A Rare Look into the Creative Process

A Rare Look into the Creative Process

In a new exhibition called Line Touch Trace, the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) is about to offer a rare look at the thought processes of 13 artists. They’re all from Carolina, and their 30 works on paper are all drawn, whether in ink, graphite, charcoal, conté crayon,...

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Lyrical Paintings from Bernie Taupin

Lyrical Paintings from Bernie Taupin

Consider them not just art, but more the musings of a vivid imagination. Bernie Taupin – the gifted songwriter who teamed up with Elton John for many of that performer’s hits – says the inspiration for his paintings comes mostly from inside his own head. “It’s a little...

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Joe Ginsberg: Marmara Park Avenue

Joe Ginsberg: Marmara Park Avenue

It all started with a sketch. Each of the 128 guest rooms at The Marmara Park Avenue, plus its lobby, penthouse, basement pool, and all the rest – began with a stroke of graphite. “It was a pencil, then magic marker and painting,” says Joe Ginsberg, whose artisan-packed...

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Davis Brody Bond on Embassy Row

Davis Brody Bond on Embassy Row

Like the nation it serves, the new addition to the South African Embassy in Washington, D.C. is all about change. And contrasts – and transparency. The new space – once a driveway between the former ambassador’s Cape Dutch residence from the 1930s and a chancery built in...

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All Aboard Florida: Back to the Future

All Aboard Florida: Back to the Future

It may be the most ambitious intercity passenger rail project in the nation today. By the end of 2016, All Aboard Florida will connect Orlando to Miami, with intermediate stops in West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. “By connecting Central and South Florida, in a way we’re...

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In Minnesota, Sanborn Canoe Paddles

In Minnesota, Sanborn Canoe Paddles

Armed with a degree in painting and no small sense of style, Zak Fellman set out in 2009 to build himself a canoe. And a paddle. But while his canoe is a mostly a recreational outlet these days, his paddle-making has evolved into a full-time business called Sanborn Canoe...

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Filling Station

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Filling Station

Leave it to Frank Lloyd Wright to re-imagine the filling station. In 1927. Up ‘til then, a gas station was a fairly simple affair – usually a primitive wooden shack with an outhouse behind it. But Wright, commissioned by the Tydol Gas Company for a new design, had other...

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Six Winners in Matsumoto Competition

Six Winners in Matsumoto Competition

Three jury-selected modern homes and three “people’s choice” houses are the winners in the 2014 Matsumoto Prize competition in North Carolina. The six homes – from Durham, Leicester, Asheville, Wilmington, Raleigh, and Charlotte – made the final cut from a total...

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Artisan Army Attacks Craftsman Home

Artisan Army Attacks Craftsman Home

Ray Adamyk calls them his “artisan army.” They number about 150, some of them salaried and others hourly. They work with him at Spectra Company Restorations, and they’re said to be the best on the West Coast. When it came time to restore the Gamble (of Proctor &...

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Clean, White and Modern in Escena

Clean, White and Modern in Escena

Sure, the site’s to die for. It’s Palm Springs, after all. There’s the lush backdrop of the Escena Golf Course just outside the pool in the back yard. And rising beyond that are the rugged, purple peaks of the San Jacinto Mountains. But it’s the interior of this model...

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