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New Arrivals in July!

04 Aug

  Great River Arts Excited To Show Off Our Newest Arrivals! We’ve added some great new products we thought you’d like to see. SHOP NOW Lopez Island, Salish Sea BUY NOW San Juan Island, Salish Sea BUY NOW Colton’s Oregon and Washington BUY NOW Indian Territories 1844 BUY NOW Dinosaur National Monument BUY NOW

Townsend’s Bat Solution by Special Contributor Jack Nisbet

05 Jul

  John Kirk Townsend was a young Philadelphia ornithologist who traveled overland to the Columbia country with an American trading party in 1833.Armed with a sensible Quaker background and a self deprecating sense of humor, Townsend spent the better part of the next three years documenting the fauna of our region.     Specializing in bird and […]

Lisa Middleton: A traveler’s Journey

20 Aug
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Growing up on the Upper Mississippi River valley, Lisa Middleton’s bedtime stories were tales of her parents’ adventures in Australia, south Asia, and Europe, where they were backpacking and travelling as teachers in the 1970’s. Family trips in her parents’ RV to places like the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Arizona, and Florida, were the highlight […]

The Art of Sherry Tuss: reflecting wildlife in watercolor

20 Jul
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Great River Arts is proud to feature the art of Sherry Tuss in our new Living Legends collection. As Lisa has traveled the country she has met several artists to have been devoted to their trade for many years. This collection serves as additional representation for the artists and to supply affordable prints to the artists […]

Catalan Atlas: Portolan Meets Mappa Mundi

20 Jun
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Referred to as one of the last great mappa mundis before the emergence of ptolemic maps in the 15th century, the Catalan Atlas was produced in 1375, with the originals in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (National Library of France) in Paris today. The creator of the Catalan Atlas is believed to be the Majorcan […]

The story of old maps

13 Jun
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Mapmaking or cartography has been a part of our world’s history since ancient times.  In truth, many specialists agree that map making had its beginning with cave paintings.  However, the oldest known maps are carved on Babylonian clay tablets dating to about 2300 B.C. These maps were considered extremely advanced in Old World Greece. In […]

Hereford Mappa Mundi

06 Jun
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This great, detailed, and elaborately decorated mappa mundi is believed to be the only surviving complete example of a medieval wall map of the world. It is housed in Hereford Cathedral in Hereford, England. The precise date and creator of this mappa mundi is unknown, but speculations have filled that void. Some scholars believe that […]