Judith H. Dobrzynski
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Big Dreams at the Art Factory
Mass MoCA Prepares to Expand

August 24, 2014  •  The New York Times

North Adams, Mass. — The word that Joseph C. Thompson had been waiting for finally arrived on Aug. 8: Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts had signed a $1.4 billion capital facilities bond bill. Inside was a $25.4 million earmark for the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, which gave Mr. Thompson, the museum's director, funds to start the last phase of an effort he helped hatch nearly three decades ago: transforming an abandoned 19th-century factory complex into a destination arts center that could help revive the struggling economy of North Adams.

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Ralph Rucci's Serene Rooftop Refuge
NYC fashion designer Ralph Rucci turned a penthouse terrace into his personal Eden

September 2104  •  Traditional Home

When fashion designer Ralph Rucci saw the terrace of an empty apartment on New York City's Upper East Side some 13 years ago, he melted. He had asked his real estate agent to find him a place downtown, in the East Village. He was annoyed that instead she brought him to an 18th-floor penthouse just four blocks from his old place on Park Avenue. "I walked in—it was bare white walls—and then I went outside and saw the terrace, and I said, 'This is it.'  "

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The Write of Way
Inspired by the East End, Authors Tell What Moves and Motivates Them

August 8-14, 2014  •  Hamptons Magazine


Holly Peterson only published her second novel, "The Idea of Him," in April, but she is already deep into writing her third: It's a murder mystery set in the Hamptons, which makes perfect sense, since she has been spending time here since she was 10 and knows the scene very well. "The culture is very sexy, very athletic," she says. "It's varied and it brings so many people together; it's perfect for social satire."

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Logging On
A Connecticut Artisan Revives The Art of Faux Bois

July-August 2-14  •  Traditional Home

There's a touch of irony in the career trajectory of Michael Fogg. He started out a dozen years ago as a cabinet-maker, crafting and installing wooden bookshelves, cupboards and carvings. But he found the competition stiff and the road to success steep. Then one day he came across a magazine article about Carlos Cortes, a San Antonio-based maker of concrete "faux bois" furniture that looks and feels like wood. Fogg taught himself the craft, partly by watching videos on the web, and in 2012 made it his main occupation.

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A nonbeliever, proselytizing for religious art at the Morgan
In his 20s, Roger S. Wieck lost his religion, but not his appreciation for religious art

June 22, 2014  •  Al Jazeera America

NEW YORK — Roger S. Wieck is glowing like a doting father, though the cause is a tiny painting that sits in a glass vitrine in the center of a gallery at the Morgan Library & Museum. Occupying the left-hand page of a 2.75-by-2-inch prayer book made for Queen Claude of France (1499–1524), the painting portrays the Holy Trinity (at left, top). God the Father and God the Son have identical faces, he points out, signifying that they are one being. "Christ is pre-Incarnate; he doesn't have wounds," Wieck says. "God the Father is asking Christ to swear that he will fulfill the Father's pledge to send Christ as a sacrifice for our sins." The Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, hovers above. With increasing zeal, Wieck expounds on other aspects of "Trinity Adored by the Choirs of Angels"— how it's surrounded by a cordeliere whose knots reference those on belts worn by the Franciscan orders, for example.

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