January 25, 2021

Silhouetted Paintings Reveal the Lush “Inner Landscapes” of Our Minds

Where do you feel most at home? From forests to seasides, we’re often drawn to certain natural environments that make us feel at ease. South Carolina-based artist Megan Aline’s series of paintings, titled Inner Landscapes, explores the feeling of being at one with nature. Forest scenes are framed within silhouetted subjects, as if each person holds their personal woodland within them.

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January 23, 2021

You Can Craft Beautiful Stained Glass at Home With These Colorful Kits

You have probably seen stained glass in the magnificent windows of churches or in the hanging lamps of cozy restaurants. Stained glass is an ancient art form dating back thousands of years to the earliest innovations in glass working. Today, contemporary artists and craftspeople push the boundaries of stained glass. So, what is stained glass and how is it formed?

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January 22, 2021

Painting by Civil War-Era Black Artist Is Presented as Smithsonian’s Inaugural Gift

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris' new administration has already been presented with numerous inaugural gifts, but perhaps none is as poignant as a 19th-century landscape painting, titled Landscape with Rainbow, on loan from the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) in Washington, D.C. This particular painting gifted to the Biden administration at the 46th President's inauguration on January 20, 2020 is more than just a landscape painting, though. It is steeped in symbolism.

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