Mother’s Day Around the World & Feliz Cumpleaños, Mami!

May is the month of Mothers.

Mexican Mother’s Day is every May 10, the U.S. celebrates it on the second Sunday of May, and France decides to finish the National Month of Days Off with a fête for their mothers.

While Mother’s Day cards and brunches are popular in the U.S. (or at least my neck of the woods, San Diego), France usually celebrates it with a big family dinner. All nationalities celebrate it by giving gifts, big and small, to our wonderful moms! Here are a few gifts that are popular ideas from Paris. FYI, these gifts are not exclusively for Mother’s Day 😉

Bag - Lamarthe Cabas Portofino / Hello Darling - Dempsey & Carroll / Foulard - Lafayette Collection / Candle - Diptyque / Perfume - J'adore by Dior / Cocotte - Le Creuset / Necklace - Agatha

Bag – Lamarthe Cabas Portofino / Hello Darling – Dempsey & Carroll / Foulard – Lafayette Collection / Candle – Diptyque / Perfume – J’adore by Dior / Cocotte – Le Creuset / Necklace – Agatha

In honor of my beautiful mother, here are a few pictures of her favorite part of Paris, Montmartre.

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I’ve also included our family’s favorite rendition of “Las Mañanitas,” or the Mexican “Happy Birthday” song, sung by the legendary Mexican singer and actor, Pedro Infante. The birthday boy or girl in our family would always wake up to this, so Mami:

Estas son las mañanitas, que cantaba el Rey David,
A las muchachas bonitas, te las cantamos a ti,
Despierta, Mami, despierta, mira que ya amaneció,
Ya los pajarillos cantan, la luna ya se metió.

Que linda está la mañana en que vengo a saludarte,
Venimos todos con gusto y placer a felicitarte,
Ya viene amaneciendo, ya la luz del día nos dio,
Levántate de mañana, mira que ya amaneció.

Feliz Cumpleaños mami patriciaparisienne

My gorgeous mom and sister – Feliz Cumpleaños, Mami! Te quiero mucho.

United Buddy Bears in Paris!

Buddy Bear Exhibition ~ Champ de Mars (Eiffel Tower)

If you haven’t been able to make it to Berlin, you can come see the famous United Buddy Bears in Paris!  Last Thursday on the Toussaint holiday (loved that surprise day off!), a lovely German friend of mine and I went over to Trocadero to see these gorgeous works of art.

United Buddy Bears Berlin Paris 2012 Exhibition Peace

Some of the bears at the Champs de Mars (Eiffel Tower) in Paris

United Buddy Bears Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

United Buddy Bear – Paris 2012 – Champs de Mars, Eiffel Tower

Lined up along the Champs de Mars, the Buddy Bears add some most welcome accents of colors to the City of Lights. Each bear represents a different country, and the local artists came up with some brilliant ideas to showcase their country.  All of the bears are visually stunning; some even went beyond the canvas and added unique accents.

Irish United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

Irish United Buddy Bear

French United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

French United Buddy Bear

Israeli United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

Israeli Buddy Bear

Polish United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

Polish United Buddy Bear

The idea behind the bears is of peace.  The United Buddy Bear website explains, “Under this motto, the UNITED BUDDY BEARS promote living together in peace and harmony on their global tour. Around 140 Buddy Bears (each 2 m tall) represent as many countries recognised by the United Nations.”

Great Britain United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

Great Britain United Buddy Bear

Mexican United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

Mexican United Buddy Bear

American United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

American United Buddy Bear

Germany Mexico USA United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Exhibition Tour Eiffel Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

Germany + Mexico/USA

Chinese United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

Chinese United Buddy Bear

Irish United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

Back of the German United Buddy Bear

The bears will be in Paris through November 18, 2012.  If you can’t make it across the pond, check out all of the bears and their artists here.

Germany United Buddy Bear Berlin Paris 2012 Champs de Mars Eiffel Tower

With the German United Buddy Bear

L’art de Paris: Dominique Fury Exhibit Debut at Galerie Caplain-Matignon

Femininity Encompassed by Art: The Works of Dominique Fury

Thursday, September 28, 2012, marked the debut of the French artist Dominique Fury’s exhibit at Galerie Caplain-Matignon, a chic gallery in the 8th arrondissement of Paris.  Renowned for her use of untraditional canvases and materials, Fury’s works are captivating, stunning, and compelling pieces of art.

Electric Lady by Dominique Fury Galerie Caplain-Matignon

Electric Lady by Dominique Fury

In an enlightening interview with the artist, PatriciaParisienne learned about her adventure into the art world.  Originally a political science student, Fury realized halfway through her studies that she truly wasn’t cut out to be a student of politics.  Her heart and passion were in the arts.  She delved into the world of art and has never looked back.  She has collaborated with many artists around the world, and her works have been exhibited at festivals and galleries around the world, including Kyoto, Shanghai, Brussels, Bogota, Istanbul, and, of course, all over France.

Painting by Dominique Fury Galerie Caplain-Matignon Electric Lady

Regarding her artwork, Fury says (translated from French), “I have always been interested in collaborating with other artists…I have worked on several projects with other artists and especially enjoy working with a variety of materials…like the Americans, who would tell stories of a certain region with different materials. It really tells their story. For me, the starting materials are those that touch your skin, very beautiful gold materials that make a lacquer, that are sexy. Voila. At the beginning, when I would create my paintings, I didn’t want anyone to know that it was a woman who was painting them. So I called myself Fury. And Dominique Fury is a name [that can be male or female]. I would make these enormous paintings. I absolutely did not want anyone to know that it was a woman who was making them. It was more of a masculine work and quite harsh.”

Dominique Fury Galerie Caplain-Matignon Paris Art Gallery Women Artists

Dominique Fury Painting Galerie Caplain-Matignon Paris Art Gallery Women Artists

Dominique Fury with her painting "Tea Time" at Galerie Caplain-Matignon Paris Art Gallery Women Artist

Dominique Fury with her painting “Tea Time” at Galerie Caplain-Matignon

In regards to her choice to become an artist, she states, “Finalement, on fait ce qu’on doit faire.” (“In the end, we do what we must do.”)  Fury’s Electric Lady exhibit shows off this artist’s vast capacity to encompass femininity and human emotions and project them onto a canvas through various fabrics, textures, and materials. An absolute must-see if you’re in the City of Lights.

Dominique Fury Press Poster for Galerie Caplain-Matignon Paris art gallery

Dominique Fury Press Poster for Galerie Caplain-Matignon

We are happy to have this artist back in Paris with us for a short time. Fury’s works will be on display until November 6, 2012.

Check out the exhibit at the Galerie Caplain-Matignon.

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75008 Paris

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