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Hopes, Dreams & Art

  By Nikki Brown, Art & Photography Blogger    Vincent van Gogh (1889) “The Starry Night”    Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Her words still resonate today, and I’m reminded that having hopes and dreams is more important than ever, especially for future generations.   “Big Bird Tail” by Sofie Boersting.   Children are the world’s greatest dreamers. If all of us remembered what it was like to be a child, we would have a far more peaceful planet. I recently took some time to speak with my younger sister and think back on our childhood dreams. I recall wanting to live in a lighthouse on the beach,...

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Traveling Through Art

  By Nikki Brown, Art & Photography Blogger Growing up in Michigan, early March is still mid-winter. After months of sleet, slush, and ice, I’d be dreaming of white sand beaches and Mediterranean cities. Now that I live in California, I don’t miss the frigid temperatures, but I still get the travel itch. I long to explore the ancient temples of Vietnam, experience the beauty of the Bolshoi ballet in Moscow, or traverse the Basque countryside in Spain a la The Sun Also Rises. "Duality" by Nima Chaichi I remind myself that the “travel itch” is actually a desire to break with a routine point of view, and, fortunately, there’s no need to crisscross the world for a dose of perspective. A beautiful...

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OSCAR & NiQOO: "The Revenant" Movie, A Wall-art For Your Living Room

As a movie fan, I was impatiently looking forward to the release date of The Revenant. The movie was directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, which I have always adored for his great movies from Amores Peros to Birdman and also Leonardo DiCaprio played the leading role who proved that he is carefully choosing the movies he is going to act in. After I watched the movie, I learned that my excitement was not unreasonable and it was definitely worth watching. However, while I still enjoyed the movie very much, I had a different experience than what I was expecting and it kind of opened up a new door to the magic of cinema to me. Before I start talking about my experience and...

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Making a Home: Your Parents’ Couch and Art on the Walls

By Nikki Brown, Art & Photography Blogger I cannot recall a memory of my grandmother’s house without seeing her favorite art prints. Diego Rivera’s “Flower Carrier” overlooked the stereo and her collection of Frank Sinatra CDs. Henri Matisse’s “Dance” adorned the wall above the fireplace. In my aunt’s old bedroom, Milton Avery’s pastel painting of two women, “Conversation,” watched over my sister and I as we dreamed.        Art not only says something about the artist who creates the piece but also about the person who chooses it. Our homes that we adorn with photography, paintings, sculptures, furniture, and graphic works say a whole lot about the people who reside in them. A little over a year ago, my boyfriend...

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The Art-Memory Connection

 By Nikki Brown, Art & Photography Blogger When I first came across NiQOO, I was drawn to the beauty of the curated pieces created by artists all over the world. Art can mean different things to different people. Some of us are attracted to art because it makes us think, or feel, or see something with a new perspective. For me, I’ve always appreciated that a love of art does not require an explanation; we can enjoy art simply because it’s beautiful. Wintertime Love by Nima Chaichi   What makes something beautiful? This is a question of continuous cultural debate, in part because there is no right answer. It can be difficult to remember that beauty is an opinion when...

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