2 Nov, 2017

Cloisonné – Beauty Below the Surface

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With all the barbarism we're facing these days (the truck-ramming terror attack in New York being the latest), I find it's good to remind ourselves of all the beauty and [...]

12 Jun, 2017

Snail Mail Art

June 12th, 2017|Tags: , , |

I adore snail mail art. As a kid, I loved to draw. That pastime, along with several others, has remained in my childhood. Over the past few years, however, I've [...]

1 Feb, 2016

The Gift of a Poetry Reading

February 1st, 2016|Tags: , , |

Yesterday I treated myself: I went to a poetry reading. Normally, I am loath to schlep up to the north side of the city on a Sunday afternoon, but it [...]

13 May, 2015

The Sweetest Little Gift

May 13th, 2015|Tags: , |

I just had to share this: My 17-year-old son gave me this for Mother's Day--a tiny rose he crafted from tin and copper, propped into the cutest little vase, namely [...]

19 Nov, 2013

Art: Boring Today, Interesting Tomorrow?

November 19th, 2013|Tags: , , |

Pierce Hall, in its current state of half demolition For my Artist's Dates these past two weeks, I attended the two-evening Bookmakers program offered jointly by the Smart Museum and the [...]

30 Sep, 2013

Bemelmans Bar

September 30th, 2013|Tags: , , |

Note to self: Next time I'm in New York, I must visit Bemelmans Bar. Sadly, up until a recent issue of the Wall Street Journal magazine, I wasn't aware of [...]

1 Jul, 2013

Report from a Literary Hybrid/Book Arts Workshop

July 1st, 2013|Tags: , , |

Ellen Sheffield's Book Arts Studio at Kenyon College One of my housemates at the Kenyon Writer's Workshop was Mimi Chiang, and not only did we hit it off right away, [...]

29 Jun, 2013

Read!

June 29th, 2013|Tags: , , |

  Need I say more? Art book by Sue Sommers, created in the Literary Hybrid/Book Arts class at the Kenyon Writers Workshop

26 Jun, 2013

Book Arts

June 26th, 2013|Tags: , |

Art Book by N.E. Skinner This year, the Kenyon Writers Workshop included a class on Literary Hybrid/Book Arts. While it was hard to listen to the presentations of the book [...]

24 Jun, 2013

Crows – a Haiku

June 24th, 2013|Tags: , |

Crows on parapet Ordinary enough, right? Except they don't move. Today is the Blogathon's Haiku Day, meaning you can try to your hand at this originally Japanese form of poetry, [...]

23 Jun, 2013

Art that Went Straight to My Heart: Ori Gersht at the Gund Gallery

June 23rd, 2013|Tags: , , |

 Ori Gersht Exhibit at the Gund Gallery - It can't be a coincidence, can it, that the panels featuring trees are hung next to the grand window framing the [...]

5 Jun, 2013

Art on the Wall

June 5th, 2013|Tags: , |

I've never quite understood decoraters' advice to cover bare walls by hunting for art at flea markets, poster shops or online art stores, but perhaps I am just lucky: All [...]

8 Feb, 2013

A Blog Thank You

February 8th, 2013|Tags: , |

Article in the French Jewish magazine Tenou'a featuring the same art work by Michael Thompson I featured last May. Coming on the heels of my damp review of hosting guest [...]

25 Sep, 2012

My Six-Word Jewish Memoir

September 25th, 2012|Tags: , , |

I've shared Debbie Lekousis' Star of David origami work before, but I love it so much I thought I'd share it again as it is sort of fitting for today. [...]

3 Aug, 2012

Art: Sunsets by Lauren Carter

August 3rd, 2012|Tags: |

"What is this?" I asked myself when I first spotted this sculpture at the entrance of the Hyde Park Art Center's recent exhibit Hairy Blob. I'm currently taking a photography class there (just [...]

23 Jul, 2012

A Spanish Colonial House in Shanghai

July 23rd, 2012|Tags: , , , |

After featuring a renovated Shanghai lane house, I want to give you another insight into living in contemporary Shanghai with a few shots of the home of Patricia Lambert, which [...]

11 Jun, 2012

Literary Magazine Layout

June 11th, 2012|Tags: , , , , |

The past few days I've become obsessed with creating a book in blurb, as I am handling the layout of the literary magazine my son's school is publishing. It's been [...]

8 Jun, 2012

Haunting Photography by Susanne Helmert

June 8th, 2012|Tags: , |

Home of Forgotten Souls by Susanne Helmert As promised in my post about last weekend's 57th Street Art Fair, I'm sharing some photography today, namely the work of photographer Susanne Helmert, whom I discovered [...]

5 Jun, 2012

At the 57th Street Art Fair

June 5th, 2012|Tags: , |

Howard Scott's funny maps intrigue visitors at the 57th Street Art Fair Browsing the 57th Street Art Fair, right in our very own neighborhood of Hyde Park in Chicago, is [...]

26 May, 2012

Roy Lichtenstein at the Art Institute of Chicago

May 26th, 2012|Tags: |

Photo of Roy Lichtenstein's "Compositions" via Museo Madre I think I've gotten into the habit of featuring art on Saturdays, so today I'm sharing the one painting that I really liked [...]

19 May, 2012

Art: Kosher by Michael Thompson

May 19th, 2012|Tags: |

Kosher by Chicago artist Michael Thompson, courtesy of MichaelThompsonArt.com Something for Shabbat - I saw this recently at the Write Now - Artists & Letterforms Exhibit at the Chicago Cultural [...]

12 May, 2012

Origami Peep Toe Pumps

May 12th, 2012|Tags: |

Another day off for me, so I'm sharing another one of Debbie Lekousis's stunning origami creations. The amazing thing is that she even wore these to a party, keeping on her [...]

11 May, 2012

I Want to Be in Kindergarten

May 11th, 2012|Tags: |

Even though my kids are now in high school and 6th grade, I still want to be in Kindergarten. After all the grades they've been through, Kindergarten is still my [...]

5 May, 2012

Origami Star of David

May 5th, 2012|Tags: , |

Since it is the Sabbath today, I am taking the day off and leaving you with this stunning origami Star of David by my colleague and accomplished artist Debbie Lekousis. [...]

2 Feb, 2012

The Art of Dr. Seuss

February 2nd, 2012|Tags: |

There is one more thing I wanted to share with you from my visit to the recent Dr. Seuss and the Art of Invention Exhibit at the Museum of Science [...]

18 Jan, 2012

Green Eggs & Ham: A Story with 50 Words

January 18th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

These days, in the age of soundbites, we challenge ourselves to tell stories in no more than 140 characters (on Twitter), or no more than six words (see the Six [...]

8 Jan, 2012

Dr. Seuss’s Creative Process

January 8th, 2012|Tags: , , , , |

The Christmas Around the World exhibit also wrapped up today. Fittingly, the Great Hall with the big Christmas Tree was decorated with Grinch posters. Today was the last day of [...]

1 Dec, 2011

Encounter with Art

December 1st, 2011|Tags: , |

When you first approach the Midway, you wonder: What shines so bright between the trees at night? In Chicago you don't have to go to a museum to experience art. Rather, [...]

28 May, 2011

Note from Charlotte: Visiting Niki de Saint Phalle

May 28th, 2011|Tags: , |

Last weekend I was in Charlotte, NC for the alumni conference of the Queens MFA Program in Creative Writing, and I made a point of swinging by downtown and the [...]

20 Jan, 2011

The Missing Narrative

January 20th, 2011|Tags: , |

I saw Edvard Munch’s painting “The Girl at the Window” at the Art Institute of Chicago again this Monday. (This month admission is free, so the Art Institute is seeing [...]

10 Jan, 2011

Strong Verbs and the Art Institute

January 10th, 2011|Tags: , |

“As a creative person, it’s good to visit places like the Art Institute; they always inspire you in unexpected ways,” I said to my daughter as we left the Art [...]

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