Art for April Fool’s Day

by: Kathy McShane April 3, 2021

For April Fools’ Day, here are some pieces of art that seem appropriate. They are associated with tricks of the eye, with a hoax, with having fun with the observer, being incongruent with the expected, or just being a little “out there.” Enjoy!

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Redefining Textile Art

by: Kathy McShane March 15, 2021

There is a growing body of textile artists whose work is difficult to categorize. Their creations frequently expand the boundaries of the traditional crafts that have been described and discussed above and often use their medium to address a range of topics. These are just a couple of examples. 2021… Read More

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Women Painting Women Painting

by: Kathy McShane March 8, 2021

This brief piece attempts to show, through the ages, how women artists have chosen to portray themselves or other women as artists. This sample of artworks spans four centuries, from the mid-sixteenth century to the mid-twentieth century.

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African American Artists

by: Kathy McShane February 28, 2021

In honor of Black History Month, this piece features African American artists. Full disclosure, this obviously can’t cover all the major artists, so I am focusing on some who spoke to me. The artistic careers of the 13 artists represented in this piece span the late 19th century to the present day. They were active in a broad range of media and styles, from impressionist to abstract expressionist painting, to sculpture, collage, and quilting. The African American experience through the years is a common thread across artistic styles and media.

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Art for Valentine’s Day

by: Kathy McShane February 18, 2021

Art for Valentine’s Day For Valentine’s Day, here are ten influential works of art that evoke love and romance. Although half of them have the same title, The Kiss, they represent a range of art movements and media. 2021-02-14-Art-for-Valentines-Day download

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