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Finding the Italian Renaissance in Raleigh

July 28, 2014 @ 9:00 am
The NCMA West Building houses an extensive collection of Italian Renaissance Art works Marco Polo did not bring pasta to Italy from China. I know- I was shocked too. Nonetheless, the myth was debunked and I discovered the truth at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. The NCMA in conjunction with the Robert L. Humber Endowment presented a two-day seminar on the Italian Renaissance. I had the good fortune of attending day-2. The sold-out program was a complete immersion in the art, architecture and music of Renaissance Italy. Oh, and did I mention the food? Yes, there was [...]

“Porsche by Design:Seducing Speed” the automobile as art at the NCMA

November 19, 2013 @ 9:00 am
Porsche Type 901 Prototype, 1963 Courtesy of Don and Diane Meluzio “Porsche. There is no substitute.” Up until a couple weeks ago that famous line from “Risky Business” combined with my love for Jake Ryan and his red Porsche in “Sixteen Candles” was the extent of my Porsche knowledge. That was before I became intrigued with an exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC.   Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed. The NCMA's first-ever design exhibition is the culmination of several years of planning. The exhibition features 22 automobiles highlighting the elements of design, engineering, function and history [...]

There’s a Presidential detective story waiting at Madison’s Montpelier

September 6, 2013 @ 9:00 am
Proceeding through the gates along the scenic driveway leading to Montpelier the unsuspecting traveler may not be fully prepared for what awaits. James and Dolley Madison's Montpelier in Montpelier Station, Virginia Montpelier was the lifelong home of James Madison. However, as his home stands today Montpelier is more than a former president's house.  It's a multifaceted educational opportunity. Madison is best known as the father of the United States Constitution and the author of the Bill of Rights. As the fourth president he led the country through its first war thus surviving the young republic's first constitutional crisis. James Madison's [...]

Four top destinations waiting for you in Hampton Roads Virginia

June 26, 2013 @ 9:00 am
Is it Hampton Roads or is it Tidewater, Virginia? It's both. The region is known for the Hampton Roads waterway which is one of the worlds largest natural harbors. It's composed of several cities including Norfolk, Newport News, Hampton, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Poquoson and Williamsburg. The area is also renown for its sizable military presence which includes NASA, United States Navy, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marine facilities. With so much going on in the region there's no shortage of tourism choices. Families, couples, history buffs, outdoor adventurers alike delight in discovering the Tidewater region. Here's a [...]

North Carolina Museum of Art; where art and nature combine

April 9, 2013 @ 9:00 am
  The North Carolina Museum of Art is an amazing treasure in the Heart of Carolina. Located in Raleigh it is one of a small group of museums that combines nature with major collections of art. With over three miles of trails winding throughout the Museum Park the NCMA creates a collage of art and nature in a most unique setting. The NCMA is set to dedicate the Blue Loop -multi-modal recreational trail which is another step in a decades long project combining art, nature and a healthy lifestyle. Here is a piece I've written about the opening of the [...]