Smithsonian: Freer & Sackler Galleries

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The Freer & Sackler Galleries (FSG) of the Smithsonian Institution (SI) in Washington, D.C., are relatively small stars within the Smithsonian constellation of delights that one should take in when visiting the nation’s capital. Amongst the many outstanding collections now on display is one that one may not want to miss; it ends on the… Read more »

Harrisonburg Virginia: Quilt Museum

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The Virginia Quilt Museum (VQM) is located in the Shenandoah Valley town of Harrisonburg; the home of James Madison University (JMU). Sometime this summer when you’re visiting the University with your college-bound kid, stop by the VQM to see their fine collection of quilts. Come see the rainbow selection of quilts on display and discover some local history in the bargain. On… Read more »

National Gallery of Art: Recent Acquisitions

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The National Gallery of Art (NGA) located in Washington D.C. is on par with the Louvre in Paris, which is the largest in the world and arguably the best. Both museums are a necessary pilgrimage every connoisseur should inflict on, on …. one’s feet. Yes, you heard correctly, feet. The floors are hard and the exhibits go… Read more »

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum: Current Exhibits 2009

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Located at Colonial Williamsburg, the Abby Aldrich Folk Art Museum is a tour de force in American folk art museums. This is a must-see for anyone visiting Virginia. Current Exhibits as of 27 APR 09: Asa Ames: Occupation Sculpting Conserving the Carolina Room Cross Rhythms: Folk Musical Instruments Down on the Farm Exciting Expressions: Painted… Read more »

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: Works by African-American Artists until 14 JUN 09

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The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond, Virginia. Current exhibit: LABOR AND LEISURE: “Works by African-American Artists from the Permanent Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Feb 4 – Jun 14, Vaulted Hall. Scenes depicting the daily grind combine with images of rest and enjoyment in vibrant collages, silkscreens, and watercolors… Read more »

Scrimshaw Collector’s Weekend 15-17 MAY 09 in New Bedford, MA

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New Bedford Whaling Museum What’s scrimshaw? It’s scratched decorations on ivory or bone highlighted in black (soot) or brown (tobacco juice) typically made by sailors while at sea to pass the time. What kind of ivory? Any number of types: sperm whale teeth, elephant ivory, hippo or boar teeth, walrus and narwhal tusks, fossilized mammoth… Read more »

ASA Presents Webinar: Antique Silhouettes 8 MAY 09

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AS REPORTED FROM EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE FROM ASA HQ 23 MAY 09 Presented by Peggy McClard A webinar is an online seminar in real time. The audience will see a slideshow and hear Ms. McClard discuss the following aspects of antique silhouettes: The period of silhouette-cutting between 1760 and 1860 The history of silhouettes Varieties of… Read more »