November Offerings – Part XVII: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of IV: Michael Arcieri

In the words of one writer, “Michael Arcieri graduated the Art Institute of Houston in 1987 and moved to New Orleans, Louisiana. Studying realism painting under painter Patricia Whitty, his knowledge and technique of realism painting grew and was perfected during this period. By the mid-1990’s national galleries began representing his work.
In 2003 Arcieri returned to his hometown of Houston, Texas where he now lives and paints.”
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Vala Ola is a contemporary Icelandic sculptor and painter whose work has won many awards. She has lived and worked in the United States since 1994.

Below – “Falling Water”; “Venus”; “Awakening”; “On the Horizon”; “River Song.”
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American Art – Part II of IV: Renee Treml

Artist statement: “I seek to capture the subtle details in my paintings – like the delicate weave of a bird’s nest or the curious look of a fledgling bird – things that might otherwise go unnoticed. My paintings feature birds and animals that are in my local environment and through my paintings I hope to make people more aware of the environment around them.”
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Born 17 November 1921 – Albert Bertelsen, a Dutch artist known for his landscape paintings and portraits of people he met as a boy and whom he attempted to paint as though seen through a child’s eyes.
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“Mawwage. Mawwage is what bwings us togethew today. Mawwage, that bwessed awwangement, that dweam within a dweam.” – Peter Cook, English actor, satirist, writer and comedian, who was born 17 November 1937, portraying the “Impressive Clergyman” in “The Princess Bride.”

Here is one of Cook’s classic comedy routines, performed with John Cleese:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH0lraX7Hmk

American Art – Part III of IV: Isamu Noguchi

Born 17 November 1904 – Isamu Noguchi, a Japanese-American artist, sculptor, and landscape architect.

Below – “Leda”; “Portrait of My Uncle”; “Lunar Infant”; “Remembrance”; “Strange Bird.”
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In the words of one critic, Dutch painter Joke Frima (born 1952) “attended two art schools in The Netherlands, but had to go to Florence to find the kind of training she was looking for.”
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From the American Old West: Fort Buchanan

17 November 1856 – The United States Army establishes Fort Buchanan on the Sonoita River in present-day southern Arizona, in order to help control new land acquired in the Gadsen Purchase.

Above – The ruins of fort Buchanan in 1914.
Below – The site of the fort today.
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Born 17 November 1951 – Jack Vettriano, a Scottish painter.
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Ludmilla Perec was born in Uzbekistan in 1959 and graduated from the State University of Latvia with a degree in Theoretical Astrophysics. She graduated from the Riga Academy of Arts in 1993.
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A Poem for Today

“Mountain Pines,”
By Robinson Jeffers

In scornful upright loneliness they stand,
Counting themselves no kin of anything
Whether of earth or sky. Their gnarled roots cling
Like wasted fingers of a clutching hand
In the grim rock. A silent spectral band
They watch the old sky, but hold no communing
With aught. Only, when some lone eagle’s wing
Flaps past above their grey and desolate land,
Or when the wind pants up a rough-hewn glen,
Bending them down as with an age of thought,
Or when, ‘mid flying clouds that can not dull
Her constant light, the moon shines silver, then
They find a soul, and their dim moan is wrought
Into a singing sad and beautiful.
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American Art – Part IV of IV: Lisa Lindholm

In the words of one critic, “Lisa Lindholm lives and works in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, Texas. She completed studies in computer visualization at Texas A&M University in 2000. After serving time in assorted cubicles in assorted large corporations making computers do assorted things, she leapt into life as a full-time artist in 2005. Lindholm currently works as a painter, graphic designer, and proprietor of FreeLisa Designs and Banner Theory. Her current series of works deals with the relationships between an organic and natural existence with a created and imagined presence.”
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