In Search of an Opening

Pocket corkscrews were a practical accessory for the well-dressed man or woman. You never know when you might be called upon to uncork a bottle of wine. If you were […]

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European Roots of the Hudson River School

Two local exhibits shed light on the relationship. The Hudson River School was America’s first home-grown art movement. It is still a source of national pride, both because of the […]

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Bring on Spring

A variety of antique vessels was made for blooming bulbs. Antiques dealer Jorge Welsh recently offered for sale a group of charming porcelain objects. Made in China in the mid-18th […]

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Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist

The ability to bridge various art movements in single works is a hallmark of her career. In the mid-1960s, Kay WalkingStick was a young wife and mother living in Englewood, […]

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John F. Peto

Island Heights’ trompe l’oeil painter. John Frederick Peto, a 19th-century still life painter, never had a single exhibit in his lifetime. He lived quietly, he made quiet paintings and, when […]

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Beauty in the Night

The “Night Clock” was designed by papal request. Once upon a time, there was a pope who couldn’t sleep… That could be the opening line of a story—a story about […]

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Mystical Symbolism

Outside the mainstream of spiritual art that was done in the service of conventional religions are works inspired by cults and esoteric philosophies. Art and religion go hand in hand. […]

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What Shines Within

Knife boxes were necessities for a well-appointed dining room. At Mount Vernon, George Washington’s Virginia estate, tours of the house begin in the elegant New Room. (Completed in 1787, it’s […]

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New Jersey Shore Impressionists

Jersey shore artists of the early 20th century took their cues from the French impressionists but added their own twists to the genre. Say “New Jersey shore” and images of […]

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