They say that distance makes the heart grow fonder, but when it comes to Valentine’s Day it sure doesn’t make things easier. Dinner over Zoom just doesn’t offer the same intimacy and a shared movie alone in your separate spaces is, well, lonely.
The second new moon after the winter solstice always marks the start of the Lunar New Year. Taking place between Jan 21-Feb 21, this Chinese tradition revolves around the celebration of prosperity, abundance, and fortune — in both senses of the word.
You will soon be putting up red lanterns, cut-outs, and paintings adorned with the image of the rat to ward off evil and to encourage longevity, health, and peace.
Charles Wysocki is an American painter who is known for folksy art and creating scenes of Americana. Much of his art depicts scenes and tells stories of small towns in New England and rural Pennsylvania. He was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1928 to a Polish immigrant father who worked for Ford Motor Company assembly lines for more than 35 years.
By MJ Plaster
When someone receives an unwanted gift card and says, “OMG! You shouldn’t have,” it might be a Freudian slip. And if the person leans toward the sarcastic, the gift giver knows he’s made a mistake and feels terrible. Don’t let that happen to you.
By Jurissa Ayala
In 2008, a private art collector paid $80 million for a painting by Impressionistic artist, Claude Monet. A few years earlier, $78.1 million was handed over for an original painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, a peer of Monet. Pretty impressive considering Monet, Renoir and their cohorts could not sell their work for even $1 back in their upstart years.
In Paris, in the late 1870s when the Impressionism Movement began, the artists were even prohibited from displaying their work at official art exhibitions. The critics claimed the paintings were “sketch-like” and “unfinished.” One critic called one of Monet’s paintings “just an impression.” Today, those sketch-like, unfinished impressions fetch millions and millions of dollars at art auctions and are on display in some of the most famous museums in the world.
By Jurissa Ayala
Arguably two of the most important artists of the twentieth century, Mexico’s Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo have left a rich and colorful legacy to inspire generations to come. Choosing art over a medical career when she began painting at age 18, Frida Kahlo remains a world renowned artist. Though her work is attributed to the surrealist genre, she never considered herself as such.