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Giving it Up for the GSA…

…and other federal artistic watchdogs, like the “florist-in-chief.”

What does this mean? Well, firstly, there was a fascinating article in Washington Post that describes how the GSA (General Services Administration — a federal watchdog agency) is on a hunt to recover “lost” artwork from the Depression, which was created as part of the WPA (New Deal Works Progress Administration), to help artists have employment and document historical art. At the time, the government paid artists up to $42 a week. This was a large amount back then and a life preserver during our nation’s worst financial crisis. Over 20,000 works of art were created in response. The value of these pieces range from $3 – $250,000. The responsibility for their welfare was transferred to the GSA when the WPA program ended after WWII. The Fine Arts Programs manages over 19,000 pieces that are displayed in federal buildings across the country. Federal law requires that government owned artwork must be displayed in government buildings.

RecoveredPainting_GSA as seen on Art Is Everywhere
A recovered WPA painting by the GSA, courtesy Washington Post

Here’s another known example of a WPA mural in Gloucester, MA’s City Hall.

Charles Allan Winter's "City Council in Session.'' via, as seen on Art Is Everywhere
Charles Allan Winter's "City Council in Session.'' Courtesy

Another federal worker, who has her eye on art — the art of flower arranging — is The White House’s new florist, Laura Dowling. She uses an abundance of vegetables and fruits to create unexpected, large and small scale arrangements with her gorgeous flowers.

Laura Dowling. Photo by Bill O'Leary, WP, as seen on Art Is Everywhere
Laura Dowling. Photo by Bill O'Leary, Washington Post

Laura Dowling apricot vase. Photo Marvin Joseph. As seen on Art Is Everywhere
Laura Dowling's apricot vases. Photo Marvin Joseph. Washington Post

If you’d like to see more impact with flowers in interior design, click on the Big Bang Design post that I wrote recently for Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog.

I'm an artist, wife and mother of two boys. I started my illustration business, The Occasional Palette over 23 years ago, when my oldest son was an infant. Once my children were in school, I began painting decorative, faux finishes and murals through my second business, Casart, now over 19 years old. Now, my third business, Casart Coverings is a springboard from my second. Click on the link on the sidebar to see innovative, custom, designer wallcovering, removable and reusable wallpaper.

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