Photos by Angela Shoemaker
Jolly Ol’ Sol
You’ve heard of the "man in the moon." Well, here’s the man in the sun, with a smiling, happy face. S. Phillips Pottery makes this "Aztec Zun" ceramic sun disc in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, Mexico. It comes in three diameter sizes: 9? inches ($10), 14 inches ($13) and 17 inches ($17). Made of stone clay, it’s weatherproof for outdoor or indoor use. You can find it at Garden Ridge, 11501 Bluegrass Pkwy. in Jeffersontown (266-0884, www.gardenridge.com).
Fiber artist Valerie C. White knows what it’s like to be a sun-worshiper. "Sun Goddess III: Keeper of the Fields is the third quilt in a series created to celebrate the sun," she says. The 29-by-24-inch quilt sells for $700. The price of her other works varies depending on the size, but her general price range is $500-$25,000. Contact the artist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is the perfect frame for a sun-filled holiday photograph. Made of fusion glass and designed by Lori Siebert for Silvestri, the 8?-by-nine-inch frame (it holds a four-by-six-inch photo) costs $34 at Fleur de Lis, 3913 Chenoweth Square (893-5341), which specializes in items you’re not likely to find anywhere else. The store also carries an 11?-inch round glass sun plate for $30.
Service With a Smile
This 6?-inch-in-diameter sunface doorknocker has a welcoming presence. Designed by Michael Healy, who specializes in cast door hardware, it comes in solid brass ($119), bronze ($119) and brushed nickel silver ($126) at Willis Klein Showrooms, 4041 Westport Road (893-0441) and 11530 Shelbyville Road (244-7077; www.willisklein.com), which carries an assortment of his designs. The price range for Michael Healy doorknockers is $97-$150.
"While vacationing in Captiva (Fla.)," says artist Lynn Dunbar, "I celebrated each day’s /files/storyimages/with a quick plein-air painting of the spectacular sunsets. Working outside lets me enjoy the feel of the sun, the sound of the surf and the seagulls, all influencing the creation of my painted memory." The oil-on-board Ocean View II, measuring nine by 12 inches, sells for $500. Contact the artist at Dunbar-Bryant Art Studio, 2003 Frankfort Ave. (905-5966, www.dunbar-art.com).
Filtered Through Foliage
Photographer Ted Wathen, whose work has appeared in several national magazines and hangs in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, found sunlit beauty in a large weeping willow tree in Cherokee Park. Willow Dawn is from an ongoing series of photographs he’s shot in Louisville’s Olmsted Parks over the past 15 years. "I see this tree every morning when I go to work," Wathen says. "This particular image was made in mid-summer a little after 6 in the morning." The 33-by-30-inch archival giclee print costs $1,975; smaller sizes are available starting at $775. To purchase his work, contact Wathen at Quadrant Inc., 380 Missouri Ave. in Jeffersonville (812-284-7085, www.qphoto.com).