This past Tuesday marked the anniversary of the death of James McNeill Whistler. Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, Whistler was a realist artist known for his remarkable landscapes, portraits, etchings, and lithographs. Whistler firmly believed in “art for art’s sake,” a motto coined by French philosopher Victor Cousin, emphasizing artistic beauty over deep, socio-political themes.
This past Sunday, Newbury Street became a hub of activity during the first Open Newbury Street event of 2018. With the street closed to cars and vehicles, crowds of people journeyed up and down the road, exploring all of the eateries, shops, and galleries that Newbury Street has to offer.
In the midst of a summer heatwave, Copley Master Mikel Wintermantel stood in the Copley Society of Art, painting a sunset landscape from a reference photo on his iPad. A small crowd of artists, patrons, and passersby assembled for his artist demonstration.
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