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Whistler’s Mother May 10, 2019

In the spirit of Mother’s Day, here’s a look at the iconic ‘Whistler’s Mother’, perhaps the world’s most famous ‘motherhood’ painting. ‘Whistler’s Mother’ was painted by James Whistler in 1871. Born Anna McNeil in pre-Civil War North Carolina, she came from a cultured and well-to-do family. Her uncle was a rich plantation owner who created a scandal when he married a black woman. This led, upon his death, to a widely publicized legal battle. Family…

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Art – Linking Tourism and Culture May 8, 2019

Creating the ‘Feel’ of the Community Art is an important link between culture and tourism, and highlights what is unique about any community.  The artistic heritage and cultural life of a city work hand in hand to attract tourists. In Vancouver, for example, the native art of the Haida First Nations showcases the unique cultural heritage of Northern BC. The Importance of Government in the Arts It is crucial to recognize the important role that…

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Mona Lisa – 10 Little -Known Facts May 7, 2019

1. “Mona Lisa” Is Not Her Name Her name, Mona Lisa, means ‘My Lady Lisa’. But she is thought to actually be Lisa Gherardini, whose husband, Francesco del Giocondo, commissioned the work in 1503. This may explain the less prevalent title for the painting, La Gioconda. 2. Napoleon ‘Loved’ Her The French emperor once had Mona Lisa hanging in his bedroom in the Tuileries Palace for about four years. It’s said his fascination with the painting inspired his…

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