Category Archives: Art

Pink Skies, Blue Streets And Teal Sidewalks: That’s Carlisle In Technicolor!

While I was taking a hairdryer to three waterlogged Barbours, Cumbria-based artist Helen Walsh was showing a group of museumgoers how to embellish fabric with beads and sequins, I discovered. Lovely 1920s purses provided the inspiration for the September session … Continue reading

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Take An Umbrella And Stout Boots To Wordsworthshire

One of the loveliest let-downs I’ve ever received came in the form of an e-mail from Michael. The retail operations manager at The Wordsworth Shop at Dove Cottage answered my enquiry about the “Knit Your Own Dove Cottage” kit I … Continue reading

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My Work Hours Are Right Up There With “After Hours”

These days, I’m out the door before 7:00 a.m., not only to beat the traffic, but also because I’m anxious to get going on another day at 277 East Town Street. It’s been a big year.  First came a request … Continue reading

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Flora Fantastica Fill Twelve Acres – And One Pin

Mouth open, staring straight ahead, I sat in a trance in the Bronwynn Theater of the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center in Worthington. It was dark. Beautiful music played. A slow succession of images filled the screen. And I fell … Continue reading

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For Those With An Independent Will To See Haworth, Start Your Charlotte Brontë Pilgrimage At The Morgan Library

There it was — a two-piece cotton and wool day dress printed with blue flowers, leaves and tendrils, with slightly puffed sleeves and mother-of-pearl and brass buttons. A pair of cloth ankle boots with leather toe caps stood beside it. … Continue reading

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Covering Compost Cookies to Candy Couture In 24,021 New York City Steps

When the first Saturday morning in December dawns, you may like to be nestled all snug in your bed, but I much prefer hitting the pavement for another now-legendary 15-hour visit to New York City. The once-bleary-eyed novice in All … Continue reading

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Cultivate A Taste For Thomas Cole

Of all the images of artwork over which I pored in darkened lecture rooms and slide libraries, Kindred Spirits is one of those at which I marveled the most. Its painter, Asher B. Durand, skillfully executed sparkling waterfalls, soaring birds, … Continue reading

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