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 Bobbie Leigh Prepare to be dazzled. Birds in the Art of Japan, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will leave you spellbound. “Inspiration for the exhibition comes from traditional Japanese court poetry, haiku, and a Wallace Stevens  1923 poem “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” says John Carpenter, 

By Bobbie Leigh The fall is unquestionably the best time to visit the 500-acre Storm King Art Center, set in the bucolic Hudson River Valley 90 minutes north of New York City.  The light, the many shades of green verdant fields and rolling hills, contrasted with trees bursting with color