Arts Travel: The Year of the Museum, or Not?

December 2005 | BY | Issue 47 | NO COMMENTS

Museums across the country will celebrate themselves in 2006, which has been declared the Year of the Museum by none other than the American Association of Museums (AAM). But 365 days of self-promotion may not be the prescription for what’s ailing the visual arts in the U.S.

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Arts Travel: Small-Town Artists Think Big

December 2005 | BY | Issue 47 | NO COMMENTS

First, eagles and antiques lovers flocked to Clarksville, Mo. Now, artists are joining them in this tiny town along the Mississippi River.

In addition to antiques shops, Clarksville (population 490) has galleries, potters, woodworkers, furniture and cabinet makers, jewelry makers, a blacksmith, a boat builder, photographers and two glass “hot shops.” Most arrived within the past few years, after Missouri and the community invited newcomers.

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Arts Travel: Palm Reading

December 2005 | BY | Issue 47 | NO COMMENTS

A single black-and-white photograph of an outstretched palm may hold a viewer’s attention for a moment or two. But larger-than-life-sized images of that same hand on buildings and billboards throughout a city require greater consideration.

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Arts Travel: Celebrating Mr. van Rijn

December 2005 | BY | Issue 47 | NO COMMENTS

Celebrating Mr. van Rijn

He’s better known by his first name, Rembrandt.

The Netherlands has launched a year-long celebration of the 400th anniversary of the artist’s birth, complete with exhibitions, festivals, walking tours and even “Rembrandt, the Musical.”

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Arts Tour: Southeastern Vermont

December 2005 | BY | Issue 47 | NO COMMENTS

There was a time when spa-seekers traveled to Brattleboro for the water cure. More than a century later the waters still revive, but therapy for the soul abounds on terra firma in the area’s exceptionally fine craft.

Not only does Vermont claim to have the country’s highest number of artists per capita, but, tucked in the state’s southeast corner, Brattleboro is repeatedly ranked among the country’s top art towns.

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Hurricanes Leave Pleas for Help

December 2005 | BY | Issue 47 | NO COMMENTS

With much of the Gulf Coast drying, cleaning, salvaging and rebuilding after the fury of Katrina and Rita, Hurricane Wilma hit Florida in late October. More than a month remained in the second consecutive and unusually brutal hurricane season.

Nonprofit organizations including the Craft Emergency Relief Fund, or CERF, (www.craft emergency.org) and the Southern Arts Federation (www.southarts.org) are hurrying to collect and distribute aid. Both websites have message boards for requesting and offering shelter, studio space, tools and materials.

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16 Versatile Artists to Read And Watch

December 2005 | BY | Issue 47 | NO COMMENTS

Susan Sollins brings together 18 artists from to speak about their work, their lives in art:21. Works by Eleanor Antin, Ellen Gallagher, Ann Hamilton are shown.

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Hitting the Road

December 2005 | BY | Issue 47 | NO COMMENTS

Traveling can be a great way to find new craft objects to bring into your home. Emi Ozawa’s “Cat Clocks” and Larry Halvorsen’s tea service are displayed on metal furniture by David Coddaire. The print is by Chin Yuen. Image courtesy of The Guild While there’s nothing wrong with staying close to home as you [...]

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Getting Down to Basics

December 2005 | BY | Issue 47 | NO COMMENTS

Before you can walk the walk, you’ve got to be able to talk the talk. In this section of the Q&A Guide, we’ll introduce you to some terms you’ll want to become familiar with and get you started in building your basic knowledge of American craft. Collecting is a continuous journey, and you’ll find that there’s always more to learn. That’s what makes it so exciting.

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Craft Art But Were Afraid to Ask

December 2005 | BY | Issue 47 | NO COMMENTS

Something special has caught your eye.

Maybe it happened during a museum visit, when you saw a figurative ceramic piece that really spoke to you. Or as you walked past a craft gallery and were struck by a certain piece of glass in the window playing with the light. Or during a party at the home of friends, when you discovered that the beautiful plates on the dinner table were all handmade.

Whatever the case, it opened your eyes to the world of American craft. And now, you can’t seem to get enough of it.

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Crafting a Collection

December 2005 | BY | Issue 47 | NO COMMENTS

Collecting can be seductive, addictive and occasionally even overwhelming. What follows are answers to everything from gallery etiquette to displaying and insuring your new treasures.

Walking into an art gallery is an intimidating prospect.
What do I need to know?
Visiting a craft gallery is a much different, and more personal, experience than breezing through your typical department store. Here are guidelines for gallery etiquette:

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