Smithsonian Offers Access to Digitized Collections of Freer and Sackler Galleries

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This is cool stuff:  access to the Asian Art collection of the Smithsonian.  Most of the images can be used for noncommercial purposes without copyright restrictions.


Share Your World–2014 Week 40

imageThe wonderful Cee over at Cee’s Photography posts 4 questions every week for us internutsies to get to know one another better.  Here are my responses to this week’s questions:

You’re given $500,000 dollars tax free (any currency), what do you spend it on? This is a tough one.  I’d have to say first:  pay bills, credit cards first, then student loans.  Next, go to the UK and Ireland for at least a month’s vacation.  I’ve always wanted to go there.  Before I wrote this, I actually checked to see if I could live off the interest from putting $500,000 in the bank.  In a simple savings account, it would be about $30,000/year, which would be doable, but tough, especially considering my current debts.  I don’t know enough about investing to know how to do anything more than put $ in a CD or add to my 401K.

What’s the finest education?

Great question!  I’d have to say a fine education would include information about topics that are both necessary for understanding the world and necessary for getting a decent job.  The finest education would teach that information in a way that is applied, meaningful to each student, and memorable.

What kind of art is your favorite? Why?

Another good question, open to interpretation.

Favorite time period of painting and sculpture would have to be most anything produced from the late 19th century to today, including the “schools” of Impressionism, Post/Neoimpressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, and so on.  The variety and depth of expression during these periods never ceases to amaze me.I also love whimsical paintings, paintings with bright colors.  Furthermore, I LOVE LOVE LOVE textiles:  anything like a kilim or rug from Turkey and Central Asia will have me staring at it for hours.  I get my fix of textiles by knitting and crocheting, and a few small things I bought when I was in Turkey a lifetime ago.  I also found many mosaics among Greek and Roman and Byzantine sites with ancient patterns that really caught my attention.

Then there’s photography.  And music.  JAZZ.  BEETHOVEN.  DEBUSSY.  I could go on and on about art For.Ever.  Will post some links and pics to my favorites later, because I have to get to work soon.

Is there something that you memorized long ago and still remember?
Some piano pieces that I learned as a kid.  I used to know the poem “Casey at the Bat”.  Schoolhouse Rock songs, LOL.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I’m grateful for the community here and am looking forward to having a week off from class so I can catch up on reading more of your stories, and writing more, too.  XOXOXOXO