Behind Closed Doors: The Private Art Show Series of ValleyCrest Design Group

Behind Closed Doors: The Private Art Show Series of ValleyCrest Design Group

Untitled by Debby Bloom

Untitled by Debby Bloom

By Natasha Ganes

Once again, ValleyCrest Design Group outdid themselves: just half a year after their last private art show, they put together another one and as you can likely guess, the results were amazing. This time though, they changed it up a bit and featured artwork from both their talented staff and a select few outside artists.

The show presented everything from works of horticulture (including a few orchids from Dana Seelig, whose total collection is between 350-400) and landscape photography slide shows, to pieces of furniture and a community sand art project table. The guru of urban community gardening, Ron Finely, was even present. If you don’t know him, you can find out more about his work here:

Just like last time, the Southern California studio kept the doors closed to the public and invites to a minimum. That’s right – most of you still can’t get inside, but I tried my best to snap as many shots of the work as I could in order to share the experience with all of you.

We’ll be interviewing some of the show’s artists here on TreeHouse in the upcoming weeks, so be sure to follow the site and check back often. And I promise that if the studio ever does decide to open their shows to the public, you’ll read about it here beforehand. In the meantime, have a look at some of the featured works below and take comfort in knowing great works of art are being created all around you. Even if you don’t always get to see them.

Poetry by James Piatt

Read James Piatt’s poems “The Herb Garden ,” “Nature’s Tranquility” and “The Ocean’s Tide” here: Poetry by James Piatt

Two of Dr. Piatt’s relatives, John James Piatt and Sarah Morgan
Bryan Piatt, were prolific poets in the mid-eighteen hundreds. Their
poems inspired many of his themes, and much of his style of poetry. He
has had 2 poetry books, The Silent Pond (2012) and Ancient
Rhythms (2014), and over 620 poems published. His poem, “I Am” was
nominated for a 2014 Pushcart award, “The Night Frog” was nominated
for best of web 2013, his poem, “In the Meadow” was selected as 1 of
the 100 best poems of 2014, and his poem “Teach Me” was awarded the
poem of the year award at Long Story Short in 2014. His books are
available on Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.


Spring Cleaning Espionage: Poetry and Art by Natasha Ganes

Spring Cleaning Espionage: Poetry and Art by Natasha Ganes

By Natasha Ganes

dust bunnies

Spring Cleaning Espionage

I will have to move the bed

now that you’re gone.

Instead of sleep, I fall to the floor,

staring up through the eyes

of the dust bunnies who used to


watch you watch me try to find

the right clothes to wear.

I never noticed there were

so many of them in here,

sneaking about the wooden floors,


hiding in the corners, pretending

not to hear us debate what day to drive

up North, how long I would have

to work that night, who won at darts,

whether or not I cheat at air hockey.


After I move the bed, my dresser

too will have to thrust through

the spies of dust

who know too much.

From there, my vanity will follow.


They’re hard to control,

these calculating dust bunnies.

I catch them into little piles,

but they always escape

to drift back across the floor.