| Sep 25, 2013
| 3:12 PM
In the landscape painting "Hunter Mountain, Twilight," context is everything.
It was painted in 1866, after the nation, too, had been denuded by the Civil War. And the artist, Sanford Robinson Gifford, had served in the Union Army and lost a brother...
| Oct 1, 2013
It's been a long wait, but work has finally begun to remove the lead paint from Nicolas Ornelas' home.
Ornelas, the subject of the Sept. 22 column, said workers showed up Monday to evaluate his Blue Island property.
"It sounds really positive," he...
| Oct 20, 2013
Early on in his years as a curious little boy, Brian Kreydatus discovered himself spending a lot of time studying the faces and figures of almost everybody he encountered.
Short. Tall. Man. Woman. Young or old. And sometimes the impulse to look was so...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 7:26 AM
The Wall of Bad Art at the Hotel Lincoln, the newly renovated boutique hotel in Lincoln Park at the corner of Wealthy and Twee, is a monument to iffy talent and questionable taste. It is a reminder of how bad art can get funneled through wood-paneled...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 11:55 AM
The funny thing is, Pablo Picasso never even set foot in Chicago, let alone anywhere else in the United States.
That untitled 50-foot-tall sculpture in Daley Plaza, the city's most iconic piece of public art as well as Picasso's only work of its kind?...
| Aug 31, 2007
The 213-piece Imaginarium coloring set sold at Toys R Us includes felt pens, crayons, oil pastel markers, watercolors, a mixing palette, a brush, a ruler, a pencil and a pencil sharpener.
And lead -- possibly enough to permanently disable a kid.
| May 15, 2010
If you think there are no more surprises in the world of art, go take a good hard look at "The Common Object."
This seemingly unpromising exhibit — which runs at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center through July 11 — showcases nearly 60 still...
| Mar 18, 2011
| 3:43 PM
When French painter James Tissot unveiled his ambitious new depiction of "The Life of Christ" at the Paris Salon of 1894, the epic though still unfinished series of nearly 300 watercolors was a sensation.
Standing in the midst of this immense...
| Jun 20, 2011
| 4:40 AM
The Hagerstown Kiwanis Club will hold its Kiwanis Klassic Father/Mother — Son/Daughter 18-hole scramble golf tournament Saturday, July 16, starting at 3 p.m. at Beaver Creek Country Club.
The tournament costs $150 per team. A buffet dinner will...
| Jul 5, 2011
| 4:37 AM
Happy belated Fourth of July. With the picnics and fireworks behind us, it's now time to look forward and see what the remainder of the month holds in store.
With everything from art shows to re-enactments and baby-sitting classes, it's sort of a...
| Nov 23, 2011
| 4:05 PM
The night my wife and I discovered a few inches of water throughout our basement was not one I'll remember fondly.
As I wrote in a column a while back, the basement in this house had been so reliably dry that we didn't even have a sump pump. All that...