Mary Ellen

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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

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Blooming Watercolors

Japanese watercolorist Hiroki Takeda specializes in joyful “blooming” paintings featuring stylized living creatures such as cats, dogs, insects, and sea life. Takeda captures their gestural essence and then finalizes the body with botanical-themed images. Delicate leaves, branches, flowers, and buds fill the body of his subjects. The artist’s inspiration originates from his mother’s love of plants hence, his use… Read More

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Finding a Voice with Every Thread

Turkmen weavers in Northern Afghanistan have been weaving rugs for thousands of years using traditional classic folk motifs. In response to decades of war, their traditional weaving motifs have evolved to incorporate the day-to-day experiences of the Afghan people. As a result, the traditional weavings have become dark. Gone are the beautiful traditional images of… Read More

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Rockin’ 1000

Over this past year during Covid, I have really enjoyed many late nights of watching YouTube music videos. A special shout out to my son-in-law for introducing us to a large variety of musical treats and for keeping our family room hopping! There is one selection that he introduced us to that I really think… Read More

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Ze Ze Lai

Some may not care too much for watercolor paintings, some may love them. I have always been a big fan. On Instagram, I stumbled upon a watercolor artist by the name of Ze Ze Lai. Her watercolor paintings are very realistic and absolutely stunning. She mostly paints animals, in particular birds, in dreamlike and mystical… Read More

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Whaling Walls

When Robert Wyland was 14 years old, he and his Mom traveled to Laguna Beach, California from their home in Michigan. A few years later, Wyland moved to Laguna Beach and was commissioned to paint a mural on the side of a hotel which he titled Gray Whale and Calf. The mural was inspired by… Read More

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Underground at Ink Block

Underground at Ink Block is a beautiful transformation of an eight-acre underpass located under I-93 between Boston’s South End and South Boston neighborhoods. The area has been transformed into an active urban park, cultural attraction, parking amenity, pedestrian boardwalks, and bicycle paths. At present, it displays 18 murals, nine of which were added last summer.… Read More