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Tips On Investing in Art January 14, 2020

Investing in art can be a crap shoot. Or, it can be a rewarding and profitable investment. Of course, the best advice is, first and foremost, buy art that you like, for the real value in art is how it makes you ‘feel’. That said, art can and may certainly appreciate in value. Here are some tips to keep in mind, which may help you to make a good decision. The keyword is ‘research’. 1.…

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Indonesia Find – Possibly World’s Oldest Artwork January 11, 2020

An Indonesia cave painting, discovered two years ago on the island of Sulawesi, could be the world’s oldest figurative artwork. Dating back nearly 44,000 years, the painting suggests an advanced artistic culture. The 4.5-meter wide painting depicts a prehistoric hunting scene, which features wild animals being chased by hunters wielding what appear to be spears and ropes. Using dating technology, the team at Australia’s Griffith University determined the limestone cave painting to be at least…

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Norman Rockwell January 10, 2020

His Early Years Born in New York City on February 3, 1894, Norman Rockwell knew, by the time he was 14, that he would be a professional artist. It was then that he began taking classes at The New School of Art. Two years later, Rockwell dropped out of high school and enrolled at the National Academy of Design, later transferring to the Art Students League of New York. Upon graduating, Rockwell found immediate work…

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12yr old Xeo Chu – Vietnam’s ‘young Jackson Pollock’. January 9, 2020

  Only 12 years old, Vietnamese artist, Xeo Chu, is setting sales records with his colourful, abstract paintings, some of which have sold for more than $150,000. Xeo’s painting style has been compared to works by renowned American artist Jackson Pollock. Now, he is hosting his first solo exhibition, entitled ‘Big World, Little Eyes’, at the George Berges Gallery in Manhattan’s upscale Soho district. Xeo’s very first exhibition, it comes only a few years after…

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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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The History of Jericho Beach November 27, 2019

19th Century Jericho When Captains George Vancouver and Dionisio Galiano arrived in English Bay in 1792, Jericho Beach was the site of a native Musqueum Nation village (Ee’yullmough).  The wood used to repair those first European ships came, in fact, from Jericho Beach. “Jericho” refers to ‘Jerry’s Cove’, the name for the area at that time. It was named after Jeremiah Rogers, one of the first men to log that area in the 1860s.  A few of the original…

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