crabapple blossom & Buds digital etching

'Crabapple Blossom & Buds' Copyright 2004-2010 Cynthe Brush All Rights Reserved.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden is celebrating its Centennial in 2010. This summer a Garden-wide exhibition 100 Years, 100 Stories including a special selection of photos and memorabilia in the Steinhardt Conservatory Gallery display will showcase BBG’s history—important achievements and lesser known milestones, as well as personal stories from members, visitors, neighbors, volunteers, and staff.

The 100 Years, 100 Stories Opening Reception is scheduled for:
Sunday ~ June 13, 4 to 6 pm.

The exhibition will run:
Tuesday, June 8, 2010 – Sunday, September 5, 2010

With their goal of making the celebration personal, Brooklyn Botanic Garden solicited photo entries via a special Flickr group with accompanying stories of folks’ recollections: what they especially enjoy about the gardens, how they’ve spent time there.

Here are the images I shared on the BBG Flickr group: Read more



2007 ~ We never would have found the corner store in San Francisco’s Chinatown without Julia & Helen. And I’m so glad we went when we did, because the shop where I bought my SpringMoon Chinese signature stamp closed down a few years ago…for some reason or another.

Grant Ave. in Chinatown, San Francisco.
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Julia’s one of my Li’s Tai Chi Academy classmates. We’ve been buddies since 2003 or so and especially enjoy practicing Yang sword forms together. Her sister Helen, whom I’ve never met, worked in Chinatown in 2007 when I was planning to purchase my signature stamp or “chop” as some folks call it. (BTW, if any of you readers know where the term “chop” originates, I’d appreciate knowing. My Chinese friends seem not to have heard of the expression.)

Helen recommended this particular store as a good place to go to purchase Read more



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Cynthe's Chinese Spring Moon stamp hand-carved from agate

2007 ~ The Chinese stone carver craftsman called “Chen Yu” softly as Bill and I were selecting a serene Chinese wall scroll among the offerings on the far side of the store. The only customers shopping at the time, it dawned on me he was calling MY name….my new Chinese pseudonym for use on my SpringMoon D’Gravure™ etchings and art site.

With a shy smile of recognition, I walked over to his counter to see the lovely signature stamp he had just hand carved for me. The kindly fellow showed me the finished stamp, rubbed the incised surface in vermilion paste and Read more