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The Frick Collection Embraces Modernity
Reminiscent of the Gilded Age, this mansion in Manhattan, NYC was designed as a museum with specific guidelines. During my visit, I found the Frick Collection presenting contemporary works alongside its collection.

The Many 'Firsts' in the History of Art
When asked, 'Who was the first artist?' or 'What was the first work of art?' the answers are not that simple. I'll discuss the many 'firsts' in art and possibly reveal the answers to these questions.

Turning Point in the Success of Impressionist Art
The Impressionists of the late 19thc were mocked by Europeans from the start. An unlikely art dealer supported the artists and implemented an ingenious way of selling and marketing their works.

The Owl as Represented in Renaissance Art
Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch painted the owl the most of all artists in his time. I'll discuss possible reasons why and how its significance varies - including his famous 'Garden of Earthly Delights'.

'Leda and the Swan' as Popularized by Artists
The Greek legend from Ovid's 'Metamorphoses' is a love story with a twist. This theme inspired Leonardo to create multiple versions - thereby influencing artists for centuries.

Dragons as Mythical Creatures in Art
Originating in Egypt, depicted in the Medieval period, described in the Bible; and brought to life by today’s technology, I'll discuss how various cultures have adopted this fire-breathing reptile.

One WV School's Art Program a Welcome Oasis
To most of us, an art curriculum may seem mundane, but to one WV elementary school it is a respite from some unthinkable conditions.

Flowers in Art from the Dutch Golden Age
The Dutch have had a national passion for flowers - beginning in the 16thc. I'll discuss interesting aspects of floral arrangements then and now and artists who painted flowers (and one who didn't).

Genius of Vermeer the Artist
If you have ever seen a painting by Johannes Vermeer, you will notice extraordinary brushwork and colors (to die for). I will discuss the camera obscura and highlights from this Dutch artist's oeuvre.

Elephants in Art + Their Fate
Let's face facts: the future of the African elephant is possible extinction. Even as a child I have respected these magnificent animals. I will discuss startling stats and artists’ tributes to these 'gentle giants'.

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