Mary Ellen

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Kindness Counts

Last Summer, while visiting Newport, Rhode Island, my daughter and I met up with a local friend and as we chatted we could not help but notice his shirt. He wore a T-shirt that simply said, “Be Kind to Everyone.” Our friend Bill provided us with the story behind his shirt, which was called “Jordyn’s… Read More

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Sticks and Stones

Jon Foreman is a Wales-based artist who creates organic arrangements of land art made from stones, broken glass, driftwood, ashes, leaves, seashells, and debris. His densely arranged pieces are found sweeping across the sand on the coast of Pembrokeshire, Wales where he currently lives. His exquisite constructions can also be found inland, where he meticulously… Read More

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Sam the Big Gulp

Artist Sam Keller (aka the Big Gulp) grew up in Brooklyn, NY. As a child he was drawn to the environment surrounding him and he would find and collect objects from the streets of New York. In Keller’s teenage years, his bedroom walls were decorated with advertisements collected from NY subway cars. His interest went… Read More

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Pysanky, the Ukrainian Easter Tradition

Where did coloring eggs originate? Not with eggs dipped with a Paas color kit, which is a treasured US Easter tradition. Historically, the coloring of eggs has been taking place for 6000 years. Early Pagans in the Ukraine believed that eggs were a symbol of nature’s rebirth and they colorfully decorated eggs with symbols as… Read More

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What’s All the Buzz?

Bee Bricks are buzzing and are becoming a new building mandate in the City of Brighton and Hove in the UK. Bee Bricks are building blocks with little cavities to encourage solitary species of bees to nest in them. In nature, solitary bees are pollinators who do not produce honey and comprise 90% of all… Read More

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Talent Beyond His Years

Andres Valencia is a ten-year-old fourth grader from San Diego, CA. Andres Valencia is also a sensation within the contemporary art scene. Born in 2011, Andres started painting at the age of 5. He works with a mixture of oil stick, oil and acrylic paint while standing on a step stool. He has become known… Read More

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‘Tis the season

There are children around the world who are not able to go to school because their days are spent hauling water for their family’s survival. This realization alarmed two young sisters from Texas and motivated them to try to make a difference for these innocent children. The pair discovered that not only are these children… Read More

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Fascinating Faces from Our Past

Some may think creepy! Others may think cool! Wherever one’s feelings lie, all can agree that the work of Swedish sculptor and archaeologist Oscar Nilsson is amazing. I must admit that, at first, I was a creeped out by the faces featured on his website. Nilsson’s work focuses on facial reconstruction of people who lived thousands of… Read More

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Looking at the Happy Fun Side…

I first learned of Athens-based artist Teo Zirinis from a co-worker’s wife. She introduced me to his Instagram profile and I became immediately hooked. Since then, Zirinis’ quirky little creations have consistently brought a smile to my face! His work is silly, simple, and takes subtle jabs at familiar everyday items. His inanimate objects engage in hypothetical conversations laced… Read More