September Offerings – Part XVI: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of III: Deborah Scott

Artist Statement: “I work in the genre painting tradition. My work is a mash-up of classically styled figurative painting and contemporary iconography. My narratives are based on biography, tarot, mythology and fairytale. Iconic brands and contemporary imagery support the narrative in my work.
I am a graduate of the Drawing and Painting Atelier at Gage Academy of Art. Prior to my art career, I worked in global brand marketing with familiar brands including Cheerios, Betty Crocker, and Amazon.com. In this role I became fascinated with the power of Jungian archetypes, works by Joseph Campbell, and iconography. Developing my understanding and expression of figurative archetypes is the cornerstone of my work.”
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From the Music Archives – Part I of IV: B. B. King

“I don’t think anybody steals anything; all of us borrow.” – B. B. King, American blues musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist, who was born 16 September 1925.

Ukrainian artist Natalia Makovetzkaya (born 1968) is a graduate of the I. E. Repin Institute for Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture.
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“It was a rich and gorgeous sunset – an American sunset; and the ruddy glow of the sky was reflected from some extensive pools of water among the shadowy copses in the meadow below.” – Francis Parkman, American historian and author of “The Oregon Trail: Sketches of Prairie and Rocky-Mountain Life,” who was born 16 September 1823. Here is one critic describing “The Oregon Trail”:
“The book is a breezy, first-person account of a 2-month summer tour in 1846 of the U.S. states of Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, and Kansas. Parkman was 23 at the time. The heart of the book covers the three weeks Parkman spent hunting buffalo with a band of Oglala Sioux.”
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Iranian painter Saeed Rafiee Monfared (born 1971) earned a BA in Fine Art from Azad University.
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From the Music Archives – Part II of IV: Ringo Starr

16 September 1977 – Ringo Starr releases “Drowning in the Sea of Love.”

American Art – Part II of III: Lisa Reinertson

In the words of one critic, “Lisa Reinertson is known for both her life size figurative ceramic sculptures and her large-scale public sculptures cast in bronze.
Coming from a family of peace and social activists, Reinertson’s work has an underlying humanism that can be seen both in her poetic ceramic figures with animals, to her more historic public commissions that express ideals of peace and social justice. In her public sculptures of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Cesar Chavez she blends bas-relief into her three-dimensional sculptural forms creating an historic and powerfully moving narrative. Her work combines a realism rooted in figurative art traditions, with a contemporary expression of social and psychological content.”
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From the Music Archives – Part III of IV: Mary Travers

Died 16 September 2009 – Mary Travers, an American singer and a member of the group Peter, Paul, and Mary.

Latvian artist Kristine Kvitka (born 1983) earned an MFA in Painting from the Art Academy of Latvia.
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From the Music Archives – Part IV of IV: Ron Blair

Born 16 September 1948 – Ron Blair, an American musician best known for being the bassist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Here is one critic describing the artistry of Dutch sculptor Erwin Meijer: “What young sculptors are still prepared to go to extremes when it comes to technique and finish? Erwin Meijer is a member of that select group. He creates bronzes with the feeling for detail of a violin maker. Anatomical perfection, exquisite detail and supreme quality of casting result in sculptures of sheer dedication without compromise. But this is not the entire story. Nor will this story ever be told, because Erwin Meijer’s sculptures, however well-crafted their detail, ultimately remain unfinished stories. His figures are engrossed in activities, without being aware of the spectator. Meijer portrays them at their moment of inspiration, or as they collect their thoughts or are concentrating upon their surroundings. We are mere witnesses to an intimate moment of which we are no part. The maturity of Erwin Meijer’s sculptures is striking. This is the result of his approach: he works on several sculptures simultaneously in a given period. By switching his attention from one work to another, he repeatedly affords himself a fresh look, which sometimes leads to rigorous changes. Thus, Meijer’s sculptures are allotted ample time to ‘ripen’ into well-balanced, inspired works of art.”
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A Poem for Today
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“The Dogs at Live Oak Beach, Santa Cruz,”
By Alicia Ostriker

As if there could be a world
Of absolute innocence
In which we forget ourselves

The owners throw sticks
And half-bald tennis balls
Toward the surf
And the happy dogs leap after them
As if catapulted—

Black dogs, tan dogs,
Tubes of glorious muscle—

Pursuing pleasure
More than obedience
They race, skid to a halt in the wet sand,
Sometimes they’ll plunge straight into
The foaming breakers

Like diving birds, letting the green turbulence
Toss them, until they snap and sink

Teeth into floating wood
Then bound back to their owners
Shining wet, with passionate speed
For nothing,
For absolutely nothing but joy.
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American Art – Part III of III: Shawn Zents

Artist Statement: “To have viewers look through my eye’s at the canvas and to respond to the beauty is my deepest hope and perhaps feel the eternal truths of life.”
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