In no particular order, a quick and dirty write-up of some artsy happenings from our inbox:
• Coming from COPPeR's weekly e-mail blast: Chris Weed's "Paperclips" sculpture has found a permanent home in Grand Rapids, Mich. The clips, which used to stand in front of the COPPeR office, now share a square with "La Grand Vitesse" by famed sculptor Alexander Calder.
• Polar bears are in luck thanks to art star Shepard Fairey. The renowned contemporary artist lent his hand to Obama's election campaign with the wildly successful red and blue "Hope" print, and now he's completed a stunning poster to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Making a donation to the Alaska Wilderness League gets you in the running for a signed poster.
Lastly, Renaissance artist Raphael is making big news in the art world with a new(-ish), possible self-portrait that has scholars debating its authenticity. If it is really a Raphael, researchers would date it around 1505, when he was just 22.
Much of their arguments are based on a better-known portrait thought to have been executed around the same time. Yet it's possible that both works were done in Raphael's workshop, painted largely by pupils.
Read more on the painting in question here.