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“Out There” at Maine College of Art

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Faculty art shows at colleges and universities all over the universe tend to be wonderfully democratic yet wildly... Read More »

‘Our Victories Are Temporary, but Our Defeats Are Permanent’

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A Timeline of New England Environmental Battles New England has seen major environmental conflicts for decades. Yankee polled... Read More »

‘Wedded Bliss’ in Salem, Massachusetts

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Of all the types of art exhibitions — group shows, career retrospectives, recent work, juried competitions, survey shows,... Read More »

25 Cent Children’s Classics

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What is the best-selling children’s book of all-time? My first guess would have been The Tale of Peter... Read More »

A Catholic View of Art

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Back in May, New York Times art critic Michael Kimmelman, commenting on a coincidence of exhibitions of paintings... Read More »

A Dozen Favorite Art Galleries in Maine

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Read Ed’s blog about New England art, Just Looking In 30 years of writing about art in Maine... Read More »

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Links

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When I drove down to the Elizabeth Moss Gallery in the Falmouth, Maine, Shopping Center, the show I... Read More »

A Summer Flower Show

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As I sit here at the keyboard, my backyard view is of gardens punctuated by deep red bee... Read More »

Abandoned Buildings, Manicured Grounds

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There is an old farmhouse on the edge of the town where I live that has stood forlorn... Read More »

Abstraction Based on Observation

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Jon Imber spends part of the year in the city and part of the year in a small... Read More »

African-American Art in Maine

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Maine is not only white with snow this time of year, racially it is also one of the... Read More »

An Ecumenical Pilgrimage to Holy Cross

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In this day and age when religious extremism threatens us both at home and abroad, it is both... Read More »

An Elegant Ensemble of Encaustic

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First, let me confess that in 30 years of writing about art in Maine and New England, I... Read More »

Apocalypse Maine

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Biennial art exhibitions, whether by invitation only or juried shows open to all, have become waypoints on the... Read More »

Art “Associated” With Maine

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The nature and character of a juried exhibition is in part a function of the artists who submit... Read More »

Art As Experience

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Garry Mitchell lives about five miles from me in North Yarmouth, Maine, yet for some reason I have... Read More »

Art as Installation and Performance

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Traditionally, the visual arts have been object-oriented, involving the creation of paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture. Increasingly over... Read More »

Art as Invention and Play

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Last week, in reporting on the Boston Art Awards, I noted that “When the market is bad and... Read More »

Art at Colby

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The Colby College Museum of Art is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an exhibition and a book, both... Read More »

Art at Play in Brattleboro

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Making art is both a serious form of human inquiry and a form of imaginative play. The five... Read More »

Art At The Edge

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Just three months ago I reported on the ambitious beginnings of the Portsmouth Museum of Fine Art and... Read More »

Art City By The Sea

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Greenhut Galleries in Portland began mounting a biennial Portland Show in 2002 to mark its 25th anniversary. The... Read More »

Art Detectives in Hartford

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Art conservators have many of the same hi-tech sensing and imaging technologies available to them that medical and... Read More »

Art Flows in Cultural Pittsfield

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Jump In! at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts (through October 31) in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts, is a... Read More »

Art of Ancient Iraq

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The art and culture of the ancient Middle East is not one of my strong points, so I... Read More »

Art Without Borders

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People used to cross the U.S.-Canadian border casually, driving across the St. Croix River from Calais, Maine, into... Read More »

Artist As Activist and Agitator

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Shepard Fairey is suddenly everywhere – in the news, on walls, buildings and bridges, in museums, and, yes,... Read More »



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