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  • Why we exhibit unfinished works by Charles E. Burchfield

    Monday, March 2, 2015

    Nancy Weekly responds to a question posed by Charles Burchfield's granddaughter Peggy Haug.

  • Intern Anna Gray: Perspectives of a High School Senior

    Sunday, March 1, 2015

    As a high school senior, I was not expecting to do anything like the projects I was assigned to. I had been expecting to be doing minimally important work, but instead I received projects which kept me engaged and stretched me as well as teaching me different tasks that I had no idea evenmore

  • Practice Makes Progress

    Monday, December 29, 2014

    Although each artist’s style and technique may be in a constant state of evolution, it’s always interesting to examine the path of refinement and skill development each one has decided to explore.

  • Ross Barbera’s Watercolor Pendants

    Tuesday, December 16, 2014

    Unlike most watercolor works of art, Ross Barbera uses what is considered a light and liquid medium on hard, raw surfaces.

  • Hannah Hoch: Dada Artist Or?

    Tuesday, December 16, 2014

    Have you ever felt out of place? Like you didn’t belong? Do you think art sometimes doesn’t make sense? 

  • Slow Down: Visual Literacy in an Art Museum

    Tuesday, December 16, 2014

    Attending the International Visual Literacy Conference at the Toledo Museum of Art was an inspiring experience, the museum is a gem. Entering buildings designed by architects Frank O. Gehry, the auditorium by Edward B. Green, and the glass pavilion by Kazuyo Sejima, transformed the experiencemore

  • “When it Rains…”

    Monday, December 15, 2014

    While looking at Morris Graves/Rain, the viewer is transported into the scene feeling the pouring rain.  Kay Russell is a  watercolorist and retired professor at the City College of San Francisco.

  • The Watercolor World of The Little Prince Created by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

    Monday, December 15, 2014

    The Little Prince was originally written in French with origional watercolor illustrations  xupéry created for the book, but it was not published in French until two years after his death.

  • Wood Interior

    Monday, December 15, 2014

    Emily Carr was fascinated by the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast which led her to painting striking totem poles and forest scenes.

  • Waterlogue Application

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

    Watercolors have been around for hundreds of years but in this modern age, like all forms of tactile art, most techniques are going digital.

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