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"It's Alive!" The Art of Horror Comes to Life at the Peabody Essex Museum

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By combining rare and visually arresting works by graphic designers from around the world along with related memorabilia such as lobby cards, film props, costumes and electric guitars into a very artful presentation that depicts how movie publicity campaigns have drawn in audiences throughout the 20th century, Daniel Finamore, the Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art & History at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, has definitely achieved the museum's goal of  “... looking for the sort of material that provides unexpected encounters with art, unexpected emotional responses to art, and things that people don’t necessarily expect to see in a museum."

Wait? What? Did that say electric guitars? Yep! It did. Electric guitars. In a museum exhibit. Which totally makes sense as the awesome collection of horror and sci-fi film posters used to create It's Alive! belong to heavy metal guitarist Kirk Hammett who, in his life outside of avid movie art collector…

"Interwoven: Art Meets Nature" & "Once Upon a Quilt: 3-D Quilts" Highlight Internationally Acclaimed Fiber Artists at Historic Highfield Hall on Cape Cod

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I recently had the chance to wander out to the Cape (Cape Cod, Massachusetts to those not familiar with the vernacular) to visit the elegant Victorian summer home of the Beebe Family of Boston. Alas, none of the Beebes were home during my visit - and hadn't been for quite some many years being that the last member of the family passed away in 1932 - but I received a warm welcome nonetheless at Highfield Hall & Gardens - a unique combination of historic home, restored gardens and vibrant cultural center surrounded by 400 acres of conservation land in the heart of Falmouth. I was there to take in a bit of art as Highfield Hall offers some wonderful exhibitions throughout their season which runs from mid-April to late-October but as a big fan of historic houses, I was more than happy to view the art in a lovingly-restored home that may not technically be an art gallery but makes a wonderful one regardless!


When it was built in 1878, Highfield Hall was originally surrounded by par…