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After visiting more than 2,000 of America’s independent bookstores, Kate Brittain found herself thinking their demise might not be so inevitable. The cards, she writes, remain stacked against them, but they nonetheless offer a few things that may well keep them in demand. Pair with: our tribute to e-book pioneer Michael Hartt.

Most of us don’t pull our cameras behind us on a trailer. Meghan Duda does. She created a 5 x 8’ pinhole camera, hooked it up to her car, and used it to capture some of the images in her new ecce gallery exhibition, “Trailer Obscura.” More over at today’s Forum.

Some photos from this year’s Chalk Fest, held this last Monday in Island Park. We estimate a little over 1000 people attended, which is fantastic. The weather was fantastic, the mood was amazing, and everyone had a blast. Thanks to all of you who came … we’ll see you again next year!


The Intricate and Beautiful Paper Cutting Art of Maude White

Maude White is a paper cutting artist living in Buffalo, NY. She loves the great strength, yet delicacy of paper. Her work is done on the macro as well as the micro level. Every cut is exact and meaningful. She enjoys playing with positive and negative space to create fantastic scenes and stories. She considers herself a craftsperson and has a deep respect for the paper she transforms. In pursuing her work, she hopes to make visible to others the immense world of possibilities that every piece of paper holds.

Maude White: Birds I’ve Been

September 5th-October 25th, 2014
Opening September 5th, 2014 6-9pm

White’s show is the fourth in the 12 x 14 series at WNYBAC, which features 5 artists over the course of twelve months; Maude will also host a free collaborative event that will give insight into her process on Saturday September 20th, 2014 from 12-5pm.

”When I cut paper, I feel as if I am peeling back the outer, superficial layer of our vision to reveal the secret space beneath. With paper cutting there are so many opportunities to create negative space that tells its own story. Letting the observer become present in the piece allows him or her to look through it. I like the idea of the stark contrast between the black and white paper, and the cut nature of the work makes my art more three-dimensional than paint on canvas. ”

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"Since his death yesterday, Robin Williams has been memorialized through countless tributes, including Flavorwire’s own. As a performer, however, Williams will mostly live on through his work. A nearly four-decade career has left us with a wealth of characters, running the gamut from dramatic to comedic, stirring to hysterical. Here are some of the roles and performances that meant the most to Flavorwire staffers, from Dead Poets Society to Jumanji.” 

Remembering Robin Williams: Flavorwire Staff’s Favorite Performances

Fargo artist McCal Joy Johnson painted “North Dakota Landscape with TARDIS” for ARTSpulse’s Kris Kerzman, who uses it as an example of how easy, enjoyable, and inexpensive collecting art can be.


Works by Steve Griffin, whose first-ever solo exhibition opens tonight at ecce gallery


Nate Burbeck is an artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

My paintings consist of large panoramic landscapes depicting isolated moments of the surreal within the context of contemporary culture. These scenes aim to explore and externalize the psychological underpinnings of American society and to question perceptions of reality. My interest is in revealing America as a social landscape and also to reflect an internal space. The placement of fantastical or dreamlike elements in these narratives creates tension between what is familiar and what is distinctively surreal.


Photos from NDCA’s Troyd Geist from BLOCH’s public debut in North Dakota at last week’s Downtown Fargo Street Fair.

To learn more about BLOCH, a traveling global art project from Swiss artists Com&Com making its North American debut in North Dakota, visit http://www.bloch23781.com and/or check out our ongoing coverage over at our Storify.