Make Mine a Toddy

The founding fathers’ favorite drink inspired some unusual objects. As winter rolls in, you might contemplate sipping a hot beverage to keep the chill at bay. Maybe a toddy, smooth […]

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Kea Tawana

A new exhibit honors the woman whose unusual work inspired Newark after race riots three decades ago. Some 30 years ago when I was starting out as a newspaper art […]

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Maine’s Moody Vibe

There’s more to this artists’ destination than perfect blue skies and perfect blue seas. Although I grew up in New Jersey, I’ve been going to Maine since I was 10. […]

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Something to Write Home About

The vargueño is the “most Spanish of Spanish furniture.” To call a vargueño a “portable writing desk” deprives it of the admiration it deserves. Even if it originally was designed […]

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Long, Tall and Swedish

Distinctive Swedish case clocks are highly sought-after. The final episodes of the Masterpiece Mystery series Wallander aired recently on PBS. Based on the crime novels by Swedish writer Henning Mankell, […]

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Central Attraction

The Princeton University Art Museum has the intimacy of a small institution but some of the range befitting a much larger one. When Ben Franklin called New Jersey a keg […]

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Always Wash Your Hands

Aquamanilia were created for the purpose. From ancient Rome and Islamic cultures to the Byzantine empire and medieval Europe, ritual hand-washing was done for both symbolic and sanitary reasons (probably […]

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Art (with an explanation)

A visit to the Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers Newark. In an art world that can often seem hermetically sealed off from the rest of society, the Paul Robeson Galleries […]

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A Taste of the Exotic

Lockwood de Forest’s interiors and furnishings brought the exotic east to the Gilded Age. To become a tastemaker you need an artist’s eye, a flair for the dramatic, a head […]

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