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Going Native by Torey Wahlstrom

The Pinxterbloom Azalea, also known as Pink Azalea or Pinxter Flower, is a frothy pink and white species native to the Southeast. It's often found blooming near rivers or creeks, and a cluster of these shrubs grow wild at the edge of my pond. I must have checked the pond every day for a month this past spring, rather impatiently…

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Renaissance Frescoes – A Slice of Life by Anita Wolfenden

During the Renaissance, artistic ideals changed from a serious and formal way of depicting subjects, generally religious,  to a much more realistic style incorporating scenes from common life. "Man is the measure of all things" was the motto of the time, and painters began to include details from daily life in their frescoes. With the invention of the perspective, paintings acquired a firm place…

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Trash to Treasures by Nancy L. Smith

  Last summer, I began painting with an artist group at a friend’s studio. The tables we used were covered with white paper for protection of the surfaces, but by the end of two months the papers collected quite a mess of paint and marks. I didn’t see the beauty in those papers until I participated in an artist challenge…

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Evolution of an Idea by Luna Lee Ray

Every winter, my thoughts shift from the skies to what lurks underground.  Dormant seeds and water channels were on my mind this past winter and I began a series of small pieces inspired by these thoughts.  In this series, I focused on the idea of a seed, or a cell, and its micro-environment. Soon after working on these pieces, I…

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Simple to Scintillating by Trudy Thomson

Marbled patterns on silk can be simple: ripples, swirls and shapes, or scintillating: cross currents of different patterns and colors sweeping across the landscape of fabric. I remain fascinated by the many different forms I can create and continue to be informed by the patterns found in nature, as seen in water, in the sky, and on the earth. My highly decorative art…

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Sculpture by Dan Murphy

People have always been curious to learn about the creative process. "Where do you get your ideas?... How long does it take?... Do you draw it first?"... etc. When I am asked these questions, here is what I have to say about my process: In the past, I have occasionally had a complete and preconceived idea, gone to my studio, detailed drawings…

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A Journal Sketchbook by Linda Passman

This summer, I returned to the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts to hear live music at Tanglewood and attend dance programs at Jacobs Pillow. As usual, I brought my journal-sketchbook with me like I do whenever I go on a trip or attend a concert, theatre or dance program. The drawings you see in this article are just a few of the images I…

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Short Stories About Hand-Made Chairs by Elia Bizzarri

If you haven't had a chance to stop by Elia Bizzarri's shop in Hillsborough and meet him, this story might give you a feeling for one of things he enjoys about making and delivering his Windsor chairs. Here is what he has to say about his craft: With the delivery of each chair order, the customer gets a short, written story from me about…

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The Draw Knife by Elia Bizzarri

If there is one iconic tool of the chairmaker, it is the drawknife. In my youth, both Drew Langsner and John Alexander taught me its use. I had the drawknife licked, or so I thought. Several years later, 17-year-old Curtis Buchanan agreed for me spend a week in his Jonesborough, TN Windsor Chair Shop. Curtis effortlessly and without measurement whittled a complicated…

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