Dames Blanches

Dame Blanches are female paranormal entities found in French folklore. 


J. A. MacCulloch believes that the Dames Blanches were originally French pagan goddesses, and suggested their name Dame may have derived from the ancient guardian goddesses known as Matres. By looking at old inscriptions to guardian goddesses, specifically inscriptions to the Dominæ, who watched over the home, perhaps became the Dames of Medieval folklore. 


Thomas Keightley (1870) describes the Dames Blanches as a type of Fée (faerie) known in Normandy “who are of a less benevolent character.” They lurk in narrow places such as ravines, fords, and on bridges, and try to attract passersby’s attention. 

They require the passerby to join her in a dance or assist her, in order to pass. If assisted she “makes him many courtesies, and then vanishes.” One such Dame was known as La Dame d'Apringy who appeared in a ravine at the Rue Quentin at Bayeux, Normandy where one must dance with her a few rounds to pass. Those who refused were thrown into the thistles and briar, while those who danced were not harmed. 

Another Dame was known on a narrow bridge in the district of Falaise, named the Pont d'Angot. She only allowed people to pass if they went on their knees to her. Anyone who refused was tormented by the lutins (a type of goblin in French folklore), cats, owls, and other creatures that help her. 

Dime Bag 4
curated by Jordin Isip

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 3rd, 8:00-10:00 pm

The End is Near
465 7th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(Park Slope, btw16th and Windsor)

Each of the more than two hundred invited artists received a 3" x 3" plastic zip lock bag, a “dime bag” of sorts. They were asked to create their artwork for and installed within the bag. There was no overt conceptual theme to show beyond the device of the bag itself and each artist was free to interpret within these simple parameters.

Participating Artists

Ian Adelman
Doug Aldrich
Selina Alko
Emma Apicelli
Jose Arenas
Jordan Awan
Scott Bakal
Franca Barone
George Bates
Melinda Beck
Polly Becker
Laura Bellmont
Gregory Benton
Jud Bergeron
Annette Berry
Adam Block
Angela Boatwright
Max Bode
Juliette Borda
Kelie Bowman
Claudia Brandenburg
Calef Brown
Iain Burke
Chris Buzelli
William Buzzell
Yone Caldwel
Christa Cassano
Anthony Castro
Brittany Keats Cerullo
Kristin Chae
Richard Ray Chan
Vincy Cheung
Clayton Brothers
Louie Cordero
Michael Coughlan
William Hatch Crosby
Anthony Cudahy
Leigh Cunningham
Daniel Davidson
Kristen Davis
Georganne Deen
Andrew Degraff
Eddie del Rosario
Jessica Deutsch
Dora Drimalas
Dima Drjuchin
Hannah Drossman
Joel Dugan
Chad Dziewior
Clarissa Eck
Morgan Elliot
Austin English
Kiersten Essenpreis
Evah Fan
Brian Faulk
Chris Feckzo
Daniel Fishel
Logan Fitzpatrick
David Flaherty
Mary Flanagan
Charlie Flexon
Brian Flynn
AJ Fosik
James Benjamin Franklin
John Freeborn
Sam Friedman
Linnéa Gad
James Gallagher
Jason Gandy
Brenda Garand
Becca Genne-Bacon
Jim Gentry
Susie Ghahremani
David Goldin
Johanna Goodman
Leah Gotchel
Jill Greenberg
Keith Greiman
Olivia Gulin
Pallavi Gupta
Matt Haber
Marcellus Hall
Joseph Hart
Dean Haspiel
Hunter Heckroth
Angus Hendry
Nash Hogan
Kenichi Hoshine
Jim Houser
Liz Hur
Alexander Iezzi
Chloe Isip
Jordin Isip
Mara Isip
Simone Isip
Nick Ito
Rich Jacobs
Masuko Jo
Chesiel John
Sylvia Jun
Lyejm Kallas-Lewis
Danielle Kassover
Amy S. Kauffman
Misaki Kawai
Billur Kazaz
Caitlin Keegan
Andy Kehoe
Trisha Keightley
Tim Kerr
Esther Sarah Kim
So Yoon Kim
Hiroshi Kimura
Hiro Kurata
Charlotte Larson
Hannah Lee
So Jin Lee
Rob Leecock
Matt Leines
Jodi Levine
Rachel Levit
Melissa Ling
Alex Lukas
Anthony Macbain
Rita MacDonald
Ashley Macomber
Jane Mai
Alex Maiorano
Alicia McCarthy
Margaret McCartney
Ted McGrath
Richard McGuire + Maybe
Taylor McKimens
Tara McPherson
Sergio Luis Mesa
Bronwyn Minton
Jason Mitchell
Brendan Monroe
James Moore
Ron Mor
Kei Morita
Kris Mukai
Luisito Nazario
Caleb Neelon
Keith Negley
Gregory Nemec
Danica Novgorodoff
Jieshan Ng
Jayeon Oh
Tim O'Brien
Brian O'Neill
Arlin Ortiz
Mu Pan
Chang Park
Helena Parriot
Maritsa Patrinos
Chelsey Pettyjohn
Jason Polan
Rachel Pontious
Jason Porter
Giselle Potter
Sean Qualls
Jeff Quinn
Monica Ramos
Brian Rea
Nicole Rifkin
Leslie Robertson
Olivia Robertson
Craig Rodriguez
Les Rogers
Matt Rota
Julia Rothman
Lea Rude
Victoria Salvador
Hazel Lee Santino
Kim Schifino
Anna Sea
Paula Searing
Yong Shin
Ruth Shively
Simone Shubuck
Andy Smenos
Ryan Jacob Smith
Jeff Soto
Kevin Stanton
Meghann Stephenson
Rodger Stevens
Josie Stevenson
Katherine Streeter
Derek Stukuls
Adam Suerte
Stephanie Tan
Gary Taxali
Maximilian Thuemler
Mark Todd
Katie Turner
James Ulmer
Justin Valdes
Madeline Valentine
Nichole van Beek
Jennifer Van Meter
Jonathan Viner
Michela Vinton
Dominique Vitali
Roxie Vizcarra
Valeriya Volkova
Ryan Wallace
Esther Pearl Watson
Pinky Weber
Ellen Weinstein
Eric White
B Kristen Won
Courtney Wotherspoon
James Yang
Justin Yoon
Bill Zeman
Beth Zimmerman
Bill Zindel
Art Zomby

Article from The Sunday Times on Benedict Cumberbatch and his lovely mother Wanda Ventham appearing at the Chelsea Flower Show tomorrow

The Geranium is Afoot - Sherlock goes to Chelsea

For decades it has been the ultimate symbol of the middle aged and middle class. Now the Chelsea flower show is getting the kind of celebrity makeover that helped turn cooking into a national spectator sport.

The Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the gardening enthusiasts taking part in this year’s BBC coverage of horticulture’s biggest annual event. He has teamed up with his actress mother Wanda Ventham to review the floral displays on BBC2 tomorrow.

The 37-year-old actor, who has previously described how he relaxes through “roof gardening”, will appear as part of a series of interviews entitled Mum and Me, in which celebrity gardeners including the Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell, the comedian Julian Clary and the actress Emilia Fox, talk to their mothers about the displays.

Rosemary Alexander, a former Chelsea flower show judge and principal of the English Gardening School, said the BBC’s preference for amateur enthusiasts rather than trained professionals to front its coverage will help bring gardening into the mainstream as rising numbers of young people take up the hobby.

In an interview last week the newsreader Sophie Raworth, brought in to replace the veteran Alan Titchmarsh as one of the main BBC presenters, admitted she was no gardening expert, describing herself as an “enthusiast” rather than a professional.

“Well-known enthusiastic amateurs make it appear more accessible,” said Alexander. “Alan is wonderful and has done so much for gardening, but they’ve got to bring in new, younger people.”

The television coverage reflects a more youthful feel at the flower show itself with more young designers than before.

Matthew Keightley, 29, is exhibiting his first show garden at Chelsea this year. Named Hope on the Horizon, the naturalistic garden is based on the shape of the Military Cross medal.

“I’ve noticed increasing numbers of young people this year especially have taken up gardening. I think it’s following the same path of food and cooking; a few years ago it was budget, Ready Steady Cook, and now it’s cool to be eating out, cooking experimentally and there are loads of programmes about food,” he said.

“Bringing in young presenters and celebrities in gardening programmes has helped do that for design and gardening. There are more young designers at Chelsea this year, which is helping the next generation to get a foot in the door and gives aspiring designers hope.”

There are other signs, too, that gardening is breaking through the age barrier. The Royal Horticultural Society says more than two-thirds of all UK schools have signed up to its school gardening campaign, and more than 30% of its members are now under 25.

Alexander reports a 25% increase in applicants under the age of 26 to her school, in the Chelsea Physic Garden, in the past year, driven by their desire to improve the environment.

The broadening appeal of gardening is also reflected in the rising viewing figures for gardening programmes on TV. Gardeners’ World and The Big Allotment Challenge were among the most popular programmes on BBC2 last month, each attracting audiences of more than 2m.

Martine Sobey, 28, is one of the rising number of young gardening enthusiasts. She took up gardening four years ago after she moved into a shared flat in Stoke Newington, north London, with friends. “I had never done any gardening before in my life. My parents are avid gardeners but whenever they talked about it I used to tell them it was boring,” she said.

Now, when Sobey, a climate policy analyst, gets in from work the first thing she does is tend to her garden, home to a mix of “perennials, wild flowers, bulbs”. Her boyfriend, Will Bradley, grows a variety of herbs and vegetables including tomatoes, salad leaves, beetroot and mint in the garden.

“I’ve noticed that over the past two years, several of our friends in Hackney have also become keen gardeners. It’s so peaceful and therapeutic, and it’s also good for the environment,” he said.

Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.
—  Alan Keightley