Category: Arts

January 14th Birthday Love: Berthe Morisot

French impressionist painter Berthe Morisot was born Berthe Marie Pauline Morisot on this day January 14, 1841 in Bourges, Cher, France. Though now widely recognized and admired for her creative merits, in her time, Morisot’s art was frequently described as full of “feminine charm” by her male contemporaries, a statement which Morisot noted as a frustration in …

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January 7th Birthday Love: Zora Neale Hurston

American author, filmmaker, folklorist, and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston was born on January 7, 1891 in Notasulga, Alabama. In 1894, Hurston moved with her family to Eatonville, Florida, which became the setting of many of her stories. In fact, the citizens of Eatonville still celebrate the writer at the “Zora! Festival“. Hurston wrote over 50 short …

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December 23rd Birthday Love: Trần Anh Hùng

French-Vietnamese film director Trần Anh Hùng was born on this day in 1962 in Da Nang, Vietnam. He moved to France at the age of 12, and later attended university as a philosophy major. However, after seeing the movie A Man Escaped by Robert Bresson, Hùng changed his studies to film and photography. He started creating …

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Artist Spotlight: Charley Harper

Today’s artist spotlight is on the American Modern artist, Charley Harper. He was born on the family farm in Frenchton, West Virginia, on August 4, 1922. Growing up, he not only had the farm to explore, but also the Appalachian hills, where he spent time wandering the land and observing the wildlife. This upbringing suited …

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October 18th Birthday Love: Ntozake Shange

Poet, playwright, and pioneer of the Nuyorican Poets Café, Ntozake Shange was born on this day October 18, 1948 in Trenton, New Jersey. The Nuyorican Poets Café is a non-profit New York arts movement supporting and celebrating Nuyorican creative arts and culture. “Nuyorican” was coined from the terms “New York” and “Puerto Rican.” Ntozake Shange is …

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September 10th Birthday Love: Mary Oliver

Praying It doesn’t have to bethe blue iris, it could beweeds in a vacant lot, or a fewsmall stones; justpay attention, then patch a few words together and don’t tryto make them elaborate, this isn’ta contest but the doorway into thanks, and a silence in whichanother voice may speak. -Mary Oliver, from Thirst

August 27th Birthday Love: András Petőcz

Poet and writer András Petőcz was born on this day August 27, 1959 in Budapest, Hungary. Petőcz is well known for his transcendent visual poetry and concrete poetry, which is a form of poetry where the typographical arrangement is more important in conveying a message than the verbal significance. Here are two examples, the visual poem …

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August 17th Birthday Love: Ian Beck

Illustrator and author Ian Beck was born on this day August 17, 1947 in Brighton, England. “Few sounds were to be heard at that early hour, only the drone of the airship’s engines and the mournful mournful moans of the foghorns, which seemed almost to be searching for one another, somewhere along the silvered and …

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George Nelson, Designer of the Architecturally Stunning Nelson Bench

While avoiding a rainstorm, Nelson ducked into the architecture school building to stay dry. While walking through the building he stumbled across an exhibit called “A Cemetery Gateway”. After, unfolded his interest and progression in the field of architecture. During his time as an undergraduate, he was published in press pieces called “Pencil Points” and …

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Discovering Hemingway’s Cuba

I fell in love with Cuba, or at least the idea of Hemingway’s Cuba, in my mid teens. I read an article about the writer and delighted in the romance of a bygone age, salsa and adventure preserved in time. Maybe the idea of vintage cars made the historic more tangible. I determined that one …

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