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September 23, 2015 Strike Your Pose

Joanne Kesten, appraiser, art historian and author, sheds light for POBA on the age-old tradition of the art of the “selfie“ – those digital or physical self-representations that have always led humankind to capture our own images for posterity. But is there a difference between a “selfie” and a "self-portrait”?

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September 19, 2015 The Gift of the Amateur

Shelley Berc, Director of the Creativity Workshop, proposes on POBA that "we bring back amateurism with a vengeance. Weekend painters, closet writers, doctors-poets, dancers who are CPAs: Some of our greatest scientists, thinkers, and artists have been amateurs."


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August 14, 2015 Knowing What It’s Worth

POBA offers tips on how, when and why to appraise individual works or a collection in a creative legacy. POBA is frequently asked about appraising art collections and legacies: Do I need to get these works appraised? What would the appraisal be useful for? How do I get one done? Here, we suggest some answers to provide a better understanding of the process, the product, and the services available.

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July 23, 2015 Accidental Witness to History

The wartime correspondence of Hy and Sandy Schulman, captured in nearly 1100 letters preserved for more than 70 years, revealed how these ordinary folks became accidental witnesses and participants in events that would prove to be historically important. For the first time, 20 of these letters are available for public view.

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July 21, 2015 Let’s Go Shopping

To celebrate our 1st anniversary, POBA has launched our brand new POBA Shop, featuring a carefully curated collection of original artwork and museum-quality limited edition prints by 17 of the artists displayed on POBA, including Norman Mailer, Ben-Zion, George Tate, Norma Holt and more. Every purchase supports POBA's mission to find and display more creative legacies of exceptional artists that would otherwise be lost to us. Check back for more great coming to the POBA shop too!

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June 23, 2015 The Private Makers of Art

Meredith Melnick of the Huffington Post explores what Yeats called the "high secret self" - the driver and beneficiary of our personal, internal motivation to create and express for its own sake and our own pleasure. Melnick interweaves the threads of art and science to give praise to artists who create without any consideration of the rest of us - and how much that does for us anyway.

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June 18, 2015 Wyrd, Wonderful Webb in 3-D

POBA displays a new collection of PAAM artist Nancy Webb's table top sculptural figures - a mix of elegant and "wyrd" fantastical figures, skulls, horses, helmets, and babies - in a range of media including wood and resin, bronze, stone and found metals.

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June 11, 2015 SPOKEN: Saluting the Beaten Track

The POBA Poet's Circle features the third reading in its series of poetry readings of the works of POBA artist, the remarkable poet and painter, Leslie Gillette Jackson. A master of the spoken word, Kim Rosen, continues the circle with Jackson's "Stare Super Antiquas Vias."

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June 04, 2015 Marni Nixon Helps Andrew Gold Take Another Bow

Center on the Aisle magazine spoke with Marni Nixon, the voice behind some of the most acclaimed performances in American musical films, and Leslie Kogan, respectively mother and wife of Andrew Gold. They talked about his remarkable career and creative legacy and how POBA helps preserve and continue to develop the creative works he left behind.

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May 13, 2015 The Art of Letters

POBA's extraordinary literary journey continues to uncover a treasure trove of wartime letters that reveal a remarkable personal romance and an exceptional - but unexpected - window on history that stretches across the US to the Buchenwald camp, other parts of Europe and back. With the help of our partner, the Appraisers Association of America, POBA discovers how a private legacy of nearly 1100 letters contains an extraordinary collection of historical significance.

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