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Page6 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 21,2014 The Tsars' Cabinet: Two Hundred Years of Russian Decorative Arts Under the Romanovs College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, in collaboration with International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C. The Durnovo Casket (and detail), Silver gilt, enamel and lapis lazuli, 1889, Firm of Ovchinnikov, Russia. (Photo Giovanni Lundardi Photography) Many of the 230 plus objects in the exhibi- tion Were designedfor public or private use of the Tsars or other Romanovs. Others illustrate the styles that were prominent during their reigns. The Museum of Russian Icons hosts The Tsars' Cabinet, highlighting two hundred years of Russian decorative arts under the Romanovs, from the time of Peter the Great in the early 18th century to Nicholas II in the early 20th century. Developed from the Kathleen Durdin Collection-and organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the Porcelain, glass, enamel, silver gilt and other alluring materials make this exten: sive exhibition dazzle. The items demon- strate the evolution of style from the Euro- pean Classicism of the court of Catherine the Great, to the rich oriental motifs of mid-19th century Russian Historicism of, the Kremlin and Grand Duke Constantine Nicholaevich services and the enamel work of Fedor Ruckert and the firm of Ovchinnikov. The exhibition includes pieces from sig- nificant porcelain place settings made by the Imperial Porcelain Factory, from the reign of Empress Elizabeth and Catherine the Great to Nicholas and Alexandra. The Museum of Russian Icons is located at 203 Union StreeL Clinton, MA. The Museum of Russian Icons collection of more than 700 Russian icons and arti- facts is the largest of its kind in North America, and one of the largest private collections outside Russia. Spanning six centuries, the compendium includes impor- taTlt historical paintings dating from the earliest periods of icon "writing" to the present. For further information, visit www. museumo frussianicons, org. Our Modern World by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Many years ago we visited a model home constructed to be energy efficient. It was built into the side of a hill to take advantage of this natu- ral insulating ,environment. Electricity was provided by solar panels and a wired turbine augmented by a backup furnace. The house had its own source of water amply provided by a well, a greenhouse was attached to the side of the house provid- ing vegetables throughout most of the year. Needless t6 say we were very impressed, the concept of self-reliance guiding the construction of that house struck a chord within us that has served us well through the years opening us up to the ad- vances in technology and rapid changes that have become part of our modern world. This article is a continua- tion of a previous article we wrote several years ago on the subject of self-reliance. The idea of expanding, your horizon, gaining greater independence through mod- ern technology adaptability and ingenuity is a subject close to our hearts and as we discover new stories and incidents it is our pleasure to share them. A close friend of ours enjoys exercise but because of his small apartment never had the extra space to set up a workout room. He, there- fore, went without or relied on outside facilities. Re- cently he found a collapsible treadmill and cross country machine that he was able to use in his apartment and simply fold away when finished with them. Finally, he's able to work out within the comfort of his apartment despite the limited space. We have always loved gardening, a pleasure one would think is afforded little opportunity in apartment liv- ing. Several years ago we went online and researched plants that do well in our part of the country. We pur- chased them from our favor- ite greenhouse in Connecti- RISTORANTE & B AR Traditional Italian Cuisine 415 Hanover Street, Boston 617.367.2353 11 MountVernon Street, Winchester 781.729.0515 Private I=unclion oom, {o, any Occasion BiFtM., B ,.e ,veme.t, I=tc. Donato Fraflaroli donato @ luciaboston.com www:luciaristorante.com WWW. BOSTON POSTGAZETTE.CO M cut and in a week we were gardening in our apartment; with well-chosen plants, drainage trays and window- sills, we are able to enjoy a p.leasure that once seemed not possible. Technology has opened a world of convenience, com- munication and opportunity that we have come to rely on. It is providing us with a way of life that we could never have dreamt of just several decades ago. Com- puters, Smartphones, tab- lets, the internet, all are tools at our disposal unlock- ing enormous potential for learning and accomplishing. We are writing this very col- umn in Rockport on an iPad overlooking the ocean after cruising along in a hybrid automobile that. delivers wonderful mileage, needless to say we enjoy and embrace the benefits of our techno- logical age. Browsing the Web, we came upon a jewel of a book from an English bookseller that offers countless tips and recipes for making many of the products we use in every- day life, we have already concocted some of them and low and behold, they work just fine. We marvel at the fact that modern technology ~has allowed us to find this little known book from an obscure bookshop while never leaving our home. Whether it is a friend find- ing the proper equipment for exercise in his apartment, gardening in an urban set- ting or discovering a book of remedies and recipes found online in a remote book- store, modern technology is placing a world of communi- cation and knowledge at our fingertips. Our modem world is providing us with the opportunity to live more self- reliant lives allowing us the joys of learning and experi- menting at any age and circumstance. Al, t THAT ZAZZ by Mary N. DiZazzo Gfitter m A Glamazon's Sparkle/ Ciao Bella, In my Disco days I owned a huge palette of Glitter pots in every dolor! I matched the color of glitter to every outfit I wore. for a night of dancing and fun! The glitter was not only for our eyes but for anywhere and every- where including our hair. Glitter was always all over my apartment and sheets in those days. I use it to decorate a fmger nail for the holidays Or a spe- cial occasion of fancy dress. Red and green for Christ- mas. White to represent snow and orange for Halloween! Purple, green and gold for Mardi Gras. A light dusting of gold or pink across the decollate is'quite seducing! Glitter's luminescent and lustrous glow is attractive to the eye wherever it is placed. The reflective flecks of plas- tic come in varied sizes and shapes. Powdered form as well as in sprays and gel and fragranced lotions are every- where. I always preferred the tiny micron specks of high quality cut plastic. Deriving from the polyester family, rolls of this plastic film are cut to consistency and accuracy of the cut and shape, usually hexagonal. Having the uncanny ability of reflecting light as it shines off the many surfaces of each finely cut speck I rejoice to proudly admit to being a Glitter Queen! In my cosmetic stash I have collected "Tony & Tina" pen- cil eyeliners in every shade "Fancy Dress" with the micron glitter that enhances my eyes beauti- fully. Green is my fay. Un- fortunately as everywhere in the world of beauty there are creative differences. So with the divorce of Tony & Tina, their eyelfner and product line no longer exists. Boo- hoo! However micron glitter rules! Quality made suc- ceeds as well. Our thanks for the inven- tion of glitter go to Henry Ruschmann, a machinist in New Jersey. In 1934 he invented an efficient man- ner of grinding up plastics into huge amounts of glitter. His company Meadowbrook Inventions is still in bflsi- ness today and is one of the famous makers of glitter pro- duction! A shining tribute of longevity! So glam it up gals and put some sparkle in your life with glitter! Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America! -- Mary DiZazzo-Trumbull Read_ prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at www.allthatzazz.com. Mary is a third-generation cosmetolo- gist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or mary@mary4nails.com. ST. JUDE AND ST. ANTHONY NOVENA May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. 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