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March 23, 2017 | Posted by | No Comments

Kiss The Snow Goodbye

March Snow by Richard Szkutnik $324

Thanks to the recent storms in the north, many of us are probably still seeing snow outside our windows.

Snowy Ocotillo Sky by Eric Rosenwald $275

But now that spring has arrived, hopefully the chill will slowly give way to green, flowers, and new beginnings.

Aspen Shadows on Snow by Carrie MaKenna $4,400

As we say goodbye to winter, here are just a few original images from our gallery’s lovely collection of snow scenes.

Snow in Boston by Peter Laughton $485

If these pique your interest, we’ve got more! Check out our gallery today at Zatista.com.

March 21, 2017 | Posted by | No Comments

Welcome Spring!

Spring Bouquet V by Karin Johannesson $319

It’s here, it’s finally here! The promise of warmth to come is putting a big smile on my face.

Spring’s Arrival by Anne Lively $400

Trees around me are starting to flower, tulips, daffodils and azaleas are in bloom, albeit early.

Callaway Spring by Shawn Nelson Dahlstrom $1,270

Themes of rebirth and renewal are common for the spring season. Spring also refers to love, hope, youth and growth.

Colors of Spring 2 by Konnie Kim $350

The seasonal symbolism may also point to religious celebrations such as Passover or Easter. Poets like Walt Whitman and Robert Burns reference flower blossoms to illustrate ongoing hope and renewal. Even William Shakespeare pens a poem called “Spring.”

‘Tennessee Warbler’ by Mike Grandmaison by Mike Grandmaison $246

Our gallery is full of gorgeous spring images – just take a look and see!

March 16, 2017 | Posted by | No Comments

Wearing Of The Green

Cottonworth by Allan P Friedlander $850

Saint Patrick’s Day is many things to many people. To me, it’s a celebration of Irish culture involving parades, festivals, and every possible reason under the sun for wearing, eating or drinking things green. 

The Old Bridge II – Signed + Framed by Nestor Toro $430

To others, as  the name implies, this is a Roman Catholic holiday and it was first celebrated in Ireland in the 1600s honoring the patron saint of Ireland.

Apocalyptic Motel #2 – In Night Vision Green by Richard Scudder $13,600

For a blip in time during the later 1700s, the color associated with Ireland and the holiday was blue. But (according to Wikipedia) as the British wore red, the Irish chose to wear green, and they sang the song ‘The Wearing of the Green’ during the rebellion, cementing the color’s relevance in Irish history.” The change from blue back to green also better reflected the country’s nickname of being the Emerald Isle, as well as the clover that St. Patrick used in his teachings about Catholicism.

‘Bois-des-esprits’ by Mike Grandmaison by Mike Grandmaison $1,604

Andrew Leung via mic.com adds: “However, not everyone in Ireland is Roman Catholic, and the Irish flag highlights the differences. While Catholics were associated with the color green, Protestants were associated with the color orange due to William of Orange – the Protestant king of England, Scotland and Ireland who in 1690 defeated the deposed Roman Catholic King James II. Therefore, on St. Patrick’s Day, Protestants protest by wearing orange instead of green.

Sun Gleam by Filomena Booth $300

Ironically, no one wears white; the placement of the white stripe between the green and orange stripes on the Irish flag is supposed to symbolize the peace between the Roman Catholic majority and the Protestant minority.”

Shop our gallery today for hundreds of original ways for your walls to wear the green!

March 14, 2017 | Posted by | No Comments

Colors Of The Rainbow

Maxwell Settlement Rainbow by Allan O’Marra $2,228

On the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, I have rainbows on the brain. You know how leprechauns and rainbows go together – just ask anyone who eats Lucky Charms!

Rainbow by Kevin Ouellette $605

I’ve read that today’s Irish legends, including the rainbow motif, came into being around ancient stories of real people. A long time ago, Gaelic invaders discovered a pre-Celtic race in which the people were five feet tall. The invaders called them “little people” but word evolved into “leprechaun.”

Chasing Rainbows No. 1 by Jacquelyn Sloane Siklos $237

These “little people” supposedly buried their dead with valuables, believed to be gold. But treasures were never found, and most likely they didn’t exist.

RAINBOW HEELS by William Dey $325

In an effort to explain the lack of treasure, tales grew into legends and it became common belief that you could find the burial locations at the ends rainbows. But ends of rainbows are hard to find. They appear to be close yet just out of reach – a trick which plays further into the mythical lore of the fanciful and clever little leprechaun.

Check out our collection of original rainbows here on Zatista.com!

March 9, 2017 | Posted by | No Comments

Bringing Harry Potter To Life

BOTHWELL SCHOOL OF WITCHCRAFT

According to Huffington Post by Maddie Crum

For all the young readers who waited in anticipation for a letter of acceptance to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, hopeful in spite of an awareness that it would probably never show, that dream ― or a version of it, anyway ― can now be realized.

Alhambra by Jim Lipschutz $375 on Zatista.com

The Bothwell School of Witchcraft is a weekend-long event in Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, England, complete with a moat and surrounding woodland. There won’t be a giant, hairy groundskeeper there to greet attendees, though. The creators of the Bothwell School are clear on their site that the getaway isn’t legally allowed to feature Harry Potter characters.

St. Mawes Masterpiece by Kenny McClellan $250

“However this means The Bothwell School of Witchcraft is set in an entirely different universe and time with entirely new characters and new plots!” the site’s FAQ section reads, protesting too much, perhaps. 

The school’s four houses are reminiscent of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling’s, featuring green-and-silver and purple-and-gold color schemes. The Bothwell event will be like an extended dinner theatre, with character roles determined based on pre-distributed questionnaires. Robes and ties will be provided, but the event is BYOW (bring your own wand). 

PORTAL X by Michele Morata $2,700

The Bothwell School of Witchcraft isn’t the first attempt that fans or enterprising individuals have made to bring the world of Harry Potter to life. The organization has partnered with College of Wizardry and New World Magischola, related roleplaying weekends.