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Nuremberg-born artist Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) is best known today for his woodcuts, while Swiss painter Hans Holbein the Younger (1497-1543) is remembered for the portraits he painted in the court of England's King Henry VIII. But both artists also helped create splendid works of stained glass-an art form that rivaled oil painting in Renaissance Germany and Switzerland. "Legacy of Light," at the J. Paul Getty Museum, explores the collaboration between artists and glass painters through 80 preparatory drawings and 60 stained-glass panels featuring scenes from the Bible and chivalric sports like hunting and jousting. Through Sept. 24, then at the St. Louis, Mo., Art Museum.

United Kingdom
Keen walkers have long found Britain a green and pleasant land. Now walking festivals are springing up across the country to cater for those who don't want to stroll alone. Lasting from a weekend to a fortnight, the festivals feature a wide choice of walks, from a one-hour ramble to strenuous full-day treks, led by guides versed in local history and wildlife. After-dark activities include talks, slide shows, concerts, dinners and dances. Among the festivals are Guildford's Surrey 2000 South East Walks (Sept. 7-10), Calerdale in West Yorkshire (Sept. 23-Oct. 8), and Britain's northernmost walking festival, in the Shetland islands (Sept. 13-17). See .

The wool industry was once so important to Australia that the nation was said to "ride on the sheep's back." Introduced into the colony in the 1790s, the merino sheep, which produces superfine wool, soon became a cultural icon: artists immortalized champion rams, street processions and parades often included sheep floats, and newspapers ran features on prize-winning sheep. "It may not be too sentimental to suggest that Australians adore sheep," say the organizers of "Logo Merino," a National Wool Museum exhibition which examines the sheep as a national symbol through paintings, sculpture, ceramics, silverware and photographs. Through Feb. 4.

Singapore Airlines has launched an automatic ticketing machine at Changi Airport that lets travelers buy airline tickets by credit card. Open 24 hours a day and featuring four languages (English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil), the machine is being trialed for flights to Kuala Lumpur but may soon issue tickets for other regional routes. The airline's SAI Mobile Services also offer to keep travelers posted on flight changes via e-mail or mobile phone. To register, see .