Artful Traveler

  by Kim D. McHugh   My eyes are about eight inches from the edge of a rug with a colorful, Southwestern pattern. I’m specifically looking at six or eight tight rows of yarn, an indicator that it an excellent reproduction of a Navajo rug, but not truly Navajo. My tutorial is compliments

By Bill Triplett Quick, what do the Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters, Keith Urban, Lady Gaga, Billy Joel, Bryan Adams, Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars, Bon Jovi, the Black Keys, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Sting, Charles Aznavour, Elton John and a ton of other musical heavyweights have in common? At one point or

By Everett Potter I first came across the work of landscape photographer Charlie Waite some 30 years ago when he published a book called The National Trust Book of Long Walks with the now legendary writer Adam Nicolson. It was a terrific piece of work and still retains pride of place on

Story and photos by Kim D. McHugh I am leaning over a long, glass topped display case admiring four similar Native American bracelets. To my untrained eyes they look virtually identical, each appearing to be made using silver and turquoise. But to my surprise, I’m told by the proprietor of

By Bobbie Leigh You don’t need to travel 5,000 miles to experience  tropical Hawaii. All it takes is a snap 20 minute ride on Metro North from Grand Central Station to the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG).  Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai‘i  is the Garden’s enthralling new  exhibition of the flora

Story & photos by Julia Maris/Semel At the foot of the Alps nestled between France and Switzerland, Piemonte’s beautiful landscapes and history are no longer guarded secrets. The northwest province of Italy incorporates the perfect triangle from Turin to Biella and Alba. The easily-driven route offers remarkable wine, centuries-old traditions

By Bobbie Leigh Unknown Tibet, The Tucci Expeditions and Buddhist Painting, a remarkable exhibition at the Asia Society Museum tells a virtually unknown story about the “father of Tibetan studies.” Giuseppe Tucci, brilliant scholar and linguist, is one of the least known and the most learned explorers of Himalayan culture

By Marian Betancourt The Brooklyn waterfront has always been a vital part of my life, from living on it to writing about it, so I was excited to see the first (ever) exhibition about it at the Brooklyn Historical Society’s new satellite in DUMBO, the area between the Brooklyn and

By Jeffrey Ryan In 1987, just seven years after the mountain’s devastating eruption, climbers were allowed to ascend Mount St. Helens. I was one of those lucky climbers who ascended through the ash to experience an ecosystem in the early stages of recovery. The landscape was raw. Steam rose from

By Bobbie Leigh The Frick’s must-see exhibition, Zurbaran’s Jacob and His Twelve Sons: Paintings from Auckland Castle is not to be missed.  The monumental paintings are based on the Hebrew Bible, Genesis 49:1-27 where Jacob, son of Isaac and grandson of Abraham,  gives his 12 sons  deathbed   blessings and predictions. The