Issue 83

The official start of summer in America may not be until the end of June, but by May, we are all ready to ditch our coats in favor of sun hats and sandals. Whether we find inspiration in the budding flowers, longer days, or warmer weather, this time of year always seems to be awash in color and joyfulness. This issue invokes the same spirit and nostalgia of these early days of summer, with a featured artist who utilizes a beloved painting method from childhood to create her dazzling pieces, a look at the dedication and craftsmanship of woodworking, and recipes to stuff your basket for a relaxing picnic. 

Whittle Effect: The Woodwork of Jonathan Bancroft

Woodworking is a centuries old practice that carries a lot of sentimental value for artist Jonathan Bancroft. As a child, Bancroft imagined he would create the kinds of masterful carvings he has been able to craft as an adult, from his woodsy Pennsylvania workshop.

Mad About Lilly Bunn

New York City-based interior decorator Lilly Bunn is not shy about color, and her bold take on design shows through in this feature on her revamp of a classic downtown NYC apartment.

Picnics, Potlucks, & Porch Parties

In the summertime, you can't go wrong with picnic food. Food that can stay fresh throughout the day and is as delicious in the afternoon as it is brought back out at night are ideal, like these recipes from Picnics, Potlucks, & Porch Parties: Recipes, Menus, and Ideas for Every Occasion, by Aimee Broussard (Quail Ridge Press, 2016).

America’s Cup

Sailing for sport is a centuries old tradition, and at the center of the sport is the America's Cup—a beloved event that has lasted more than 150 years and showcases the latest racing technology, as well as the most talented competitors.

Diner Days

No matter where you travel in America, you're likely to come across a little chrome-plated building with a neon sign, welcoming you in with the promise of delicious food and friendly service. Diners are an beloved institution in the US, and prove that tradition still reigns supreme when it comes to American dining.

Birdies in the Badger State

When we think of the best places to golf in America, places like Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Florida, and California, likely come to mind. But the Midwest, specifically Wisconsin, is quickly rising in notoriety as a home to some of the most exciting and challenging courses in the country.

The Midas Touch: Iris Scott’s Finger Paintings

Take one look at artist Iris Scott's paintings and you may notice her incredible use of color and the blend of textures. How she achieves this incredible style, however—through nothing more than paint and her fingers—is a magical sight to see.