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Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 | 0 comments

Lessons from Cooking on an Island

Lessons from Cooking on an Island

Former Del Ray resident Sarah is our guest blogger who currently lives on the island of Dominica in the West Indies. In her last guest post, she shared how she creates art on whatever canvas she can find, including rocks, seeds and shells. When Sarah lived in Del Ray in 2013, we featured her work as artist (potter, illustrator), student of arts management and all around DIYer running The Empty House Studio (TEHS) art space. Today, her musings about shopping for local ingredients on a small island reminds us a lot of shopping at our local Del Ray area farmers markets — sometimes you find what you want and other times adaptability, as Sarah puts it, is the key to happiness. Have you gone to the grocery store with a shopping list and they seem to be out of exactly what you want? What do you do? Go to another grocery store a few minutes away or even all the way across town? So frustrating. But is it really?...

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Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 | 1 comment

An Artist’s Journey from Del Ray to the West Indies

An Artist’s Journey from Del Ray to the West Indies

We featured Sarah (Coffin) D’Alessandro on DIY Del Ray as an artist (potter, illustrator), student of arts management and all around DIYer running The Empty House Studio (TEHS) art space in Del Ray in 2013. When we discovered that Sarah had moved to the West Indies with her husband Andy as he finishes med school, we started reading her blog, The Study and The Studio, where she writes beautifully about her adventures and artistic endeavors. This is one of Sarah’s first of, we hope, many guest blogs from Dominica to Del Ray in which she shares how she creates art on whatever canvas she can find, including rocks, seeds and shells. This is where I live post The Empty House Studio (TEHS), in the tropical lands of the West Indies, on the nature island of Dominica (pronounced “dom-i-NEE-ka”). It’s exotic, vibrant and very difficult at times. The shapes, textures and colors are shocking to a native Virginian like me. I am enthralled with the visuals even after five months...

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