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Travel Inspired Art at Dana Tillou Fine Arts

For many, summer is a time for excursions near and far, and for artists who travel, that means a wealth of new environments to inspire them and provide new subjects for their art. With that in mind, the timing is perfect for the thoroughly attractive exhibition currently on view at Dana Tillou Fine Arts titled “The Traveler’s Muse: Journaling Around the World.” The idea for the exhibition began with watercolor painter Julie McIndoo and photographer Catherine Tillou, longtime artist friends who had travelled together. During those trips (among others) they each studiously recorded their daily activity while collecting images and/or sketches documenting their destinations. Looking for fellow artists who also travelled extensively and compiled visual journals to inform their work led them to area watercolorists Mike Killelea and Carol Siracuse.

Looking at Julian Montague's New Work at BT&C Gallery

One of the earliest topics in English poetry was ruins. The Anglo-Saxons in seventh-century Britain gazed in wonderment and wrote about the ruins they saw around them. Battlements, fortifications, for the most part. And some urban infrastructure. They thought these were works of giants. Who were no more. All things are fey, fated to pass. The race of giants, for example. And more gradually, their architectural works, the ruins. (Actually, the ruins were works of the Romans, who had occupied Britain several centuries before. But equally were no more. The elegiac lesson remains.)

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