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American Art – New Perspectives
FBWE Villagers were introduced to new ways of looking at American art on Feb. 20 at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. The enthusiastic and engaging SAAM docent led Villagers through highlights of the collection — folk art, abstracts, landscapes, genre paintings — identifying a painting FDR chose to hang in the White House during the Depression, a painter whose expertise with color led to World War I camouflage, the remarkable creativity of untrained folk artists, and how art styles are in or out of vogue. The art teacher who accompanied the Villagers on the tour also added insights and fun into seeing familiar things in new ways.
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