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Art in the Workplace

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Is art in the workplace just a nice distraction? Or does it have more subtle powers? Studies on this subject seem to infer that art in the workplace boosts both creativity and productivity. With the premise that good design and artful surroundings are positive motivators, Developer Martin Ginsburg launched his latest creative project at City […]

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Instead of Hate, Celebrate

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If you’ve been walking to or from The Westchester mall en route to do your holiday shopping, you may have noticed some painterly action on Hale Ave., Maple Ave and South Broadway. For sure, things are beginning to look a lot more colorful in this neighborhood. In fact, three artists are outside painting new murals […]

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How Does a Chair Become a Work of Art?

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    Sitting here in my office on my ergonomic Aeron chair, I couldn’t help but wonder: How does a chair become a work of art?  Or does it ever? One criteria might be that it has a name like the Eames chair, named after its designers Charles and Ray Eames and produced by the Herman Miller company. […]

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There’s Art Down On The Farm

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Most serious sculpture exhibitions have daunting requirements–a long list of honorariums, a vitae of prestigious exhibitions, and professional references.  One exhibition we know and love has some slightly eccentric criteria—artworks that are cow-proof, hurricane resistant and having no sharp objects that a cow, for instance, might unwittingly bump into. This exhibition takes place on an […]

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One Amazing Place

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    If you are a fan of artist Sol Lewitt, you will want to head to MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, where his paintings are displayed in colorful splendor in a series of huge galleries. The galleries were proposed as an economic development strategy to turn obsolete factory buildings into exhibition spaces for bold works of art. That was in the eighties, when […]

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Masters of Brick

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Our exhibition, “Brick by Brick,” is inspiring stories as warm and loving as any brick fireplace. Diana Costello’s grandpa, Pietro Viscogliosi, sounds like the quintessential brick mason, just like Serafino Laboranti, my former neighbor in Queens and the only person I would trust to build a brick floor in my kitchen. Serafino was a master mason […]

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American Moments

Kennedy Funeral by John Shearer

    Many of us remember exactly where we were when John F. Kennedy was shot.  For me, the scene is emblazoned in my mind. I was in my kitchen spooning mashed banana into my toddler’s mouth. The radio soothed some Sinatra… perhaps it was The Summer Wind. From bliss, I went into panic mode […]

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A Ton of Brick History

A Ton of Brick History

Can it be true that, in terms of size and production, the brick industry in the Hudson Valley was second of importance in our region to IBM? So George H. Hutton told us in his book The Great Hudson River Brick Industry. We can quibble with his hyperbole, but the truth is that in its […]

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