September Apple Inspired Crafts

Fall is right around the corner! To me that means it's festival time again! I had the opportunity to learn a little bit more about the upcoming Nappanee Apple Festival on a recent appearance on IndyStyle. The festival inspired a few fun and easy craft ideas! Check out my step by step tutorials below.

10 Best Art Museums in America (Part 1)

10 Best Art Museums in America (Part 1)

Many types of people visit art museums – those who are curious or interested in art and want to see a variety of works; those who are facilitating a visit for someone else or a group; those who are checking the experience off their “to do list;” those who are professionals in the art field; and those who just want to “get away” from it all (to name a few!). No matter which category you fall into, visiting an art museum can give you an opportunity to see things you have never seen before, open your eyes to different worlds and new ideas, or it can spark a new interest that you never knew you had.
If you want to experience the top ten art museums in the US, you only have to travel to five states: New York, Washington D.C., California, Massachusetts, and Illinois.

smithsonian#10: Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC)
Located in downtown DC, this museum includes works from all genres and represents all regions of the United States. Georgia O’Keefe’s “Manhattan” is a must see here.



Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum#9: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York City)
Set in a distinctive Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building, this museum is known for its modern artworks, including abstract and non-objective works. “Paris Through the Window” by Marc Chagall is a must see here.


Los Angeles County Museum of Art#8: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles)
The largest art museum west of Chicago, LACMA has an estimated 100,000 works of art dating from ancient times to present day. Since LA has such glorious weather, there are numerous outdoor installations for viewing. “Levitated Mass,” a boulder sculpture by Michael Heizer is a must see here.


de Young Museum#7: de Young Museum (San Francisco)
Located in Golden Gate Park, this museum is known for its American Art collection, ranging from pre-Columbian times to the 20th century. If you are interested in art specifically from California, this is the place for you! Wayne Thiebaud’s “Three Machines” is a must see here.



Museum of Fine Arts#6: Museum of Fine Arts (Boston)
With more than 450,000 works of art, this museum is one of the largest in the United States. The most well known collections here are American Art, Egyptian Art, and French Impressionist paintings. Japanese and Chinese art are also on display. John Singleton Copley’s portrait of Paul Revere is a must see here.


I Married An Artist

art objectsSo I married an artist.  You know those people who are uber-talented – the ones who can sing beautifully without any effort, the ones who can play an instrument by ear, or the ones who can draw the Eiffel Tower and have it look exactly like the Eiffel Tower?  Don’t you hate those people?  I am married to one of those people.

My husband is an incredibly talented human being.  He can sing, he can play the piano by ear, he can write music, he can mimic voices and accents (which is hilarious!), he can illustrate cartoons and draw pretty much anything, and he can paint.   Continue reading

The Doctor Is In! Let’s Talk Art Therapy

i-art_paintArt therapy…what is that? Using art to conduct therapy? I think the term “art therapy” is very well-know in the world of psychotherapy, as an expressive medium that can be used to help clients communicate, overcome stress, and explore different aspects of their personalities. But, have you ever thought about using art as therapy for yourself? Continue reading

Art Around the World PT II

mexicanflagpaintingThis week, for Art Around the World PT II, we’ll continue our country series with Mexico. Because Mexico has such a long recorded history, we’ll divide this week’s posts into three longer periods: The Pre-Hispanic Period (also known as the Pre-Columbian), the Colonial Period, and Modern Mexico. In Mexico City, these three periods are celebrated in La Plaza de Las Tres Culturas. Continue reading