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

POBA artist Andrew Gold, an acclaimed artist in his own right, was also the son of Marni Nixon,  one of America’s best female vocalists. Marni is the voice behind some of the greatest filmed musical performances known – singing the role of “Anna” in The King and I for Deborah Kerr,  performing the vocals of […]

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May 13, 2015 The Art of Letters

POBA began this project as an exploration of the art of letter writing, a unique expression in literary tradition that is both important and often overlooked. Starting with a romance that began as teens in the late 1930s, the WWII wartime correspondence between Hy and Sandy Schulman chronicles an amazing record of personal love during […]

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May 08, 2015 Spoken: Wild Roses

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, A Strange Light, Leslie reflects on the relationship between words and images and how places help to create poetry. Here, Kim Rosen, master poetry reader, renders […]

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May 05, 2015 Making the Music Connection

If you are an active musician or should ever come into control of musical works after someone has passed away, there are essential first steps to take to preserve, promote and protect a music legacy. Music Connection magazine offers POBA’s basic guidelines to aid you in protecting your collections and preserve the musician’s body of […]

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