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The work of jewelry artist Barbara Barnaby from Kelseyville is featured during the month of July at the Upper Lake Mercantile.  

A reception featuring the artist will be held at the Main St. store in Upper Lake on Saturday, July 19 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Barnaby, who is self-taught, has been collecting antique and vintage materials for more than a decade.

Her style ranges from simple to extravagant with highly detailed layered floral elements which have been hand-colored, distressed to look vintage and to blend with the antique lace and other elements.

The vibe is very feminine with a bit of ladylike whimsy – a bit of Downton Abbey.

Inspirations for Barbara’s pieces are haute couture, past and present, the gorgeous needlework of antique laces and embroidery, botanical illustrations and hand colored prints.

The techniques used are basic to costume jewelry with tube riveting, common in the 1940s and 1950s, being revived and emphasized.

The stones are prong set and the smaller beads and pearls are wired and screen worked in the same technique used by Miriam Haskell in the 1940s to 1950s.

Barnaby's work has been acquired by private collectors in the United States and Japan, and her production pieces were sold by major department stores such as Nordstrom and Barneys New York.

When Barnaby became an registered nurse she discontinued her wholesale jewelry production, with the making of art to wear jewelry enjoyed in the evenings and weekends.

Located by the town clock in the old bank building at 9490 Main St., Upper Lake, the Upper Lake Mercantile offers quality artistic pieces plus items for the home and garden, with an emphasis on locally made and sourced goods.

A sister business to the Tallman Hotel and Blue Wing Saloon, also located on Main Street, Upper Lake Mercantile is intended to appeal to residents as well as visitors to Lake County.  

It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In August, the sculptural works of Ukiah’s Spencer Brewer will be featured at the Upper Lake Mercantile with an artist reception scheduled for Aug. 16.

Details about inventory and future promotions at the store can be obtained from manager Susan Saunders at 707-275-8018 or email


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a passionate, biased review

When we listen to music, we tend to listen to the same kind of music most of the time. It is the music that has the power to send us where we want to go, and we try to get sent there once again. But it tends to thin out with time, obeying the law of diminishing returns. A masterpiece can easily become background, even rock and Bach can, I must admit.

On Tuesday night my musical habits fell to pieces. I attended the Embrace the World concert at Robinson Rancheria, and my ears opened right up. Just like the rest of the audience, I got sent.

It's pretty hard to describe Embrace the World. I had read that it would be music from around the world, played by a wildly international troupe of musicians, and I had encouraged everyone I know to go. Frankly, I was expecting a sampler of this music and that, some Chinese music, some Iranian music, and so on. Interesting and educational, certainly, and some of it good, some just so outside my experience I wouldn't really get it. But that is not at all what Embrace the World gave us.

For Embrace the World is a musical group that encompasses and melds all of their influences, Western and Eastern, North and South, into one music. True, there were songs in English, Spanish and Chinese. There were many tunes with exotic Latin beats. Zarfad, the Iranian violinist, clearly has immense classical chops. KC Jones, the leader and one of the keyboardists, formerly with Santana, can obviously get around in a wide range of musical styles. Lin Cheng, the leading popular singer in China, is exquisite playing her erhu, the "Chinese violin." Leonor Dely and Millero Congo is a Latin family act with mother singing and husband and children on drums and flutes, clearly talented and seasoned performers. And more, too: a base and highland pipes player from Scotland, a rock and jazz guitarist from New England, another keyboardist from Iran.

It was the integration of these styles in the hands of masters that made the concert so moving. And that was what the concert was all about, embracing and unifying the world through art.

On Tuesday night, at the Robinson Rancheria, there was only one world, in joy and peace, and the audience was dancing in the aisles.

Perhaps I should mention a couple of things. First, these musicians are unified by their spiritual beliefs, and seriously mean to unite the world through their music. This concert was brought to us by the Bahai faith, but aside from a few quotes from Bahullah you"d never have known that. Second, they took their week off between weekend gigs to come to Lake County and do a benefit for the Lake County Arts Council, and in the spirit of full disclosure I should mention that yours truly is the Executive Director of the Arts Council, and I am profoundly grateful for their generosity. But that isn't what this review is about.

This review is about the heart. We were moved. We were on the edge of our seats, when we could sit down. We were moved to our feet by rhythm, and moved to the center of our beings by beauty. I've never heard music like that before. In the old Bebop language, Embrace the World is a solid sender.

So if you missed it, you missed something astounding, but they may be back next year. If you are good, and don't look down on your fellow human beings, and keep your ears open and your heart warm, you may be seeing a notice in the paper that Embrace the World is coming to Lake County on their Around the World Tour once again. Don't blow it. Catch their act when you can. We're talking very rare gems here, folks.

Xian Yeagan

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