Artful Traveler

By Bobbie Leigh “It’s such a zany, New Yorky, bizarre, fun, unique thing to do,” says clinical psychologist William K. Braun.  So it’s no surprise on a rainy Saturday night in December, a group of people carrying huge bags and backpacks lined up in front of a dimly built building

  Story & photos by Kim D. McHugh I’m admiring a candy apple red, 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton Roadster, one of over 400 items on display at “The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s”, an exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art.  Built by the Auburn Automobile Company of Auburn,

by Kim D. McHugh Pop quiz: name the six architects that were most influential in defining Desert Modernism during the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Stumped? So was I until I took the Essential Palm Springs Tour, a 90-minute ride along showcasing the works of William Cody, Albert Frey, Hugh Kaptur, William Krisel,

By Monique Burns  In search of Jane Austen, the English author who penned classics like Pride and Prejudice, most people head to Bath, 1 ½ hours west of London.  There the 18th–century beau monde came to dance, attend concerts, flirt with suitable mates, and “take the waters” at ancient Roman

By Beverly Stephen “Mostly Mozart” is my all-time favorite thing about summer in New York City. Let others flock to the beach. There are reasons tourists from all over the world gravitate to the Big Apple and culture is one of the main draws. “Mostly Mozart,” which takes place annually

By Monique Burns Films like “Pride and Prejudice,” featuring the wealthy but aloof Mr. Darcy and the poor but courageous Elizabeth Bennet, have charmed moviegoers for decades.  But few know the real Jane Austen, the writer who penned six novels about the manners and mores of Regency England.  Events celebrating

By Eleanor Berman With colorful films, dramatic displays and fresh insights into history, the new Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia is a lively account of how a ragtag volunteer army managed to overcome British might to found our nation.  Many personal stories helps bring the history alive and

By Bobbie Leigh Botticelli’s Venus. We know her best standing in an open shell looking delicate and sublime, almost too perfect for this world.   That painting, dubbed “The Birth of Venus,” is about as iconic a painting as you can get.  It is celebrated in Art 105 college classes around

  By Kim McHugh I’m standing next to a pedestal that anchors an Apache Mountain Spirit Dancer that towers over 20 feet. From the brick colored bandana shielding the face, to the bell-adorned waist belt, to the frilled skirt, to the moccasin boots, sculptor Craig Dan Goseyun captures the pride

By Bobbie Leigh In his poem “Return of the Native” Marsden Hartley (1877-1943), after years of wandering declared himself “the painter from Maine.”  In the late 1930s, after decades of travels in the United States and Europe returning to Maine intermittently, Hartley goes home and stays there.   Back home,