Gardens of the Mind

April 2006 | BY | Issue 49 | NO COMMENTS

Not every garden makes its home in rich, moist soil. Many spring into being from an artist’s imagination. The Shelburne Museum in Vermont has arranged three such gardens into summer exhibitions, a trio guaranteed to bedeck the garden, home and rooftop of the viewer’s mind. Georgia O’Keeffe contributes flowers and landscapes of the American Southwest; Tasha Tudor furnishes the home with whimsical illustrations of rural life; and the Shelburne Museum itself dipped into its permanent collection of weathervanes to showcase 50 of the finest rooftop decorations.

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Top 25 Cities for Art

April 2006 | BY | Issue 49 | NO COMMENTS

AmericanStyle readers love New York. And not just the city. Your affection extends beyond the boroughs all the way to western New York and the Finger Lakes region.

The votes for the 2006 Top 25 Arts Destinations are in, and reigning king New York City once again tops our list of Top 25 Big Cities, claiming the No. 1 spot for its third consecutive year. Buffalo, N.Y., muscled its way back to the top position on our Mid-Sized Cities list, while Corning, N.Y., claimed the No. 3 spot among the Top 25 Small Cities and Towns, behind Santa Fe, N.M., and Asheville, N.C.

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Editor’s Note

April 2006 | BY | Issue 49 | NO COMMENTS

We’re halfway to April as I write this and, despite the snow squall we had in Maryland this morning, my mind is thinking spring.

Splashy patches of forsythia already dot the landscape, while vanguards of daffodils are running riot on sunny hillsides. It won’t be long before the rest of nature catches up and armies of residential gardeners bring out the bedding plants, then get down on their knees to play in the dirt.

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Arts Travel: Small Town, Big Art

April 2006 | BY | Issue 49 | NO COMMENTS

With a population of just under 1,300 and no paved roads, Cape Dorset, Nunavet, seems an unlikely candidate as the cultural capital of Canada.

But nearly one in every four working residents of this village on Baffin Island is an artist, making it “Canada’s most artistic municipality,” according to a study by Hill Strategies Research in Hamilton, Ontario.

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Arts Travel: Rural Barns As Urban Art Easel

April 2006 | BY | Issue 49 | NO COMMENTS

David Ellis first took a group of like-minded artists on a trip to his hometown in rural North Carolina in 1999. During that pilgrimage, they spent the summer creating large-scale, wildstyle, post-graffiti collective murals on a series of old barns, tractor-trailers, shacks and farm equipment in Cameron, just east of Raleigh. The result? Cameron has become a mecca for the Brooklyn, N.Y.- based collective dubbed The Barnstormers.

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Arts Travel: Creative Inn-spiration

April 2006 | BY | Issue 49 | NO COMMENTS

Ever wish you had time to learn more about techniques you admire in a piece of your collection? Look no further. The Nichols Taos Fine Art Gallery in New Mexico has teamed with the nearby Fechin Inn to provide workshops for guests.

The “Artist With-Inn” program provides half- or full-day workshops oriented for everyone from beginners to masters. During the lessons, local and international artists teach techniques in oils, watercolor, pastels, printmaking and clay.

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Arts Travel: Miffy Goes to the Museum

April 2006 | BY | Issue 49 | NO COMMENTS

Dick Bruna created “miffy,” one of the most internationally beloved characters, and more than 100 picture books. In February, the Netherlands honored him by opening the dick bruna huis at the Centraal Museum in Utrecht. The addition features a retrospective exhibition of Bruna’s work, showing his early career all the way through the familiar picture [...]

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Arts Travel: Atlanta Greets Sculptural Romp

April 2006 | BY | Issue 49 | NO COMMENTS

The largest collection of Niki de Saint Phalle’s outdoor sculptures ever gathered goes on view April 29 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. “Niki in the Garden” features more than 35 of Saint Phalle’s large sculptures, which form a world of enormous animals, totem poles, sports heroes and her famous Nanas (French for “babes” or “chicks”)—oversized, powerful women celebrating life in the brightest colors. The sculptures, up to 18 feet high, are embellished with mirrors, glass, semi-precious stones and ceramic mosaics.

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Heavyweight Looters

April 2006 | BY | Issue 49 | NO COMMENTS

More than 20 large bronze sculptures, weighing as much as two tons, have been stolen from museums, sculpture gardens and private collections in and around London in the past year, according to The New York Times. The mystified police believe that the thefts must be connected.

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Arts Travel: Stanford: 0, Canada: 1

April 2006 | BY | Issue 49 | NO COMMENTS

No, it’s not a hockey score. Rather, our neighbors to the north have made a point for free speech. Fearing a controversy, Stanford University President John L. Hennessy rejected artist Dennis Oppenheim’s inverted church sculpture “Device to Root Out Evil” in 2004. This, despite the fact that the work had been commissioned by the university’s President’s Panel on Art.

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Arts Tour: Coastal Maine

April 2006 | BY | Issue 49 | NO COMMENTS

The rolling, pine- and spruce-studded landscape of Maine’s Blue Hill Peninsula can’t be contained by the mapmaker-challenging coastline. It repeatedly furls and unfurls itself, befuddling drivers and confounding direction mavens. Causeways and bridges connect islands, coves cosset sleepy fishing villages, and blueberry bushes and artists’ studios and galleries dot the byways.

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