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Monday, November 24, 2008

Join Us on December 5th for Art and Wine!

Join us for a special evening on December 5th for First Friday Art Walk! Come on by and meet local artist Lawrence Goines and view his amazing work on display through the month of December at
Village Shoes 369 E. Main St. Ashland, OR 97520.

Liquid Assets will be on site with a fabulous
Wine Tasting from 6-8pm
Free and Open to the public

Lawrence Goines Bio:

"My father was a photographer. Around his neck he donned a Zies Comtax C range finder and a Weston Mark 1 light meter. He had a routine at the grocery store when paying for his purchases. Taking out his wallet he would allow the cascading photos he had taken of his wife and eight children to unfold before the clerks eyes. This procedure, more often than not, lent itself to share his passion for photography. Although pop was by profession a civil engineer his true passion was photography, which
in turn became mine as well.

My mother was of course very busy raising eight children. She was a master when it came to finding balance in dedicating quality time to her children, her brilliant and often out of control husband and pursuing her own artistic endevors. My mom was born an artist. From writing our names in calligraphy on our lunch bags, to designing her own Christmas cards, to being commissioned (in her 80's) for her beautiful water colors at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, California.
My parents gave me love, a sense of humor (Mad Magazine was required reading) and the desire to pursue my own desires and passions. With these tools I entered the world of photography. It was in the 1970's that I was held captive behind the lens of a camera. The entire process was exhilarating. Capturing the image, breathing life into the print in a make-shift dark room and finally showing the print. WOW! It was great when it was praised. WOW! Did I have a lot to learn.
By the 1980's I had become far more proficient in the art of image making.I was using a Nikon F with 3 lenses, a dark room with a Beseler 23 C equipped with a cold light diffusion head. My printing was displayed in a 16"x 20" format. I only shot Tri-X black and white film. After making the print I would often hand color them...which introduced
me to mixed media photography.

In 2006 I purchased a Digital SLR camera. Once again there was a learning curve. Understanding the way the images were captured and printed, using software to translate the data and the joy of not having to be in a dust free, dark, stinky wet room. However, if it were not for my many dark room hours I would not have acquired the skills that I have developed. I am pleased to present to you my photographs being displayed at Village Shoes, 369 E. Main St. Ashland, Oregon on December 5, 2008 for The First Friday Art Walk. For this exhibition I used an Olympus E-3 Digital SLR camera and an Epson Stylus Pro 7800 printer to produce the 24"x 32"prints. Ink jet receptive coatings are added to the stabilized photo canvas. The prints are sealed in a gloss acrylic top coat- and yes I still add color, tone or contrast the old fashioned way, paint. For me, the more things change, the more they stay the same. I have found my groove." Sincerely, Lawrence B. Goines

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Vog Blog...


(jumping up and down.)

New Fluevogs have arrived at Village Shoes! Oh my are they gorgeous! But then again I'm a sucker for a great pair of Fluevogs. With several pairs of boots, two new pairs of beautiful pumps, and even a couple of boots for the guys... My eyes have been the size of saucers in recent days.

You just can't go wrong with these beauties. Now (slobber)which of them will have to accompany me home? I need to wear a button that says "Will work for Shoes" But my other 8 pairs of Fluevogs are lonely ...they need a buddy! (Don't you???)

Here they are in all their Fluevogian Glory:

Miss Corey I presume...love your patent tendencies my dear.
Oh and my dear Arigato...how I love your sentiments...

Ms. Wessex, Love the tough looks... and Ms. Roxanne...you definitely don't have to put out the red light..Black is definitely your color.

Oh hi Miss Hvala...Love the two tone thing, and those buttons are adorable...Miss Heidi, my dear I do believe I've seen you up in the alps before, but this time.. I'm the one singing! :-)

and my dear sir, I beg your pardon for putting you alllll the way down here at the bottom, but "Warren" your stability and style uphold all the beautiful ladies up above. You're the rock..we lean upon...(sighs..with love).

AND even after all the eye candy I've just shown you. There's always more. Mr. Fluevog himself has a soft spot for the Village. In his latest newsletter he's even said to come by and see us at Village Shoes... so take his advice people....come by to try on and fall in love with our wonderful Fluevog shoes and boots. Fluevog Newsletter

(Maybe someday...if the stars align just right we might even have a Fluevog Give-away, so cross all your fingers and toes and wish me all good things, and hopefully before the year is out we'll give away something from my favorite Canadian, right here on the Village blog.)

P.S. Just in case you haven't seen enough..here's a lovely ankle and Miss Corey again to keep the faith alive...oh my, oh dear....I do believe... I do believe this one is a keeper!!

Lovies... J.

Ariel takes Free Flight at The Village

On the evening of November 15th. Ariel from Free Flight Clothing brought her wares to our lovely Village. From 3pm to 7pm She displayed her whimsical styles. This included many new additions to her already awesome line of screen-printed clothing, repurposed sweater knits, and hip re-vamped men's suit jackets.

This blogger is feeling sassy yet comfortable in a beautiful black pima cotton tunic with peacock feather designs that she picked up at the trunk show, as well as a couple of other pieces to add to her Free Flight collection.

For those of you who weren't lucky enough to be in attendance never fear. Ariel's designs are available locally at Avant Garb 397 E. Main St., Ashland,OR as well as her Etsy shop

Check her out,Free Flight won't dissapoint!

Ariel's Etsy Shop

Happy Shopping, Kerry

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Kaboom! Kapow! Custom Art Shoes Size 6

Gee Whiz Batman! You'll be the talk of the town when you show off your one of kind pair. Kaboom! Kapow! Custom Art Shoes are another unbelievable pair by Pen-and-ink artist Halle Riddlebarger who proves that a little ink goes a long way. Beautifully hand drawn in India Ink by a local Ashland artist, each pair is one of a kind.

Size 6 $259 at village-shoes.com

Sunday, November 09, 2008

To Belt or Not to Belt.... We have a Winner!

Hi there...We have a winner!! Thank you jdh for commenting on your belting preferences....and because you were our only, best, and most wonderfulest reader.. you've won the beeee-youtiful belt pictured below! Please e-mail us at: info@village-shoes.com and we'll send it out to you pronto.

Thanks for participating and HEY FOLKS!! Next time I want to see Lots more comments! :-) Lovies... J.

Hi all my favorite shoe junkies...

For those who were expecting a contest or give-away sooner..my sincere apologies. I was attacked by a wicked virus. It got me down in a headlock, and several noogies later I'm almost back to better. 'Tis the season for it I guess..but still when it feels like jackhammers are drilling in your head, a volcano has taken up residence in your throat and and just generally feel horrible..it takes a toll on your creativity, and mine was near the bottom of the meter for most of the week.

However..one nice side effect of being sick?? It makes you need a belt for your favorite jeans. If you gotta be sick, you might as well lose a few pounds while you're at it!! :-)

And which one do I choose? Just something to hold 'em up? OR make it a style choice by choosing something with a great buckle. hmmmmmm. Choices, Choices. My favorite Village has a several awesome belts right now.

Here's the line up:

Well, Well, Well.....
These are all so pretty...They'd look fabulous with a nice Jean Trouser and a new pair of boots! Ohhh..yes....booooooots. And we just got some amazing new boots in. And Turquoise? I love the look of turquoise...Whatever shall I do? Well I think I like the turquoise one the best....yes, definitely that's the ticket!

Now all my fine fellow Villagers...Why do YOU wear a belt? Is it mostly just a fashion statement...with the biggest, flashiest, "blingiest" buckle you can handle? Or is it something you use for function only and it could be just a plain piece of rope..you wouldn't care as long as it prevented you from resembling your favorite plumber.. (no offence Joe..) :-D

So...which is it my friends? Tell us your belting preferences by leaving a comment on this blog. AND..because we love you and you mean so much to us.. We'll choose one of y'alls comments at random and give you a FABULOUS turquoise belt too, FREE!

Free's good, we can all use free!

So we can all be seriously belted and stylish at the same time...Whadday think? Sound good?
OK then....Let the commenting begin. Please be nice and only one comment per person though. Let's see how many comments we have by Wednesday 4pm Pacific Time and we'll pick a winner then. Good Luck Everyone...

I hope that this is just the start of a great give-away tradition here at the Village...so come on by and check us out often!


Friday, November 07, 2008

Legwear By Betsey Johnson!

Betsey Johnson is a world renown fashion designer and has been rocking the fashion industry with her unique and original designs since the 1960's. Known for her celebration of the exuberant, the embellished, and the over the top.

A new addition to her legendary designs: legwear!
Find great new products by Betsey at village-shoes.com

Saturday, November 01, 2008

There's no place like home....

especially if you can get there by clicking together your favorite ruby slippers!

What is it about red shoes??

They are the siren song of any true officianado (Ok..did I spell that right?...googling off..aff..uhhhh....AHHAH!) Aficionado: a person who likes, knows about, and appreciates a usually fervently pursued interest or activity. Also called, Devotee.
I love Google, almost as much as red shoes..but not quite! I think the craze started with the fabled, famed and longed loved "Ruby Slippers" from Wizard of OZ. Then it was honed when I did a book report on theredshoes in Junior high. Unfortunately the morality tale that Hans Christian Anderson intended was lost on me, and all it did was make me want red shoes.

Eventually my yen for shiny red shoes diminished in college, when the world was into Eddie Bauerish green, brown, denim and sensible suede boots. (i.e. the early 90's) Then around 5 years ago, I found ahem... Mr. Fluevog, and ever since I haven't been able to take my eyes off the best prettiest, shiniest, red, reddddist shoes. My favorite Village has several nice examples currently.

See!! Really! They do!

These beauties leave me with stars in my eyes, every time I see them. But then just recently I was surfing, as I am wont to do on occasion and I found these!! EEEEK...Wha? why? How on earth.....

Oh my. oh dear..... I'm speechless. Even though they are something I could or would absotively never wear..they are so vverry shiny and alluring. They remind me of that long ago fairy tale....I think I'm finally getting the moral of the story now. :-)

I think I'll stick with my Fluevogs!

Smiles, Jody

P.S. I've found the best Ruby slippers in the whole world! They are soooo adorable and guess what?? Made out of CHOCOLATE!! How much better can you get! They'd make fabulous party or wedding favors. http://www.rubyslippersspecialty.com/