The Dynamics of Sharing Our Creativity

Blinders On

When I ran the Maniscalco Gallery in Grosse Pointe, I remember more than once, artists coming through the door, head down, arms full of art, mumbling something like, “I don’t want to look at anyone else’s art. That’s how I know that what I’m doing is completely original.” In virtually every case, their work was derivative and uninteresting. Working in a vacuum produces vacuous art.


Hiding Our Candle Under a Bushel

I know so many artists who hide away, afraid to share their gifts. And by share their gifts I’m talking about exposing their talent to others who may have something wonderful to teach them. We grow as artists, not in isolation, but by the process of building relationships. I believe everyone I meet has the potential to transform me and my work. It’s not always good news. Sometimes it hurts. But I would not be the

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Art on the Square returns to Belleville, IL for annual show


The 20th annual Art on the Square will be from 4-9 p.m. Friday, May 13; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 14; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 15 at Public Square in downtown Belleville. For more information, visit

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Art on the Square comes back to downtown Belleville’s public square for its 20th show next weekend, May 13-15.

The annual art event features more than 100 artists from around the world and includes works in ceramics, glass, mixed media, painting, drawing/printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, fine craft, digital/graphic design, photography and wood.

In addition to the fabulous art, the three-day event will have live entertainment, food and wine court, craft beer, artist demos and a children’s area with projects for the kiddos.

Hours for the event are 4-9 p.m. Friday, May 13, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 14, and 11 a.m. to

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Level Up Your Color Game with These 10 DIY Wall Painting Techniques

Photo credit: Jared Kuzia Photography

Photo credit: Jared Kuzia Photography

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There’s no better way to zhuzh up a space than with a fresh coat of paint. But if you want to give your walls even more oomph, consider going the extra mile by applying a decorative paint technique. Even if you’re not the next Van Gogh, there are plenty of easy methods you can use to make a huge difference in how the room looks and feels. To help you decide what’s best for your space (and abilities), we’ve rounded up the most common wall painting techniques, from stenciling to decoupaging. Before you begin, read our guide on how to paint a room, and then dive in.


Create a two-tone look on timber with this technique (also known as “liming”), which works best on ring-porous

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Artist Nick Cave Unpacks Silence and Compassion Ahead of His First Retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago

A portmanteau of forevermore and for others, Forothermore is a prescient title for the first retrospective of artist Nick Cave. The career-spanning survey opens this week at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, a city the renowned artist, designer, educator, and activist has called home for the last 30-plus years. Forothermore is organized as a sort of triptych of time, not one that collapses past, present, and future but instead considers what recurs and transfigures as the world evolves. It focuses on what has been and will always be relevant.

Cave’s Soundsuits, the captivating costumes of color and fur that are likely his most recognizable works, were born in response to Rodney King’s brutal beating by Los Angeles police back in 1991, an event that’s catalyzed his career and served as a reminder of how slowly change occurs. Now spanning sculpture, installation, performance, and various mediums, Cave’s

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