When new energy-efficient lights were installed in the Wolf diorama at the American Museum of Natural History, they created new shadows that weren’t consistent with the scene—a moonlit December night on the southern shore of Gunflint Lake in northern Minnesota. Here, Museum artist Stephen C. Quinn adds various pigments to the “snow” to re-create the illusion of shadows that would result from the Moon casting its eerie blue light on the wolves and surrounding trees.
After 74 years of crafting violins, 98-year-old violin maker Joseph Rashid forms a foundation to keep his collection intact. Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser pays a visit to Rashid and tries out some of his prized violins. “You know, I am being seduced by the tone,” Fraser says, bow in hand. “I like a violin that pushes back at me.”
Part of a package that was published in The Union Newspaper, the story won a California Newspaper Publishers Association Award for Feature Writing in 2008.
Singers need vocal instructors because they can’t hear their own voices accurately. For Soprano Meagan Miller, teaching–and hearing other singer’s mistakes–helped her perfect her own technique. Produced for the “How We Learn” video series by Teachers College Edlab. Featuring sopranos Megan Miller and Amber Daniel.
“Just try not to tear up at the emotional reactions of members of the Galapagos Conservancy and Galapagos National Park Directorate when they see the taxidermy mount for the first time.”
“’The Beekeeper’ is a fascinating look at a very interesting–one of the many–subcultures of New York.”
“The visuals of these curators and restorators climbing into the dioramas is akin to stepping into another world – the animals are so lifelike, you would almost think they’d react.”