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Artists Fascinated by Darkness + Shadows
Mystery writers capture our imagination as to what/who lurks in the darkness. What does the 'Shadow' know? I’ll discuss artists who distinguish shadow from light in the mediums: engraving, etching, and painting.

Water as a Life Force in Art
We know the importance of drinking water to sustain our bodies. Many artists used water as a central or accompanying figure in their work. I’ll discuss those who I think capture the essence of water best.

Action Figures + #MeToo in Art from 17thc Italy
It may be surprising to know that action figures didn’t begin with Superman. I’ll discuss what I believe to be their origin and a goddess in Greek mythology who would certainly have been part of the #MeToo conversation.

Imagery with Hidden Meanings in Art
Throughout history, it is common for artists to devise a hidden meaning in their paintings – symbols, signs, messages. I’ll discuss some more notable artists and works that may be surprising to some.

American Artists From the Hudson River School
On a recent road trip through the mid-Atlantic states, my curiosity peeked about the artists from the Hudson River School. I’ll discuss some of their inspiration and achievements.

Demons, Demon Tamers + 'The Lost' in Art
We’re all familiar with author Dan Brown’s book/movie 'Angels and Demons', but the story of terror by demons can be traced back to Chinese mythology. I’ll discuss art that depicts these timeless themes.

The Dome in Environmental + Land Art
The dome is a familiar architectural wonder: the US Capitol, and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. I’ll discuss the origin of the dome and its influence on one environmental/land artist.

Words + Wordsmiths - the Language of Artists
Speech and the spoken word are powerful means of communication, but some artists convey thoughts through written words. I’ll discuss artists who used various mediums from the 15th c to the present.

Banned Natural Material Used in Art Objects
Continued pressure from special interest groups have helped 'curb' poaching of elephants, sea turtles, & factory farming of reptiles. I’ll discuss man-made materials that replace the natural.

An Art Resurgence in Naples. Why Now?
Italian Baroque artist Caravaggio fled there, Leonardo’s 'Salvator Mundi' was on display there, contemporary artist Clemente was born there, fashion and color designers are inspired by Naples. I'll explain, 'why not now'?

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