February 2006 Issue
|Heart of Glass
His delicate designs mirror a passion for color and nature that shimmers in his famous lamps and luminous stained-glass windows. From February 4 through April 30, the Toledo Museum of Art spotlights the work of "Louis Comfort Tiffany: Artist for the Ages." The exhibit encompasses 130 objects representing the breadth of Tiffany's talent, which ranged from art pottery to painting to furniture and jewelry, as well as his renowned glass creations. "Quite simply, Tiffany was one of the great glassmasters of ...
Isn't It Romantic
A chance to reconnect Ian and Yvonne Martin know a thing or two about romance. Twenty years ago, while Ian was recuperating from an auto accident that almost cost him his life, the couple re-evaluated their relationship and decided to make some changes. "We took a serious look at our lives and said that we just didn't spend enough time together," Yvonne recalls. "We were ready to get out of the rat race." The fact that both were in high-stress jobs (she was a financial analyst, he worked in corporate ac...
Alan Cottrill's passion for sculpting didn't manifest itself until he touched clay for the first time in his late 30s. Growing up in Zanesville in, as he describes, "a dirt poor family," he jokingly says that his only exposure to art was as "a nickname for Arthur." During a successful business career, Cottrill, 53, traveled with U.S. trade delegations throughout Europe and Asia, and had the opportunity to visit the world's greatest museums. He began to collect paintings, and realized early on that "art ...
If you are fortunate, you'll hear the "plink, plink..." of the first drops of the colorless, lightly sweet sap hitting the bottoms of metal buckets hanging on tapped maple trees. After the sap is collected and water boiled off, the resulting syrup is poured over pancakes and candy is made in the shape of maple leaves. In Ohio, the sap runs only about four to six weeks, beginning about mid-February, depending upon the weather. Freezing nights and warmer days (above 40 degrees) are needed. But how sweet i...