Musings of a Museum Fanatic: 2017

8.21.2017

Money Museum


I have been wanting to visit the Money Museum for years! I tried last year when I had a day off but failed to realize that the museum was closed due to it being a federal holiday duh! The Money Museum was definitely worth the wait though. This museum is free so besides being closed on federal holidays there should be nothing stopping. 




I actually first realized there was a museum when I would walk by on my way to catch the bus to the Field Museum. I'm sure thousands of people walk right by this fantastic museum a day and don't even realize it's there. When you look into the windows off Jackson the museum actually looks somewhat small but when I finally went in it was anything but! The space was really quite large and there were so many great hands on exhibits. 


I loved how interactives there are in the Money Museum. Money and finances can be such an adult topic but they really make it fun and engaging. Plus the bribe of free (shredded) money totally helps right?



Two of my favorite parts of the museum was the huge amount of change in the floor (above) and the million dollars (below). I love that it really put it into context how much that actually is!




In addition to getting you to think about money and how it is today there are some wonderful artifacts such as early American currency, notes from the Civil War and other early bank notes. If you're not able to make it to Chicago to see it there is a wonderful virtual exhibit on their website. 



The Money Museum is definitely one I would recommend people add to their list, it's well worth a visit and you can't beat the entrance price!

8.18.2017

50 Free Things to do in Chicago

Living in and visiting Chicago can get pretty expensive at times. What can we say there is just some awesome stuff in our city! It doesn't always have to be expensive though there are plenty of fun free things to do around Chicago.

With the museums I've listed here they're all free museums all the time but for smaller museums it's always lovely to make a donation if you're able to.

For the rest of the list head over to Stephanie's blog!



Spring

Visit another country without a passport
There are 77 neighborhoods in Chicago and too many to count suburbs in the greater Chicago area. Each of them has their own story and personality. You can take a trip to another country just by visiting neighborhoods like the very Swedish Andersonville or Greektown in the West Loop. While you'll have to pull out the pocketbook to get a delicious meal there are so many sights to see in these neighborhoods that don't cost a dime. 

Meet up with a Chicago Greeter
You can sign up before you come to visit Chicago to take a 2-4 hour tour with a volunteer guide for free! Not only will they take you for free you can customize the tour to what neighborhood you'd like to check out plus if you need someone who speaks another language they can hook you up too.

Stroll through the Gold Coast
The Chicago architecture scene is top notch, we've got beautiful buildings ranging from skyscrapers to bungalow houses. For a lovely stroll to take in the mansion scene there is no better place than the Gold Coast. I always see something new when I check out the beautiful Gold Coast mansions

Lake Path by Adler Planetarium
This is by far my favorite spot for amazing views of the Loop and the Lake. A must stop on any list. Who knows you might even see someone getting proposed to in this favorite romantic pathway.  

Cloud Gate aka The Bean & Millennium Park 
Visiting the Bean is definitely your stereotypical thing to do when you come to Chicago but there is a reason for that! It's free and you get a great Chicago photograph. It's fun to visit the Bean any time of year. You can great photos of a snow covered Loop in the winter.

Window Shopping & People Watching Along Michigan Avenue
Since there are always tons of people along Michigan Avenue and stores with beautiful window displays this is always a fun one. It's really two freebies on one street!

Green City Market
With four different locations, including an indoor market, Green City Market is a perfect visit any time of year. My favorite is seeing all of the fresh produce once spring starts. Take in the sites, smells and sounds of this bustling market.


Fall

Open House Chicago
Held every October this fun weekend event allows visitors to check out different architectural treasures located throughout the Chicagoland area. Some of these buildings are open to the public on a regular basis but some are not so this is a fun experience that you can rub into your friends faces until they check it out next year.

Open Archives Chicago
Building on the same concept as Open House Chicago, the Chicago Area Archivists group has started organizing an Open Archives Chicago event. This year they're putting a twist on it and it seems they're spreading it out throughout the month. I'm hoping this means I can go see twice as many this year!

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
Scheduled for November 18th this year this 25 year running annual festival really kicks of the holiday season.

Take a tour
This one might seem a bit odd because usually you have to pay for tours but these days it's so easy to find free audio and self guided tours online all over the place. Here are two that I found that look good, Metrowalkz and Free Tours by Foot.

Check out the Public Art
You don't have to pay a ton to get some amazing art in Chicago. Throughout the years the city has made it a point to increase the amount of public art around the city. You'll even find it all along the L line. It's everywhere!

Harold Washington Library
Being the flagship Chicago Public Library location you know this South Loop location is going to be spectacular. From the beautiful architecture outside to the massive collections on the inside the Harold Washington has got it going on. My favorite is to take the elevator all the way up to the Winter Garden on the top floor, where there is a gorgeous reading space and exhibits, then take the escalators down so you can see everything.


Winter

Garfield Park Conservatory
Located on the west side of the city, this is a must visit. Free to the public year round it's the perfect stop when it's cold outside. You can warm up and enjoy the gorgeous gardens.

Chicago Cultural Center
Something is always happening at the Cultural Center. Whether it's a new exhibit or some sort of program. It's always free too. If nothing else stop in to see the amazing architecture of the building and enjoy the beauty of the world's largest Tiffany dome.

The Pedway System
The Pedway is actually something that not many Chicagoans even know about. It's the perfect way to get out of the cold in the winter and avoid the crowds in the Loop. Take yourself on your own below group Loop tour without even getting cold!

Chapel in the Sky
A somewhat unknown Chicago gem, this First United Methodist Church chapel that is 23 floors up into the sky is breathtaking. Tours are offered daily at 2pm as well as on Sunday after the worship service.

Money Museum
When you think of museums in the Loop the Money Museum is not one that comes to anyone's mind, in fact I bet thousands of people walk by it every day without even realizing it's even at the corner of Jackson & LaSalle. Free to the public but be sure to have your ID since you'll be entering a Federal Building. Be sure to get your bag of $100 when you leave ... shredded that is!


Summer

Chicago's Lakefront Trail
During the summer one of a Chicagoan's favorite things is to enjoy the Lakefront Trail. This 18 mile long trail takes you from the very north side of the city to the south, almost to Indiana! So grab your bike, blades or walking shoes and enjoy the gorgeous views along this popular route.

Chicago Summer Dance
This is one Chicago summer staple I've been dying to try. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the summer they break out a 4,900 square foot dance floor in Grant Park for everyone to samba, cha-cha or waltz the night away. Best park is for those of us who might be a little rusty they give you a quick lesson before the open dancing starts!

Grant Park Music Festival

The Grant Park Music seasons goes from June through August. For really good seats you'll have to fork over some money but you'll still be able to enjoy the music if you visit the park. Really there are tons of great free music festivals in Chicago to check out. 

Maggie Daley Park

This new addition to Grant Park is an amazing addition. With a climbing wall, play garden, mini golf and tennis courts just to name a couple of things you can enjoy there is something for everyone in the family of every age and for every season. 

Chicago Air and Water Show
I might get some flack from Chicago people since this one can been a bit of a pain but it's definitely worth checking out at least once in your life! Taking place every August at North Avenue Beach you see amazing aerial performed by the likes of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and other such amazing groups.  

The Oriental Institute
Most people who visit Chicago tend to stay in the Loop and miss out on such south side gems like The Oriental Institute. Located on the University of Chicago campus this museum focuses on Near Eastern civilizations, you won't see some of these artifacts unless you travel to the Middle East. One of my favorites and I'm not just saying it because I was an intern there, it's an amazing museum!

North Park Nature Center
This park has gone through several hands throughout it's time but being Chicago’s Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium (1915-1970) was definitely it's most infamous. In the 1970s after a bit of a battle the buildings and grounds were converted into the lovely park you see today. 


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8.14.2017

Chicken Pot Pie Chowder

I always love watching Food Network and all the cooking videos that are done on YouTube. For a while now I've been wanting to make some to share with you guys here and with my Pampered Chef customers. 

When we lived in the old condo there was just no way to do that the kitchen was just too tiny and my back would have been to you the entire time! So I thought I'd give it a go since in our new kitchen I could focus on what was being cooked on the stove. 

Video recipes are definitely a work in progress but I'm pretty proud of how this first one came out, both the video and the recipe!! Kevin and I loved this one and will definitely be making it again. We've already made three recipes from the cookbook and we're hooked it's a good one. 

You'll be able to find the recipe in the new Season's Best Cookbook when it is released September 1. Let me know if you'd like a new season's catalog let me know I'd be more than happy to send one your way. Hope you enjoy cooking with me : ) 


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8.11.2017

Printable Birthday & Anniversary Cards


One of the bigger 101 list tasks that I had to tackle was getting all of my birthday and anniversary cards ready for a single year. I started looking in 2016 for the perfect cards. I didn't want anything that didn't sound like me, I was looking for something funny with a little bit of sass. It was insane how hard it was to find something that was all those things and cost effective!

After a while it occurred to me that I had really gained some mad Photoshop skills and could probably design something myself. So I did just that! What I came up with is me in a homemade card. Funny with some sass and a clean look to it. Friends and family have been loving them! I'm so glad I went this route.


You'll see below there is a download link for a set of each type of card and one that has one of each. Download them, print them out on card stock and slice them in half. Since I'm not the most skilled at cutting things straight, even with really nice cutters I made a nice little cheat line on there for all of us not so skilled craft cutters out there. 

I hope you enjoy my first foray into homemade cards!












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8.09.2017

5 Ways to Get Out of a Blogging Slump



As you can see it's been a little slow around here lately. Besides being pretty the past week and half I hit a slump. I didn't like any of the topics on my list to write about, nothing seemed right or wowed me, I wasn't feeling inspired to share anything, it's been your typical blogging slump. I know we all go through them everyone once and a while right!? If you answered no to this question see me later, I either don't believe you or I need that secret formula!

It can be hard to get out of that slump but I've got a few tips on how to get yourself back out. I've been working all of these myself lately.

Go to Your Safe Place
Topics not seeming like you anymore? You're not feeling anything that you've got lined up? Go back to the topics you know and love, those topics that you can always just bust out in 20 minutes. These are always good to use when you hit that slump. That can inspire you again or at least carry you until you're able to get back on the horse again.

Find New Inspiration
Now for the total opposite of the first one. Maybe those old standby topics aren't doing it for you. Take some time and see if there is anything new out there that floats your boat. So you're a food blogger, maybe you followed someone new on Instagram who is doing some amazing things with fresh fruit. Take that new found passion for what their doing and use it as inspiration for your own delicious fruit recipes.

Refocus
Are you feeling guilty that you're focusing more on other topics that don't match with what you say you blog about? Maybe that's causing your slump. If that's the case it might be time to take a good look at what your blog focus is and refocus. This can be a good method especially when you have large life changes that affect what you blog about, like having kids or being diagnosed with an illness.

Push Through
Sometimes we just need to pull ourselves up by out boot strings and push our way though it! Say to yourself I'm not going to just sit here in this slump and mean it! That's my current plan of attack for my slump. I'm not going to take it!

Take a Break
This is a tough one to handle. You might just need an actual break. There is so much going on in life that you're too busy living life to write about it or maybe you're focus has changed so much that you need a break to figure out what you really want to do. There is no shame in taking a break when you're overwhelmed and something needs to give.



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7.26.2017

50 Reasons Why 1997 is the Best Year in Music Ever


People are always making grandiose statements about music, like this person is bigger than The Beatles or so and so is the best artist ever. I'm here to make one too but in my case it's true ... 1997 was the best year in music ever. I even had proof to back it up! 50 reasons why 1997 was the best year in music ever in fact. So many amazing songs and albums were released that year it was ridiculousness.

There were even more than made my list too. I tried to stick to one song per artist. If I didn't the list would be a quarter Backstreet Boys and Spice Girls songs because 1997 was their year let's be honest. Some of these songs I'll be honest are favorites and I didn't even realize that they were released in 1997 either, just goes to show you how amazing 1997 music is. What's your favorite song from 1997?


1. Aqua - Barbie Girl


2. Hanson - MMMBop



3. No Doubt - Don't Speak


4. Elton John - Candle In The Wind


5. Spice Girls - Wannabe


6. Daft Punk - Around the World


7. Meredith Brooks - Bitch


8. Rammstein - Du Hast


9. The Jock Jam Megamix - ESPN Presents The Jock Jam


10. Jewel - Foolish Games


11. Toni Braxton - Un-Break My Heart


12. R. Kelly - I Believe I Can Fly


13. Robyn Carlsson - Show Me Love


14. LeAnn Rimes - How Do I Live


15. Backstreet Boys - Quit Playing Games


16. Usher - You Make Me Wanna...


17. Third Eye Blind - Semi-Charmed Life


18. Paula Cole-Where have all the cowboys gone


19. The Notorious B.I.G. - Mo Money Mo Problems


20. Savage Garden - Truly Madly Deeply


21. Mariah Carey - Honey


22. Freak Nasty - Da' Dip


23. The Verve Pipe - The Freshmen


24. Sister Hazel - All For You


25. Madonna - Don't Cry For Me Argentina


26. Puff Daddy/Faith Evans/112 - I'll Be Missing You


27. The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony


28. Chumbawamba - Tubthumping


29. Blur - Song 2


30. Janet Jackson - Together Again


31. Smash Mouth - Walkin' On The Sun


32. The Offspring - Gone Away


33. Five - When the Lights Go Out


35. Foo Fighters - My Hero


36. Everclear - I Will Buy You A New Life


37. Shania Twain - Man! I Feel Like A Woman


38. Fly - Sugar Ray


39. Marcy Playground - Sex And Candy


40. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - The Impression That I Get


41. Cherry Poppin' Daddies - Zoot Suit Riot


42. Shawn Colvin - Sunny Came Home


43. Harvey Danger - Flagpole Sitta


44. Tonic - If You Could Only See


45. Jars Of Clay - Crazy Times


46. Green Day - Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)


47. Will Smith - Miami


48. The Crystal Method - Busy Child


49. White Town - Your Woman


50. blink-182 - Dammit


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7.24.2017

5 Good Times to Brainstorm


In this crazy fast paced we all have 1,000 things happening in our life it can be really tough to take time to brainstorm for you blog. I know I try and use any time I have to brainstorm. Throughout the past few years I've come up with a few surefire places and times that I can really put pen to paper and come up with some good ideas.

1. On your commute
Since I commute 30 minutes each way it's always a great time to think. When I'm heading downtown and I'm on the train that's an even better time to think so I can actually activity write while I'm thinking. It is hard to do that on my daily commute. Not gonna lie I always have my little notebook out and will frantically write something down at a light if need be.

2. Be a passenger 
You might not have a choice with this one but if you do always try and be the passenger. Usually when we go anywhere whether it's myself and Kevin or I'm with other family someone else tends to be the driver. I try to take the time to think since I don't have to be focused on the road.

3. In a room with the door locked
While it's good to take a minute when you can to brainstorm sometimes we just need to block everything out. I think once a week I probably tell Kevin I'm going in our bedroom and he's not allowed to disturb me for a couple of hours. This usually results in some great brainstorming time without distractions. Or I'm completely distracted ... there is never an in-between is there?

4. When you need a break from something else
You've spent the entire morning scrubbing your house or you've been hanging out with friends sometimes you just need a change of pace or a break. Take a little time to totally switch gears. Who knows all that cleaning might just inspire a new post!

5. In the Shower, on the toilet or any other weird time
Don't we all have those weird times that we think about stuff? Mine is when I'm in the bathroom usually when I'm showering. It's something that we do all the time and by now it's probably on autopilot. When you're on autopilot it can be the perfect chance to brainstorm since your mind can wander. Although it is a little hard to write down those ideas when you're in the shower!




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7.21.2017

July Swago is Here!

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7.17.2017

10 Ways to Make a Quick Dinner More Special with Jewel-Osco & Coca-Cola™

***This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #ServeWithACoke #Jewel #CollectiveBias***


There are so many weeks that Kevin and I are running around with all of our various commitments. He's got band practice or I've got Pampered Chef meeting, we might be meeting up together to take care of some business. Any way you slice it we are busy busy busy but we always try to have meals together when we can even if it's a quick one.


Jewel-Osco makes it super easy for us to have a quick but nice meal on a busy night. Our store is right on the way home from work for me and Kevin. With their signature meal deals we can come together for an easy, simple and tasty dinner at home before we have to head out to whatever we've got going on. You can get chicken of any sort and size from a two piece meal to a whole chicken and they have a selection of different sides to pick from.


This past week I grabbed us a yummy chicken dinner with delicious sides before we had to run out the door to our evening commitments. Since it's just the two of us I went for the 8 piece crispy chicken meal. A little bit of a splurge with the crispy but oh so good skin and even though it's just two of us we loved having the leftovers. I found out that in addition to being able to add on any 1.25L of Coca-Cola™ now you can add on a 64 oz Gold Peak®. We love us some ice tea so I was stoked to hear from the store associate that this was now an option.


When you're on the run some weeks it's hard to come together. We always try and bring a little spark to our weekend nights and make dinner a little special. I was able to put some of my go to tips to make that quick dinner a little more special.



1. Take a moment
Today was busy, tonight will be busy too. You just grabbed a delicious dinner on the go from Jewel-Osco. Stop for a moment, breathe, relax and be thankful for the time you're about to spend together (even as little as it might be!) with your family.


2. Put a table on it
Well more like like put it on a table. Most of the time when we're a in hurry we eat on the go or standing up. Don't do it! It really doesn't take any more time to put it out on the table than it does on the counter.

3. Use the real stuff
Instead of going with paper and plastic break out the real plates, silverware and even napkins. There is just something about real napkins! If you don't have the kind that are machine washable and that's why you don't ever use them, then you should really invest in those! Then you can just toss them in with the rest of your laundry and not have to worry.

4. Treat yourself to a little something extra
I usually drink water with dinner but sometimes it's nice to do a little something extra. I like to splurge and get something fun to drink. The Signature Meal deal makes it's super easy and budget friendly. You can add on a Diet Coke®, Coca-Cola Zero™, Coca-Cola™ or Gold Peak® Tea and make it a full complete meal! Plus that 64 oz Gold Peak tea is going to last you for the rest of the week.


5. Make it fancy
Even when you're in a hurry there are easy ways to make it special. My favorite way is to use champagne glasses instead of regular tumblers. There is something about using those fancy glasses that just makes any meal special.


6. Give it some ambiance
You don't have to go all out with steamers, dozens of flowers or anything crazy like that. I know we all have those couple of candles that we're saving for a special occasion. Break out those babies and take a few minutes to give your dinner a little bit more.

7. Make it healthier
When you're on the go it can be tough to keep it healthy. With options like no salt added rotisserie chicken, grilled chicken and unsweetened Gold Peak tea it can be easier to keep it on the healthier! Grab some salad from Jewel's stocked up salad bar or some pre-cut fruit paired with your healthier chicken pick and Gold Peak tea you've got a complete meal. 


8. Keep the TV off

You don't want to get sucked into that new grip the edge of your seat episode of your favorite show. Also it will give you a quick chance to connect with your family in that short time you have.


9. Doctor it up
This is one if you're on the go but have a little more time. With the delicious rotisserie chicken you got as part of your signature meal deal you can make all sorts of recipes. Make a quick rotisserie chicken salad sandwich using the rolls from the meal with the signature coleslaw on the side. Another perk is that if you eat it one way the first day then doctor up the leftovers you've got a second meal for those super busy weeks. Coca-Cola has some other fun ideas for meal pairings on their websites that would definitely make the most out of the delicious chicken.

10. Put on some tunes
I know when I'm at home I don't ever put on music to add any ambiance. It's usually for a purpose like working out or getting me pumped up to clean. Putting on some nice tunes for your quick dinner together can give it a fun, dinner out vibe. Plus if it's the right tunes it will help you relax before tackling the rest of your busy day and evening!



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7.14.2017

Sweet Treat Team Challenge

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On your marks, get set, EARN! Swagbucks is holding a fun team challenge called the "Swagathlon" to help you earn free gift cards! For those of you who don't know what Swagbucks is, it's a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online like shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos. You can even earn for searching the web! 

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7.12.2017

She Said What?!

Yesterday I decided that instead of doing some of the work around the house that I've been telling myself needs to get done I was going through and cleaning up my inbox. That's still getting things accomplished right? Well I decided I needed to get rid of drafts of emails. I had 114 eep!

As I was looking through the drafts I kept finding stuff that had been said by Kevin and other friends that I wrote down. Some of them were just too amusing not to share!


While playing Sweet Valley High at my birthday

Becky "Trading boyfriends until you get yours adds some mystery."
Bethany "that's the story of my life"

Kevin "We have Lane ... rental baby ... with a return policy"


That's Britta!
Britta "I'd rather do chemistry than anything related to directions"

Kevin *speeds forward from light*
Betsy "slow down  we are not drag racing my brother".
Becky "I said I would get you in two places at once"
Betsy "it wasn't like walk to remember I deserve romance"


Kevin "tell me what you want."

Me "what I really really want. I wanna I wanna zigzag zigzag ah"
Kevin "I'm already your lover I've already gotten with your friends"

Me "that's me being passive aggressive"

Kevin "that's not you being passive aggressive, you threw my pillow at me"


Becky  "of all the things I got at Valpo you're my favorite"


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7.10.2017

Public Art on the Brown Line

 
Culture and art has always been really important to the City of Chicago, it's one of my favorite things about living in the Chicagoland area. You head anywhere in the city and you can find beautiful art everywhere. 2017 has been dubbed the Year of Public Art in the city. Part of this increase in public art includes many of the L stops around the city. 

This past weekend I had some time so what did I decide to do? Ride the entire Brown Line and get some fabulous photos of all the amazing public art at each station. You might be thinking Betsy it's not like it's the Red Line which has lines from the north end of the city to the south how bad could it have been? Well it might not be the longest line but it was the line that has art pieces at every stop except one!! It was actually pretty fun, kind of like my own scavenger hunt where I was doing a lot of waiting on L platforms. 

Now for the fun part! The beautiful art. For more about these pieces, maps of what other stops on the other lines have pieces and all that good stuff head to the CTA Public Art webpage.


In Transit Gallery
Columbia College Photography Department
Photo montage
2001, Adopt-A-Station


Reflections Expressions Transformations
B.J. Krivanek and Joel Breaux
Aluminum, powder-coated aluminum
2009, Arts in Transit


Time is the Enemy (Revisited)
Carlos “Dzine” Rolon
Venetian glass, marble and stone mosaic
2009, Arts in Transit

 

Chicago El Stories
Jon Gitelson
Glass photographic tiles
2008, Arts in Transit



Hayes Healy Gymnasium 
Mike Grucza
Installation of Bas-relief, limestone panels
2015, CTA Art Collection
 
Landslide
Derick Malkemus
Cast bronze
2009, Arts in Transit

Transience
Martin Donlin
Architectural glass: ceramic enamels fired into tempered glass
2009, Arts in Transit

 


Space Junction of Energy
Jerald Jacquard
Painted steel, mixed media
1970, CTA Art Collection


We All Ride the Train Together
David Lee Csicsko
Mixed-media mosaics by Erin Adams Design
2009, Arts in Transit


As I was running through the Southport stop I forgot that there were two sides so I only snapped a photo of the south wall!
 
Southport
Green (North Wall) & Yellow (South Wall)
Elizabeth Fraiberg
Transfer-printed glazed ceramic tile
2008, Arts in Transit

Transitions
Barbara Cooper
Mosaic: Hand-cut glass
Sculpture: Riveted brass and stainless-steel sheeting
2009, Arts in Transit



 

The Encrypted Inning
Gregory Gómez
Sand-cast bronze and patina
2007, Arts in Transit



Commonplaces
Juan Carlos Macias
Venetian hand-cut glass mosaic
2008, Arts in Transit

Montrose
MONT/ROSE: AREA
Jason Pickleman
Cast aluminum, vinyl decals
2007, Arts in Transit



American Tourister
Ron Baron
Bronze
2008, Arts in Transit

 

Western
Camouflage Screen
Ellen Rothenberg
Art glass with ceramic melting color
2007, Arts in Transit



Hidden Movers
Thomas Skomski
Mixed media
2007, Arts in Transit

 
 

Carpet
Ellen Harvey
Mosaic of hand-cut marble
2007, Arts in Transit

 

Round and Round
Anne Marie Karlsen
Art glass
2007, Arts in Transit

 

Kimball
Hope and Renewal
Josh Garber
Powder-coated aluminum
2007, Arts in Transit


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