Laura

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Polka Dots in the Garden

I had the distinct pleasure of going to the New York Botanical Garden over the holiday weekend to experience the artistry of Yayoi Kusama’s work. There were several displays throughout the garden—from trees wrapped in polka dot paper to a yellow and black pumpkin exhibit that gave the optical illusion of going on forever. Kusama… Read More

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A Little Art Goes A Long Way

A few weeks back, I heard a wonderful story on CBS This Morning about the “Free Little Art Gallery.” It was modeled after the “Free Little Library” which has sprung up across the nation, where you share books—leave a book, take a book. The Free Little Art Gallery is a similar idea. It was started… Read More

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Un Hombre Cohete / A Rocket Man

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, I came across a very impressive American. His name is Franklin Chang-Díaz. Originally from Costa Rica, Chang-Díaz became a physical engineer, physicist, and is a former NASA Astronaut (he was NASA’s first Hispanic astronaut). He is also the founder and current CEO of Ad Astra Rocket Company, a leading… Read More

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Behind the Scenes

This weekend, while watching CBS This Morning, there was a segment devoted to “Rescuing Scenic Backdrops from Hollywood’s Golden Age.” It’s so interesting to learn where all the better known painted movie back-drops went, such as the Yellow Brick Road in The Wizard of Oz, the water and mountains as seen from the terrace in… Read More

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Thierry Mugler: Couturissime

My family and I recently had the privilege to travel to Montreal, Canada over the 4th of July holiday. Since it was extremely hot while we were there, we decided to visit the Montreal Museum of Art and enjoy an air conditioned venue instead of the oppressive heat and humidity outside. We were pleasantly surprised… Read More

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Getting Back to Civics

In light of the fact that we recently had mid-term elections, I thought it would be timely to share a website that was created at the suggestion of the retired Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor. The website is: https://www.icivics.org. Her rationale for creating this website was because she felt that younger people weren’t turning out to… Read More

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Jihan Zencirli’s balloon installation

I have had the distinct privilege of attending the New York City Ballet on a regular basis for the last 20 years due to my good friend, Cathy, having a subscription with wonderful seats in the second tier of the David Koch Theater. It has truly been one of the great pleasures of my life.… Read More

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The Roycrofters

I am currently reading a very interesting book by Erik Larson called Dead Wake about the sinking of the Lusitania (a luxury passenger ship) by a German submarine during World War I. What’s so interesting about the book is that the author writes in the style of fiction, even though this is a true story… Read More

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Capturing Characters

Regardless of who you voted for in the presidential election, there is a certain illustrator out there who is able to capture the essence of the person. His name is Robert Carley—from Darien, Connecticut—who has been sketching presidents for many years. A recent article in the Sunday Art & Style section of the Stamford Advocate… Read More