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Random Acts of (holiday) Art -Day 2 of 100happydays.

giant ornament

As a photographer and a painter, I am always envious of large-scale sculptors or installation artists. It takes a lot of courage to put your work on display for the general public to look at while they are out on the streets shopping or picking up lunch. It takes a special kind of courage to act as a gorilla-artist and put that work on display out in the open without ever being paid for your efforts. In my neighborhood, some unknown...

Taking Travel Inventory with Scratch Maps

It’s the end of another year, time to take inventory of the great travel destinations that you can now mark off your bucket list before making new plans for next year. Maps by ScratchMap are perfect for doing just that. Part wall art and part travel lottery ticket, these maps are covered in a foil surface that you can scratch away with a coin. These cool maps make it easy to celebrate all the places that you have been while...

The Many Murals of Pilsen

I recently had the opportunity to take part in a walking tour of the Chicago neighborhood known as Pilsen under the fantastic guidance of  Joyce from Joyce Walks Chicago. Named for the Bohemian city of Plzeň in the Czech Republic by the immigrants who began settling in the 1840’s, Pilsen is now considered to be the heart of Chicago’s Mexican-American community. Inspired by the Mexican Muralist Movement of the 1930’s when artists like Diego Rivera, Jose Orozco, and David Siquieros...