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Kittens and Bunnies

Monday, November 16, 2020 | Karl Cole

It’s been a crazy year with this awful pandemic going on, and an equally crazy last two weeks with this nutty election. I think we all need some kittens and bunnies to recoup our mental health. ...

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Gem of the Month: An American van Gogh

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 | Karl Cole

Ralph Albert Blakelock was born on October 15th. Because I am not in the habit of leaning on the “top 40 hits” of Western art as subject matter in this blog, I believe it would be interest ...

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Self-Taught Artists

Monday, April 23, 2018 | Karl Cole

I was recently studying the insanely wonderful art of contemporary artist Carmen Cartiness Johnson (I posted about her back in February), and I noticed that her artist’s statement said right off ...

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Celebrating the Tall Ships

Monday, July 9, 2012 | Karl Cole

This week the Tall Ships came to Boston, as they usually do to help celebrate the 4th of July. It’s a thrilling spectacle; especially since these are ships from all over the world. This year it ...

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African American History Month 2012 I

Friday, February 10, 2012 | Karl Cole

There are many artists whose name is not a household word. That is particularly true for women, and African Americans. Additionally, artists who are self-taught and have a unique vision aside from mai ...

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Pioneer of American Genre

Monday, November 21, 2011 | Karl Cole

Let’s celebrate Thanksgiving with a bountiful kitchen scene from 1800s America! This really isn’t going to be about a “woman’s domain” or “only women cook”; b ...

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Photography in 21st Century

Monday, October 31, 2011 | Karl Cole

With the Davis Art Gallery doing a show of contemporary photography coming up on November 3rd, I decided to introduce you all to a photographer whom I’ve come to appreciate in the last year or s ...

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Women's History Month 2011 II

Monday, March 14, 2011 | Karl Cole

I have always held the belief that there has been no period in history when women did not play significant roles as artists. Traditional western art history texts just failed to mention women who were ...

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African American History Month 2010 I

Monday, February 8, 2010 | Karl Cole

To celebrate African American History Month, I’m going to feature black artists the month of February. Naturally, I’m going to start with one of my favorites, Horace Pippin. ...

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"Outsider" Art

Monday, October 19, 2009 | Karl Cole

I really don’t know what I think about the term “outsider art.” Wait, of course I know what I think! I always think it’s unfortunate when any art produced outside of the status ...

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