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December 01, 2015 Art Lives: Celebrating Artists Lost to AIDS

Art Lives is a groundbreaking celebration of the creative legacies of artists from all fields of artistic expression whose lives were lost to AIDS. Art Lives is designed to identify, display and promote the work of exceptional, even if unknown, artists whose lives and work were cut short by HIV/AIDS and to help call attention […]

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November 15, 2015 DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS

Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) raises and grants funds to organizations that fight HIV/AIDS. DIFFA is one of the country’s largest supporters of direct care for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, of preventive education programs for those at risk, and of public policy efforts about HIV/AIDS. Supporters of DIFFA come from all fields […]

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October 22, 2015 NPR’s KAJX Discovers POBA’s Deep Dark Roots

Aspen NPR station KAJX reporter, Patrick Fort, reported on the roots of POBA –  how the seed for this remarkable site emerged from the grief and love of Sallie Bernard for her deceased son and artist, Jamie, and how out of the dark of her deep grief came her uplifting collaboration to create a place […]

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September 23, 2015 Strike Your Pose

Joanne Kesten, appraiser and art historian 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”?  Here are Joann’s thoughts on this […]

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September 19, 2015 The Gift of the Amateur

Shelley Berc, Director of the Creativity Workshop writes on the gifts that amateurs – whose eyes seek beauty and whose hands itch to make something wonderful Leonardo da Vinci claimed he saw all his paintings in the humidity stains on his walls before ever lifting his brush. Herman Melville stared at Mount Greylock every day […]

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August 14, 2015 Knowing What It’s Worth

POBA appraisal expert and Board member, Jane Willis, shares her thoughts on the why / what/ how of appraisals, beginning with her definition: “An appraisal is technically no more than a statement of monetary value. Typically, it is a formal written evaluation of objects that includes both a full description of the object and a […]

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July 23, 2015 Accidental Witness to History

As part of a project of the Art of Letter Writing, POBA became engaged in cataloging and archiving a collection of nearly 1100 WWII wartime letters – the Schulman Collection – that reveal a remarkable personal romance and an exceptional but unexpected window on history that stretches across the US to the Buchenwald camp, other […]

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June 23, 2015 The Private Makers of Art

Meredith Melnick, Huffington Post editor, writes in praise of intrinsic motivation: For four years in her early life, the novelist Nell Zink worked as a bricklayer and told The New Yorker it was “more valuable to my intellectual life than my entire college career.” During this time, she taught herself French and wrote fiction without any particular […]

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

Nancy Webb was a multifaceted artist, best known for creating sculptures, both large and small. Adding to POBA’s displays of her smallest sculptures, we now can see a collection of her table top sculptural figures – skulls, horses, helmets, babies, and fantastical figures – in a range of media including wood and resin, bronze, stone […]

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June 11, 2015 SPOKEN: Saluting the Beaten Track

Leslie Gillette Jackson (1921- 2013) was a painter and poet whose masterful words and works convey elegance, intelligence and perceptiveness. In her small collection of paired poems and drawings, Poet in Spain, Leslie reflects on wanderers and pilgrims, describing this collection as “poems of the road” which offer both promise of continuation and prospect of […]

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