As a long time framer (and fellow artist) it’s always such a pleasure to meet and discover amazing new artists. I enjoy building relationships with these beautiful creatives, who often are immensely insightful and empathic creatures, and whose visions add so much color and beauty to our lives. Becky Parrish, also a new-ish Gordonsville resident, has become one of these amazing new friends. Becky moved to GVL in the Winter of 2015 when she fell in love with an adorable little cottage that she has lovingly restored and made into a gorgeous little artisan home with an adjacent light filled studio space and lovely colorful garden. What drew Becky to Gordonsville? She loves the quaintness, the friendly faces, the fact that she can walk everywhere, and she says she has met an amazing amount of supportive, creative & progressive like-minded thinkers that she has become great friends with.
Like I, Becky received her undergraduate degree from the Corcoran Gallery School of Art in Washington D.C. She then went on to get her masters in painting at GW. Over the years, she spent many summers in Bretagne, France, where she used her time painting French market-inspired still lives while her artist husband at the time spent the days painting landscapes in the French countryside.
Becky works in oils exclusively with an emphasis on still lives and portraits.
She teaches classes and workshops at her studio to local patrons and students on Tuesdays, and teaches classes in Warrenton on Thursdays.
For more info, visit her website at beckyparrish.com or find her on social media.
Indian Corn, Oil on panel, 11x14
Pink Lemonade, Oil on panel, 24 x 18
Galleries & Exhibits
Becky exhibits exclusively at the following galleries:
"SkinOwl's sole mission is to educate you about your skin & deliver the best products, so that skin "care" can be the catalyst to caring about every genuinely important facet of your life. And why not? Your happiness is worth all the world's weight in gold."
~ Annie Tevelin, Founder of SkinOwl
SkinOwl is one of my all time gallery green beauty staples.
Five years ago, Annie reached out to see if I would be interested in carrying her new line of Beauty Drops ,
I said YES! and I've never looked back. I love her story, her mission, and her products are amazing. But we were at the beginning of the whole #greenbeauty movement, and my clients were still very skeptical (unlike me...:) I've never looked back, and this time around, I have been more intentional about adding green favorites to my selection and I have been so thrilled how well everything has done. The addition of Olie Biologique's ROSEGLOW drops has been a huge hit, and SkinOwl's Beauty Bars and body+ drops have been a big "Yes!".
Now help us decide which one is the new featured SKINOWL product in our selection of Green Beauty Favorites!
Try out these new SkinOwl faves and let us know what you think! Pop by the gallery in the next few weeks and help us decide between these products:
Geranium Beauty Drops balances, decongests and combats first signs of aging, while boosting radiance. Best for dehydrated, dull, combination skin types. This luxurious oil is to be used morning night, in place of a serum & moisturizer. Best for dehydrated, dull, combination skin types, this morning oil, balances, decongests and combats first signs of aging, while boosting radiance.
Lavender Beauty Drops is intended for oily, sensitive skin to combat inflammation, acne, and redness. Skin is left looking calm, clear and healed from within. This luxurious oil is to be used morning night, in place of a serum & moisturizer. The perfect morning remedy for oily, sensitive skin to combat inflammation, acne, and redness. Skin is left looking calm, clear and healed over minimal time.
Clary Sage Beauty Drops is intended for thirsty,aging skin, with a loss of radiance and elasticity. Smooths, hydrates, and plumps mature, dry skin. This luxurious oil is to be used morning night, in place of a serum & moisturizer. Note: Not recommended for pregnant or lactating women. Best for dry, mature skin with a loss of density and radiance. Visibly softens wrinkles and reduces the appearance of age spots and tired, aging skin.
EYE + Lightweight, effective, efficient, unique. Hyaluronic Acid, periwinkle, and licorice ensure that deep penetration transform crepe-paper skin into healthy, resilient, and firm skin around your eyes. Cucumber fruit depuffs. Aloe smooths and silkens. The ultimate concentrate to combat fatigued, tired, run-down skin. Crepe-paper skin is transformed into healthy, resilient skin. Allow the cucumber to depuff, aloe to smooth, and our botanical hyaluronic acid to lighten and tighten. Store in the fridge to promote extra de-puffing.
BEAUTY WHIP - Discover the beauty benefits behind our all-in-one face mask, makeup primer, and Beauty Drops booster. One application reveals the look of intense moisture, even texture and tone, and a visibly brighter complexion. This gentle, creamy skin-drenching mask is boosted with fierce hydrators like Hyaluronic Acid, Organic Olive and Jojoba Oils, plus antioxidant rich Patagonian Maqui Berry, Organic Rooibos, toning DMAE, and smoothing MSM. Intended for all skin types.Vegan. Gluten-free. NECK+ A symphony of healing herbs, restorative plant and flower compounds, and Ocean Mineral Complex in a super concentrated, bio-available delivery system. Our first ever super-smoothing & contouring neck concentrate made with superstar age-defying ingredients to create a smooth, youthful, and contoured neck and décolleté. Skin looks smooth, supple, and quenched, with dark spots & crease marks visibly reduced. Tight, toned, and radiant skin will be the evidence of this product's efficacy. The perfect morning remedy for oily, sensitive skin to combat inflammation, acne, and redness. Skin is left looking calm, clear and healed over minimal time.
I've had a lot of questions at Cavallo about Gluten Free Baking. I'm really pretty thrilled that there is so much interest!
Gluten free baking can be a challenge because of the density of the flours used. I find that there are two secrets to making it taste more familiar to your palette and to make things "fluffy".
I stay away from a lot of tapioca and other starches that are merely sugar and glue your intestines together.
Adding the juice of 1/2 a lemon together with some baking soda or powder is my favorite way to lighten the dough when I use nut flours. As far as taste goes: I ALWAYS add generous amounts of lemon zest and vanilla to my cakes, in addition to things like GF almond essence, which is what I used here.
RECIPE for the cake I brought in today: soy free - can be made sugar free - organic - gluten free
1 1/2 c almond flour 1 c Bob's Red Mill GF Baking Mix (this is Garbanzo bean based, so if you are paleo, sub with nut flour) 1/3 c ground flax 1 tsp baking powder (aluminum and corn free) juice of 1 lemon zest of that lemon 1 tsp each vanilla & almond essence 3 free range eggs 1/2 can of coconut milk 1/4 c olive oil 3/4 c natural cane sugar or sub equivalent Monkfruit for 0 glycemic
5 apples (cube)
Blend all ingredients, mixture should be thick, adjust if necessary depending on the flours you use. Transfer to lined baking pan. Top with apples, drizzle with a bit of olive oil
bake at 345 degrees for about 1 - 1 1/2 hours until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool.
This is a nutrient dense cake, y'all, so enjoy responsibly :)
This Spring, I am coming at ya with some new green products - Little by little, our collection of clean(er), green(er) products is growing, and I am so pleased to say that so is your interest!
It's so important to think about what we use in our daily life: it does not just affect our own health, but also that of the people around us, and the environment. None of these things are replaceable, so let's treat them all well!
New this month:
Olie Biologique is an old favorite of mine that was also part of La Linea Bella. The new collab with Melissa Meyers has literally JUST hit the shelves, and I'm so pleased to be one of the first places where you can find it in person!
Also new: David's Toothpaste, raw cacao vegan Chakra-Lates, and by repeat-(and repeat)-request, a whole section of lavender soaps!
(Keep scrolling for info on new products.)
With the weather being so off, I've been able to focus on some restoration projects in the studio as well as a bit of fine tuning. More samples are on the way as I slowly remember some of my previous favorites! I am taking requests for anything you might be missing or looking for, just let me know!
Pop by to see the new space if you have not been in, come and say hi and treat yourself to a late-winter treat!
Open Wed - Sat 11 - 5 and always by appointment. (540) 832 3701
See you soon!
NEW PRODUCT DESCRIPTIONS:
The collaboration between Olie and Melissa Meyers is a daily radiance face oil blend of 14 all natural and organic potent plant and fruit seed botanicals that gives glow and luminosity to the skin. This oil follows Olìe’s mood-boosting ethos to impart a sense of well-being to one’s day. We are proud to donate $5 from every purchase to Project Angel Food which provides a week’s worth of fresh fruits and vegetables to those battling critical illnesses. 1 bottle = 1 week of fresh fruits and vegetables. What does it do?
Evens skin tone, leaves a silky glow to the skin.
De-puffs reducing the look of inflammation
Reduces the look of wrinkles
David's Tooth Paste
Davids premium natural toothpaste is made using the highest quality natural ingredients to safely & effectively whiten teeth, fight plaque, and freshen breath.
Davids is committed to using premium USA Origin ingredients for the highest quality possible and to support American jobs. Davids comes in a retro, recyclable metal tube. Metal tube key roller/squeezer included.
Super fast, packed with fun projects, catching up with old friends, finishing the workshop, and so much more. (Including a ton of rain! Thanks to everyone who came out in spite of the awful weather!)
Keep scrolling for my fav new gifts at the bottom!
Most asked question: WHY ARE WE ONLY OPEN WED - SAT? Well ... the artiste needs a few days to create, deliver and prep, and those days are Mondays and Tuesdays.
So far I have been open most Tuesdays while I complete work in the studio, but for now I will stick to my Wednesday- Saturday design and showroom hours to complete your projects on time and with the dedication they deserve.
If you do drive out to Cavallo in Gordonsville on those days, please call ahead just to make sure I can set aside ample time to spend with you! Thank you! (540) 832 3701
Our ROMA samples finally arrived, hundreds of them! More are coming, including great new designs in copper and rose gold. Love!
Also in: Fab Italian mouldings by BELLA moulding, and a ton more great colorful and multi-textured choices. If you are looking for it, chances are that I will have it! ____________ NEW:
Clean Conscience Chocolates (Paleo Friendly)
How good do these look??
Locally made in my neck of the woods, non GMO, vegan, dairy free, paleo friendly, super delicious ... the list goes on and on and we can't stop raving about those delicious new treats that arrived at Cavallo two weeks ago.
If you are trying to avoid the "nasties" but crave chocolate every once in a while, your time has come! There are so many health benefits to eating clean raw chocolate, it contains minerals, selenium, iron, has a mood boosting effect, and then some: there is no excuse NOT to eat it!
Come and check out our selection of Almond Joyfuls, Peanut Butter Cups (customer fav ), Peppermint Patties (BF fav), and the nut/Seed Bark, which is my personal fav.
As of this week, all of Clean Conscience's chocolates will be made with a new even better organic raw chocolate from Equador. Also coming: sipping chocolate and their amazing Chakra-lates (essential oil infused chocolates that speak to your chakras). DELICIOUS! _____________
PAPAYA vegan bucket bags, tassle pouches and accessories.
Need some color & inspo in your life? Pop by and see what's new!
Thanks for scrolling through the blog with me: See you in March!
My name is Beate and I am an artist and avid frame fanatic, and a strong follower of a Paleo and healthy toxin free lifestyle.
Born and raised in Germany, I studied Printmaking in College and the mechanics of creating frames went hand in hand with the process of creating prints and plates.
In the early 90's, I started framing at one of C'Ville's oldest frame shops and moved on to manage another fabulous venue for 15 years. Then I got an itch and opened my own venue, La Linea Bella in the more artistic section of Charlottesville. Surrounded my metal crafters, jewelers, painters, musicians and other creators my business flourished - but my heart was never truly rooted in Charlottesville. So my partner and I set out on a journey to find a new home in 2015.
Here we are in 2018, and we've landed (very close to C'Ville) in gorgeous historic Gordonsville, VA, the brain child of a French patron who has made it her goal to preserve this gem of a little village. Nestled amongst vineyards and conveniently located between Richmond, Washington D.C. and Charlottesville, this adorable little town's facades hold the charm of an ancient European village and travelers from all over comment on the quaint tranquility of it all. There is not a person who walks around without a smile on their face here!
We feel so blessed to have found a home here and to now be able to share with you our new venue CAVALLO, named after a gorgeous life size wooden horse that trotted into our lives just about when we arrived.
Cavallo will consist of three sections:
- a clean artisanal boutique in the front (my green heart) - - the design section in the center (my design heart) - and the new open workshop and atelier in the rear (my artistic heart).
While there is still a lot to do to complete our new (open) workshop, I look forward to sharing CAVALLO with you for a preview on
January 6th, 2018
from 3:30 - 6 p.m.
117 S. Main Street Gordonsville, VA 22942 540 832 3701
We will open for regular hours in mid January!
I really look forward to catching up with you (or meeting you!) then ~ thanks for stopping by!
Welcome to Cavallo. We're a small boutique style custom frame gallery with a love for anything beautiful, artisanal, green(er) and clean(er), featuring an open workshop, located in beautiful Historic Gordonsville, Virginia.