Make Yourself Useful

The objets d'art at Spirit of Asia don't just stand there.

There's so much to take in that the space practically calls out for lengthy browsing. On one pass, you might pick up on brocade wall hangings and silk scarves; on another, you might notice odd pieces of trim or wooden panels that were probably once part of doors or window shutters. The everything-but-the-kitchen-sink mix is rounded out by some more traditional fine art, in the form of small framed Vietnamese prints, elegant in their simplicity, and larger paintings, also Vietnamese. The Hookers plan to expand on this segment of their inventory.

"Buy me, grasshopper."
Colby Katz
"Buy me, grasshopper."

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Then, of course, there are the ubiquitous Buddhas, in sizes small, medium, and large and in such materials as bronze, stone, and wood. Some are elaborately detailed, others crude and rudimentary. Thad says that a sizable portion of his clientele comes from in-the-biz designers, and while it's true that Buddhas are popular as decorative accessories, I prefer to think that they're more suggestive of the harmony that can be achieved between one's art and one's living environment. Oscar Wilde was wrong when he declared, "All art is quite useless." Much of what's on view at Spirit of Asia confirms that art can be beautiful and useful.

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