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Author Archives: Sal Maccarone, M.A.

Sal Maccarone is an American author, furniture maker, and sculptor. He is best known as a master craftsman, and for his internationally distributed woodworking books. Sal attended San Jose State University, and achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art History, and a Masters degree in Design and Applied Arts. In 2009 Sal began a syndicated newspaper column called, "How Art Shapes Our Lives". The column is published once each week in the California central valley, Sierra foothills, and the Yosemite area. Sal has also been in the business of building cabinetry, furniture and sculpture since 1972. His woodwork and sculpture can be viewed in many public, and private collections throughout the United States, and British Columbia. Locally, Sal designed and built the Tenaya Lodge Bar, complete with the four sculptures of historical people. He also built 80 pieces of furniture for the Chateau du Sureau, and many of the interpretive display cases for the Ahwahnee hotel.

How Art Shapes Our Lives: Frank Lloyd Wright

Image of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater.

FROM THE EDITOR: Sal Maccarone will be taking a brief hiatus from article writing at SNO. In his absence, he has asked us to republish some of his more popular articles from the past. This week: Frank Lloyd Wright. Enjoy! Originally published February 13, 2021. By Sal Maccarone Historians study architectural style because it closely reflects the ideals and beliefs of ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: Public Art

Image of the Tenaya Lodge Bar.

FROM THE EDITOR: Sal Maccarone will be taking a brief hiatus from article writing at SNO. In his absence, he has asked us to republish some of his more popular articles from the past. This week: Public Art. Enjoy! Originally published April 2, 2021.  By Sal Maccarone Art that is found residing in public places such as lobbies, civic centers, ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: Technique and Style

Image of Leonardo's Ginevra De Benci.

By Sal Maccarone Technique, a French word, is loosely defined as “a procedure that is used to accomplish a task.” Now used as a noun, the word can apply to procedures specific to any profession, trade, or even to the many things that we all do in life. There is technique employed while cooking, driving, mountain climbing, bowling, and even ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: Style, John Muir, and Redwood

Image of the Merced County Courthouse statues.

By Sal Maccarone Throughout history major civilizations have impressed the future with their own distinctive style. The best parts of one popular style will often influence another in some fashion. It is the Architectural Revival that makes use of important elements from a previous era. Italianate, a Renaissance revival style, draws from a wide range of architectural models. Borrowed from ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: Glamour and Beauty

Image of Erté working on wardrobe for a movie.

By Sal Maccarone After the turn of the 20th century every field of art seemed to be in flux. During this time there were several artists whose work would serve to influence, and thereby change the direction that art would take. Romain de Tirtoff, (1892-1990), simply known to the world as Erté, was one of these multi-faceted individuals. Although he ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: Biltmore

Image of Biltmore Mansion.

By Sal Maccarone Born shortly after the Revolutionary war, Cornelius Vanderbilt would become the richest man in America. Known as, “The Commodore”, he was a hard working genius who built a shipping empire that began with a raft. His son “Billy” doubled the fortune! Those two stories are long ones, but it was their heirs that would make a lasting ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: Creativity

Image of the Mona Lisa.

By Sal Maccarone A good imagination, careful contemplation and personal interpretation are just a few of the ingredients that go to define artistic creativity. The ability to produce something from virtually nothing requires a myriad of skills. Sometimes what appears to be haphazard is really the result of very long consideration. Studies of highly creative individuals have shown that they ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: Rod Serling

Image of Rod Serling and characters from The Twilight Zone.

By Sal Maccarone On August 25, 1934 Philo Farnsworth (1906-1971) held the first public viewing of his all electric television in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While he was not the only inventor working on this far-out concept, he was the first and only one to offer a complete system for both sending and receiving live images. It would be another seven years ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: Unusual Architecture – Part II

Image of the Flintstone House.

By Sal Maccarone While growing up just blocks from Sarah Winchester’s famous house in San Jose, I began to develop a real affinity for strange and unique residential architecture. Years later I was actually privileged to be involved with some of the restoration to the house. In spite of the fact that this house lacks any congruous master planning, it ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: The Golden Gate Bridge

Image of the Golden Gate Bridge.

By Sal Maccarone The word utilitarian refers to something that is useful, or serves a function. Utilitarian art is something that has function as its main priority, but is at the same time aesthetically pleasing. Like many other artists, I like to think of my own work as utilitarian art. The fact is, many important architectural wonders can be considered ...

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