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Visual Literacy: The Holy Grail of Art

Visual Literacy: The Holy Grail of Art

Today’s art education should go beyond the goals of money-making or art for creativity’s sake By Samuel Frandino Many years ago, I worked for a theatrical scene shop that was engaged in a variety of projects at a new Universal Studios theme park. One project involved having artists “age” the exteriors of buildings to fit […]

The Expanding Reach of Art Therapy

Though it’s a relatively new approach to mental health treatment, art therapy is gaining traction and making a difference in people’s lives By Farah Joan Fard You’ve probably seen adult coloring books in craft stores and bookshops. The art industry has enthusiastically promoted the hobby as a fun tool for stress management. And why not? […]

Polar Art

Polar Art

Intrepid painter David Rosenthal finds inspiration in the extremes of the Antarctic By Jack Hamann The temperature was 30 below. The wind blew with a vengeance. It was blisteringly, achingly cold. At this temperature, watercolors freeze solid; oil paints turn to crayon—but David Rosenthal was ready to paint. In extreme weather conditions—and extreme geography—is where […]

The Cost of Conservation and Restoration

The Cost of Conservation and Restoration

How do conservators restore damaged art works, what does it cost, and how does it impact value? By Isabel Thottam Imagine walking through a beautiful exhibit of famous paintings at a museum. You look closely at a Picasso and lean forward in admiration. Suddenly, you lose your balance and, without thinking, latch onto the painting […]

Paying Forward the Gift of Art

Paying Forward the Gift of Art

Lisa Schuster had graduated from business school and was running an art publishing business before she ever tried her hand at painting. Someone who had always appreciated art, she’d never considered herself an artist, and, when she finally allowed herself the freedom to test out her skills at age 30, she found that she had […]

West Coast Wonders

Headed to the Golden State this fall? No matter where in California you find yourself—from the Oregon border to San Diego—you will discover art. California has a full calendar of must-see museum exhibits, exclusive gallery shows, and one-of-a-kind festivals this fall. Make sure to consult our curated list before planning your trip. Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: […]

A Space for Art

A Space for Art

Artspace builds and manages affordable spaces across the country for artists to live and work By Jack Hamann In a damp April chill, a line stretches around the block on a crowded Seattle sidewalk. Restless folk with mittened hands and cups of steaming coffee hunker down to spend the night. Sports fans queuing up for […]

Mattson’s Fine Art: Perfect Partnership

Mattson’s Fine Art: Perfect Partnership

Greg Mattson and his partner Frank Dobronte have combined their skill sets and common interests to build a successful fine art glass business By Linda Mariano I have always been fascinated by the artistry and craft of fine art glass artists, so I was thrilled to talk with Greg Mattson and his partner, Frank Dobronte, […]

New Trends at Auction

New Trends at Auction

As the art world continues to move out of recession, auction houses zoom By Lance Evans An auction, especially one with a high profile, is more than a sale of art; it’s an event. In contrast to the gallery system—which may hold little consequence to anyone but the individual buyer and seller—an auction draws in […]

The Bizarre World of Art Theft

The Bizarre World of Art Theft

Public authorities and private organizations work together to recover stolen art and prevent future thefts By Melissa Hart The Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates that thieves steal $4 billion to $6 billion worth of art worldwide each year from galleries, museums, and private homes. Some art thieves covet a particular piece and take it for […]

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