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‘Dying art’ of stained glass provides a living for one artist

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) – Kyle Baughman welcomes working from his studio at the Hattiesburg Community Arts Center.

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A mixed set of vintage Pyrex mixing bowls. Image courtesy Appraisal & Estate Sale Specialists and Live Auctioneers.

Pyrex and Pink Daisies: Midcentury cookware is fab again

A mixed set of vintage Pyrex mixing bowls. Image courtesy Appraisal & Estate Sale Specialists and Live Auctioneers.

A mixed set of vintage Pyrex mixing bowls. Image courtesy Appraisal & Estate Sale Specialists and Live Auctioneers

NEW YORK – If you want to freshen up your kitchen, look no further than Grandma’s old casserole dishes.

Vintage kitchenware is back in style — pieces from the mid-20th century painted with flowers, bright colors, and specific functions, such as bracketed chip and dip bowls or four-piece refrigerator storage sets.

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Muralists find higher calling decorating church interiors 

Following the completion of the artwork by Murals by Jericho, St. Mark Church was designated a shrine Italian Renaissance artist Fra Angelico by Bishop Daniel Jenky in 2004. Image by Murals by Jericho

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) – No matter how intricate the art or meaningful the message, Andrew Hattermann says his studio’s work comes down to one simple thing: Beauty.

“We try to make a church more beautiful than it’s ever been,” the Peoria resident says. “That’s our goal.”

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Meet Space Lace: San Francisco’s exciting new auction house for vintage fashion

Turn heads with these cool and edgy designs featured in the Sept. 6 Space Lace auction. L to R: John Galliano for Dior ‘Rasta’ hoodie, Chanel fantasy high-sneaker boots, and Dolce & Gabbana rose-print runway baseball jacket.

SAN FRANCISCO – At the intersection of 1930s glamour and trendsetting street style, there’s Space Lace, a new San Francisco auction house specializing in vintage fashion, jewelry, accessories and interior furnishings. Space Lace is the recently launched auction division of Torso Vintages, an atelier with a twist in the city’s historic Jackson Square. Under one roof, high fashion clothing and accessories created in-house share the spotlight with curated vintage apparel, jewelry and interior furnishings selected for auction under the Space Lace banner. The company’s auction debut is set for September 6, with absentee and Internet live bidding available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Indiana retiree has a sweet tooth for M&M collectibles

Standing about 2 feet tall, these M&Ms were used by retailers to promote the sale of the famous candy. Image courtesy of Morphy Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (AP) – He was known as a “numbers guy” for 55 years. Then, one fateful day, Logansport resident Clarence Kapraun turned his back on the infinite possibility of sums and found favor in letters. But it was only one letter, really. Specifically, the “Ms,” as he said.

“The Ms” are this retired math teacher’s name for his M&M collection.

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Tractor returns to Indiana family after 7 decades of use

A John Deere ‘unstyled’ Model B tractor. Image by Dake. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

KOUTS, Ind. (AP) – Since he was a young boy, Chip Horn heard stories about the 1951 John Deere Model B tractor that plowed through his family’s history.

“Just stories,” he told me. “I never physically saw it.”

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How museums move and ship fragile artworks

Sir Edward John Poynter, ‘Cave of the Storm Nymphs,’ 1903, oil on canvas. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – The nymphs were invited to visit Italy this spring, but they are way too important to travel alone. Curator Lindsay Neal would have to escort them.

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Hi-tech scans get under skin of ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’

Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring.’ Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – Researchers using a battery of modern imaging techniques have gotten under the skin of Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, but tests haven’t answered the key question about the world famous painting’s enigmatic subject.

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Old magazine sheds light on Texas Trail

Ogallala’s famous Front Street, as it appears today. Image courtesy of ogallala-ne.gov

OGALLALA, Neb. (AP) – One day last month, a package arrived at the Ogallala/Keith County Chamber of Commerce offices bearing a long-lost firsthand account of the city’s Old West cowtown past.

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Nan Goldin photo featured at Lyon & Turnbull sale April 16

Nan Goldin (American B.1953) ‘Misty and Jimmy Paulette in a Taxi, NYC – 1991,’ Cibachrome print, signed, titled, editioned and dated verso, unframed 28in x 39¾in. Estimate: £6,000-£8,000. Lyon & Turnbull image.

EDINBURGH, Scotland – Nan Goldin is an American photographer best known for her deeply personal and candid portraiture. Her photographs serve to document herself and those closest to her, particularly the LGBTQ community and associated heroin-addicted subcultures. One of her photographs is featured in a Lyon & Turnbull Contemporary and Postwar Art auction on Thursday, April 16.

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