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We are proud to show you the Fall issue of Matador Review which has a splendid feature on Whitaker's recent paintings and poetry.

Here is a site that links you to some creative ideas for enlivening public play areas. See what can happen to sidewalks, laundromats and pingpong tables when artists unleash their imaginations on them.

If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed by the plethora of graphics programs, particularly if you have spent some hard-earned money on new hardware, here is a site that offers what they feel are the top free graphics software available. Even if you are using older machines, this list may set you onto a new direction for your work or help you get started if you are just beginning.

The Whitney Museum of American Art is showing a retrospective of a 101-year-old artist, Carmen Herrara. (It took them that long to acknowledge her?). Herrera's boldly conceived abstractions are striking and dramatic - the New York Times calls them "ravishing". This show focuses on the period 1948 - 1978 and includes roughly fifty pieces.

At The Contemporist you can see how the Paul Raff Studio enlivened the ceiling of a parking garage in Toronto, Canada. The sculpture, called Wavelengths, is suspended overhead; it is composed of 106 six foot by ten foot fiberglass panels on a steel framework. It is meant to recreate the waves from Lake Ontario which previous filled the space of the current parking area.

"Utopia by Design" is the title of an exhibition whose works were requested from designers and museums worldwide. The results are wide-ranging, sometimes dizzying, and surprisingly, at least in the pieces shown, devoid of references to nature and landscape.

On the contrary, CBS News gives us spectacular images of nature at her best with these truly remarkable images of the cosmos provided by the Hubble Telescope. Launched in 1990, the Telescope has provided not only extraordinary pictures of Planet Earth but of the cosmos beyond.

Design Museum Holon, which opened in Israel in 1990, is one of my favorite sites to explore. I show you here four of their articles which merit your attention. You will surely find others: Funtastico, Textile Tsunami, Ignorance, and Morphology.

Andy Goldsworthy is a talented British artist whose specialty is sculptures in nature, or perhaps with nature is a better description. Using things like clay, petals, twigs, stones, etc., he projects himself into and becomes part of the natural world with some quite amazing results. (Thanks to NF for this.

Another artist who interacts with natural forms, albeit in an entirely different way, is Guy Laramee. Garamee's focus is on books, with what he calls book sculptures. At his personal website, Laramee exhibits some of his other projects: The Desert of Unknowing is a prime example.

A German father and son team in the 19th century produced sea sculptures made of glass. Some 500 of these were collected by Cornell University and some of them can currently be seen at the Corning Museum of Glass in upstate New York.

There is now an app that translates foreign menus so that you will know what you are ordering. Called Waygo, it translates Chinese, Japanese and Korean. In Chinese, for example, it covers 4,000 menu items, giving you 14,000 images. Another useful source is Google Translate.

Although these sculptures were created 4 years ago, I thought they were intriguing enough to show you now. The series is called "Trans", and involves 3D scanning and texture mapping. This article in the New York Times will tell you more about the artist, Kohei Nawa, who says that his process is methodically planned and involves no arbitrariness.

c. Corinne Whitaker 2016