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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Osaka art museum to host Western masterpieces

Exhibition view at the National Museum of Art, Osaka. Image courtesy of NMAO

OSAKA, Japan (PR Newswire) – The National Museum of Art, Osaka, has announced its exhibition schedule of 2020, including exhibits of the “Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London,” which is scheduled to debut July 7 and will run through Oct. 18.

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House with Frank Lloyd Wright-approved design finds new life

The restored Mills House in Greenwood, Indiana, was built by a follower of Frank Lloyd Wright with his approval. Image courtesy of the Harry Cooler Conference Center

GREENWOOD, Ind. (AP) – The treasures are in the small details.

Glass aquarium corners in the Harry Cooler Conference Center give the sense of stepping into the outdoors and looking out over the wooded land around it, even while staying indoors. Ingeniously designed window placements and skylights allow for ample natural light but never overwhelming direct sunlight.

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Original Salvador Dali engraving turns up at thrift shop

One of the Salvador Dali engravings from ‘The Divine Comedy.’ Image courtesy of Bloomsbury and LiveAuctioneers

NAGS HEAD, N.C. (AP) – An original Salvador Dali wood engraving hangs on the wall of Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head after being discovered among the donated items of an Outer Banks thrift shop.

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National Portrait Gallery unveils portrait of Andy Murray

Tennis champion Andy Murray with his portrait by Maggi Hambling (right). Photograph © David Parry and National Portrait Gallery

LONDON – The National Portrait Gallery, London has unveiled a new portrait of Olympian and Wimbledon champion, Andy Murray by Maggi Hambling. The multi-figured portrait will join the Gallery’s Collection, accompanied by four preparatory charcoal drawings from life completed in the artist’s studio in September last year. The painting and two of the drawings are now on public display in the gallery until  May 3, 2020.

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Chicago gallery features artworks by McArthur Binion

McArthur Binion, ‘DNA:Work,’ 2020, ink, oil paint stick and paper on board, 72 × 48in. Gray image

CHICAGO – Gray will present “DNA:Work” and the “Under:Conscious Drawings,” the gallery’s first exhibition with McArthur Binion. Debuting eight paintings and seven drawings from the artist’s “DNA:Work and Under:Conscious” series, the exhibition opens with a public reception for the artist on Friday, April 17, from 6-8 p.m. at Gray Warehouse in Chicago. Read more