August Offerings – Part XVIII: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of III: William Albanese, Sr.

According to one writer, “William Albanese Sr. has a BFA and Master’s Equivalent in art education from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Mr. Albanese taught in the Baltimore County School System for Thirty-one years. He is now living in Hanover, Pa., retired, and painting full-time.”
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“The American experiment is the most tremendous and far reaching engine of social change which has ever either blessed or cursed mankind.” – Charles Francis Adams, Sr., American lawyer, politician, diplomat, writer, and son of President John Quincy Adams, who was born on 18 August 1807.

French Art – Part I of II: Aurore Lephilipponnat

Artist Statement: “I was born in 1983 ‘with a brush in my hand,’ but it is only in the past two years that my style has become more assertive. I look for places to paint everywhere on the planet.”
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“If we are to keep democracy, there must be a commandment: Thou shalt not ration justice.” – Billings Learned Hand, United States judge and judicial philosopher, who died on 18 August 1961. The erudite and eloquent Hand has been quoted more often than any other lower-court judge by both legal scholars and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Some quotes from the work of Billings Learned Hand:

“Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it.”
“There is no surer way to misread any document than to read it literally.”
“Words are chameleons, which reflect the color of their environment.”
“It is enough that we set out to mold the motley stuff of life into some form of our own choosing; when we do, the performance is itself the wage.”
“Life is made up of constant calls to action, and we seldom have time for more than hastily contrived answers.”
“The aim of law is the maximum gratification of the nervous system of man.”
“Right knows no boundaries and justice no frontiers; the brotherhood of man is not a domestic institution.”

French Art – Part II of II: Evelyn Galinski

According to one writer, “Evelyn Galinski (born 1950) began sculpting quite late. Her inspirations are meditation, silence, Zen, body arts, self-knowledge, and her relation to other people. In pursuit of her own story, she searches for herself in clay.
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“Behind every great fortune there is a crime.” – Honore de Balzac, French novelist, playwright, and the author of the multi-volume “The Human Comedy,” who died 18 August 1850.

Some quotes from the work of Honore de Balzac:

“Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.”
“All happiness depends on courage and work.”
“Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine.”
“Reading brings us unknown friends”
“It is always assumed by the empty-headed, who chatter about themselves for want of something better, that people who do not discuss their affairs openly must have something to hide.”
“It is absurd to pretend that one cannot love the same woman always, as to pretend that a good artist needs several violins to execute a piece of music.”
“This coffee falls into your stomach, and straightway there is a general commotion. Ideas begin to move like the battalions of the Grand Army of the battlefield, and the battle takes place. Things remembered arrive at full gallop, ensuing to the wind. The light cavalry of comparisons deliver a magnificent deploying charge, the artillery of logic hurry up with their train and ammunition, the shafts of with start up like sharpshooters. Similes arise, the paper is covered with ink; for the struggle commences and is concluded with torrents of black water, just as a battle with powder.”
“Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.”
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From the Music Archives – Part I of III: Tony Jackson

Died 18 August 2003 – Tony Jackson, an English bass guitar player, vocalist, and member of The Searchers.

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German painter Lars Kaker frequently works in a photorealistic style.
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“When childhood dies, its corpses are called adults and they enter society, one of the politer names of hell. That is why we dread children; even if we love them, they show us the state of our decay.” – Brian Aldiss, English writer best known for science fiction novels and short stories and author of “Hothouse,” who was born 18 August 1925.

Some quotes from the work of Brian Aldiss:

“Science fiction is no more written for scientists than ghost stories are written for ghosts.”
“It is at night… that the mind is most clear, that we are most able to hold all our life in the palm of our skull.”
“The misfortune of a young man who returns to his native land after years away is that he finds his native land foreign; whereas the lands he left behind remain for ever like a mirage in his mind.”
“Once land gets in a state, once it begins to deteriorate, it is hard to reverse the process. Land falls sick just like people—that’s the whole tragedy of our time.”
“The fatal error of much science fiction has been to subscribe to an optimism based on the idea that revolution, or a new gimmick, or a bunch of strong men, or an invasion of aliens, or the conquest of other planets, or the annihilation of half the world–in short, pretty nearly anything but the facing up to the integral and irredeemable nature of mankind–can bring about utopian situations. It is the old error of the externalization of evil.”
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Born 18 August 1902 – Adamson-Eric, an Estonian artist.

“Flowers”; decorative wall plate; “Still Life with a Horn”; decorative plate; decorative plate.
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“Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.” – B. F. Skinner, American psychologist, behaviorist, writer, inventor, social philosopher, and author of “Walden Two,” who died 18 August 1990.

Some quotes from the work of B. F. Skinner:

“A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying. ”
“No one asks how to motivate a baby. A baby naturally explores everything it can get at, unless restraining forces have already been at work. And this tendency doesn’t die out, it’s wiped out.”
“The real question is not whether machines think but whether men do. The mystery which surrounds a thinking machine already surrounds a thinking man.”
“A fourth-grade reader may be a sixth-grade mathematician. The grade is an administrative device which does violence to the nature of the developmental process.”
“At this very moment enormous numbers of intelligent men and women of goodwill are trying to build a better world. But problems are born faster than they can be solved.”
“It is a surprising fact that those who object most violently to the manipulation of behaviour nevertheless make the most vigorous effort to manipulate minds.”
“Society attacks early, when the individual is helpless. It enslaves him almost before he has tasted freedom. The ‘ologies’ will tell you how its done Theology calls it building a conscience or developing a spirit of selflessness. Psychology calls it the growth of the superego.
Considering how long society has been at it, you’d expect a better job. But the campaigns have been badly planned and the victory has never been secured.”
“Going out of style isn’t a natural process, but a manipulated change which destroys the beauty of last year’s dress in order to make it worthless.”
“Promising paradise or threatening hell-fire is, we assumed, generally admitted to be unproductive. It is based upon a fundamental fraud which, when discovered, turns the individual against society and nourishes the very thing it tries to stamp out. What Jesus offered in return of loving one’s enemies was heaven on earth, better known as peace of mind.”
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From the Music Archives – Part II of III: Sarah Dash

Born 18 August 1945 – Sarah Dash, an American singer, actress, and a member of Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles.

From the American History Archives – Part I of II: Virginia Dare

18 August 1587 – Virginia Dare becomes the first child born in the Americas to English parents.

Below – “Baptism of Virginia Dare,” lithograph, 1880.
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Born 18 August 1855 – Alfred Wallis, an English artist and mariner.

Below – “Boat on the Sea”; “Fishing Boat with Two Masts”; “Flowering Trees”; “Four Boasts by a Lighthouse”; “Seascape”; “White House and Cottages, the Old Porthmeor Square, St. Ives.”
(c) Southampton City Art Gallery; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

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(c) Pallant House Gallery; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

(c) The Pier Arts Centre; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

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From the American History Archives – Part II of II: Japanese Cherry Trees

18 August 1909 – Yukio Ozaki, the Mayor of Tokyo, presents Washington, D.C. with 2,000 cherry trees. President Taft decides to plant them near the Potomac River.

Below – The newly arrived cherry trees being inspected; Yukio Ozaki strolling among the cherry trees in Washington, D.C. with his daughter and a friend in 1931; the cherry trees in blossom today.
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From the Movie Archives: Robert Redford

“I have a lot of land. I bought it because I had a very strong feeling. I was in my early twenties, and I had grown up in Los Angeles and had seen that city slide off into the sea from the city I knew as a little kid. It lost its identity – suddenly there was cement everywhere and the green was gone and the air was bad – and I wanted out.” – Robert Redford, American actor, film director, producer, businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist, and founder of the Sundance Film Festival, who was born 18 August 1936.

Australian artist Helen Lehmann has recently created a series of works inspired by the narratives of Nobel Prize Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Artist Statement: “Over the years I have read the works of Gabriel Garcia Màrquez. Two books in particular, ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ and ‘Love in the time of Cholera,’ left a lasting impression due to the strength of the narrative, and the impressive female characters.
When I read the Màrquez autobiography ‘Living to Tell the Tale’ and discovered that the females featured in those particular works were real and based on members of his family, I was inspired to create a series of paintings based on those two books.
My interest in creating works based on these books was not to depict a visual narrative, nor to include the magic realism elements of the stories. My interest was centered on the women, and for me, these women were at the heart of Màrquez’s stories: those unforgettable dark angels; the objects of love and the creators of dynasty.
Hopefully, those who view the paintings, can, through body language, title of the works and references contained within the cut synthetic paper images included in the larger works, gain an insight into the role these women hold within the narrative of the texts.”

Below – “Amaranta: Love’s denial”; “Feminina: Love’s obsession”; “Fernanda: Love’s witness”; “Love’s Message”; “Meme: Love’s Rebellion”; “Rebecca and Amaranta”; “Sofia: Love’s reverie”; “Ursula: Love’s genesis”; “Fernanda: Love’s unloved.”
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From the Music Archives – Part III of III: Peter, Paul and Mary

18 August 1962 – Peter, Paul and Mary release what will become their first hit – “If I Had a Hammer.”

From the American Old West – The Dakota War

17 – 19 August 1862 – The Dakota War of 1862 begins. In the words of one historian, “On August 17, 1862, one young Dakota with a hunting party of three others killed five settlers while on a hunting expedition. That night a council of Dakota decided to attack settlements throughout the Minnesota River valley to try to drive whites out of the area. There has never been an official report on the number of settlers killed, although in Abraham Lincoln’s second annual address, he noted that not less than 800 men, women, and children had died.
Over the next several months, continued battles pitting the Dakota against settlers and later, the United States Army, ended with the surrender of most of the Dakota bands. By late December 1862, soldiers had taken captive more than a thousand Dakota, who were interned in jails in Minnesota. After trials and sentencing, 38 Dakota were hanged on December 26, 1862, in the largest one-day execution in American history. In April 1863, the rest of the Dakota were expelled from Minnesota to Nebraska and South Dakota. The United States Congress abolished their reservations.”

Below – “The Siege of New Ulm, Minnesota on August 19, 1862,” by Henry Augustus Schwabe; refugees during the Dakota War of 1862; “The mass execution in Mankato” – “Harper’s Weekly” (January 1863).

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American Art – Part II of III: Dominique Amendola

Artist Statement: “I have been a painter for over 30 years and started to draw and produce Art at the age of four. I raised three beautiful children and traveled extensively in Switzerland, Italy, and India. Over the years, I resided both in France and in the United States and even india for some years. My work is now hanging in several private museums and castles in US and abroad. . I am painting many themes all mostly with figures or landscapes. Most of my paintings are small oil paintings but there are plenty of larger ones too .The work is charming and varied and will look good in your home or office. To create my paintings I use oils I grind myself into tubes. I also make my own Maroger mediums (two different ones: the Rubens jelly medium and the Titian wax medium). This allows colors to give my canvas a sense of vibrancy. Some of my paintings have more apparent brush strokes than others, which I really enjoy to show. The approach I take is that I paint the entire composition first. I then build my shapes on that solid foundation. I always make sure there is balance throughout my composition. My work has and will continue to involve landscapes figures, adolescence, and refreshing imagery, as well as spiritual themes. This is part of who I am.
At present I am focusing on loosening up my style and introducing palette knife work in my pieces. My trend is figures in landscapes, harmony of colors and paying more attention to the subtle emotions behind the paint.”

Below – “San Francisco, Starry Night”; “Carmel Coast #2”; “Vineyards on a Mountain”; “Water Lilies in India”; “Lavender Fields”; “The Fairy”; “The Bathers”; “Monks in Varanasi”; “India Street Scene #4”; “Bathing in the Holy River #3”; “Dream on the Beach.”

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A Poem for Today

“Words to a Grandchild,”
By Chief Dan George

Perhaps there will be a day
you will want to sit by my side
asking for counsel.
I hope I will be there
but you see
I am growing old.
There is no promise
that life will
live up to our hopes
especially to the hopes of the aged.
So I write of what I know
and some day our hearts
will meet in these words
– if you let it happen.

In the midst of a land
without silence
you have to make a place for yourself.
Those who have worn out
their shoes many times
know where to step.
It is not their shoes
you can wear
only their footsteps
you may follow,
– if you let it happen.

You come from a shy race.
Ours are the silent ways.
We have always done all things
in a gentle manner,
so much as the brook
that avoids the solid rock
in its search for the sea
and meets the deer in passing.
You too must follow the path
of your own race.
It is steady and deep,
reliable and lasting.
It is you
– if you let it happen.

You are a person of little,
but it is better to have little
of what is good,
than to possess much
of what is not good.
This your heart will know,
– if you let it happen.

Heed the days
when the rain flows freely,
in their greyness
lies the seed of much thought
The sky hangs low
and paints new colors
on the earth.
After the rain
the grass will shed its moisture,
the fog will lift from the trees,
a new light will brighten the sky
and play in the drops
that hang on all things.
Your heart will beat out
a new gladness
– if you let it happen.

Each day brings an hour of magic.
Listen to it!
Things will whisper their secrets.
You will know
what fills the herbs with goodness,
makes days change into nights,
turns the stars
and brings the change of seasons.
When you have come to know
some of nature’s wise ways
beware of your complacency
for you cannot be wiser than nature.
You can only be as wise
as any man will ever hope to be,
– if you let it happen.

Our ways are good
but only in our world
If you like the flame
on the white man’s wick
learn of his ways
so you can bear his company,
yet when you enter his world,
you will walk like a stranger.
For some time
bewilderment will,
like an ugly spirit
torment you.
Then rest on the holy earth
and wait for the good spirit.
He will return with new ways
as his gift to you,
– if you let it happen.

Use the heritage of silence
to observe others.
If greed has replaced the goodness
in a man’s eyes
see yourself in him
so you will learn to understand
and preserve yourself.
Do not despise the weak,
it is compassion
that will make you strong.

Does not the rice
drop into your basket
whilst your breath
carries away the chaff?
There is good in everything
– if you let it happen.

When the storms close in
and the eyes cannot find the horizon
you may lose much.
Stay with your love for life
for it is the very blood
running through your veins.
As you pass through the years
you will find much calmness
in your heart.
It is the gift of age.
and the colors of the fall
will be deep and rich,
– if you let it happen.

As I see beyond the days of now
I see a vision:
I see the faces of my people,
your sons’ sons,
your daughters’ daughters,
laughter fills the air
that is no longer yellow and heavy,
the machines have died,
quietness and beauty
have returned to the land.
The gentle ways of our race
have again put us
in the days of the old.
It is good to live!
It is good to die!
– This will happen.

American Art – Part III of III: Howling Wolf (Southern Cheyenne Indian, 1849-1927)

Below – “At the Sand Creek Massacre”; “Howling Wolf in Battle Against a Wagon Train”; “Crow Indians, Heap of Birds”; “Howling Wolf Hunting Buffalo”; “Howling Wolf Fighting Soldiers”; “Under Cloud, Howling Wolf Fights with General Sully in 1868”; “Howling Wolf and Feathered Bear are Courting Two Girls at the Spring Where They Were Getting Water”; “The Warriors Making Their Entry into the Medicine Lodge”; “Howling Wolf, Holding His Lance, Battles an Enemy”;photograph of Howling Wolf imprisoned at Fort Marion, circa 1875.
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