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Seeing Stars: Vija Celmins

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 | Karl Cole

The recent eclipse gave me a hankering for some art that is space oriented. I naturally thought of these prints by Vija Celmins. I’ve always been amazed by the patience that her brand of re ...

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Gem of the Month: Paul Sérusier

Tuesday, April 9, 2024 | Karl Cole

The “schools” of Pont-Aven and Le Pouldu in Brittany, France, were artist colonies even before the “star,” Paul Gauguin (1848–1903), showed up in 1886 and 1889, respectiv ...

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National Garden Month: Amer Fort

Monday, April 1, 2024 | Karl Cole

I can’t think of a more appropriate month for National Garden Month than April, when we are fresh from winter and want to go outside and see flowers. April was first declared National Garden Mon ...

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Documenting Child Labor: Jacob Riis

Monday, March 25, 2024 | Karl Cole

If we think that only adult women have played an important role in American history, then we are sadly mistaken. Before child labor laws were passed in the United States (1 September 1916), young wome ...

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Gem of the Month: Kumi Sugaï

Monday, March 18, 2024 | Karl Cole

Abstraction was not an invention of Western artists in the early 1900s. The following definitions indicate that abstraction has been part of art throughout the world since the cave paintings of pre-hi ...

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Women's History Month: Lucretia Mott

Monday, March 11, 2024 | Karl Cole

The beginnings of the women’s rights movement in the United States occurred at the same time as early developments in photography in this country. To celebrate Women’s History Month, I pre ...

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March into March: Allan Rohan Crite

Monday, March 4, 2024 | Karl Cole

As we march into March—and spring—let’s bid a temporary goodbye to Black History Month with a painting by Boston’s own Allan Rohan Crite. I was greatly privileged to meet ...

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Black History Month: Gee's Bend Quilter

Monday, February 26, 2024 | Karl Cole

African American artists have had a tremendous influence on the miscellaneous arts in America since before the Civil War (1861–1865). The women of the Gee’s Bend community in Alabama have ...

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Black History Month: Beauford Delaney

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 | Karl Cole

My Black History Month series continues this week with the artwork of Beauford Delaney. Delaney was one of the few African American artists of his Harlem Renaissance generation who primarily pursued a ...

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Black History Month: Mequitta Ahuja

Monday, February 12, 2024 | Karl Cole

My celebration of African American artists who have brought beauty into the world continues. This week I present the compelling self-portraits of African American and South Asian American artist Mequi ...

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Black History Month: Hale Woodruff

Monday, February 5, 2024 | Karl Cole

Let’s celebrate Black artists who have brought beauty into the world through their art. This week, I’m sharing the stunning watercolors of Hale Woodruff. Since I find watercolor to be a ve ...

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National Meat Week 2024

Monday, January 29, 2024 | Karl Cole

National Meat Week, a celebration founded in 2005 by Chris Cantey and Erni Walker in Tallahassee, Florida, goes from 28 January to 4 February this year. It is meant to be a celebration of feastin ...

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A Winter Tree: Jennifer Steinkamp

Monday, January 22, 2024 | Karl Cole

I’m fairly certain that many of us have experienced the sight of snow-laden trees in January. That is my favorite part of winter. What better image to conjure up the sensation of a cold winter d ...

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Dean Brown

Monday, January 15, 2024 | Karl Cole

This year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls on the actual birthday of this great American leader. To mark the day, I will show you the work of photographer Dean Brown. The artist died way too young pu ...

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Poverty Awareness Month: Zoe Strauss

Monday, January 8, 2024 | Karl Cole

Poverty Awareness Month evolved out of recognition by Congress in 2009 that the U.S. poverty rate is rising at an alarming level every decade. I doubt it is any coincidence that January was chosen as ...

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Happy New Year: Kamisaka Sekka

Tuesday, January 2, 2024 | Karl Cole

What better way to wish "Happy New Year" to all than with a beautiful painting of the sacred Mount Fuji! ...

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