Vojtech Kubasta: Czech Children's Pop-Up Book Engineer

The Grolier Club in New York City hosted the exhibit “Pop-Ups From Prague: A Centennial Celebration of the Graphic Artistry of Vojtech Kubasta” covering his work from the 1920s to the 1980s. His children’s pop-up books were translated into over 30 languages and 10 million books were printed, according to the New York Times article “A Wizard Who Made Art Jump Off the Page“.  Vojtech Kubasta (1914-1992) is known for his characters Tip and Top (and their dog Tap) featured in his 1960s series that included Tip and Top Build a Motorcar and Tip and Top on the Moon.

Pop-Ups from Prague sign


Pop up display

TipandTop display

Birth greeting card

Sun pop up


Grolier Club entrance








“Why Children’s Books Matter”

The New York Public Library‘s exhibit “The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter” curated by Leonard S. Marcus has been extended to September 7, 2014. The New York Times reviewed it here.


Outside NY PL

 Where the Wild Things Are

Horses exhibit

Book display

the real Winnie The Pooh

 Why Children's Books Matter sign

 NYPL Lion Sculpture




Beyond the Exhibit Hall at the Flower Show

Artist palettes, butterflies, shoes, and more…

floral apron

palate of flowers

palate table


plant shoes for sale

back shoes sculpture

licorice shoes sign

black licorice shoe

licorice shoes sculpture

blow up floral tank

paper flower display

 The Philadelphia Flower Show runs from March 1st – 9th, 2014.



The Philadelphia Flower Show

The theme for the 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show is ARTiculture.

Flower portrait

art palate

flower display

flower ball

flower arrangement

flower arrangement 2

flower arrangement 3

flower balls

flower circles

vase arrangement

flower heart arrangement

ball of flowers

 articulture sign

 The flower show runs from March 1st to the 9th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.



The Awakening Sculpture

The Awakening sculpture by Seward Johnson rises out of the sand

along the Potomac River at National Harbor, MD.

the hand

the head

the awakening

the head and arm

 the hand

awakening knee

the awakening








The National Children's Museum

The National Children’s Museum, for children ages 8 and under, includes exhibits on health, global citizenship, the environment, civic engagement and the arts. The museum will be celebrating its one year anniversary at its new location in National Harbor, Maryland, on December 14th, 2013, with a Family Party.

NCM entrance

environmental display

play space

fake apples

 Art room

 NCM sign



150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

November marks the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address  given by President Abraham Lincoln on November 19th, 1863. The speech was 272 words and took 2 minutes to recite. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia administered the oath of citizenship at the 150th Anniversary ceremony at Soldiers’ National Cemetery.

Supreme Court Justice Antoin Scalia

The Crowd

Crowd under tree

Two Abes

Witness Tree Plaque

Sycamore Tree

The battlefield and fence

Gettysburg battlefield

150 Gettysburg banner




Enlightened Granola Bar Recipe

fresh cranberries, almonds, and apricots

Enlightened Granola Bar Recipe

2 cups low-fat granola
1/2 cup chopped fresh cranberries
1/4 cup chopped almonds
1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons monk fruit sweetener
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 egg whites

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 inch square pan with aluminum foil so the foil hangs over the edges of the pan. Chop the apricots and the cranberries. Combine the first 7 ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix together the egg whites and the extract. Pour the egg whites and the extract over the dry ingredients and mix together. Then transfer into the pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Grasp the edges of the aluminum foil to remove from the pan. Let cool. Then cut into bars. The yellow apricots and the red cranberries make this look festive. Enjoy!

chopped cranberries

oats and apricots and cranberries





The Torpedo Factory Art Center

The Torpedo Factory Art Center on the waterfront in Old Alexandria, VA, was once a building where torpedoes and other weapons were manufactured but is now a center for art galleries and art studios, the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, and the Art League School.

To celebrate FotoWeekDC, an exhibition called Fotographers at the Factory begins November 1, 2013.

  Torpedo Art Factory

an artful camel

art in an art stuido

a fashionable art studio

main lobby

another harbor view

 Old Alexandria Harbor




The Reading Pretzel Fest

Pennsylvania has a hamburger festival, a chili pepper festival, an apple festival, and now a pretzel festival.

pretzel festival audience

The Reading Pretzel Fest was held on September 28, 2013, at First Energy Stadium in Reading, PA.

soft pretzels

There were soft pretzels, pretzel shells, pretzel necklaces, pretzel cookbooks, pretzel pens…

pretzel pens

and original pretzel recipes created by local restaurants, like pretzel ice cream sandwiches, pretzel-encrusted salmon, and this pretzel crab and cheese fondue…

pretzel fondue

plus pretzel pottery and pretzel ornaments…

pretzel pottery

Read more about the Reading Pretzel Fest in this Reading Eagle newspaper article.