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A Gallery Show With The Jealous Curator

Aug 25, 2010

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TJC_Bio.jpgThere is one moment, when you look at a piece of art and know that you love it. It’s the moment when you feel a rush of uplifting inspiration — and total soul-crushing jealousy all at the same time. It’s when you walk away thinking, “Damn, I wish I thought of that.”

The Jealous Curator, an artist and designer herself, has taken this creativity-halting, soul-crushing feeling and turned it into something positive. She finds work that makes her feel like she’s been punched in the creative gut, and then writes about why she loves it. She may not have actual gallery walls, but thanks to her blog, she has all of the white space any curator could ever want.

Every day I write about artists that make me jealous, but my favorite part of the blog is bringing those artists together to create “jealously curated” shows. Well, today I’m going one step further — I’ve planned an intimate gallery soiree, and you are on the guest list! So, where does a curator begin when putting together this kind of artsy evening? In the closet, of course! Oh, so many lovely possibilities:


[1. PATENT DRESS and OBI BELT by duende74, 2GEM – Multi Faceted Ring by arosha, 3. Cirque Party Dressouma,  4. There’s no place like home clutch purse by cathiemercury, 5. Vintage Pink Enamel Floral Brooch from homeandvintage6. High Shoulder Womens Jumpsuit by EllaLai]

Hmm, what to wear, what to wear? While I’m deciding, let me get you a refreshment. What’s a fancy gallery opening without champagne, right? Right! Here’s the thing — I can’t serve you any real champagne, but I can most certainly search for it! Oh, and look what I found:


[7. I would rather have champagne print by dearcolleen, 8. Prosecco. Dangle Leaf Earrings by ThreeWishesStudio, 9. Bubble Me Necklace by crazy4jewels, 10. Champagne and Spice Moisturizer by BettyHula, 11. Pure Organic Mineral Glow (pink champagne) by orglamix, 12. Chiffon Flower Hair Clip or Brooch, by VieModerne]

Alright! Well, I look fabulous, we’ve had some champagne (sort of), and so it’s finally time to unveil the art. I’ve titled the show “x2” because it was absolutely impossible for me to choose only one image from all of these ridiculously talented artists — so I’m showing two pieces from each of them! I hope you enjoy the show:


[Artists include13. Leah Giberson14. Tali Yalonetzki, 15. Yellena James, 16. Anthony Zinonos17. Hollie Chastain]


What type of show would you curate with Etsy items? Tell us in the comments below!

Guest Curator Posts | Art Category

Patent Dress Red Cotton
Patent Dress Red Cotton
OBI BELT new fabrics and colors - denim and cotton FREE SHIPPING
OBI BELT new fabrics and colors - denim and cotton FREE SHIPPING
Cirque Party Dress
Cirque Party Dress
Vintage Pink Enamel Floral Brooch, Faux Pearls... C 1960's
Vintage Pink Enamel Floral Brooch, Faux Pearls... C 1960's
I would rather have champagne, print
I would rather have champagne, print
Bride - Toss the Bouquet - Pure Organic Mineral Glow - Natural Radiance ( pink champagne)
Bride - Toss the Bouquet - Pure Organic Mineral Glow - Natural Radiance ( pink champagne)
Toast - Chiffon Flower Hair Clip or Brooch - In Stock
Toast - Chiffon Flower Hair Clip or Brooch - In Stock
Take Two - limited edition giclee print 16/100
Take Two - limited edition giclee print 16/100
Vessel - Print
Vessel - Print
paleBLUEpark print
paleBLUEpark print
Adalyn's Party Trick 2 - Art Print
Adalyn's Party Trick 2 - Art Print


  • VintageScraps

    VintageScraps said 6 years ago

    LOVE that opening sentence- how true!

  • sewninpieces

    sewninpieces said 6 years ago

    What a great collection. I love the colour scheme.

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry said 6 years ago

    Wow! I love this whole concept!

  • EncourageCreations

    EncourageCreations said 6 years ago


  • jenniferdarezzo

    jenniferdarezzo said 6 years ago

    Very clever concept!

  • melaniefavreau

    melaniefavreau said 6 years ago

    I'm a big fan of Leah Giberson! :)

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 6 years ago

    They are all so inspiring! I'm particularly drawn to yellena's organic-looking prints.

  • OffTheHooks

    OffTheHooks said 6 years ago

    great picks.

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 6 years ago


  • sushibooties

    sushibooties said 6 years ago

    Huge fan! Love this.. jealous!

  • IlluminatedPerfume

    IlluminatedPerfume said 6 years ago

    Love the art you selected!

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 6 years ago

    AAHHH! That quote! How devestatingly true... Thank you for another wonderful selection of Fine Art here on Etsy!

  • bread

    bread said 6 years ago

    its all one big collective conscience anyways,theres no competition here,right? looking st those painted portraits makes me want to dive into some meaty paint strokes of my own.good taste!

  • ZenAndCoffee

    ZenAndCoffee said 6 years ago

    Beautiful! Thanks for turning my on to this! Love the style! ~Wren Arm Warmers & Fingerless Gloves for all seasons & styles!

  • TheRitzyMeow

    TheRitzyMeow said 6 years ago

    What a wonderful collection, very eye catching!

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin said 6 years ago

    NICE !!!!!! thanks for sharing

  • 18ontheAlley

    18ontheAlley said 6 years ago

    awesome selection! inspiring!!

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 6 years ago

    wow! feast for the eyes. thank you!

  • barbaraportraits

    barbaraportraits said 6 years ago

    Lovely picks!

  • MaryKateMcDevitt

    MaryKateMcDevitt said 6 years ago

    I love that blog! The authors sense of humor is so refreshing and an excellent collection of works!

  • Maulani

    Maulani said 6 years ago

    Lovely! I visited the blog and read "i am jealous of..." yet the posts are so inspiring!

  • jenniferhigby

    jenniferhigby said 6 years ago

    I feel the same way so often, what a great idea! Very interesting, nice work!

  • LeafandInk

    LeafandInk said 6 years ago

    Wouldn't Zealous be more appropriate? Wow, she is The Jealous Curator! Her passion is fantastic and love the line "Damn, I wish I thought of that." Happens all the time to me : ) Yet I am so thankful for the human creativity that does think of "it." I am thankful for all the ones in the world that share their creativity with all of us on this earth and that just sometimes we are intelligent enough to appreciate it. Bravo Jealous Curator, Bravo! LeafandInk

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 6 years ago

    Supper blog!

  • 2007musarra

    2007musarra said 6 years ago

    I am envious!!!! Your right my heart is beating a mile a minute and I must have most of these items, hmmm or make my car payment... ART!!!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 6 years ago

    Fabulous art, thanks Jealo!

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 6 years ago

    Really wonderful blog! Thanks!

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 6 years ago

    That was fun! And I too would much prefer Champagne.

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha said 6 years ago

    I love your finds, especially the art. There IS a ridiculous amount of talented artists here on Etsy, which I liken to a heavy dose of oxygen for me. I am inspired by them all the time...and a little jealous! Glad to see you are also:)

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 6 years ago

    Inspiring selections! I love Yellena's prints. :)

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire said 6 years ago

    Lovely! I've liked Leah Giberson for a while, but I love the collage artist you highlighted: Hollie Chastain.

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 6 years ago

    I really enjoyed seeing the work of the featured artists. I already have one of Tali's paintings! Lucky me!

  • VeronicaRStudio

    VeronicaRStudio said 6 years ago

    I totally understand the feeling! Those pics are gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing.

  • recrudescence

    recrudescence said 6 years ago

    I am just glad someone else is big enough to admit "wish I thought of that". ;) Betty Hula Champagne and Spice sounds scent-sational!

  • CuriousTuesday

    CuriousTuesday said 6 years ago

    Super article! I love the Cirque Party Dressoum.

  • InvisibleFountain

    InvisibleFountain said 6 years ago

    I am so envious of the jealous curator. It should have been me!!!

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 6 years ago

    I'm never jealous. Really. Never. Ever. Ever. Really.

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques said 6 years ago


  • tomatored

    tomatored said 6 years ago

    Feeling inspired!

  • paperholiday

    paperholiday said 6 years ago

    Oh girl I know the feeling...

  • moosomething

    moosomething said 6 years ago

    Beautiful Stuff!!!

  • manvsgeorge

    manvsgeorge said 6 years ago

    Wow wow wow -- such a great collection here!

  • whimsywhimsical

    whimsywhimsical said 6 years ago

    opening speech is awesome and inspiring! Yellena's artworks are always intriguing with her massive patterns and merging colours!

  • mcldrygoods

    mcldrygoods said 6 years ago

    loving the collages.

  • chanyeevon

    chanyeevon said 6 years ago

    I really like Champagne and Spice Moisturizer on how Betty's put her signature of 'handmade by Betty x' It feels more personal :D

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 6 years ago

    OK I admit it!!! I am jealous of lots of etsy artists but then after the adulation wears off and I settle down, I realize I am also happy for them and wish them well. Eventually, I realize that I have something special too and the arms of etsy are big enough to hold all of us!!!

  • bluewhitejewelrywear

    bluewhitejewelrywear said 6 years ago

    So cool! I am amazed at all the talent on Etsy!

  • OhFaro

    OhFaro said 6 years ago

    SO-SO-so-so-So-So fun!

  • PeekoApparel

    PeekoApparel said 6 years ago

    I really love your blog! its amazing! especially the fibre art! keep it up! :D

  • sweetjane

    sweetjane said 6 years ago

    Such cool art work!!

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 6 years ago

    I can relate to that punched-in-the-gut feeling!

  • thejealouscurator

    thejealouscurator said 6 years ago

    hi everyone! thank you so much for all of your very sweet comments! for those of you who don't read my blog, i just wanted to make sure that you all know that my jealousy comes from a good place... i once heard someone say that if jealousy is kept inside of you, it becomes poison, but the minute you say it out loud it becomes admiration... that's the kind i'm talking about! you know, the kind that inspires you to buy that extra canvas, and stay in the studio an hour longer than you'd planned to ; )

  • thejealouscurator

    thejealouscurator said 6 years ago

    thanks for the sweet comments everyone! this was so fun!!

  • QWorks

    QWorks said 6 years ago

    Love this article, i always have that jealous feeling too :D

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 6 years ago

    great article

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 6 years ago

    love that print called "Vessel" -so pretty... I know exactly what you mean about that kind of jealous, thejealouscurator....its is always important to turn those feelings into something positive : ))

  • luxcatvintage

    luxcatvintage said 6 years ago

    well, I think I'm jealous of this entire post :) great concept, great items. keep it up!

  • AZCreativeStudio

    AZCreativeStudio said 6 years ago

    Amazing gallery show!

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 6 years ago

    beautiful exhibition! love the jealous curator and the concept of it :)

  • hottinroofneworleans

    hottinroofneworleans said 6 years ago

    I love the "jealous curator" idea! And so true! I wish I had a nickel for every time I thought "damn, why didn't I think of that"!

  • HellsSewingCircle

    HellsSewingCircle said 6 years ago

    Oh yes, I started following your blog about a year ago, I love discovering new artists through your page! I know there is always going to be great stuff on there. At this moment I think Bette is my favorite :)

  • ZhongFuJewelryDesign

    ZhongFuJewelryDesign said 6 years ago

    Wow! I love Yellena James' work. Hearty-heart-heart.

  • FlanneryCrane

    FlanneryCrane said 6 years ago

    How Great is this...

  • ViviansKitchen

    ViviansKitchen said 6 years ago

    I AM TOTALLY JEALOUS of the blog you have created. Oh what fun you must have :)

  • fadefade

    fadefade said 6 years ago

    The one thing I have always found on Etsy is artists that I admire, to the point of getting that punch-in-the-gut feeling. Instead, I just want to own everything. Thank you for the lovely collection and I look forward to future Etsy Blog pieces! A great collection of a few of my favorite Etsy image-makers, and the clothing is to die for.

  • giltandenvy

    giltandenvy said 6 years ago

    Ooh, I love you jealous curator! I'm excited to have found a new blog to follow, and just had a wee peek at some of the shows you've done - head + shoulders blew me away, so many artists who I'm now jealous of too...Or perhaps 'envious' is more appropriate given my username :)

  • deepfried

    deepfried said 6 years ago

    Glad to see a blog I follow on here! Great write up, jealous. Admiration galore!

  • duende74

    duende74 said 6 years ago

    Incredibly smart and so fun! Many thanks dear. :)

  • DIVINEsweetness

    DIVINEsweetness said 6 years ago

    i'm ouma's biggest fan! =)

  • allthepreciousthings

    allthepreciousthings said 6 years ago

    I totally understand the jealousy thing!!!

  • cocokato

    cocokato said 6 years ago

    wow amazing art work!

  • AroshaGallery

    AroshaGallery said 6 years ago

    I've been an admirer of your blog for some time - Love your attitude and exquisite taste. Thank you so much for including my ring in your admiration list, I'm honored!

  • TheJoyofColor

    TheJoyofColor said 6 years ago

    Great, i enjoyed this article , wonderful picks all the way

  • Fleurografie

    Fleurografie said 6 years ago

    Very nice stuff,love the collection you put together,just beautiful.

  • LeightonDavies

    LeightonDavies said 6 years ago

    I wish I thought of that! lol

  • vantiani

    vantiani said 6 years ago

    Oh I just LOVE all those collage artists there! Yay! Thanks much for an awesome exhibition!

  • miriadmoni

    miriadmoni said 6 years ago

    Wonderful blog & curation!

  • ShebboDesign

    ShebboDesign said 6 years ago

    All collages are great!Yellana James's art is awesome! lol, I wish I thought of that! *lol*

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Such a beautiful collection ! And caravan is awesome !

  • ilgattoselvatico

    ilgattoselvatico said 6 years ago

    Yes it's true the art is beautiful esp. the first two painter. I think that there are a lot of really talented illustrators on etsy so I'd curate a show and invite them to join!

  • IceCreamCandy

    IceCreamCandy said 6 years ago

    wow...i love all the pics!!

  • GollyBard

    GollyBard said 6 years ago

    Great art makes my heart flutter! Super article!

  • HennessyHandbags

    HennessyHandbags said 6 years ago

    Yes love the idea of being the jealous curator and just using that jealousy to curate a show of works that the jealous curator thinks is great. Artists are moved by different things. Hmmmmmmm

  • OhMafelt

    OhMafelt said 6 years ago


  • SpackleTheGap

    SpackleTheGap said 6 years ago

    This is such an amazing and honest concept! Thank you so much for saying the one thing that EVERY artist thinks about!

  • myzoetrope

    myzoetrope said 6 years ago

    Love these collections!

  • ellemardesigns

    ellemardesigns said 6 years ago

    Wonderful assortment of items! I love Yellena James' art. This is a great concept, sharing what art makes you jealous and spurs you on to greater creativity - thanks for sharing your vision with us.

  • DeanDymentStudios

    DeanDymentStudios said 6 years ago

    Great picks as always.

  • Quams

    Quams said 6 years ago

    I LOVE Yellena James

  • areyoutakingmeout

    areyoutakingmeout said 6 years ago

    I totally know what you mean! I get that feeling all the time when I see something amazing. Its a great way to inspire you to get off your bum to start experimenting. Thank you for sharing x

  • SilverSkyHi

    SilverSkyHi said 6 years ago


  • missouribendstudio

    missouribendstudio said 6 years ago

    This is much wonderful work here on's always great to see other people highlighting my favorites and discovering new wonders! Thanks!

  • Serrelynda

    Serrelynda said 6 years ago

    I thought I was the ponly one who got jealous! Thanks for the lovely picks. and pix.

  • StringsnTings

    StringsnTings said 6 years ago

    Love love love! This made my day- which happens to revolve around art!

  • MarKoosModernDesign

    MarKoosModernDesign said 6 years ago

    I too, am jealous! You have fantastic taste. Very clean and classy. <3

  • Vivavivant

    Vivavivant said 6 years ago


  • TimeBanditsVintage

    TimeBanditsVintage said 6 years ago

    that line on dearcolleen's print "I'd rather have champagne than real pain" sounds very familiar to a line my friends band Murder Corner had in one of their songs back in 2004/2005...crazy!

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 6 years ago

    Beautiful things!!

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 6 years ago

    Great artsy evening!

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 6 years ago

    What a wonderful idea! I am still trying to find what I can blog about each day - I just cannot narrow down my passions. Kudos to you for finding an eclectic and interesting topic to be passionate about!

  • jargonhead

    jargonhead said 6 years ago

    Thanks for introducing me to a few more artists that I love. What a great idea for a blog! Keep writing!

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 6 years ago

    Loved it!

  • svitrolica

    svitrolica said 6 years ago

    Oooh what a great idea!! And I personally love that jealousy - it drives me so seek harder for inspiration!!

  • evertonterrace

    evertonterrace said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the fun evening (morning)out and what a fun idea. Oh the "I wish I thought of that" happens to me all the time. I find myself saying "genius" out loud when I see all the amazing creativity here on Etsy.

  • RawBoneStudio

    RawBoneStudio said 6 years ago

    I love the Jealous Curator!!! I'm so jealous of her good taste. Now I'm jealous of her cuteness and popularity. I am inspired daily from all this jealousy. My problem is I get so lustful looking at all the beauty that I lose all my free time to create. Stop it!

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi said 6 years ago

    i love Yellena James!

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 6 years ago

    great works of art!

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 6 years ago

    Love it, great post!!!

  • anadiazarte

    anadiazarte said 6 years ago

    Wonderful collection!

  • lucileskitchen

    lucileskitchen said 6 years ago

    Really amazing and wonderful !!!!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 6 years ago

    Wow, this was so cool...thanks!

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 6 years ago

    Etsy.... Always inspiring!! Thank you

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 6 years ago

    I've had that... the "rush of uplifting inspiration — and total soul-crushing jealousy all at the same time" feeling. Ugh. I love it and hate it! Thanks for sharing this amazing collection of incredible creations!

  • Pantora

    Pantora said 6 years ago

    save $20 on purchases of $100, every $100 you spend get $20 0ff, will refund you through pay pal, or convo me and ill make a reserved listing

  • CecilandCo

    CecilandCo said 6 years ago

    What a fabulous collection! Love the pictures!

  • LuBluDesigns

    LuBluDesigns said 6 years ago

    This is great! Thanks for sharing! It makes me ponder at each piece.

  • TheGildedTassel

    TheGildedTassel said 6 years ago

    Nice Post!

  • steelknightdesigns

    steelknightdesigns said 6 years ago

    I think your opening paragraph is a beautiful summation of how art really does make one feel! Love the whole feel to your virtual gallery opening too (complete with champagne)! Sooooo nicely done!

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 6 years ago

    Very Cool! Love it!

  • sfgirlbybay

    sfgirlbybay said 6 years ago

    good god you have excellent taste. i love it all. so proud and happy to have you blogging with me! :)

  • thornblossom

    thornblossom said 6 years ago

    Thanks for a fantastic collection of art! I, too know that crushing, pit-of-your-stomach jealousy/frustration. Great way to work with it, and let it be an inspiration for yourself and others.

  • megansbeadeddesigns

    megansbeadeddesigns said 6 years ago

    Now I'm jealous of your blog idea! :-) HOW COOL!

  • KFMGallery

    KFMGallery said 6 years ago

    Nice!! You picked some amazing artwork :)

  • PurpleDeerVintage

    PurpleDeerVintage said 6 years ago

    Love the old fashion with the new modern color splashed in by Hollie Chastain.

  • leahgiberson

    leahgiberson said 6 years ago

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued support of my work. I absolutely love the collection of art and clothing you've put together here and your blog remains an ongoing source of inspiration for me. xoxo

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Love the great gallery show! Thanks!!

  • rowenamurillo

    rowenamurillo said 6 years ago

    Oddly, I don't own very much art as I'm building my collection, and yet, of the artists you showed, I have a Leah Giberson print and a Tush Tush print. Two of the others are in my favorites (only a matter of time and pay check). Thanks oh jealous one.

  • BlindTigerFlasks

    BlindTigerFlasks said 6 years ago

    absolutely wonderful!! Thank you for this collection of visual pleasure. Cheers!

  • sleepingsheep

    sleepingsheep said 6 years ago

    I love everything here!

  • FavreBijoux

    FavreBijoux said 6 years ago

    Yesterday I made a treasury of all art. Buried now. "ya gotta have art". Would love to see more art only FP.

  • FavreBijoux

    FavreBijoux said 6 years ago

    More art.

  • camstudiostore

    camstudiostore said 6 years ago

    Very cool!

  • radnbadcollars

    radnbadcollars said 6 years ago

    What a great imagination! very cool!

  • louloudo

    louloudo said 6 years ago

    Haha brilliant and beautiful!

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 6 years ago

    You make me jealouse :)

  • Pam2009

    Pam2009 said 6 years ago

    Very cleaver. Wish I had thought of it!

  • moonstr

    moonstr said 6 years ago


  • FoodForHands

    FoodForHands said 6 years ago

    This was a really interesting post. I really liked it!

  • emporium51

    emporium51 said 6 years ago

    um...I'm jealous...

  • thejealouscurator

    thejealouscurator said 6 years ago

    thanks again everyone! i hope i see you again... maybe at the next show ; ) xo

  • poplovedesigns

    poplovedesigns said 6 years ago

    Fabulous finds! I know exactly what you mean about feeling jealous when you see something awesome! <3 Andrea

  • allisonstrine

    allisonstrine said 6 years ago


  • GalleonGal

    GalleonGal said 6 years ago

    lots of fascinating items and eye candy

  • ZenBrush

    ZenBrush said 6 years ago

    And dont forget envy!

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