Saturday, October 5, 2013

Saturday Snapshot: A Field in Meath


The clouds, the threatening rain, and the green all came together to make this view.

Monday, September 30, 2013

What I’m Most Looking Forward to at TBEX Dublin


I caught this cute moment during a break at TBEX.

I caught this cute moment during a break at TBEX Vancouver

My one and only previous TBEX was in Vancouver few years ago. I got a last minute ticket and was excited to meet so many bloggers that I only knew via their blogs and Twitter.

There were some helpful sessions (like taking better photos and finding your niche), but I was completely overwhelmed by a lot of other things. I wasn’t blogging to make money. I just don’t want to work 80 hours a week, sorry. I wasn’t a “cool kid” so I wasn’t invited to a lot of the other parties going on. And I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of people to meet and talk with.

The week after I got back, I was laid off from my non-profit job. The lay-off coupled with the energy from TBEX catapulted me into getting my blog transferred from Blogger to WordPress, hiring a friend to redesign the site, and really looking at freelancing while using my blog as a creative outlet and portfolio.

After several months of doing that, I realized freelancing is not for me. I crave some kind of routine and stability. But I also crave an environment that lets me do different things.


I recently started a job at a small museum, and one of my biggest roles (of many) is that of social media coordinator. This TBEX, not only am I looking forward to seeing old friends and being back in Dublin for the eighth time, but also to really focus on the community building sessions. Not only will it help me make A Sense of Place the best it can be, but that track will help me improve the strategy at my museum. I know basics, but I want to know how to keep and engage the community for each place.

The last TBEX inspired me to launch the ArtSmart Roundtable with fellow travel bloggers with a love of art and art history. The ArtSmart posts are my most viewed and commented on posts month after month, and our group has been listed as a resource for classics students at Cambridge University. Who knows what’s in store after this TBEX.

Besides Guinness…

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Saturday Snapshot: Sculpture at Trinity College Dublin


If you wander around Trinity’s campus and make it to the science section of campus (walking towards the sea), you’ll find this cool looking sculpture. The hubs wanted to check out his old genetics building and this was nearby. I love that it takes a double helix and turns it into something new.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Awesome Links: September 2013

A is for awesome.

A is for awesome.


I’m back with Awesome Links after an August hiatus.

Here’s what you may have missed here:

ArtSmart Roundtable

In case you missed September’s edition, we talked about travel in art. Ranging from a world-traveling  Victorian woman to contemporary performance/conceptual art, we picked out a fantastic selection of travel-themed art. October’s theme is artists. Keep an eye out for posts next week.

General Internet Awesomeness

Monday, September 23, 2013

A Federal Art Project Mural in Boston

Into government sponsored art, murals, or 20th century painting? There’s a mural commissioned by the Federal Art Project during the Depression that’s still extant in Medford, MA. You just need to know where to look.

Medford’s City Hall was also built using federal funds during the Depression. The Hall was decorated with art from the Federal Art Project ranging from seascapes to landscapes, but there is also a mural up on the second floor in the solicitor’s office. You can schedule an appoint with the solicitor if you want to see it in person.

The mural is over 20 feet wide, so I had to do a stitched together panoramic shot on my phone.

The mural is over 20 feet wide, so I had to do a stitched together panoramic shot on my phone.

The mural’s theme of plague and massacre isn’t exactly uplifting, and the nude figures caused such a ruckus that the mural was almost covered (they were oscillating between permanently covering and temporarily covering it) or destroyed in the 1940s.

Here’s a kicker for you, it was painted by a woman. Elizabeth Tracy Montminy completed the mural in 1939. Entitled Terror of the Wilderness, it depicts colonists suffering from disease on the left and massacre on the right with a nightwatch in the center. Each represents the fears of early Massachusetts colonists. It was done in 7 steps (you can see the seams of each section if you get up close).

Montminy was a member of the Art Students League in NYC, and her involvement in the Federal Art Project led to commissions for several other murals and pieces. She was also a Guggenheim Award recipient. After the FAP, she settled in Missouri and taught college level painting.