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

American Art – Part I of IV: Lance Hewison

Artist Statement: “Roles we perform as human beings–the various characters we choose to project through dress or attitude–are more mercurial than we might intitally suspect. At any moment and perhaps lasting only a fraction of time, they carry the potential to slip away and reveal an unscripted expression. Moments like this hold great fascination for me.”

French artist Julien Spianti (born 1982) earned a Master of Philosophy Degree in Philosophy and Aesthetics from the Sorbonne in 1983. He lives and works in Paris.

British Art – Part I of II: Bernard Fleetwood-Walker

Bernard Fleetwood-Walker (1893-1965) was an English artist and teacher of painting.

“Keep true to the dreams of your youth.” – Friedrich von Schiller, German poet, philosopher, historian, playwright, and author of “The Robbers,” who was born 10 November 1759.

Some quotes from the work of Friedrich von Schiller:

“Deeper meaning resides in the fairy tales told to me in my childhood than in the truth that is taught by life.”
“Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain.”
“Dare to err and to dream. Deep meaning often lies in childish play.”
“Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skill to do difficult things easily.”
“It is not flesh and blood, but heart which makes us fathers and sons.”
“If you cannot please everyone with your deeds and your art, please a few. To please many is bad.”
“The iron chain and the silken cord are both equally bonds.”

British Art – Part II of II: Thelma Hulbert

Born 10 November 1913 – Thelma Hulbert, a British painter.

Below (left to right) – “Blue Window, Fruit, and Leaves”; “Persian Legend”; “Swiss Nocturne”; “Blind and Paper Flowers”; “Rocks under Water”; “Window on the Terrace.”
(c) Government Art Collection; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
(c) The Camden School for Girls; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
(c) Lakeland Arts Trust; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Diego Fernandez is an Illustrator and Art Director from Argentina.

10 November 1969 – National Educational Television (the predecessor to the Public Broadcasting Service) in the United States debuts the children’s television program Sesame Street.
“’Sesame Street’ is best known for the creative geniuses it attracted, people like Jim Henson and Joe Raposo and Frank Oz, who intuitively grasped what it takes to get through to children. They were television’s answer to Beatrix Potter or L. Frank Baum or Dr. Seuss.” – Malcolm Gladwell

Indian painter Sunita Dinda (born 1971) earned the equivalent of a BFA degree from Rabindra Bharti University in 2005.

Nobel Laureates – Part I of II: Pearl Buck

10 November 1938 – The 1938 Nobel Prize for Literature is awarded to American Pearl Buck “for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces.”
Some quotes from the work of Pearl Buck:
“To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.”

“You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.”
“Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.”
“The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.”
“Inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that is where I renew my springs that never dry up.”
“Let woman out of the home, let man into it, should be the aim of education. The home needs man, and the world outside needs woman.”
“The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible – and achieve it, generation after generation.”
“If our American way of life fails the child, it fails us all.”
“Life without idealism is empty indeed. We just hope or starve to death.”
“When good people in any country cease their vigilance and struggle, then evil men prevail.”
“Truth is always exciting. Speak it, then; life is dull without it.”
‘One faces the future with one’s past.”
“Order is the shape upon which beauty depends”.
“I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in the kindness of human beings. Like Confucius of old, I am so absorbed in the wonder of earth and the life upon it that I cannot think of heaven and angels.”

American Art – Part II of IV: Gregory Calibey

In the words of one writer, “Gregory Calibey (born 1959), a true Renaissance talent, was the recipient of three national awards in painting before finishing his secondary education. Calibey studied fine art at Wesleyan University and at the University of North Carolina, where he worked with his mentor Marvin Saltzman. After completing his courses, he experimented with a number of artistic disciplines including extensive design work in the areas of architecture and furniture. He ventured into illustration and even television production before coming to the conclusion that painting and sculpting would be his life’s creative pursuit. He cites among his influences Degas, Sargent and Rodin.”

Nobel Laureates – Part II of II: William Faulkner

10 November 1950 – The 1949 Nobel Prize for Literature is awarded to American William Faulkner “for his powerful and artistically unique contribution to the modern American novel.”

Some quotes from the work of William Faulkner:

“Dreams have only one owner at a time. That’s why dreamers are lonely.”
“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.”
“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.”
“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”
“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
“I give you the mausoleum of all hope and desire…I give it to you not that you may remember time, but that you might forget it now and then for a moment and not spend all of your breath trying to conquer it. Because no battle is ever won he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.”
“The saddest thing about love, Joe, is that not only the love cannot last forever, but even the heartbreak is soon forgotten.”
“Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.”
“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore. ”
“Perhaps they were right putting love into books. Perhaps it could not live anywhere else.”
“How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home.”
“Wonder. Go on and wonder.”
“I decline to accept the end of man… I refuse to accept this. I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among the creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet’s, the writer’s, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. The poet’s voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail.”

American Art – Part III of IV: James Bama

James Bama (born 1926) is an American artist known for his realistic paintings and etchings of Western subjects. Life in Wyoming led to his comment, “Here an artist can trace the beginnings of Western history, see the first buildings, the oldest wagons, saddles and guns, and be up close to the remnants of Indian culture … And you can stand surrounded by nature’s wonders.”
Bama had a 22-year career as a successful commercial artist in New York. In 1964 he and his wife moved to Cody, Wyoming and he began to paint contemporary Western subjects during the daytime while doing his freelance illustrations in the evenings. He recalls, “I never came out here with the idea to be a Western artist. It just happened, and that’s the way it should be.”



A Poem for Today

“Book Nine,”
By Kathleen Graber

One man prays: How shall I be able to lie with this woman? Do thou pray thus: How shall I not desire to lie with her? Another prays thus: How shall I be released from this? Another prays: How shall I not desire to be released? — Marcus Aurelius
When we are lost in our longings, Aurelius, already it is too late:
there is already nothing we can do. I have rarely desired an end
to my desires. We are so in love with our wanting. Last week,
though doctors were quick to repair it, a baby in India was born
grasping her own beating heart in her fist. Today, a Dumpster
arrives from Dave’s Trash Removal & I begin to fill it. I toss in
a transistor radio that hasn’t worked in years. A man walking past
asks if he can take it. Later, he returns & carries off a broken TV.
A neighbor salvages the dented gray fuse box; a girl wants a window,
a paper bag full of tangled cords. All night I listen to the wind
& the echoes of feet kicking through rubbish, like a mouse nesting
inside a drum. My older brother is dead a decade. Yet here
in its enormous gold frame is the familiar, pastel portrait
someone named Maxwell drew for our mother, an inaccurate
rendering of the two of us when we were small. I can’t look at it;
I can’t throw it away. Every change is a death, you tell yourself,
turn thy thoughts now to thy life as a child. . . . One day, I tell myself,
I will shut all the doors, leave everything behind. The museum
is showing a hundred tricked-out Victorian photographs
of that other world: the hoax of floating fairies, women haunted
by ghostly blurs. Another century & still we want to believe
in what we know cannot be true. Your words, Aurelius, have found me,
but you could not. If we are disappointed, we have only ourselves
to blame: Wipe out thy imagination. We fill out hands when they are
empty. We empty ourselves when we have held too much too long.

A Remarkable Talent

American Art – Part IV of IV: N. Tuan (Tuan Nguyen)

Here is the Artist Statement of sculptor N. Tuan:“My sincere hope is that my art will successfully stimulate others to see the beauty of this world and to accept its balance. Balance is central to existence and is a basic human need; to lead a balanced life is to find its center.
Art is vital for me. It is almost a religion. It means to believe in people, in life, in love. It is a response to what is beautiful and simple. As an artist I do what I do for no other purpose than to express my feelings.”

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