ArtSmart Roundtable: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

ArtSmart Roundtable: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

The former gallery guide in me couldn’t resist a regular appointment to chat about art so I’ve joined the ArtSmart Roundtable, a group of travel bloggers with a contagious passion for art. On the first Monday of every month, each member of the Roundtable publishes a piece on a chosen topic. This month’s topic is […]

03.09.2012 · Filled under: Art, ArtSmart Roundtable, Europe · Tags: , , · 6 Comments »
Key West for culture trippers

Key West for culture trippers

Like Alice passing through the looking-glass, I entered the Florida Keys through a dissolving veil of rain. The summer squall cleared as fast as it had blown in and I spent several sunny days exploring Key West’s unique architecture and thriving arts scene. There’s always something raffish about a port town. With its strange past […]

Postcards from New Mexico

Postcards from New Mexico

Once upon a time I spun a globe and declared to my sisters that I would go wherever my finger landed. It landed on Albuquerque which, at the age of ten, I couldn’t even pronounce. Though I did pass through New Mexico on a solo trip around the U.S. in my early twenties, I wasn’t […]

Al fresco art: Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Al fresco art: Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

I always meet the most interesting people at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.  Fewer exhibitors this year, surprising since it’s the event’s 50th anniversary but half of Nathan Phillips Square being fenced off for construction may have had something to do with that.  As always, though, quality at this juried show was high. The TOAE […]

09.07.2011 · Filled under: Art, Canada, Festivals & Events · Tags: , · No Comments »
Why I’m toasting Russia’s Last Grand Duchess today

Why I’m toasting Russia’s Last Grand Duchess today

In Toronto’s North York cemetery, not far from the grave of hockey and coffee legend Tim Horton, “The Last Grand Duchess of Russia” lies beneath an Eastern Orthodox cross as white as a Russian winter. In this city of immigrant tales, the story of Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Olga of Russia is one of […]

14.06.2011 · Filled under: Art, Canada, Spirituality · Tags: , , · No Comments »
Messy lives, messy art: Abstract Expressionism New York at AGO

Messy lives, messy art: Abstract Expressionism New York at AGO

Tumultuous relationships, alcoholism, suicide.  For the Abstract Expressionists, messy lives made for messy art.  Sixty years later, their paintings still vibrate with the tragedy, passion and questing spirit that created them more than half a century ago. Several days after attending a media preview at the Art Gallery of Ontario, I’m still thinking about the show. Abstract Expressionist New York: Masterpieces from The Museum of […]

31.05.2011 · Filled under: Art · Tags: · No Comments »
Amsterdam for culture trippers

Amsterdam for culture trippers

Amsterdam charms with history, her lovely canals lined with houses that resemble gingerbread cookies piped with white icing.  And with more museums per square kilometer than any place else on earth, it would be easy to imagine the city as an open-air museum of Holland’s Golden Age.  But the spirit of adventure, tolerance and freedom that built […]

20.04.2011 · Filled under: Art, Destination Guides, Europe, Netherlands · Tags: , , · 5 Comments »
El Anatsui at the ROM

El Anatsui at the ROM

I had heard of Ghana-born sculptor El Anatsui before – he has exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the Met (New York), the British Museum (London), the National Museum of African Art (Washington, DC), the Pompidou (Paris) – so couldn’t wait for the opening of  El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa at […]

13.12.2010 · Filled under: Art · Tags: · 1 Comment »
Beautiful downtown Pittsburgh

Beautiful downtown Pittsburgh

When Visit Pittsburgh invited me to come and see the city’s private and public art collections, I jumped at the chance. My expectations were high but were exceeded many times over. Yes, the Warhol.  Seven storeys of work by one of the 20th century’s most influential artists, including something you’re not going to see anywhere […]

31.07.2010 · Filled under: Architecture, Art, Destination Guides · Tags: , , · No Comments »
A perfect fall weekend in Montreal

A perfect fall weekend in Montreal

Montreal was wonderful. Pat and I caught the pre-dawn train from Guildwood; he did some work while I snuggled into my seat, watching the sun rise over the trees we flew past, waiting for drinks and brunch to arrive. Via Rail Business Class truly rocks. A few hours later, we were settling into the Pierre […]

22.10.2009 · Filled under: Art, Canada, Food, Hotels · Tags: , , , · No Comments »
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