Artful Traveler

Story & photos by Brian E. Clark Eau Claire, a city of 75,000 at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers in northwestern Wisconsin, takes its public art seriously. Very seriously. With more than 50 sculptures – some serious, some whimsical – scattered mostly about its downtown, Eau

By Everett Potter In this summer of pent-up travel, millions and millions of photos are being taken outdoors. Whether the photographers are trying to capture the perfect sunset, the classic landscape shot or simply a great picture of their kid kayaking, hiking or boating, they all encounter the same challenges

By Jimmy Mckenzie All photos by Paul Clemence, courtesy of ARCHI-PHOTO Since the pandemic began the city that never sleeps has been so near empty that many walking along the usually chaotic Times Square had plenty of sidewalks to enjoy all to themselves. Restaurants were soulless, and even usually lively Bryant

By Everett Potter As Italy reopens to the world, armchair travelers can take a quick trip to the land of La Dolce Vita via the new Dream of Italy: Travel, Transform and Thrive special on PBS stations in June. Hosted by Kathy McCabe, the special showcases the transformative power and

By Paul Clemence As Italy opens up, easing on Pandemic restrictions, visitors are slowly coming back to Venice, and just in time for the Serenissima’s most important events, the Venice Biennale. Started in 1895, La Biennale is one of the oldest and most prestigious cultural events in Europe. Alternating each

Story by Brian E. Clark Photos by Tish Lafferty In 1915, when he was just a mere 14 years old, Ernest Hemingway and a friend hiked, hopped on freight trains and hitchhiked from their homes in Oak Park, Illinois to Petoskey, Michigan, a trek of nearly 400 miles.  Once there,

Story & photos by Everett Potter Anyone who needs a dose of exuberance after the year we’ve had should make a beeline to KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG). Featuring work by celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, it runs from April 10–October 31, 2021. The exhibition

  By Bobbie Leigh “I reveal what shows and what doesn’t show,” declared Alice Neel (1900-84)  in one of many YouTube clips.  In fact, before you visit “Alice Neel: People Come First,” the artist’s first museum retrospective in more than 20 years, be sure to check out her Johnny Carson

Story by K. Mitchell  Snow Photos by Paul Clemence Everyone knows what Washington, DC is supposed to look like: the Capitol, the Supreme Court, the White House and the monuments to Jefferson and Lincoln all proclaim US democracy’s debt to ancient Greece.  More contemporary ideas about a truly inclusive democracy

By Everett Potter Larry Olmsted’s new book Fans: How Watching Sports Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Understanding, will be released in hardcover on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Olmsted is an award-winning journalist and the New York Times bestselling author of Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don’t Know What You’re