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Visit ARTWEAR at the de Young on May 1st and 2nd to meet a thriving community of local artisans who create one-of-a-kind jewelry and textiles, from handmade felt hats to earrings made from discarded books. We met three of these makers and asked them a few questions about their work, the museum, and what they're excited about in the world of craft and design.

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Indispensible: Jon Bernson

"Indispensable" is a monthly series that asks the de Young’s Artists in Residence to explain a tool that’s essential to their work.

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The Scottish Visitors: Reverend Robert Walker

Sir Henry Raeburn 1756–1823, Skating on Duddingston Loch, about 1795. Oil on canvas, 30 x 25 in. Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh. Purchased 1949 (NG 2112)

Tonya Harding, eat your heart out.

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The Scottish Visitors: Margaret Lindsay of Evelick

Allan Ramsay 1713–1784, Margaret Lindsay of Evelick, Mrs Allan Ramsay, about 1758–9. Oil on canvas,  29¼ x 24⅜ in. Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh. Bequest of Lady Murray of Henderland, 1861 (NG430)

A portrait of a scandal. 

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The Scottish Visitors: A Family from Pitlessie

Sir David Wilkie (1785–1841), Pitlessie Fair (detail), 1804. Oil on canvas, 24¼ x 43½ in. Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh. Purchased 1921 (NG 1527)

These might not appear to be the most pious folks—the fifth commandment concerning honoring your parents doesn’t appear to be high on these kids’ list. But read more about how Sir David Wilkie secretly sketched his fellow parishioners in church, and then used those drawings to populate his great painting, Pitlessie Fair from 1804.

The latest of our Scottish visitors, the excerpt below is from the exhibition catalog for Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland, available for purchase in the Museum Store.

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Slow Art Day: Taking Time to Make a Connection

This year amid the installations and exhibitions—the everyday blur of activity at the Museums—we’re excited to host Slow Art Day at the de Young and the Legion of Honor on Saturday, April 11. This is an entire day to make time for connections—between you and an artwork, you and an artist, or just between you and the current moment. The structure of Slow Art Day is simple: visit a museum, choose a work of art and spend five to ten minutes with it. 

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