“Chique” Tip: Hidden Gems in Hyde Park

This past Sunday, the boys & I went to the Hyde Park Art Center for our monthly visit to their Second Sunday event. As usual we started with a sweet treat from Cafe Istria , then we toured the museum’s latest exhibits, in addition to creating our own art. We were all fascinated with the work by Elaine Bedford and Megan Greene called Stylish Breed . The sculptures of taxidermy animals crocheted with body armor were, of course,  very interesting for two boys under the age of 10. Our favorite piece was the ram head with deer hooves so delicately wrapped with red & pink yarn. It was a little creepy, as his big brown eye stared at us under his sweater, but worthy of a photo op!

After spending hours in the studios making gorgeous Mandalas and handmade Valentines’ Day cards, we ventured upstairs to construct paper flowers. It had been a while since I had visited the second floor of the HPAC so I was shocked to walk into a miniature green indoor garden gift shop. G.E.E.E. has been a permanent fixture in the art center since April 2011. Where have I been, living under a rock?  So after we toured the space, we made giant flowers out of recycled magazines, buttons and wire.  I will have to make these at home and post a DIY because they are so simple and so adorable, stay tuned.

The General Economy Exquisite Exchange is one of those best kept secrets we find living in Hyde Park. G.E.E.E. is a local trading post for plants and gifts but it also has an extensive seed library and Geeecycling center. A perfect example of community as G.E.E.E. demonstrates how local abundance supports an economy open to more than just currency. Poignantly said, by a handwritten sign tied to a tree, “G.E.E.E. is a Gift shop not a Thrift shop, no rummage or clothing please!” I can’t wait for Spring to arrive so I can dig up my field of Daylilies and trade them in for some veggies and herbs for our “city” garden! Now that is “Chique”!

For additional information on G.E.E.E visit their blog for more inspiring ways to contribute.



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