To welcome the grace and beauty of spring with an emphasis of the newest of new begins, this month’s Featured Artist is one who finds inspiration in our youth. Children, captured through the lens of Sonya Porter Weaver’s camera, are artfully conveyed in their day to day liveliness. In her own words she says, “As a photographer and artist, I believe More
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So many people have asked this question before that when I finally asked, and pursued an answer, I found a plethora of interesting facts, stories, a myth! So what is the question? Why do we eat chocolate bunnies and eggs at Easter time?
The short of it is that the tradition of exchanging chocolates and other sweets at Easter began to flourish in France and Germany during the 19th century. Symbols associated with springtime, such as the ever popular egg, date back to pagan times and were considered universal symbols of rebirth, rejuvenation and immortality. Another “famous” symbol is the Easter Bunny. The earliest mention of the mythical humanoid rabbit who brings baskets of colored eggs and goodies to children, dates to the 1600s in Alsace and southwestern Germany. Like the history of the Easter egg, the concept of rabbits and hares as symbols of springtime, rebirth and fertility goes back to pagan times. Germans also were those responsible for starting the tradition of hiding Easter eggs, and were the first to create edible Easter Bunnies in the early 1800s.
Hmmm, interesting. Now let’s change the emphasis here just a tad… So, why do we eat chocolate at Easter time? I don’t know about you all, but I myself sure do have a lot of German ancestry, for a start. (Maybe that’s also why I make chocolate!)Yet the most basic and forthright answer just might be that we love it so much!
Oh, and if you’re looking for something fun to do the day before Easter, we will be hosting a good old fashioned Easter egg hunt in the garden behind Divani Chocolatier and Barista, our chocolate shop in Foxburg. Kids 10 years old and younger are invited. Toddlers of walking age may be accompanied by a parent. The hunt will begin at 11 am and end when all the eggs are found! There will be prizes inside the eggs, so be sure to find them all!
Andor Paposi-Jobb at work on the portrait of the old Foxburg Bank Building , now Divani where the show will be held.
Divani of Foxburg will be featuring a painting exhibition entitled SCENES OF FOXBURG. These Foxburg landscapes and landmarks are painted on slate by Emlenton artist Andor Paposi Jobb. The show is scheduled to open on Thursday, August 18th . (Divani Chocolatier and Barista – Old Foxburg Bank Building – 9 Main Street – Foxburg/ DivaniChocolate.com. Phone: 888.763.4826).
The impetus behind Dr. Jobb’s new enthusiasm for painting on slate springs from his wish to create a gift for a friend and became a reality when he hit upon the idea of portraying her farm on a piece of slate. The painting was a success and the idea for creating a series of local images on slate was born.
After a visit to Joseph Jenkins’s trove of slates (Barkeyville, PA based author of THE SLATE ROOF BIBLE ) a number of pieces of various sorts of slate were selected and the painting process started. The slates were a generous gift from Mr. Jenkins.
Dr. Jobb is a professor emeritus of the fine arts, portrait painter and teacher. In pursuit of his art career he attended the prestigious Budapest Art Academy, Kent State University (BA & MA) and continued his studies at Case Western Reserve (MFA). He taught in the Art Department of Clarion University of Pennsylvania until his early retirement in 1991.
He is currently working on various commissions, continuing on with his JUDO GREATS PORTRAIT SERIES (http://www.pajudo.com/judogreats/ – also on facebook) and teaching his art class in Emlenton.
He is available for commission portrait work and rates are available upon request. Recently popular are affordable slate portraits of homes ranging in price from $175 to $300 depending on size.
Dr. Jobb’s painting classes are held at the Emlenton Presbyterian Church and he is available as a private tutor as well. For information about joining his Tuesday and Thursday classes (10 AM – 12 PM) or scheduling private lessons phone him at 412-894-8749 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everybody’s got their something and somewhere, when it comes to a place to hang out that feels like home, yet not. For many, it’s a place where they can also enjoy all of their favorite “soul foods” while stealing away a few private moments to themselves or sharing with friends. So it only seems fitting that on the dawn of the their fifth year in business, Divani Chocolate of Foxburg will be inviting all to share this milestone celebration in their new Main Street location and with a slew of new features, including the return of the espresso bar!
Divani Chocolate Boutique opened it’s doors at their former location in 2007 with the sole intention of bringing the best quality chocolate confections to those living in and visiting the Allegheny Clarion Valley. Through the years they have continuously worked toward broadening the scope of their services to include various offerings such as chocolate sauces and syrups fit for food service environments as well as confections specially suited for large receptions.
Divani Chocolatier & Barista
Now that Divani Chocolate has made the move to Main Street, they are offering the full coffee house experience to their customers in addition to their wonderful and unique selection of chocolates. Baked
goods, delicious hot cocoas, coffees, teas, ice cream are among the delectables now being offered, not to mention comfortable seating, invigorating tunes, local arts, gifts, and more!
Be sure to stop by and say “Hello!” during the week of the 20th. Mention this article and receive 10% savings on all your Divani purchases! For general information and updates about unfolding events at new Divani Chocolatier and Barista, check out the Divani website at: DivaniChocolate.com
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We will be featuring the beautiful works of local artist Doug Elder now through mid-July.
Doug Elder is an Emlenton, PA artist known for his sign painting and murals. He is also known for his pastel and oil paintings of rural and natural places in western Pennsylvania. He has studied advanced studio painting at Butler Community College and is represented by Art Loft Gallery in Chautauqua, NY.
As part of our ongoing efforts to connect with people of different pallets (be it food or arts), we will regularly host a Wall of Works dedicated to artistic creations of local talents. Our first featured artist was Mary Hamilton. Keep checking back for more variety of works by various area artists.
Wall of Works featuring Doug Elder
Divani Chocolate will host a drop-off space for Clarion River Organics this summer. Clarion River Organics was started in 2009 by a group of 10 organic produce farms in the Sligo/Callensburg area. The farmers, who are Amish, had been struggling for years to make the connection to people who want good, fresh, organic produce so they formed the CRO cooperative with Zeb Bartels and Nathan Holmes, who had been doing deliveries and sales calls for them the previous year. Their goal was to build a storage building for all to use and to utilize the help of Zeb and Nathan to find and reach the growing organic market. More
It’s been three years and seven months since we opened the doors of our sweet little boutique on the hillside of Foxburg’s Allegheny valley and yet no year has been so enlightening and enlivening as 2010.
We began 2010 in the silent snowy hills, contemplating our connectivity to those who matter to us More
Two of the most beautiful feelings in the world are that of giving and receiving in the hopes that love and abundance is passed along from one life to another thus completing a circle of brotherhood.
In the United States, the month of November marks the beginnings of a season to commemorate and honor More