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A New Hope: Dali and Surrealism

It seems as though in recent months after any bad thing happens, it’s required to say something like “Yeah, 2020’s rough.” The connection between something tragic occurring and this year frustrates me.  While I’m urged to say that correlation isn’t causation, and the Gregorian calendar cannot be blamed for societal calamity, this frustration remains because …

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Iran, Islam, and an Illumination: The Case of the Triangular Frame

In 1965 The Trout Gallery acquired a beautiful illuminated miniature featuring Ali, the son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad.  Little was known of this miniature at the time, but in 2017 a visiting professor of Islamic Art approached The Trout Gallery about using the object in one of her classes.  During her session at The Gallery, she identified the …

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quARanTine Creatively!

    Here in Carlisle, The Trout Gallery isn’t the only visual arts organization that is developing new ways of engaging with audiences during COVID quarantine.  Last week, The Trout Gallery launched this site, Trout From Home, allowing us to bring original content to our audiences through staff-developed series, such as our Tales From the …

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The Medium Matters

Look closely at this detail from a basket.  Do you see one man or two woven together?  Can you make out what looks maybe like words printed on some woven strips?  Are you curious to learn more?  Audiences who came to The Trout Gallery last year to see this and other baskets by Eastern Band …