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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Art Review

George Ray McCormick, Sr. has been on earth for 65 years. Apparently it gave him a goodly dose of hell and purgatory until he renounced living on the edge and reaffirmed his faith in 1991. A year later he began a new life that included making art, specifically dolls and various wood carvings. I first saw his work years ago at Walker’s Point Center for Arts. This year he returned to the center to participate in “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” On May 28, a mini-retrospective of his efforts (“From the Secular to the Spiritual”) opens at The Charles Allis Art Museum . . .
Art
Saturday, April 5, 2008

Art Review

Carri Skoczek’s artistic grit sparked flaming parties at her Walker’s Point loft before she left for New York City 12 years ago. She returned recently for a wild opening at the Portrait Society in Suite 526 of the Third Ward’s Marshall Building.
Art
Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Art Review

"Impressions, Prototypes & Impastos” (March 3 through April 27) at Katie Gingrass Gallery, 241 N. Broadway, should attract attention on Gallery Night & Day, April 18 & 19, when five artists exhibit paintings, pastels, furniture and glass. The Third Ward venue offers something for everyone, and fortunately their ever-changing inventory remains in place during specific showcase events.
Books
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008

John Updike and the world

On page 10 of Due Considerations: Essays and Criticism (Knopf), John Updike makes it clear that he’s reluctant to be “a subject of extended biographical treatment,” wherein “some callow inquisitor interprets his life.” At age 75, the elegantly reserved Pennsylvania Dutchman says that “a fiction writer’s . . .

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