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The Story Is in the Roots: The Photography of Hansel Mieth

Guest Post by Iris Jamahl Dunkle 

I first encountered the photographer Hansel Mieth at the Sonoma County Museum in 2015 while I was researching and writing a biography about Jack London’s wife, Charmian Kittredge London. Mieth and her husband Otto Hagel moved to Sonoma County in 1941, inspired by their favorite writer, Jack London.read more.

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Alma Thomas Was as Full of Life as Her Paintings

Much like her colorful paintings, Alma Thomas exuded energy and verve, signaling a deep love for the beautiful things in life. Her intricate designs emulating the elegance of nature seem to have poured out of her soul. From her childhood in Georgia to her retirement in Washington DC, Thomas was an inspiration. 

Growing up, Thomas was the oldest of four daughters in a well-respected family in Columbus, Georgia.read more.

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Yayoi Kusama Sculptures Inspire More Than Joy at ‘Cosmic Nature’

FF2 Guest post by Allison Green

I could see audience excitement for Yayoi Kusama’s Cosmic Nature from the moment I crossed through the entrance of the New York Botanical Gardens. The day was gray and threatened rain, but the vibrance of Kusama’s bright colors and rhythmic dots seemed to keep everyone in high spirits.… read more.

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Amy Cheney Beach Led the Way for American Women Composers

American pianist and composer Amy Beach (née Cheney) was born September 5th, 1867 in New Hampshire. From the very beginning of her life, she was different from other babies. Supposedly, by the age of one, she had memorized forty songs, and by two, she was able to harmonize the lullabies her mother sang to her to send her to sleep.read more.

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Burlesque Performers Keep Strutting Through the Pandemic

FF2 Guest post by Megan Hennessey

When the pandemic first hit in 2020, many artists and performers had to rethink how they connected with their audiences. Burlesque was no different. Performers got creative. 

For readers who are new to burlesque, this art form (which dates back to the 17th century) often focuses on striptease performances that emphasize the “tease.”read more.

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Once Eclipsed, Sanora Babb’s Dust Bowl Novel Demands Our Attention

Guest Post by Iris Jamahl Dunkle

W.S. Merwin writes, “When you look back there is always the past / Even when it has vanished.” These lines always echo in my head whenever I discover the life of a woman whose life has been erased. Most recently, I’ve discovered the life of the writer Sanora Babb (1907 – 2005).  Babb was an unconventional woman who rose to the challenges life dealt her.… read more.

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