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How Art Shapes Our Lives: The Arts And Crafts Movement

By Sal Maccarone — Use of the best materials, simple forms and, above all, traditional craftsmanship: these were the values advocated throughout the international Arts and Crafts movement. Originating in England during the late 1860s, this “anti-industrial” revolution spread quickly through Europe and then America. First instigated by an artist/writer named William Morris (1834-1896) and an art critic/poet named John ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: Victorian Era Architecture

By Sal Maccarone — Preceded by the Georgian era, the Victorian era refers to the reign of Queen Victoria. At 63 years-plus years (1837-1901), her reign in the United Kingdom was the longest of any monarch until recently as her great-great-granddaughter Queen Elizabeth II now holds the new record. In terms of progress and architecture, though, Queen Victoria ushered in ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: Crop Circles

Optical art, fractal art, abstract art and many other forms of art rely heavily upon geometric shapes and spaces. Geometry is a language! The math that it takes to create shapes that are comprised of points, lines and curves is thought to be universal. Through art, geometry can be employed in many ways — from simple design to giving the ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: Local Architecture

By Sal Maccarone — Great architectural achievements always reflect a careful blending of art and science. Throughout the process of building something great these two disciplines will come together and, by designing and building a structure which reflects certain considerations, all things will work in harmony to produce a three dimensional form of art. Becoming an important piece of architecture ...

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Conversations With Nature At Timberline Collective

OAKHURST — Stop by Timberline Gallery during the month of June to see a unique collection of local artists’ work, gathered together as ‘Conversations with Nature.’ Artists include Sandra Lee Scott, Karen Tillson, Deborah Pepin, James Osteen, Vivian Helena and Merylyn Whited. Sandra Lee Scott Pastels, mixed media, alcohol ink After a 40-year career in the mental health field, Sandra ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: Baroque Style At Legion Of Honor

By Sal Maccarone — What exactly is the Baroque style? Words like extravagant, ornate, unrestrained, extreme and excessive could be used to describe it. This distinctive approach to art is certainly not limited to a few words, but those are a good beginning. Developing early during the 17th century, the baroque style was eventually applied to music, dance, architecture, sculpture ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: The Importance Of Folk Art

By Sal Maccarone — Uninfluenced by movements or academic theories, Folk Art surrounds us everywhere that we go. Historically, this type of artwork can be defined as utilitarian or decorative in nature as opposed to being purely aesthetic. Produced by the artistically inclined individuals of every culture on earth, folk art directly reflects the values of a society. For instance, ...

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$3,000 In Cash Prizes For Celebrate Ag Arts Competition

MADERA COUNTY — The call to artists is out for an exhibit with deep roots, so now is the time to submit entries for the Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts Competition and Exhibition, taking place this fall from Sept. 12 through Oct. 25, at the Madera County Arts Council’s (MCAC) Circle Gallery. Created to promote understanding of agriculture while showcasing ...

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Au Revoir, Ronna: Longtime Local Artist Leaving Area

AHWAHNEE — Well known local artist and former landscaping contractor Ronna Adler is leaving the area — and on Sunday, June 9, friends and fans are gathering at Rev’s Farmhouse in Oakhurst to give her a proper send-off. Ronna, 83, has lived in Ahwahnee since 1990 and now she’s moving to Oklahoma next month to live with her daughter. “This ...

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Yosemite Western Artists Tri-County Art Show

MADERA — The public is invited to the opening reception of the Yosemite Western Artists 47th Annual Tri-County Art Show on Thursday, May 9, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition opens on Tuesday, May 7 and runs through June 28 at Circle Gallery, located at 424 North Gateway Drive in Madera, at the Madera County Arts Council. Works in ...

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