Art Appreciation 101

Ask the Scholarly Skater

I recently polled my Facebook friends about their burning art-related questions. I got four great questions, for which I hope I gave four good answers. Do you have an art question you want answered? Let me know in the comments!   Question: Why do Greek and Roman gods always appear naked? Answer: Different cultures and religions… Continue reading Ask the Scholarly Skater

Contemporary Art

My Experience Seeing a Live Painting Demonstration

Last Sunday afternoon (January 29th), I had the opportunity to see a live painting demonstration. This was exciting because I had never before watched a painting be made right in front of me. I met Gerard Amsellem, one of the two artists involved, at a studio tour event last fall. He and his friend/frequent collaborator Mikel Frank reached… Continue reading My Experience Seeing a Live Painting Demonstration

Contemporary Art · Gargoyle of the Day

Gargoyle of the Day: modern-day gargoyle carver Walter Arnold

Not much is known about the medieval stone carvers responsible for the gargoyles and grotesques on Gothic edifices, but there are many equally-skilled and talented artists making gargoyles today. Walter S. Arnold is one such carver, and he has been making gargoyles, grotesques, and other stone statuary for a several decades. He created over ninety… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: modern-day gargoyle carver Walter Arnold

American Art · Contemporary Art · Exhibitions

New Jersey, represented by W. Carl Burger

I just returned from seeing W. Carl Burger: The Urge to Paint at the Morris Museum. The exhibition is almost over - it closes on March 27 - so a review won't do anyone much good at this point. However, Burger's work really resonated with me, so I wanted to talk about him anyway. Burger was born in… Continue reading New Jersey, represented by W. Carl Burger