Monday, May 30, 2011

Our Cover Story...and a give-away from artist Lara Harris!


Many of you have, by now, seen the cover of SUMMER with Matthew Mead. In keeping with the simplicity of the cover of our inaugural HOLIDAY issue, I chose to follow suit with a single, meaningful summer icon to grace our cover. When I found this blue vintage fan in an antique shop, I just knew it would be a perfect symbol for the magazine. We had it rewired and photographed it for our cover.

Enter Lara Harris:

Lara Harris is an artist from Northville, Michigan, whom Linda asked to paint a portrait of our beloved pup, Oscar, several years ago and Lara did so from her studio using a photo Linda sent to her as a guide. 

We were stunned and thrilled with her perfect rendering of Oscar, and Lara's talent was again called upon by us for the HOLIDAY issue, and she painted exquisite Christmas tree ornaments for a feature story. While Lara has taken a few art classes over the years, she is primarily a self-taught artist. Originally accepted at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design, she chose to go into teaching instead. A teacher for nearly 6 years, she picked up a paintbrush in 2004 and has been painting ever since! Her work is currently in private collections throughout the US, Canada, Australia, and the UK...and hanging in our studio in New Hampshire!

Lara graciously agreed to paint  our SUMMER cover image and, via an exciting give-away, YOU now have a chance to win one of Lara's paintings for your home!

Wouldn't this painting of our cover look beautiful as part of your summer decor?

 
For a chance to win, please leave us a comment letting us know what your favorite story/feature in our SUMMER issue is. And of course, Tweet or share on Facebook about our give-away for an additional entry (but be sure to let us know you did!).

Thank you, Lara, for once again sharing your talents with us and our readers!

 **To view more of Lara's work, please visit her Etsy shopher website and also be sure to check out her blog!

(This contest is now closed)

Best, 
Matthew 

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