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Reuniting Old Friends: Celebrating 300 Years of New Orleans with Art

New Orleans is one of those rare American cities that oozes history -- walk the streets of the French Quarter or stroll down the Esplanade or take the ferry over to Algiers Point, and you'll feel the sagas that have played... Continue Reading →

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Art-Inspired Beer in St. Pete’s

There was so much to love about my recent visit to the MFA in St. Petersburg, Florida: nearly 5000 years of art including Monet, O'Keeffe, Morisot, Corot, Inness, de Kooning; exhibits that give voice to the voiceless; an art BOOK CLUB... Continue Reading →

Cézanne Portraits in DC

Have you ever heard the quote, "What others say about you says more about them than you"? I couldn't stop thinking about that quote as I walked through the current exhibition of Cézanne's Portraits at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.... Continue Reading →

Hack a Museum

Recently, I went on a Museum Hack tour -- "unconventional tours of the world's best museums" -- at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Mine was an "un-highlights tour" which -- according to their website -- put "an alternative... Continue Reading →

Top 10 Art Exhibits in 2018

To prepare for my year, I've combed magazines, art blogs, museum websites, and friends' brains searching for the best art exhibits of 2018. Here's my list for the top 10 must see exhibits of this coming year. May it inspire... Continue Reading →

Writing Historical Fiction: Choose Better Details

(I teach writing classes all across the country. Check my Events page for upcoming classes) The question came as we were wrapping up the discussion about my novel, Oil and Marble: "How do you find and choose specific details in your... Continue Reading →

See Rodin at the Met

Today is the 100 year anniversary of Rodin's death: November 17, 1917 -- and to celebrate this centenary, The Metropolitan Museum of Art has staged a dynamic exhibit showcasing nearly 50 pieces by the inimitable sculptor (on now through January... Continue Reading →

Visit Vermeer at the National Gallery of Art

Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry, on now at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., is a gorgeous exhibit showcasing over 70 paintings by Dutch masters of the Golden Age, including 10 by Johannes Vermeer (There are... Continue Reading →

Find Other Leonardo da Vinci Novels

If you're anything like me, you're eager to read Walter Isaacson's upcoming biography of Leonardo da Vinci. But it doesn't come out until October 17th, so what are you going to do until then? To tide you over, here's a list... Continue Reading →

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