up something special!

  • Apricot Kiss Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 oz apricot brandy
  • 1 oz Scotch whisky
  • 1/2 oz sweet vermouth

Directions: Pour the apricot brandy, Scotch whiskey and sweet vermouth into an ice-filled old-fashioned glass. Stir gently and serve.

apricot kiss

  • Gecko Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 3 oz vodka
  • 2 oz triple sec
  • 2 oz Blue Curacao liqueur
  • 5 oz orange juice

Directions: Add vodka, triple sec, then blue curaçao. Fill with orange juice.

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