Rensselaer artist develops innovative screenprinting techniques

Nathan Meltz, ‘Saving Seeds,’ screenprint, 11 x 16in., 2018

TROY, N.Y. — In the cold winter months of early 2019, Nathan Meltz found himself deep in a creative block. An established screenprinting artist, having exhibited in galleries around the world, Meltz is known for his use of mechanical imagery as visual metaphors for various types of destructive technologies, from war machines to fossil fuel extraction devices. But he was struggling to find inspiration.

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Tommy Lee’s Calabasas hilltop home on the market for $4.59M

Tommy Lee’s hilltop home in Calabasas, California, currently listed for $4.59 million. Photo courtesy of The Agency

Founding member of Mötley Crüe, drummer Tommy Lee his proven good taste when it comes to picking eye-watering real estate. Lee has recently put his LA-area hilltop residence on the market for $4.59 million. It is described as one of the most stunning homes in celebrity-rich Calabasas, California, also home to Justin Bieber, Drake, Katie Holmes, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Several members of the Kardashian clan live in nearby Hidden Hills.

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Al Hirschfeld art capturing classic solo performances debuts online May 11

Christopher Plummer in ‘Barrymore,’ 1997. Courtesy of The Al Hirschfeld Foundation

NEW YORK – The Al Hirschfeld Foundation has announced the first in a series of online exhibitions exploring the work of one of the most iconic artists of the last century. On May 11, the Foundation will open a special exhibition for these times: “SOCIALLY DISTANT THEATER: The Solo Show As Seen By Hirschfeld,” a collection of 25 drawings, paintings, collages, and prints documenting a half century of one person shows. This special digital exhibit will be online for six weeks through June 20 at before a new exhibition is presented.

Banksy art unveiled at hospital salutes doctors, nurses

Banksy’s ‘Game Changer.’ Image courtesy of Banksy

LONDON (AP) – A new work by the elusive street artist Banksy, honoring health workers, has been unveiled at a British hospital.

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Self-taught artist wins BP Portrait Award 2020

‘Night Talk’ by Jiab Prachakul, 2019 © Jiab Prachakul, (1000 × 1000mm, acrylic on canvas). Image courtesy National Portrait Gallery, London

LONDON – Jiab Prachakul has won the prestigious first prize in the BP Portrait Award 2020 it was announced today on the National Portrait Gallery’s social media channels. Prachakul’s winning portrait, Night Talk, which depicts her close friends in a bar in Berlin, is displayed in the BP Portrait Award 2020 exhibition, which has opened online on the National Portrait Gallery’s website, while the Gallery in London is temporarily closed due to the current Coronavirus pandemic.

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Illinois builder recycles lumber from old barns

Dan Woodson, ‘Brown County Barn with Hollyhocks,’ oil on canvas. Image courtesy of Jackson’s Auction & Real Estate Co. and LiveAuctioneers

ROCK FALLS, Ill. (AP) – When Dan Sutton was learning contractor skills at his father Chet’s side in Whiteside County, he took his advice to heart.

“He told me, ‘Danny, save this lumber. They don’t make it anymore,’” the younger Sutton, now 62, said.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr’s Key West ‘pirate house’ on the market for $3.7M 

Dale Earnhardt Jr’s Key West home listed at $3.7M. Photo by Andre van Rensburg. Courtesy

KEY WEST, Fla. – Dale Earnhardt Jr’s pirate-themed conch house in the laid-back tropical paradise of Key West, Florida is for sale and featured this week at

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Museum launches online stay-at-home art program

‘Elaine de Kooning Self-Portrait.’ Oil on Masonite (1946). National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Boca Raton Museum of Art has launched a new series of free Online Community Initiatives for all ages, including “Keep Kids Smart with Art” to help parents and their children who are home from school. These free Online Community Initiatives will also reach out to seniors who are keeping social distance and who might feel isolated.

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Latter-day Saints to remove statue during restoration work

The 12½-foot-tall, Angel Moroni statue, which is hammered out of copper and overlaid with 22K gold leaf, will be removed from the Salt Lake Temple for repairs. It weighs approximately 3 tons. Image courtesy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints plans to temporarily remove the Angel Moroni statue from its Salt Lake Temple during restoration work.

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Lee Iacocca’s Bel Air mansion for sale

The Bel Air, Calif., home of the late corporate mogul Lee Lee Iacocca. Photo credit: Hilton & Hyland. Source:

LOS ANGELES – Lee Iacocca, former president of Ford Motor Co. and chairman of Chrysler Corp., died last year. His longtime Bel Air home is for sale and featured this week at

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