With summer’s arrival, many preschool programs will soon end, and children will start camps, swimming lessons and other seasonal activities. 

Perhaps no art form more adroitly embodies the ancient Greeks’ elemental earth, water, air and fire than ceramic sculpture, as illustrated by the untitled piece by St. Louisan Susan Zimmerman shown here.

The alabaster expanse of the average canvas or art board might tempt unwary viewers to forget that foregrounds, no matter how cunningly crafted, can never shed backgrounds – of which structural, conceptual and aesthetic fact M. Burford’s Wonders of the Forest serves as a forceful reminder.

With spring holidays nearing, many children’s books can help your family to celebrate its traditions, among them these two volumes – which should please both the tiniest tots and older preschoolers observing Easter and Passover.

Dick Erath, one of the early pioneers in Oregon wine country, purchased the first vineyard site in the Chehalem Mountains in 1968. 

As spring nears, nature once more comes alive, and Ready Readers has just the right books to ready your family to discover the season’s wonders.

Perhaps exceeded only by tattoo, jewelry arguably constitutes humanity’s most intimate physical embrace of art, as suggested by this month’s work from Carolyn Hasenfratz of Brentwood’s eponymous Carolyn Hasenfratz Design.

Muga – a third-generation winery in the Rioja region of northern Spain – has winemaking evidence dating back as far as 873, carried out by monks and monasteries there.

To readers of a certain myth-shadowed mind-set, the monoliths pictured here may well conjure Norse name Jörmungandr, which belongs to the world-girdling sea serpent instrumental in Ragnarök, the end of all existence.

With many cold weeks ahead, canny parents and other caregivers should anticipate lots of indoor time with children proclaiming boredom.