October Offerings – Part XXIV: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of III: Michael Zigmond

In 1983, Michael Zigmond (born 1962) studied at the Institut de Tourraine in Tours, France, and in 1984 he earned a BFA from Bowling Green State University.

French Art – Part I of II: Frank Ayroles

In the words of one writer, “Franck Ayroles (born 1975) is a painter engaged with Maison des Artists. His work is shown in galleries throughout France and abroad.”

“No one can claim to be called Christian who gives money for the building of warships and arsenals.” – Belva Lockwood, American attorney, politician, educator, author, peace activist, women’s rights advocate, the first female attorney to practice before the United States Supreme Court, and the two-time Presidential candidate of the National Equal Rights Party (1884 and 1888), who was born 24 October 1830.

Some quotes from the work of Belva Lockwood:

“I know we can’t abolish prejudice through laws, but we can set up guidelines for our actions by legislation.”
“The glory of each generation is to make its own precedents.”
“If nations could only depend upon fair and impartial judgments in a world court of law, they would abandon the senseless, savage practice of war.”
“I do not believe in sex distinction in literature, law, politics, or trade – or that modesty and virtue are more becoming to women than to men, but wish we had more of it everywhere.”

Canadian Art – Part I of II: Denise Serra

Painter Denise Serra lives and works in Lisbon.

British Art – Part I of II: Alex Russell Flint

In the words of one writer, “A realist painter, Alex Russell French (born 1974) divides his time between London and Argenton-Chateau in France, where he lives and works in the rambling former school house (l’ancienne école) he acquired in 2010.”

“When I first drew him I had eyes in there and it didn’t look right.” – Bob Kane, American comic book artist, writer, and co-creator of the DC Comics superhero Batman, who was born 24 October 1915.

Above – Bob Kane.
Below – “Detective Comics #27” (May 1939) – the first appearance of Batman; the Dark Knight in his most recent cinematic incarnation.

American Art – Part II of III: Jinchul Kim

In the words of one writer, Korean-American painter Jinchul Kim “was born in South Korea and came to the U.S. in 1989. He earned a BFA and MFA from King Se-Jong University in Seoul Korea concentrating on painting. In 1993, he received another MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He shows his work internationally, including locations like Korea, Japan, France, Spain and the U.S. He has had 27 solo exhibitions in New York, Florida, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Seoul and over 300 invitational shows and group exhibitions.”

French Art – Part II of II: Mauro Corda

In the words of one critic, “As a sculptor, Mauro Corda (born 1960) is sensitive to colour. He not only uses the most diverse patinas, but he also applies chrome, silver, gilding and paint to his bronzes. Starting from the same colour sensitivity, Corda has gone on to other materials than bronze. He has cast sculptures in aluminum and iron. And as he regularly spends time in the Italian Pietrasanta, he also works in marble and terra cotta. It is astonishing to see how this wizard commands the diverse techniques necessary for the varied material applications. But the material experiments lead back to Mauro Corda’s central theme: to portray persons in the most diverse roles, environments, and situations. Corda’s expressiveness is too strong for just one material.”
Mauro Corda lives and works in Paris.

24 October 1901 – On her 63rd birthday, Annie Edison Taylor, an American adventurer, becomes the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

Canadian Art – Part II of II: Heather Horton

Artist Statement: “My work is primarily figurative. I strive to create a visual tension in my work through cropping, stark environments and overall composition.
There is a prevailing sense of isolation and alienation in my paintings. I want the viewer to wonder what is beyond the borders of the canvas. I like to paint natural people/objects in natural surroundings…environments that are special to them, with minimal posing and no pretence.”

“All I was doing was trying to get home from work.” – Rosa Parks, an African-American civil rights activist whom the U.S. Congress called
“the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement,” who died 24 October 2005.

Some quotes from the work of Rosa Parks:

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”
“I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people.”
“Each person must live their life as a model for others.”
“I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people would be also free.”
“Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.”
“I believe we are here on the planet Earth to live, grow up and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom.”

24 October 1981 – The 1937 painting “Guernica” goes on display in Madrid to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of Pablo Picasso’s birth.

“Neglecting small things under the pretext of wanting to accomplish large ones is the excuse of a coward.” –
Alexandra David-Neel, a Belgian-French explorer, spiritualist, Buddhist, anarchist, writer, and author of “The Secret Oral Teachings in Tibetan Buddhist Sects,” who was born 24 October 1868.

The teachings and writings of Alexandra David-Neel influenced the work of many prominent writers associated with the Beat movement, including Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Alan Watts.

Above – Alexandra David-Neel in 1886.
Below – Alexandra David-Neel in Tibet in 1933; one of David-Neel’s many interesting books.

British Art – Part II of II: Graham Little

In the words of one writer, painter Graham Little (born 1972)
“studied at Goldsmiths College, London, MA (1997); Research Associate (1998). He has exhibited widely internationally including a solo exhibition at Camden Arts Centre, London (2001).”

split the truth
in fractions” – Denise Levertov, British-born American poet, who was born 24 October 1923.

“Losing Track”

Long after you have swung back
away from me
I think you are still with me:

you come in close to the shore
on the tide
and nudge me awake the way

a boat adrift nudges the pier:
am I a pier
half-in half-out of the water?

and in the pleasure of that communion
I lose track,
the moon I watch goes down, the

tide swings you away before
I know I’m
alone again long since,

mud sucking at gray and black
timbers of me,
a light growth of green dreams drying.


When I found the door
I found the vine leaves
speaking among themselves in abundant
My presence made them
hush their green breath,
embarrassed, the way
humans stand up, buttoning their jackets,
acting as if they were leaving anyway, as if
the conversation had ended
just before you arrived.
I liked
the glimpse I had, though,
of their obscure
gestures. I liked the sound
of such private voices. Next time
I’ll move like cautious sunlight, open
the door by fractions, eavesdrop

“The Secret”

Two girls discover
the secret of life
in a sudden line of

I who don’t know the
secret wrote
the line. They
told me

(through a third person)
they had found it
but not what it was
not even

what line it was. No doubt
by now, more than a week
later, they have forgotten
the secret,

the line, the name of
the poem. I love them
for finding what
I can’t find,

and for loving me
for the line I wrote,
and for forgetting it
so that

a thousand times, till death
finds them, they may
discover it again, in other

in other
happenings. And for
wanting to know it,

assuming there is
such a secret, yes,
for that
most of all.

Chilean painter Carolina Landea Burchard (born 1960) lives and works in the small coastal village of Cachagua.

American Art – Part III of III: Vincent Giarrano

Painter Vincent Giarrano earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1982 and a Master of Fine Art degree from Syracuse University in 1985.

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