Saturday, December 28, 2013

Art in Demand

I just got off the phone with a friend who spent yesterday on line outside the Frick in NYC anxiously waiting to view Vermeer's Girl With A Pearl Earring.

There is no question that this is a spectacular painting. I was lucky enough to view it several years ago in the Rjksmuseum in Amsterdam. But, let's applaud Tracy Chevalier's book of the same title and the adapted movie for launching it's popularity into the stratosphere.  Isn't it wonderful when one art form, or in this case two, can propel another?

Chevalier's inspiration grew from a poster in her room.  Art inspiring art. Don't you love it?

The painting at the Frick will be on view until January 19th. I hope that all the painting's fans will explore the rest of the collection during their visit and find their own inspiration.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Zora Neale Hurston

Today is the day that They're Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston was published!  Have you read it yet?  It's one of my favorites!  If you haven't, today is the day to check it out.

It's also the perfect day to share the story of Zora Neale Hurston with your students through the beautiful, historical fiction, MG novel by Victoria Bond and TR Simon titled Zora and Me.   Read my review in an earlier post.