A Dose of Culture in Adams Morgan

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If you’re in Adams Morgan and you’re feeling fine, stop in to Morton Fine Art and get a dose of culture. Adams Morgan may be best known for its bars and nightlife, but you should visit during the day and check out Morton — it’s quiet and dignified, but edgy and au courant. Morton Fine Art wears many hats. They want you …

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

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Los Angeles is home to some of the world’s best art, and a great way to view some of it is to visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), a beautifully manicured outdoor campus comprised of several art-filled buildings. LACMA also provides plenty of outdoor space to walk or to sit and relax and enjoy LA’s fabulous weather. …

Bringing Beauty to Blighted Landscapes

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Bringing beauty to a blighted landscape is one of the greatest gifts an artist can give his or her community. Once derided as vandals and criminals, graffiti artists are gaining a new respect, and one prime example is the Wynwood Walls exhibit in Miami. The project was the brainchild of Tony Goldman, a community developer and devotee of the arts, …

Can Art Make Us Happy?

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What is it about art that makes artists want to keep creating it? Why have all civilizations from the beginning of humanity created art in one form or another?  Why do we ensure that our young children color and finger-paint? The answer, according to a compelling article in Psychology Today, provides a simple answer:  Art makes us happy. The article …

Under Pressure

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My painting of Freddie Mercury is finished and shown below! With the death of David Bowie still in the hearts and minds of many, I thought it appropriate to share a video of Bowie performing “Under Pressure” with Annie Lennox at the Freddie Mercury tribute concert in 1992. David Bowie co-wrote the song with Queen. I hope you enjoy the performance below. 

My Favorite Paintings From Santa Fe!

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According to www.santafe.org, Santa Fe, New Mexico has the third largest art market in the U.S. based on sales and boasts more than 250 art galleries and dealers. That’s one of the benefits I enjoy when going to Santa Fe to visit my in-laws who live there. On this Santa Fe trip, I visited lots of galleries and wanted to share a …

Top 10 Contemporary Art Galleries In Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Santa Fe, New Mexico is a charming city rich with culture and art. Its hundreds of art galleries make it an international destination for artists and art collectors. I’ll be traveling to Santa Fe in a couple days to visit my in-laws. I found a helpful list of Santa Fe’s best contemporary art galleries I plan to use to guide my gallery tour! …

Freddie Mercury! Did You Know?

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I am about to start a portrait painting of Freddie Mercury, the late, flamboyant, lead singer for the rock band Queen.  This is why I decided to honor the legendary mustache-laden Brit with awesome pipes by sharing tidbits about Freddie and his band below. 1. Freddie Mercury Ranked #2 on Billboard’s List of The 25 Best Rock Front Men (and …