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How to Perfect the Art of Going to the Bathroom Outdoors

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Travel restrictions have led many Americans to look for outdoor adventures in their own regions. This has created a spike in the number of people who are hiking and camping for the first time. The Washington Post reports a significant increase in sales of guidebooks and hiking books, and my own visits to MEC (a Canadian outdoor gear retailer) have revealed startlingly empty shelves that, staff members told me, are a result of people buying whatever they can to facilitate outdoor adventures. 

This is a good thing, as long as people are following good wilderness etiquette. One of those rules is disposing of human excrement properly – a topic that’s understandably gross, and thus does not get discussed as openly as it should, considering how important it is. Leave No Trace issued guidelines this year in light of changing recreation patterns due to COVID-19 that addressed the problem of human

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The man behind the Huntington’s Chinese Garden art

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Before he left China in 1986, Che Zhao Sheng’s shifu, or teacher, said to him, “After you go to the United States, share some of our Chinese culture with them if you have a chance.” The shifu was a penjing master, the man who taught Che the art of creating miniaturized trees and plants in pots, pruned and constricted over time to take the shape and spirit of their full-size siblings.



a blurry image of a man: The Huntington's resident penjing artist, Che Zhao Sheng, in the newly expanded Chinese Garden at the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. (Josie Norris / Los Angeles Times)


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The Huntington’s resident penjing artist, Che Zhao Sheng, in the newly expanded Chinese Garden at the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. (Josie Norris / Los Angeles Times)



One of Che Zhao Sheng's penjing at the newly expanded Chinese Garden. (Josie Norris / Los Angeles Times)


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One of Che Zhao Sheng’s penjing at the newly expanded Chinese Garden. (Josie Norris / Los Angeles Times)

Today, more than three decades later, the student is fulfilling that legacy, and in a

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Ugly Story From American History, Inspiring Stories Of Art, On View At Shofuso Japanese House And Garden

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The Underground Railroad will always serve as America’s greatest example of ordinary citizens sticking their necks out to help those suffering under the crushing weight of the nation’s racist institutions. Another example can currently be found in a most unusual place, the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Philadelphia during its new exhibition, “Shofuso and Modernism: Mid-Century Collaboration between Japan and Philadelphia.”

Organized by The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia (JASGP) with support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the exhibition celebrates the friendships and transcultural exchanges between Junzo Yoshimura (1908–1997, Japan), George Nakashima (1905-1990, US), Noémi Pernessin Raymond (1889-1980, France) and Antonin Raymond (1888–1976, Austria-Hungary), through their collaborative architectural projects.

Their brilliant artwork takes on added dimensions when their

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State of the Union | US House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives

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Image courtesy of Library of Congress
On December 13, 1913, Woodrow Wilson gave the first in-person Annual Message since the 18th century.

Including President Donald J. Trump’s 2020 address, there have been a total of 97 in-person Annual Messages/State of the Union Addresses. Since President Woodrow Wilson’s 1913 address, there have been a total of 85 in-person addresses.

In 1945, President Franklin Roosevelt’s address was read to a Joint Session of the House and Senate. Since the President did not deliver the address, it does not count as an in-person address.

Origins and Authorization

The formal basis for the State of the Union Address is from the U.S. Constitution:

  • The President “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he
    shall judge necessary and expedient.” Article II, Section 3, Clause 1.

The constitutionally

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MVRDV’s mirrored art depot is topped by a public garden

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Work is nearing completion on a new art depot by MVRDV that offers visitors insight into the world of art preservation and restoration. Named Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, the project features an eye-catching mirrored facade and is topped by a public garden.

Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen looks a bit like an oversized mixing bowl and reaches a height of 34 m (111 ft) in Rotterdam. The project was first unveiled back in 2015 and will host an open day in September 2020, after which the artworks will be carefully moved in. It’s due to open its doors to the public a year later in September 2021.

Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen's rooftop park will be open to the public
Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen’s rooftop park will be open to the public

Winy Maas

The rooftop garden area, which will also include a restaurant, is currently being planted with a total of 75 birch trees using a crane to get them up there. Once

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Art Prints for Home Decor

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Find fine art prints custom framed for home decor, at up to 40% discount, that add the right interior design touch to your home decor. Quickly find just the right art print by title, artist, color, style, subject, genre and many collections. Need home decorating ideas? Visit our handpicked directory of home decorating links. If you can’t find what you are looking for try https://personalizedbykate.com as they have a lot of custom home decor items..

Choose Your Art by Room

Narrow your selection of art by the room you want it for…

Choose Art to Go with Your Wall Colors…

  1. Find your color from 30 different choices in five catagories
  2. Select a color by clicking on the color swatch or color name
  3. Browse through the art selections

Custom Frame Your Art in 4 Easy Steps!

Steps to frame your art

  1. Crop it! Border or no border
  2. Mould it! Pick a frame moulding you like
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Interior Design | COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN

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Darius in studio

Darius LeBeaux

Bachelor of Interior Design

Darius LeBeaux didn’t come to LSU intending to study interior design. “I was a biology major first, and I found myself unhappy,” he shared.

When he was young, Darius was interested in interior design without necessarily realizing it: he would re-arrange the furniture in his room every season, and when he arrived to new spaces he liked to run through to explore them, curious about the new interiors.

“I wanted to be able to use my creativity, and I was curious about interior design, so I decided to switch.”

That curiosity grew into passion. “What interests me the most about interior design is the design process: coming up with a concept, space planning, and construction documents – because every project has its own challenges. Those challenges make you think and learn something new every time.”

As a designer Darius aspires to create spaces “where

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the art garden | a Community Supported Art-making place

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The following reflection was written by Jane Beatrice Wegscheider
for the 90th Anniversary of the Bridge of Flowers, October 5, 2019.

Imagination is a bridge!
Today we are celebrating something that connects us –
to each other and to ourselves –
to this physical place that many of us call home.

Home is also something imagined –
something we co-create in community.

Imagination is the soil of community –
because community, like a garden, has so much variety –
so many unknowables, so many differences.

We come together in community through our creativity –
through imagining what is possible.

Creativity cultivates that part of ourselves that is responsive.
Creativity is an essential part of being human.

The Bridge of Flowers cultivates our responsiveness –
to colors, patterns, light, shadow, textures, shapes, sounds, smells –
to the unexpected, exquisite, and delightful –
to birth, death, decay, and re-birth –
to nature

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What Is Art Deco Style? How To Put This Timeless Decor in Your Home

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Much like other mysteriously named decor movements, art deco is one of those styles you hear about again and again—without ever catching exactly what it means.

The art deco design revolution of the 1920s and 1930s symbolized the optimism and rapid change of the industrial age—with an emphasis on clean lines, dramatic shapes, and colorful, ornate surfaces. Think of the swooping curves of classic cars, old-school diners, and the brightly hued buildings along Miami Beach—that’s art deco.

Key features of an art deco home

  • Cubic and other geometric forms

  • Smooth wall surfaces, usually made of stucco
  • Flat roofs

  • Zigzags, chevrons, and other stylized, geometric motifs on facades

  • Highly stylized doorways with metal trim

  • Towers and other vertical projections above the roofline

  • Bands of color

  • Rounded corners

  • Strong sense of line

  • Illusion of pillars

  • Round mirrors

  • Built-in shelves and seating

  • Glass-block walls

Art deco influences

Although the art deco style looked

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Ed Racicot Art Sinks | Small Bathroom Sinks | Hand Painted Sinks | Old Fashioned Bathroom Sinks | Handmade Vessel Sinks | Tiny House Sinks | Custom Bathroom Sinks

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At E.C. Racicot Art Sinks, we create beautiful, functional art for your bath. We create handmade stoneware pottery bowl sinks as well as drop in sinks (self rimming sinks) and under-mount basins. These one of a kind pottery art sinks are created using time-honored methods of craftsmanship: see our About Us section for a more in-depth description of our craft. 

Artist, E. C. Racicot’s sink styles range from Old World – Rustic, Craftsman style basins, to Italian influenced modern bowl sinks, with several styles to choose from. Depending on your need, these pottery sinks can range from very small sinks (perfect for the tiny house) to quite large and dramatic bowl sinks. We also make our custom made stoneware pottery sinks, right here in the USA. More specifically in Asheville, NC, the greater Western North Carolina area in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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