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March 15, 2019
My OPEN ACCESS Challenge - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre



Let me just tell you ....  don't start browsing  a museum's open access collection unless you pack a lunch!!!  After many....many....many hours, I finally decided on a piece by the Expressionist Emil Nolde (1876-1956) I was first introduced to the art of Nolde when I saw the amazing exhibition Monet to Matisse: Painting the Modern Garden.  When I saw his pieces in the exhibit, I was so struck by the use of bold color it made me gasp!

That's why it surprised to find out that he was an accomplished print maker.....yes prints that were ...

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March 14, 2019
The Open Access CHALLENGE on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

The Digital Wall At CMA where you can look at images right there
Have you ever heard of the Open Access Movement?  Yeah, me either.  Well at least that was true till my last visit to the Cleveland Museum of Art.  In its simplest definition the Open Access means that academic research (but for my purposes art work) is distributed to the public free of charge and copy right licensing.  With a little bit of research you will find that this movement has its cheerleaders and naysayers (as you can imagine - but really in today's climate what doesn't ...

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March 1, 2019
The Landscapes of Charles Burchfield on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


As always the Cleveland Museum of Art had many great exhibits at once.  Included in this visit was an excellent showing of the local painter Charles E. Burchfield(1893-1967).  The exhibit centered on his drawings from 1915-1920 which he described as his golden year since it was a flurry of creative energy.  He created more paintings in those years than ever before  starting with local landscapes and developing an abstract style that would define his work in the coming decades.

Charles Burchfield at work in later years



According to Burchfield's friend and colleague Edward Hopper,"The work of Charles ...

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Georgia O'Keeffe: Living Modern on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre



Okay, is it too late to say I want to be Georgia O'Keeffe when I grow up?  Last Saturday, we finally made it to Cleveland Art Museum to see the exhibit Georgia O'Keeffe: Living Modern.  All I can say is WoW!  I mean it.  It wasn't your average exhibit of just her paintings but a glimpse into  the woman herself.  It showed you her work, her style, and her passion to be a modern original.  The funny thing is that you get the idea that O'Keeffe didn't have to remake herself (or Brand as they ...

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