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April 28, 2018

4 Former U.S. Presidents Who Loved to Paint

Which of these four former U.S. presidents are you most surprised to learn was/is a painter? Are there any “painting presidents” we left out? www.segplayfull.com

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February 10, 2015

Artist-in-Chief: Presidents are Painters too!

Throughout history US presidents have found time to exercise their artistic talents while in office and at terms end. United States Presidents have been known to relieve stress by painting. Now you can do the same. Winston Churchill enjoyed painting. Which US president did he influence to paint as stress release?

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December 5, 2014

An Interview with James Ostrer

The message of Ostrer’s most recent art exhibit is rather clear: our relationship with junk food is horrifying. If you only know his junk food monsters, you don’t know James Ostrer. Get to know the English photographer better. What do fries, licorice and cream cheese have in common? James Ostrer creates fine art with these diet death traps.

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October 7, 2014

James Ostrer’s Junk Food Art

Humans love junk food. And many of us are addicted to it (which some claim is the food industry’s goal.) When considering this truth, it is safe to say that junk food has changed the face of our culture.

One artist, photographer James Ostrer decided to explore this phenomenon with his latest series, entitled, “Wotsit All About?”

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May 12, 2014

Since When is Shredding Money a Wise Investment?

Working with small bills all day requires a greater investment of time than dollars. When CBS News asked about the expense of using money as his medium, Wagner said, “The bills aren’t the expensive part of the operation. It’s the time – that’s the expensive part.” In order to contrive pieces of dollar bill that will be repurposed and repositioned in his masterpieces requires an X-acto knife and steady hand. Wagner cuts dollar bills into pieces and then organizes the parts into boxes until he is ready to assemble the collage.

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August 18, 2013

Make Labor Day Special, Celebrate with Art

The United States was a nation built from the ground up. It began taking shape in the latter half of the 18th century. This is when people started pursuing missions that would create a great society. As a result, 12 hour work days became the backbone of American spirit.

This dedication and determination gained recognition in the late 19th century. Citizens of the United States started celebrating Labor Day in 1882. The idea was adopted from Canada. The North American neighbor began celebrating Labour Day a decade prior.

Until present day, the United States has been consistent in honoring social and economic achievements on the first Monday in September. Most businesses are closed on this day and hardworking American citizens are offered a long weekend. During this time, barbecues and festive parties are the norm. In fact, the United States celebrates Labor Day with the same spirit that fills Fourth of July. www.segmation.com

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August 13, 2013

Foreign Landscapes Inspire Creativity

What comes to mind when thinking of foreign landscapes? Are these far off countries? Or different planets? Do they only exist in fantasy fiction? Or are they birthed from Hollywood magic?

Wherever these landscapes originate, one fact is constant: foreign landscapes inspire creativity. At the heart of art is a cry of curiosity — a desire to explore what lies beyond the world as we understand it. This is why natural disasters, everyday home supplies, and destructible objects are bringing about some of the most creative art pieces to date. www.segmation.com

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August 7, 2013

The World’s Favorite Color

Every country has unique colors that travelers seek and citizens delight in. Plush green hills line Germany. Vibrant reds decorate China. Blue waters surround Greece. White sands dust the United States.

With an endless array of varying shades, it is hard to list the world’s color preferences. Still, every person has an answer to the question, “What is your favorite color.” Therefore, is it too much to ask, “What is the world’s favorite color?” www.segmation.com

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June 26, 2013

Color the Fourth of July with Red, White, and Blue Crafts

America’s founding fathers faced the tough task of establishing a country and creating a symbol to represent its beliefs. Since start, the American flag has been positioned to embody the...

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May 28, 2013

Why Are School Buses Yellow?

Love it or hate it, yellow is here to stay. The color wheel’s brightest shade can be seen on the road every day. Neither cars nor trucks have the unique yellow paint job that belongs to school buses. But how did the yellow school bus come about? And why are school buses still being painted this shade? www.segmation.com

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July 1, 2012

Do Colors Change What is Beautiful

What is beautiful? The term is a bit subjective, don’t you think? After all, isn’t beauty in the eye of the beholder?

It most certainly is, but one undeniable quality about color is its ability to make all things beautiful!

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June 20, 2012

Exploring Chicago’s Sculptures

Many people would agree that sculptures have the perfect combination of beauty, balance, stateliness, and solidity. Rich in art and culture, Chicago has one of the most impressive arrays of sculptures of any location on earth.

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May 25, 2012

Do you have a Memorial Day Quote?

Here is a Memorial Day quote that I wanted to share for Memorial day weekend. And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask...

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May 21, 2012

Only Once-in-One-Hundred-Years Eclipse

As a child, did you ever talk to the Man in the Moon? If so, you were in good company. Millions of people throughout the world are drawn to the...

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April 13, 2012

Thomas Kinkade: The “Painter of Light”

Thomas Kinkade, popularly known as the “Painter of Light,” passed away in his sleep at the age of 54. His inspirational work touched the lives of many and will continue to live on as his legacy.

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