August 2022

Marge Neu: Photographer Extraordinaire + Perfect Gift Idea

Photography makes a creative and thoughtful gift for those who have everything or appreciate the arts. Marge Neu is a talented New York City photographer who captures the most incredible moments from her travels including those from the streets of New York, Canada, Iceland, Africa and Vietnam. She studied with several award winning photographers and her work has been exhibited in juried shows and at ABC Home. I love that Marge turned her passion into something real and special; she is certainly one to watch. I am highlighting some of my favorites here as gift ideas but it is a real treat to view her entire collection to see the breadth of her work.

Too Many Babies: This amazing candid photo was taken in the Bowery  in New York City.  It appeared in a juried show last winter.

Dancing Polar Bears: This photo is part of a series taken in Churchill, Canada. It was exhibited at ABC Carpet & Home and in a juried show in Florida. My husband Michael received “Dancing Polar Bears” as a gift and adores  it.

Geothermal Rainbow:  This one was taken at a Geothermal plant in Iceland.  The rainbow was created by water drops captured as they were exploding!
You can order these photos (prices start at $300) directly from Marge Neu’s website.  Check out more of her photography  here.

Over the past ten years Marge Neu has nurtured and explored her life-long passion for photography with intense study and extensive travels to exotic locales. Neu has been fortunate to study with award winning photographers such as Jay Maisel, Vincent Versace and Seth Resnick, which has deepened her appreciation and skill in photography. Neu’s work featuring Maasai, Vietnamese children, New York street scenes, and the Churchill Polar Bears have been exhibited in juried shows at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre, in Palm Beach Florida. Last winter ABC Home in New York City featured a selection of her polar bear pictures from Churchill, Canada. Most recent work showcases the wonderful nature of Iceland. In addition to fine arts photography, Neu captures children in a very natural manner, recognizing that each photo is a unique moment. “A photo is an everlasting moment in time to be savored because the moments are all we have.” Marge Neu’s photography is the embodiment of these savored moments. 

Bib Necklace, $56

Bib Necklace  

Forget deck the halls. Deck someone you love in this necklace that looks like a million bucks, without the matching price tag. Bib necklaces are all the rage this season, and we’re drooling over this one—which comes in several glamorous shades—from Candi Stamm, our favorite jewelry source. We may just need to stuff one in our own stocking!

Price: $56.00

Special: The necklace is $50 for AskMelissa subscribers.

Purchase: Call Candi Stamm, 917.566.5033, to order.

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