Ok, so the food was horrendous at the auction last weekend but the art wasn't. This is a piece I got in the silent auction by Jeffrey Baker and Ariana Marinelli. What's cool about it beyond the art piece itself, is the fact that it was created collaboratively. Kind of an "open source" approach to art. Mr. Baker did the tea soaked, mixed media background and Ms. Marinelli did the wonderful botanical images on top. I absolutely love this piece. I think the images are actually stamens of flowers, or maybe they aren't. Maybe they are Dr. Suessian renditions of plant-like forms. Whatever they are, I really like the graphic, silhouetted quality of the line work in contrast with the "raw", hand-done feel of the background. There is a great tension and yet also a synergy at play here. Which I like to think comes from the collaboration of two very different people working together to make something wonderful. In this case, two is definitely better than one.