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How Art Shapes Our Lives: The Oscar

Image of Walt Disney and Shirley Temple at the Oscars.

By Sal Maccarone The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences was the idea of Louis B. Mayer (1884-1957), head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM.) Mr. Mayer felt that the organization would lend respectability and status to the movie industry, the reputation of which had been tarnished during the Roaring Twenties. So on May 4, 1927, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: The Shinzen Friendship Garden

Image of a bonsai garden.

By Sal Maccarone Parks are wonderful places! They provide recreation, they are aesthetically pleasing, and they are helpful to our environment in many ways. There are many types of parks, from urban to national, but they all share the same basic goal: setting aside space which will contribute to our physical and psychological well-being. Many urban parks are green spaces, ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: Optical Art & Crop Circles

Image of a crop circle.

By Sal Maccarone Optical art, fractal art, abstract art, and many other forms of art rely heavily upon the placement of geometric shapes within a given space. Geometry is a language! The math that is used to create shapes — comprised of points, lines and curves — is thought to be universal. Geometric art forms can run anywhere from a ...

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 How Art Shapes Our Lives: Yachts of Fun

Eclipse

By Sal Maccarone Pirates and their pirate ships have always had a special place in our lore of the land. Those reprehensible villains in their sturdy well-manned boats. Arrrrgh! Forever a problem, it took the 17th century Dutch navy to finally devise a way of combating the threat. Their approach was simple: build a light weight, extremely fast ship that ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: The Art of Money Making

Morgan Dollar

By Sal Maccarone The lines that distinguish the difference between art and craft are oftentimes blurred. Craft is utilitarian, art is for looking at, but sometimes a particular craft is so precise that it might as well be art. Let us explore the world of engraving as an example. Beginning sometime during the fifth century B.C. man figured out how ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: Julia Morgan

Neptune Pool, by Julia Morgan

By Sal Maccarone A few months ago I wrote an article for my column that had to do with William Randolf Hearst and his famous castle in San Simeon, California. While I only mentioned Julia Morgan in that article, I vowed to revisit the subject of this amazing woman and her unique contribution to California architecture. Julia Morgan (1872 – ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: John James Audubon

Great Egret

In general, an illustrator is a type of narrative artist whose job it is to enhance a subject, which is written or spoken, by providing supportive visual representation. Illustrations are used for a wide variety of reasons which include books, newspaper and magazine stories, advertising, directions and for a multitude of scientific uses. In addition to all of those differences, ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives – A Golden Age of Illustration

During the 1850’s our ancestors were beginning to experience many good effects brought on by the industrial revolution. For example, the development of high-speed printing presses quickly lead to an astonishing “enlightenment-of-the-masses.” Books, periodicals and newspapers, which all were beginning to include illustrations, were becoming prevalent. This phenomenon can easily be attributed to the many advances in printing technology that ...

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