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  • George W. Bush Opines About Painting
    George W. Bush Opines About Painting
    Seriously, what else happened recently upon which he should comment?One headline, this column kids you not, stated: Words of Wisdom from GWB.Really?Apparently these sage mots amounted to the admonition of not painting pictures of your wife and...
  • Decorating Chairs book by Sammie Crawford
    Decorating Chairs is a fine craft, fun decoration
    What a great surprise for us when we found out the book we were reviewing happened to be authored by someone in our community. Author Sammie Crawford is a resident of Hot Springs, Arkansas, just a 30-minute car trip from our Village. We’re...
  • Life in cartoonland
    Life in cartoonland
    Doing a lot of reading about Paul Klee and Kenneth Patchen these days, and the end result is intended to become an artform that resembles the intersection of these two different artists. Paul Klee was musical in his head, but a draftsman and...
  • Swaydan
    Open studio in Altadena features artworks for holiday giving
    Local artist Kathleen Swaydan is once again opening her private studio for the fourth annual art sale, just in time for holiday giving. The studio will be open on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6 and 7, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is located at 3061...
  • Thanksgiving with Norman Rockwell, 2014
    Thanksgiving day, 2014
    All of the talk today is about “Black Friday”. Retailers have hijacked Thanksgiving, maybe. Sunday’s paper which is often delivered on Saturday arrived this Thursday morning. Go figure. Satire is settling in.See the photo, a...
  • City Lights bookstore, San Francisco
    Accidental collaboration: Artist and writer
    For some time now, I write stories and add an illustration. Most of the stories that I write are political news for which photographs are most appropriate for illustration and reporting. In a different vein, I write creatively. Inspiration comes...
  • How To Look At A Painting, DVD Review
    'How To Look At A Painting' DVD Review
    Justin Paton, head curator at Australia's Art Gallery in New South Wales, takes us on a fantastic journey of how to understand a painting. When a person looks at a painting in a gallery you see the final product. You see the colors, shapes,...
  • Taekwondo Art
    Lebanon teen helps charities through Art of Taekwondo
    Having started his training in Taekwondo at the age of four, Roberto Valentino of Lebanon currently holds the rank of 2nd degree black belt and continues forward under the direction of his coach, Master Mark Rjeily. At 15 years of age, Roberto...
  • Maria Bennett Hock, profile of a portrait painter
    Read my work: Maria Bennett Hock
    Maria Bennett Hock caught my attention awhile back with her being a “copyist at the National Gallery of Art”. What that means is that she has been trained and certified by the gallery to permit her to drop her stool and to carry...
  • The Bakelite Masterpiece
    Tarragon's 'The Bakelite Masterpiece' captivates for its entire 90 minutes
    Chalk this up as another solid win for Tarragon Theatre."The Bakelite Masterpiece", which opened on October 29 in the Extraspace, is directed by Richard Rose and written by Kate Cayley. It's based on the story of a Dutch artist who...
  • Two takes on Tiff
    Chris Batten and Senghor Reid exhibit at Live Coal Gallery
    It's not the first time they have exhibited in the same gallery, but this is the first time they have exhibited together at Live Coal Gallery. Christopher Batten, an artist selected for the Red Bull House of Art last year, and Senghor Reid, a...
  • Johnny Dukovich gets around, now he's on 'Open Studios' tour
    Johnny Dukovich gets around, now he's on 'Open Studios' tour
    When I saw his work at the Falls Church Arts "Bold & Bright” show, I thought this theme is made for this painter. He’s wild. He has a bold and bright style that he applies everywhere he looks. He works in the Blue Studios at...
  • Jeanette Chasworth
    Keep exterior paint colors classic yet contemporary
    A favorite “guest editor”, Jeanette Chasworth is an expert in all things paint. Just recently she sent a couple samples of Acadian paint in two shades of gray—a popular and soothing color for those who are not partial to the more...
  • Maureen George and Dorothy Fall
    Life goes on: Dorothy Fall painting and printing
    I visited Dorothy Fall’s studio today located in Mt. Rainier, Maryland near Washington’s northeast side of town. She is a celebrated artist and author whose book I reviewed earlier this year titled “Bernard Fall, Memories of a...
  • Christmas gifts for children who paint
    Christmas gifts for children who paint
    The holiday season is almost here and Bangor area residents are starting to buy Christmas gifts for their loved ones. Children like to receive gifts that interest them and keep them from getting bored. Many children like to do arts and crafts....