Color your world happy!
Color your world happy!
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More quarantine relief

While we all look forward to this most uninvited guest taking its leave, ILR will continue to offer a little something-something to keep you engaged, learning, and even entertained. Special thanks to Frances Yates, ILR volunteer extraordinaire and Director of the Indiana University East Campus Library (Richmond), for her creativity, research, and dedication to brightening our days spent sequestered at home.  
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Color your world happy

A brief history of coloring books suggests that “the real precursors to modern coloring books were typically created to teach affluent people how to paint” in the 1870s era. It was not until the 1930s that crayons were commonly used. Throughout history, coloring books have served to promote content from products to political views and can be educational or simply for pleasure. Whatever your preferred coloring tool, these free downloadable books will provide a variety of content to color! 
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Color me relaxed

Color Our Collections is a coloring festival on social media during which libraries, museums, archives, and other cultural institutions around the world share free colorable images from their collections. They remain accessible year-round for free download. Just Color offers more than 1,500 free adult coloring pages to download, in categories such as art, history, mandalas, nature, and travel.

The Public Domain Review created a coloring book at the beginning of isolation (March 2020) that features images from a variety of artists, such as Virginia Frances Sterrett and Aubrey Beardsley. They are arranged in a subjective order of difficulty — from a simple 17th-century kimono pattern to an intricate thousand-flowered illustration. 

Interested in history? The National Trust for Historic Preservation offers 15 free historical coloring books and pages to download, on subjects from animals and architecture to the Revolutionary War and Women’s history.
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Painting at home – art, not walls!

If you prefer painting rather than coloring, you can learn from Bob Ross and his “happy clouds” as he instructs via 31 seasons of full episodes online, from the PBS television series The Joy of Painting (1983-1994). With more than 10 million views, there must be a lot of homes displaying Bob Ross-type art.
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Mouse art

Not into DIY art? Tap into your computer mouse. There are plenty of art museums you can visit online to enjoy exhibits featuring a variety of paintings, from famous to Street Art. At the Dalí museum, explore a collection of more than 2,400 Salvador Dalí works, including nearly 300 oil paintings, watercolors, and drawings. The Art Institute of Chicago brings to you Atsuko, Caillebotte, Hopper, Seurat, Wood, and thousands of more artists in their diverse collection. Google Street Art maintains an online archive of approximately 10,000 images, with coordinates pinpointing exact locations on five continents.
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Opening Minds thru Art

Opening Minds through Art (OMA) at Scripps Gerontology Center is offering virtual programming for older adults. Join us for FREE creative experiences with Miami University students. Each participant will be partnered with two students and meet virtually every other week beginning August 24, 2020 (6 times total). Topics covered include: Meet & Greet, creative story building, music, visual art, art-viewing, & poetry. No preparation is needed; however, you will need a computer or smartphone to participate. More details here. SPACE IS LIMITED, SIGN UP SOON! Register here by Friday, August 14th
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World Bazaar

The Road Scholar World Bazaar is a unique opportunity to discover works from many of the same places that Road Scholar learning adventures support. Every artisan piece is accompanied by the story of the artisan who made it. It is a uniquely engaging exploration of the world of handmade treasures. 
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Armchair excursions 

Bring the world of Road Scholar home with you! Join a small group of new friends and expert instructors for an Adventure Online and be fully engaged with a week’s worth of lectures, performances, discussions and more that will re-create the Road Scholar experience online. These virtual learning adventures are the next best thing to being there in person. 
Road Scholar is also offering a series of free online lectures for adults from expert instructors around the world. If you’re not available during these live lectures, don’t worry. The lecture will be made available on-demand following the live recording in the Virtual Lecture Library.
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Cheers to more wine

Join ILR's Chris Hensey for another Spicy Olive 6th VWine Tasting. On Saturday, August 8th at 5:30, Andrew Latta, one of the great young talents in Washington wine, will lead us through four of his bottlings. Get the details.
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Catching a blog

Each week, The Extraordinary Times catches up with leading voices from the local historical and cultural scene. This week’s guest is iconic WVXU journalist and host of All Things Considered, Bill Rinehart. Bill grew up in Nebraska, wanting to get into radio. 31 years ago, he got his wish... 
Be sure to check out the archived interviews from June, May, and April.
Join the Miami University Alumni Association for these upcoming webinars. These online events are all free and open for anyone to attend, but registration is required. Schedule conflict? No problem! Access recordings of past Alumni webinarsLove. Honor. Learn.
Shelly Abrams, ILR member and host of The Lebanon Channel's Feelin' Good talk show, explores how others are coping with the pandemic.
While on hiatus, the Southwestern Ohio Symphonic Band, sponsored by ILR, is providing great classical music and commentary for your musical enjoyment, education, and enrichment.
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Mark your calendar and plan to join us this fall, October 5 through November 6!

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