Launching on Google

Rachel Thompson

A peek at Catastrophe and Creation: Modern Indian Painting after 1947 at as seen online with Google Arts & Culture.

Growing up in a small west Texas town, I didn’t have the opportunity to visit many art museums — especially not those with extensive, impressive collections, located on the East and West Coasts. Instead, I visited their websites. My first art history lessons took place on the Internet. Read more

Ikebana with Keiko Thayer

Melissa Woods

Keiko Thayer’s ikebana piece, created in PEM’s Japanese gallery. Photo credit Allison White.

Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, goes back as far as the 6th century. Originating from a blend of Buddhist and Shinto traditions, it transforms flower arrangement into a meditative and artistic act, emphasizing the form not just of flower buds, but of the leaves and stems of the plants, resulting in elegant compositions that bring pleasure to the senses and focus to the mind. Read more

No Postage Required

Paige Besse

Drawer of various Massachusetts postcards for sale at an antique shop in Salem, Mass. Photo by Paige Besse.

After a few minutes of flipping through a box at a shop in Essex, I picked it up: a simple view of the Old State House in Boston with a slightly scorched edge. It was my first card. I started a few years ago, picking up postcards from various places along the North Shore of Massachusetts, focusing my purchases on prints on local places I knew well and on certain print eras. With a background in History, I revel in seeing places from a past perspective and am instinctively drawn to the dusty and worn. Read more