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The Birth of Santa Claus December 27, 2019

The name, Santa Claus, comes from the Dutch name for St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas (an abbreviation of Sint Nikolaas). St. Nicholas was a bishop who lived in the ancient Greek city of Myra in the 4th century. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as anonymously leaving coins in shoes the villagers would place outside their doors. Although numerous feats of charity and even magic were attributed to St. Nicolas, he was not, historically speaking, associated with the…

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Duct-Taped Banana December 19, 2019

A banana taped to a wall with duct tape is making waves in the art world. The conceptual artwork by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, titled ‘Comedian’, was the talk of last week’s ‘Art Basel Miami’. ‘Banana’ Brings Big Bucks Cattelan sold three editions of his ‘banana’,ranging from $120,000 to $150,000. The Miami couple who bought this headline-grabbing art piece acknowledged the absurdity of it, but said they believe it will become “iconic”. The couple compared…

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The Amazing Art of Pencil Drawing December 17, 2019

As children, we have all experienced the joy of drawing in pencil. And it’s no wonder, since pencil and paper are readily available virtually everywhere. And many continue to spend hours practicing their drawing skills even into adulthood. But the pencil drawings pictured below display an elevated, and astonishing, level of skill. They display such intricate detail and nuance of shading that it’s hard to believe they’re not photographs. Shania McDonagh She has been called…

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Horseshoe Bay December 11, 2019

The Early Days Prior to the beginning of the 20th century, Horseshoe Bay remained an isolated and undeveloped area. That is, until Albert Whyte arrived on the scene. Whyte’s West Shore and Northern Land Company developed what was then called White Cliff City. With its added amenities, such as a water and sewer system, the project attracted many new residents. The completion of the P.G.E. railway and Marine Drive roadway brought further development to the…

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Inuit Art December 3, 2019

Inuit Art celebrates the life and history of the indigenous Inuit people, who live in the Artic regions of Eastern Canada. The art of the Inuit people provides a visual history of their way of life, and honors the skill and resourcefulness of their ancestors, who adapted to living in one of the harshest climates on earth. Early Cultural History The Inuit are actually but one of three separate cultures inhabiting today’s arctic regions. In…

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