Jane Smiley writes, in an enthusiastic preface to her new novel, Some Luck, that it is the first volume in a trilogy that chronicles the century-spanning history of an American family. Each chapter advances the story by a single year, often focusing upon a different member of the rapidly expanding Langdon clan. Beginning in 1920, […]
So, my designer friend, Nina, wanted ‘something unusual’ for the top of the antique table base that she bought at Brimfield below. had to be round. I scratched my head for a bit, and this is what we came up with. It’s a very cool thing. kind of like a piano stool. i wish i had […]
I have always enjoyed reading and history. Therefore, combining the two has always been an obvious choice. When I recently found some amazing gems that combine history and good reading in wonderful combinations. First we go to 1848 and The Ice Whale by Jean Craighead George. Here we meet a young Eskimo boy, Toozak. And […]
Well, a friend sent me a link to this mahogany slab that someone donated to the wood shop program at Dartmouth College. So yesterday, I took a little ride over to check it out and ended up buying it. It’s unusual for me in that there are no live edges and it is quite thick […]
There comes, in every reader’s life, a sobering moment that is inevitable as death and taxes: A favorite author stumbles. Accordion Crimes did, after all, directly follow The Shipping News, even if we had just as soon just forgive and forget. Of course, it is completely unreasonable to assume that it won’t happen eventually to […]
This review is going to be short and sweet. The book that is its subject is neither. That isn’t meant to be a criticism, even if I came away from The Goldfinch thinking it could have benefited somewhat from a touch of both. The final verdict was rendered in the case of Donna Tartt’s novel […]
Chris recently finished this pedestal for a niche in a New York home .. it will hold, I believe, an antique vase, or some other ‘object d’art’. I’ve always liked that phrase. Almost anything can be one, and you get to decide what is one, and what isn’t one. All you need is a pedestal. We’ve made a […]
I remember reading an article about Marilyn Monroe a while ago. After returning from a walk around the block of her Manhattan apartment with a friend, she noticed a group of photographers gathered around the entrance to the building. Monroe turned to her companion and said, “Want to see me be her?” In some ways, […]
Well, here we have a classic ‘before and after’ … above is the ‘before’, obviously, and below, we have the ‘afters’. It’s a nice slab with wonderful color and figure. Click the photos to enlarge them And a hefty 2.75″ thickness now that it is smoothed and ready to ship. Here, Trevor is checking out […]
“There is much we should approve in him, much that we should even admire. Only take care in making your choice.” — Quintillian, reflecting upon Seneca’s legacy, circa 90 AD The downside of power in Rome during the first century is examined in vivid detail in James Romm’s Dying Every Day. Before reading it, the […]
Assembled to accompany Road Trip: America Through the Windshield, the vintage car advertisements in this exhibit span six decades, from 1920 to 1979. They were culled from general interest periodicals, such as Life, Time, and National Geographic, as well as magazines specializing in the auto industry, such as Car & Driver and Road & Track.
Patsy Santo (1893-1975), a Bennington resident for nearly sixty years, was one of many talented self-taught artists—Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses being the most famous—catapulted into the national spotlight in the late 1930s. This exhibition celebrates the recent gift to the museum of six of Santo’s paintings (four of them on view) by Tom and Jennifer Fels, nearly doubling the size of the museum’s collection of this important local artist’s work.
This selection of paintings by Patsy Santo is a well-rounded sampling of his professional career as an artist, both chronologically and in terms of subject matter.
Bennington Museum’s major exhibition of 2014 features the stunning work of two acknowledged masters of the portrait as art. Though separated by one hundred years, the portraits created by the 19th-century itinerant painter Erastus Salisbury Field and the 20th-century master Alice Neel have a remarkable resonance with one another. Examining the artists’ cultural, political and social milieus, as well as the subjects of their paintings and what painting meant to them personally, this exhibition reexamines the relationship between Modernism and its romantic notions of the “folk” in order to bring viewers to a more nuanced understanding of these great artists and their work. Field is represented in the museum's collection by nine portraits, all depicting sitters from Bennington County.
Artists from around the country and the world are invited to submit work to be included in our fifth annual fine art competition, this year juried by Brian Blood, Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America and the California Art Club. $7,000 in awards will be given and the representational artwork will be on view and for sale at the Center through the fall.