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Art Discovery Recap: Portrait Perfect

Capturing the likeness and essence of another living being is no easy feat, but for artists Judith Dickinson, Ted Nuttall and Robin Damore, it’s a passion. In this week’s Art Discovery, these talented portrait artists share how they each approach portraiture, how they capture the essence of their subjects, what draws them to portraiture, and […]

Art Discovery Recap: Timeless Traditions

Meet the artists who’ve dedicated years of their lives to studying some of the timeless traditions of art and craftsmanship. From the ancient art of Japanese kimono making to hand stone carving to saddle making, these artists found their passion in traditions that have been passed down through generations.

Art Discovery Recap: Let’s Have Some Fun

Picture this: a grand reading room with hot pink cats that at first glance look more like a pair of feathered boas. Or a totem pole stacked high with relics from your childhood like a potato chip bucket, Sylvester the cat mug, and Mickey Mouse. These are just some of the ideas swirling through the […]

Art Discovery Recap: The Western Story

Western art, when accurately portrayed, creates a record of a story that is uniquely American. The scenes of Native Americans, cowboys, horses, and rolling landscapes have long captivated audiences through film and art. Portrayals of life in the West often have themes of adventure and independence but there are larger themes that are integral in […]

Art Discovery Recap: The Inspirational Impact of Art

There is a deep power in the telling of a story. Even deeper is the connection of a shared story––and that’s precisely what the artists from this week’s Art Discovery accomplish through their art. While they come from vastly different backgrounds, they’ve discovered one shared truth: everyone is searching for connection, whether that’s connection to […]

Art Discovery Recap: The Composition of Art

“Music and art are the guiding lights of the world.” – Pablo Picasso Art is the language that gives voice to the feelings and emotions that seem otherwise impossible to articulate. Some artists will take a chisel to stone or a pen to paper or a chord to keys. Some will even mix mediums and […]

Art Discovery Recap: Art of the Gem

Elizabeth Taylor once said, “Jewelry has the power to be the one little thing that makes you feel unique.” And indeed, when that jewelry is crafted by the hands of an artist, the feeling is extraordinary. For jewelry artists Luciano Bortone, Isabelle Posillico, and Paul Farmer, they feel their work is akin to creating miniature […]

Wax On, Wax Off Recap

Encaustic, derived from the Greek word meaning “to paint” or “to burn”, is arguably the most archival medium. Dating back as early as the 5th century BC, this process of heating wax was first used to seal ships but the unmistakable waxy layers have also appeared in many ancient paintings. This primitive and somewhat practical […]

Art Discovery Recap: Addition Through Subtraction

“The sculpture is already complete within the marble block before I start my work. It is already there, I just have to chisel away the superfluous material.” ~ Michelangelo Subtractive art is a process of discovery in which raw materials are carefully removed as the artist unearths the story within. For artists Brian Sykes, Alan […]

Art Discovery Recap: Nature Works

“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to […]

Art Discovery Recap: Curating a Collection to Celebrate

What makes you a collector? Art can be intimidating to many who’ve never interacted with an artist or purchased a piece. But being a collector is a mindset more than anything. It’s not about the cost, caliber or size of your collection. It’s about the love for collecting. “When I was collecting posters, I considered […]

Art Discovery Recap: Functional and Fabulous

Art serves many functions. It can be used to communicate a message, evoke an emotion or simply take you back to a joyous memory. But even beyond the seemingly intangible experience of art, it actually can serve very practical (and utilitarian) purposes. A number of talented artists have figured out how to take fabulous art […]

Art Discovery: The Key to Composition

Composition involves a series of technical elements such as space utilization and how objects are positioned on the canvas. But the decisions an artist makes about composition can influence the larger meaning and message of the piece, too. Composition is not always about creating a faithful rendering of a realistic scene. Sometimes, it’s about using […]

Art Discovery: The Art of the Bronze

“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.” ~ Henri Bergson Change is an essential part of life. For sculptors who work in bronze, change and mutation are intrinsic to their work, and themes related to change often shine through in their pieces. Bronze […]

Art Discovery: Nature as Art

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”—Frank Lloyd Wright Artists have long been drawn to nature as a source of inspiration for their art. Prehistoric art dating back 45,000 years features wild pigs, and the famous Lascaux cave paintings depict horses, bulls and cows. Nature is ever-changing, and thus […]

Art Discovery: Tools of the Trade

“Behind every beautiful thing built by man there is a beautiful idea, and behind every beautiful idea there is a beautiful inspiration, and behind every beautiful inspiration there is a magical glance of the artistic mind to the world!”—Mehmet Murat Ildan The artistic process is incredibly personal. While the physical tools an artist uses to […]

Art Discovery: The Melting Point

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.”—Henry David Thoreau Working with glass teaches you the importance of living in the moment. It is a fickle and dangerous medium, and often does what it pleases. There is a constant tug-of-war between the artist and the glass, […]

Art Discovery: Considering A Custom Commission?

Getting a custom piece of artwork can be one of the most special and everlasting ways to commemorate a moment, a place or a person –– or simply to tailor a piece to your style. In this Art Discovery, artists Judith Dickinson and Heidi Rosner share how they go about commissions. Regardless of the subject matter, […]

Art Discovery: Architectural Influence on Jewelry

“Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; […]

Art Discovery: Monumental Installations

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” —Pericles A profound and honest sentiment, but it could be argued that sculpture artists, particularly large-scale sculpture artists whose work graces public spaces, actually leave both behind.  For Bryce Pettit, Ryan Schmidt and Todd […]

Art Discovery: The Line Between Abstraction and Realism

“Nobody is visually naive any longer. We are cluttered with images, and only abstract art can bring us to the threshold of the divine.” ~ Dominique de Menilm, well-known philanthropist, activist, and art collector. Of course, the art world did not always see things the way Dominique did. The Impressionists, who sought to capture light, […]

Art Discovery: The Allure of the Figure

Pablo Picasso once said, “Neither is there figurative and non-figurative art. All things appear to us in the shape of forms. Even in metaphysics ideas are expressed by forms. Well then, think how absurd it would be to think of painting without the imagery of forms. A figure, an object, a circle, are forms; they […]

Art Discovery: Art of Joy

“The true value of art lies not in the product that is created, but in the portal it provides to higher forms of consciousness, fearlessness, and love.”  – Whitney Ferre’ In this Art Discovery virtual series, we chat with artists, collectors, and enthusiasts about how they create and experience the joy of art. Art can […]

Art Discovery: All About Glass

Glass artists are truly shapeshifters as they take raw glass tubes or shards then heat and manipulate them through various techniques including glass blowing, flamework, fusing, casting and stained glass. The end result can range from small to very large installations that captivate the viewer. In our latest episode of Art Discovery, artists Caleb Siegler, […]

Art Discovery: Wonders of Wildlife

Wildlife and nature have long captivated our imagination. For many, being out in nature and experiencing the wild feeds the soul and renews the spirit. Wildlife artists capture the sensation of being close to nature and allow us to bring it home.  In our first fully virtual Art Discovery, artists Paul Rhymer, Cathy Sheeter, and […]

Art Discovery: Facts & Facets of Jewelry Making

“Jewelry has the power to be the one little thing that makes you feel unique.” – Elizabeth Taylor. In this Art Discovery virtual series, artists Shelli Kahl, Diana Ferguson, and Paul Farmer share their inspiration and visions of how to make a stunning statement with jewelry.  With a keen eye, these jewelry makers have perfected […]

Art Discovery: Figuratively Speaking

“And painted portraits have a life of their own that comes from deep in the soul of the painter and where the machine can’t go.” – Vincent Van Gogh The human form is the conduit through which we experience life and the instrument through which we express our emotions. In a general sense, art captures […]

Art Discovery Live: Turn Up the Heat

“Heat, like gravity, penetrates every substance of the universe, its rays occupy all parts of space.” ~ Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier Heat, when applied to certain raw materials, has the ability to completely transform the chemical structure of that material. And some artists have tapped into this fascinating process to transform raw materials –– metals, […]

Art Discovery: Landscapes and Light

Paul Cezanne once said, “To paint from nature is not to paint the subject, but to realize sensations.” Ask any landscape painter today and they would agree. Capturing the light and atmosphere is key to revealing the “sensations” of the landscape. In this Art Discovery session, artists Martin Blundell, Kirk Randle, Becky Pashia and Matt […]

Art Discovery: Captivating Objects

Bringing everyday, seemingly ordinary, objects to life is one of the most challenging and rewarding tasks for an artist. Yet, by masterfully organizing these inanimate objects in just the right way, they find a way to captivate viewers and evoke emotional responses.  In this Art Discovery, four talented still life artists share how they approach […]

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