Posts Tagged ‘Road trips’

Hearing Your Work Matters: Priceless

March 23, 2016

My 7th grade English teacher, who lives in Florida, was visiting New York and decided to look up some of my work at The Sketchbook Library. This is very touching on its own, but it turns out the Library has recently relocated. My teacher hiked around Brooklyn and finally found the new Library. Except their […]

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Behind the Scenes, Part 2

March 17, 2016

“What does it mean?” “What were you thinking about when you painted this?” A few times: “I see a golfer”. It’s amused me to think of doing a series on golfers to give the people what they seem to want, but I don’t really care for golf. So instead, here’s what I was thinking about […]

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Maura McGurk Wins People’s Choice Award at City Hall Exhibition

October 29, 2015

The Federal Way City Council awarded painter Maura McGurk the People’s Choice Award at their council meeting Tuesday night, in recognition of her mixed media painting, Mia, Siena, Stripes. The work is part of the Arts Alive exhibition currently on view at City Hall. McGurk said that her inspiration for the painting came from two […]

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Road Trip: Van Gogh’s Arles, Part 2

October 29, 2015

Arles has managed to keep the look and feel captured by Vincent van Gogh in 1888. Here is the hospital where he stayed after he cut off his ear. It’s been converted into an art center called Espace Van Gogh, with small souvenir shops (mostly related to art) on the ground level. The garden is […]

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Road Trip: Van Gogh’s Arles

October 27, 2015

One of the most stunning places I’ve been to is Arles, in the south of France, specifically retracing some of Van Gogh’s steps. This is where Vincent van Gogh spent about a year – probably the most eventful year of his life. Arles is where he created many of his masterpieces (the painting of his […]

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Keep Getting Out of the Tent

June 14, 2015

By euphro (Flickr: Horseshoe I Mount Searle with Sally Cove) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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365 Days of Art: December 4 – Homer Travels to Nassau with Father

December 5, 2014

December 4, 1884 After receiving a commission from Century Magazine to illustrate an article about Nassau, Winslow Homer travels there with his father to execute it. I love Homer, and his work from this period is especially vibrant.

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365 Days of Art: September 13 – Michelangelo Begins Carving, Childe Hassam Travels to Gloucester, Art Vandal Prepares to Attack, Boston MFA Exhibits Stolen Painting

October 7, 2014

September 13, 1501 About a month after signing the contract for his first commission, Michelangelo picks up his tools early in the morning and begins carving the statue of David. He will work on it for over two years. September 13, 1900 American Impressionist Childe Hassam arrives in Gloucester, Massachusetts to paint. The area is […]

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365 Days of Art: June 10 – Howard Finster Artwork Featured on Album Cover

June 10, 2014

June 10, 1985 Folk art is brought into the mainstream a bit when Talking Heads feature Howard Finster’s artwork on their album Little Creatures. The Reverend Howard Finster is one of my favorite artists, and you can read more about him here. He was a collector (of dental molds, “wore-out art supplies”, glass jars, bicycles, […]

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365 Days of Art: February 17 – King Tut’s Burial Chamber is Opened

February 17, 2014

February 17, 1923 King Tutankhamun’s burial chamber is opened by archaeologist Howard Carter. The brouhaha of the traveling Tut exhibition in the late 70s (which was revived with a less newsworthy sequel just a couple of years ago) was a big part of my childhood. I desperately, desperately wanted to see it at the Field […]

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365 Days of Art: January 27 – The Renwick Gallery Opens in Washington DC

January 27, 2014

January 27, 1972 The Renwick Gallery, whose collection is devoted to American crafts, design, and decorative arts from the 19th century to the present, opens in Washington DC as a branch of the National Collection of Fine Arts (now the Smithsonian American Art Museum). It’s situated very close to the White House in a National […]

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365 Days of Art: January 20 – Julia Morgan Born

January 20, 2014

January 20, 1872 Julia Morgan, brilliant architect at a time when women weren’t allowed to do that, and feminist pioneer, was born on this day in San Francisco. She always wanted to be an architect, but had to study civil engineering at UC Berkeley (my alma mater) because there was no architecture major there. She […]

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Artwork Goes to Outerspace

December 21, 2013

Now don’t ask me why, but in 1982, 154 serigraphs (or fine art screenprints) were taken into space. Yes, outerspace. The prints were created by Victor Vasarely, who worked in Op Art, creating a sense of movement by employing optical illusions and color tricks. The prints were brought on board the French-Soviet spacecraft Salyut 7, […]

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Road Trip: Tacoma Art Museum

April 26, 2013

The Tacoma Art Museum is a total delight. Three people in the past month since I’ve moved to the Seattle area have told me it’s not to be missed, and they’re right. It’s a beautiful new building (built in 2003) in a beautiful part of town, overlooking Mt. Rainier, and some other architectural gems like […]

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Road Trip: Sedona and Abstract Expressionism

September 16, 2011

In Sedona, it was easy to see the birth of Abstract Expressionism all around us. That sounds strange, even as I write it, because the movement is so closely associated with New York. But many of the painters were actually from, or lived in, the American West, (including Jackson Pollock, Clyfford Still, and Mark Rothko), […]

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