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Penny-Lynn Cookson

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Eye for Art: Ryerson sunsets and Monet

One of the major joys of this splendid summer in “our town” has been watching the spectacular sunsets at Ryerson Park. Every night has continued to bring a small number of spectators to

Eye for Art: ‘The Treachery of Images’

René Magritte (1898-1967) was a Belgian surrealist famous for thought-provoking images that juxtaposed ordinary objects in strange and puzzling ways that defied the viewers’ preconceived notions of reality. The works are familiar yet

Eye for Art: Juno Showering Gifts on Venice

In February 2020, at the Louvre, the major Leonardo da Vinci exhibition was in its final days.  The Mona Lisa remained separate, at the far end of her usual permanent gallery, behind a

Eye for Art: ‘Il Ridotto’

To mask or not to mask continues to be a contentious gamble in our time. In 18th century Venice, the mask did not have to be mandated, it was enthusiastically supported. For six months

Eye for Art: ‘The Magpie’

In 1868, Claude Monet (1840-1926) was in Paris, committed to painting, selling little, submitting work to the Salons but being rejected, seriously in debt, with his soon to be wife and model, Camille

Eye for Art: ‘Adoration of the Magi’

Jan. 6 is Epiphany, a Christian feast day celebrating the revelation of God incarnate in Jesus Christ.  It is also known as Three King’s Day commemorating the westward journey of the three Magi carrying gifts

Eye for Art: Temptations of the table

In the 17th century, the Dutch Republic became a powerhouse of economic, industrial, military, scientific and cultural success. It was the Dutch Golden Age, a time of unprecedented wealth and prosperity. The Eighty

Eye for Art: Wonders of the World

We’re on the cusp of winter. There’s a chill in the air. Gusts of wind have stripped the last leaves of autumn, revealing what has been hidden by spring and summer’s leafy abundance. Perhaps we

Eye for Art: ‘The Ambassadors’

Throughout history, turbulent times of wars, revolutions, pandemics, disease, famine, economic upheaval and climate change have affected hundreds of millions of lives.  We are presently living through one of those unstable times at very

Eye for Art: ‘Freedom from Want’

This is a work of art – yes, it is, in spite of its creator, Norman Rockwell, being dismissively referred to as an “illustrator” by art critics and curators. “Freedom from Want” has never ceased to

Eye for Art: ‘Infantry’ by Alex Colville

On Remembrance Day we shall fix our poppies on our lapels, perhaps attend a wreath-laying at a cenotaph and maybe give thought to fading narratives of family and loved ones who served in wars past. 

Eye for Art: “Eclipse of the Sun”

This week’s COP26 Glasgow Climate Change Conference has brought delegates, world leaders and activists together with the urgent aim of reducing carbon emissions and preventing further temperature increases that, if unchecked, will have

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