His Paris: Bernard Buffet, Artist & Bon Vivant
Bernard Buffet was a prolific French artist, creating some 8,000 works in his lifetime. So why is he so obscure? Learn more about this creative art genius with his highly recognizable style.
Lipizzan: The Magical Breed of Horse
Coal black, gray and brown horses that turn white; horses that can perform, dance and defy air by flying; and horses that go to school. Sounds like a fairy tale, but it is actually a magical horse breed called Lipizzaner.
What is Tramp Art?
The unique folk art has as much artistry and skill as marquetry—a delicate and extremely skilled production of applying well-measured wood veneers in geometric patterns to furniture and it wasn't made by hobos sitting around campfires.
Zydeco and Other Louisiana Curiosities
Louisiana has some distinctions that make it entirely different from any other area in the United States. There are unique sayings and dialects in Louisiana, wholly different holiday celebrations and activities that shine a light on a culture that sets itself apart.
Zozobra (Old Man Gloom): Santa Fe's Original Burning Man
Did you know you could leave your troubles behind and experience a renewal of spirit with a symbolic character who looms large in the character of Zozobra, at Las Fiestas de Santa Fe? Put this on your bucket list.
The Real First Thanksgiving
You have heard the sanitized version of the first Thanksgiving where the Indians and Pilgrims celebrated a joyous feast, but there is more. In fact, the real buried and hidden history is much more interesting.
Sarah Winchester: Her Psychic Guilt Built a House
Sarah bought an unremarkable five-room wooden farmhouse four miles outside of San Jose. Something compelled her to invest, and she paid $12,750 in gold coin for land with an unfinished cottage sitting on it. Who would envision it would become her mystery house and self-generated prison?
The Hope Diamond: Mystery and Shining Bad Luck?
The Hope Diamond seems to have brought forth many things, but hope wasn’t one of them. It was an eerie omen to ill health, family disaster and evil history. Learn more about this mysterious gemstone.
Kahlo: Self-portrait of a Dramatic Life
Painting not only helped Frida Kahlo (rhymes with hallow) get through difficult times, it also gave her unprecedented opportunity. She became one of the best and most recognizable Mexican artists of the twentieth century. Even today, she is a cult figure in a movement called “Fridolatry."
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