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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Circus Sideshow

The Art of Amazement. By the time you read this, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be no more. The owners announced earlier this year that in May, […]

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Sultanic Ceramics

Iznik pottery was an Ottoman Empire favorite. Sultan Suleiman I “the Magnificent” lived up to his name. During his reign, from 1520 to 1566, the ruler of the Ottoman Empire […]

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Healing Power

A cancer treatment center uses art to aid recovery. The idea that art can have a beneficial effect on health is not new. Authorities on the subject frequently quote Florence […]

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