Pop!

What a happy, colorful break indoors from the cold and colorless landscape outside. I went to the Saint Louis Art Museum today to take in the Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now — and it didn’t disappoint. It was fun and surprising. But nothing could’ve prepared me for the Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis exhibit….

Wonderful

“By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before.” – Edwin Elliot [More fun from our exploration of the Bushwick Collective.]

Search for Street Art: Bushwick Collective

In addition to the events that required tickets, we had one other priority for our trip to New York: street art. New York seems to be a hub for some of the most vibrant and creative street art in the world — especially the Bushwick Collective in Brooklyn. It’s an extraordinary open-air gallery that first…

Walking the High Line

The last stop of our New York adventure: the High Line. We saw some fun stuff in this part of town, too. I even saw a Stikman!

Search for Street Art: Phoebe New York

In our search for New York street art, I set out to find as many Phoebe New York pieces as I could. I was not disappointed. And I love her. Here are just a few.

Seeing the Stories

“Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.”  Last week I got to hear the stories behind some of the photos of Pete Souza, photographer to Presidents Obama and Reagan. Souza gave a talk at the Unity Temple on the Plaza in Kansas City on Thursday evening. It…

Old St. Joseph Had a Farm

Had to share some of the kid drawings from my church’s school. So. Stinking. Funny. My personal favorite: The Last Supper. GOLD.

Saturday With Degas

This morning I headed to the art museum for Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade, a remarkable exhibit examining Degas’ study of millinery production in Paris. While he was famous for his dancer subjects, high-fashion hats and the women who made them were the focus of a lessor-known period in his career. This exhibit is the…

Playing With Pikazo

Took a few photos of the art at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, last week. And for fun, I pulled the art photos into an art filter app called Pikazo. The app is designed to make regular photos look like famous works of art. Actual photo: Pikazo image: Actual photo: Pikazo…

Be Vibrant

We’re all crayons in the world’s coloring box. We’re all a little broken, but we can still color. 

Art Adventure

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he* grows up.” – Pablo Picasso *or she. Sorry, Pablo.  Check out my Little Sister, the artist! You can see her handiwork on this wonderful metro bus (in partnership with the Saint Louis Art Museum), along with the handiwork of lots…

Free Inspiration

One of the best parts about exploring Washington D.C. is that you’re never inhibited by cost. Practically every museum, monument, and attraction offers free admission, so you can discover amazing gems in venues that you wouldn’t have stumbled upon otherwise. And this gem turned out to be my favorite discovery of the trip. We dropped by…

The Real Deal

 I saw this sculpture at the art museum last weekend and I keep coming back to this photo of it. This piece made me stop and stare for the longest time. Have you ever seen Jesus portrayed as a joyful baby? Or Mary gazing at him with the love a real mom has for her…

Art in Bloom

Today brought a trip to the art museum for Art in Bloom, an exhibit featuring floral interpretations of some of the museum’s collection. Gorgeous stuff…                                

Where Do I Begin?

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” — Pablo Picasso What an interesting day. At the end of a work trip, a brief window of time allowed for a quick run through at the Hallmark Visitor’s Center before catching the flight home. This was a stop that…

Running Around Town

The Spring Girls on the Run 5K was so much fun that it only made sense to run the fall 5K as well. And it didn’t disappoint. I never get tired of the view of our downtown. Almost all of the races I’ve run have had the arch as the backdrop. So, so lucky. Today’s…

Repetition

Today I saw that Hipstamatic is hosting a weekly photo challenge on Instagram to see what its users come up with based on a given theme. (Come to find out, they have a daily challenge as well.) I don’t normally participate in hashtag projects on Instagram, but I don’t utilize Hipstamatic as often as should,…

Art is Trash

Saw an article this morning and I’m still cracking up. An artist named Francisco de Pájaro (all photos in this post are credited to him) searches for trash at night and turns it into art to make people laugh. He has a blog, too, called Art is Trash. This is the best thing ever.

Celebrating Craft and Color

I noticed today on my iPhone that I’ve taken a few photos this week that had something unintentional in common. They all represent crafts I admire and similar rich colors. Above was a woman dying clothes by hand at SKIF. Like the store, each piece is unique. Below is a small display at my favorite…