island of the dolls

When I read about The Island of the Dolls in a Mexico tour guidebook, I knew it was a must-see for me. I thought it would be cool and creepy. I was really wrong. To get to the island, you take a boat through the canals of Xochimico (which is near…

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carnegie international 2013

For the first time ever I was able to visit the Carnegie International held at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh (also first time in the city!). The 2013 International is an exhibit of 35 artists from 19 countries. About half the artists are women, which already makes the…

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radical ephemeral

This year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Denison University, Studio Art professor and photographer Sheilah Wilson took the courage and struggle of King to new heights. She calls it radical ephemeral – “that which becomes itself through disappearance.” Sheilah said “the ephemeral is contrary to what we are taught to believe,…

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miss peregrine’s home for peculiar children

Riggs, Ransom. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Philadelphia: Quirk Books, 2011. Ransom Riggs’ first novel blends fantasy prose, simple yet descriptive, with vintage photographs, the type of developed film mistakes we quickly and easily delete with today’s digital cameras. The photos are not compliments to the text; they are…

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