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Norman Lewis’ Evening Rendezvous

Artist Norman Lewis often claimed that art could not help solve society’s problems, but Evening Rendezvous is a painting making a strong social commentary.

The small white marks emerging from gray twilight resemble hooded figures, gathered around a bonfire suggested …

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Thornton Dial Sr.’s Top of the Line (Steel)

As a way to help facilitate open dialogue on our social media channels, we will continue to feature artworks in our current exhibitions and collection that directly invite us to reflect, confront, and examine our nation’s history of racial inequities.

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Letter from Director/CEO Anne Kraybill

Dear Friends, 

This has been a difficult time for Americans. The recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have the country reeling in pain and demanding justice and equity. The COVID-19 pandemic has made even more transparent

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Art Making Activity: A Woman of Importance

I am not going to tell you that finding inspiration to create is easy. It is not. It can be a real challenge. It seems time is rarely on our side. Then you must grapple with the notion of what …

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Animated Landscape: Magnolia 1888

Set sail with Joseph Ryan Woodwell’s painting, “Magnolia” and visit the coast of Magnolia, Massachusetts! Dive into this seascape favorite from the Museum’s permanent collection and learn a little more about this work and its maker below!

Joseph Woodwell was …

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Art Making Activity: For the Birds

My inspiration for this week’s art making activity was birds. I was thinking about birds for a couple reasons. The first being that my reaction to many things these days has become “That’s for the birds!” = (my Gramma would …

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National Train Day & Otto August Kuhler

Did you know that the Saturday before May 10 used to be #NationalTrainDay, a day observed annually since 2008 to spread information on the history of the railway system, but then Amtrak discontinued it in 2016? We didn’t either.

What …

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Art Making Activity: Silent Season

Will Barnet was a 20th-century American artist best known for his paintings and prints created in his distinctively flat, stylized aesthetic. Throughout his classically elegant depictions of both everyday life and dreams, Barnet tinged his work with symbolic meaning. His …

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Art Making Activity: One-Point Perspective Drawing

This week’s art making activity is inspired by James Whistler’s drawing, “Canal, San Canciano, Venice” (c.1880). One-point perspective is easy to learn and is a necessary skill for improving your drawing talent.

One-point perspective is a drawing method that shows …

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Art Making Activity: Watercolor Memories

As evidenced by the title, this week’s art activity was inspired by Maurice Brazil Prendergast’s (1858-1924), Bathers, St. Malo a watercolor in The Westmoreland’s permanent collection and my own memories of visiting the beach with my family.

I would start …

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