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Peabody Essex Museum

Childe Hassam, American Impressionist

J. Michael Welton | Posted 03.29.2016 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

Hassam was intensely drawn to the island, spending as many as 30 summers there, painting its landscape, its ocean views and Celia Thaxter's famous island garden too.

Thomas Hart Benton Takes Hollywood

J. Michael Welton | Posted 06.17.2015 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

Before he became known as America's most famous artist in the 1930s, Thomas Hart Benton was painting backdrops for filmmakers in Fort Lee, New Jersey, known now as the first Hollywood. That's right: Between 1913 and 1917 Benton was watching and assisting film directors as they told their stories on a huge scale. And he took copious notes.

20 Strange and Surprising Reasons to Visit These Northeast Towns

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 03.24.2015 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

As a travel writer open and game to exploring the offbeat and oddball within a few hours or one day's drive of New York City (Virginia to Maine), I've stumbled on some pretty bizarre, eccentric and/or downright weird things. Here's just a sampling from this year's explorations.

The People's Architect: Upcoming Retrospective of Moshe Safdie Shows Architect's Global Vision

Tom Teicholz | Posted 09.23.2013 | Arts
Tom Teicholz

While some architects' designs for museums and buildings make the outside more famous than what's inside, Safdie's work is different: His architecture often takes a back seat to its surroundings and to its purpose, whether residential, or public space, or multipurpose.

The Bay State Has History, Music And Baseball

CarsTravelFood | Posted 06.24.2012 | Travel
CarsTravelFood

Cape Ann boasts America's oldest seaport and art colony. You can go to the docks and watch fishermen come in with the day's catch.

Meet Iris Apfel, Boston's Geriatric Glamazon

Boston.com | Christopher Muther | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

A small entourage hangs on every one of 88-year-old Iris Apfel's delicious syllables as she strolls through the galleries at the Peabody Essex Museum ...