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Spiritual Color

Monday, September 8, 2014 | Karl Cole

The persistence of types of artworks through the centuries always fascinates me. While materials may vary, the artwork still serves the same purpose. Before air conditioning, I’m sure fans were ...

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Sous-Verre Painting

Monday, March 10, 2014 | Karl Cole

I once watched an artist in Switzerland do a reverse painting on glass, and the technique amazed me. As an artist, one is thinking in reverse, literally painting details and foreground first, then mid ...

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African American History Month 2014 I

Monday, February 10, 2014 | Karl Cole

I’m always excited when I learn about a new artist! I’d never heard of Kermit Oliver, but discovered his story when we acquired an image of his work from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. ...

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New Year New Art

Friday, January 10, 2014 | Karl Cole

To start off the new year, I present to you two artists who we are now featured at the Davis Art Gallery in a dual exhibition entitled Unearthed: Emily and Robb Sandagata. Watch them talk about their ...

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Fantasy Christmas Present III

Monday, December 23, 2013 | Karl Cole

I love miniatures from early American art! I dearly want a miniature of myself hanging from my loved one’s keychain as a Christmas present! However, miniature artists are few and far betwee ...

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Gettysburg Address and Art of Wartime

Monday, November 25, 2013 | Karl Cole

Last week was the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, a ten-sentence ode to the fallen of the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863, of the Civil War (1861–1865). The death toll was more than 51,0 ...

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Holy Cats!

Monday, October 14, 2013 | Karl Cole

I’m always interested in how important of a role domesticated animals have played in the history of art, particularly in the sphere of funerary art. They almost always take on a protective or st ...

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Art at the Beach

Monday, August 12, 2013 | Karl Cole

This week I present you with one of the more witty aspects of Pop Art. Pop Art parodied American culture in all of its aspects. Naturally, beach culture and tanning would be one of them. And naturally ...

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Vacation

Monday, July 29, 2013 | Karl Cole

Since vacation is on everyone’s mind now that summer is in full swing, let’s just look at works of art that spout vacation, special day off, or festival. And, yes, this can be an art histo ...

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Nostalgia

Monday, July 15, 2013 | Karl Cole

I read in the New York Times that up until 1999 “nostalgia” was considered a mental illness. Well, you could have knocked me for a loop with that one. One usually gets warm fuzzies from be ...

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African American History Month 2013 IV

Monday, February 25, 2013 | Karl Cole

To close out African American History Month, I’ve been looking at the work of Lisa Corinne Davis. What is great about many contemporary artists is that their work often defies any categorization ...

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Thanksgiving: The Name Says It All

Monday, November 19, 2012 | Karl Cole

I’m sooo over politics this week, and I want to focus on good ol’ Americana. Thanksgiving is an awesome holiday because it makes people think “THANK YOU for what I have.” ...

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Wildfires in the West

Monday, July 2, 2012 | Karl Cole

I wish all of you a Happy Fourth of July! In celebrating living in the awesome United States of America, I would like to take time to focus your attention on the wildfires in the West, particularly Co ...

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African American History Month 2011 III

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 | Karl Cole

John Woodrow Wilson has been a painter, printmaker, sculptor, and illustrator. Like many African American artists, he faced the struggles of a black man in a white-dominated art culture, particularly ...

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African American History Month 2011 I

Monday, February 7, 2011 | Karl Cole

Let’s start off African American History month with one of my favorite artists, John Biggers. The theme for this month in SchoolArts is “Messages,” so let’s examine what Bigger ...

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Contemporary Colorist

Monday, November 8, 2010 | Karl Cole

Since most autumn foliage colors are waning, I thought I’d provide you with some eye candy of color in the form of a gorgeous painting, and an artist I just recently learned about. I’ve be ...

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