March Offerings – Part II: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of III: George Inness

In the words of one historian, “George Inness (1825-1894) came of age during the formation of the Hudson River School, whose artists viewed nature as a manifestation of the divine and strove to represent it as faithfully as possible. However, Inness distinguished himself from this group in the profound degree to which philosophical and spiritual ideas inspired his work. Ultimately, he became the leading American artist-philosopher of his generation.”

“America must be the teacher of democracy, not the advertiser of the consumer society. It is unrealistic for the rest of the world to reach the American living standard.” – Mikhail Gorbachev, Russian statesman, who was born 2 March 1931.

Some quotes from the work of Mikhail Gorbachev:

“I believe in the cosmos. All of us are linked to the cosmos. So nature is my god. To me, nature is sacred. Trees are my temples and forests are my cathedrals. Being at one with nature.”
“If what you have done yesterday still looks big to you, you haven’t done much today.”
“Americans have a severe disease — worse than AIDS. It’s called the winner’s complex.”
“We had 10 years after the Cold War to build a new world order and yet we squandered them. The United States cannot tolerate anyone acting independently. Every US president has to have a war.”
“Peace is not unity in similarity but unity in diversity, in the comparison and conciliation of differences.”
“The market came with the dawn of civilization and it is not an invention of capitalism. … If it leads to improving the well-being of the people there is no contradiction with socialism.”
“We have retreated from the perennial values. I don’t think that we need any new values. The most important thing is to try to revive the universally known values from which we have retreated.
As a young man, I really took to heart the Communist ideals. A young soul certainly cannot reject things like justice and equality. These were the goals proclaimed by the Communists. But in reality that terrible Communist experiment brought about repression of human dignity. Violence was used in order to impose that model on society. In the name of Communism we abandoned basic human values. So when I came to power in Russia I started to restore those values; values of ‘openness’ and freedom.”
“Being resolute today means to act within the framework of political and social pluralism and the rule of law to provide conditions for continued reform and prevent a breakdown of the state and economic collapse, prevent the elements of chaos from becoming catastrophic.
All this requires taking certain tactical steps, to search for various ways of addressing both short- and long-term tasks. Such efforts and political and economic steps, agreements based on reasonable compromise, are there for everyone to see.”

American Art – Part II of III: Betty Shelton

Artist Statement: “I obtained my BA and MA degrees in Drawing and Painting, graduating with honors, from California State University at Fullerton. After receiving my MFA degree, I was the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Project Award in the College of the Arts at California State University at Long Beach, and I was selected as the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Visiting Artist in 1987. I’ve taught and traveled through out the western states, and Europe. I’ve been on the faculty at the University of Texas in San Antonio, University of Denver, Metropolitan State College, Arapahoe College, Irvine Valley College, and California State University at Fullerton University. I began teaching at Laguna College of Art & Design in 1995, and I’ve served as Interim Dean and Chair of the Drawing and Painting Department.”

“You can get assent to almost any proposition so long as you are not going to do anything about it.” – John Jay Chapman, American writer, who was born 2 March 1862.

Some quotes from the work of John Jay Chapman:

“Good government is the outcome of private virtue.”
“People get so in the habit of worry that if you save them from drowning and put them on a bank to dry in the sun with hot chocolate and muffins they wonder whether they are catching cold.”
“People who love soft methods and hate iniquity forget this; that reform consists in taking a bone from a dog. Philosophy will not do it.”
“All progress is experimental.”
“A magazine or a newspaper is a shop. Each is an experiment and represents a new focus, a new ratio between commerce and intellect.”
“The world of politics is always twenty years behind the world of thought.”
“Wherever you see a man who gives someone else’s corruption, someone else’s prejudice as a reason for not taking action himself, you see a cog in The Machine that governs us.”
“A vision of truth which does not call upon us to get out of our armchair – why, this is the desideratum of mankind.”
“The present in New York is so powerful that the past is lost.”
“The reason for the slow progress of the world seems to lie in a single fact. Every man is born under the yoke, and grows up beneath the oppressions of his age.”

Italian Art – Part I of II: Ennio Montariello

Here is how one critic describes the artistry of Italian painter Ennio Montariello (born 1960): “Ennio Montariello is a portrait artist. He creates magic with beautiful expressive faces in his work. Each and every portrait has a story to tell and a feeling to express.”


“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” – Theodore Seuss Geisel, American writer, poet, and cartoonist best known for his children’s books written and illustrated as Dr. Seuss, who was born 3 March 1904.

Some quotes from the work of Dr. Seuss:

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.”
“Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them.”
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”
“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!”
“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”
“If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew, just go right along and you’ll start happening too.”
“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”
“They say I’m old-fashioned, and live in the past, but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast!”
“I’m afraid that sometimes you’ll play lonely games too. Games you can’t win ’cause you’ll play against you.”
“Remember me and smile, for it’s better to forget than to remember me and cry.”
“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”

Above – Dr. Seuss.
Below – The Cat in the Hat; The Grinch – one of my heroes.

Italian Art – Part II of II: Ugo Riva

One critic has called the style of Italian sculptor Ugo Riva “romanticized classicism” and praised his work for possessing “the quiet nobility essential to beauty.”

“All people dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their mind, wake in the morning to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous people, for they dream their dreams with open eyes, and make them come
true.” – D. H. Lawrence, English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic, painter, and author of “Women in Love,” who died 2 March 1930.

Some quotes from the work of D.H. Lawrence:

“Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically. The cataclysm has happened, we are among the ruins, we start to build up new little habitats, to have new little hopes. It is rather hard work: there is now no smooth road into the future: but we go round, or scramble over the obstacles. We’ve got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen.”
“But better die than live mechanically a life that is a repetition of repetitions.”
“No form of love is wrong, so long as it is love, and you yourself honour what you are doing. Love has an extraordinary variety of forms! And that is all there is in life, it seems to me. But I grant you, if you deny the variety of love you deny love altogether. If you try to specialize love into one set of accepted feelings, you wound the very soul of love. Love must be multi-form, else it is just tyranny, just death.”
“It is a fine thing to establish one’s own religion in one’s heart, not to be dependent on tradition and second-hand ideals. Life will seem to you, later, not a lesser, but a greater thing.”
“Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved.”
“I want to live my life so that my nights are not full of regrets.”
“Money poisons you when you’ve got it, and starves you when you haven’t.”
“This is what I believe: That I am I. That my soul is a dark forest. That my known self will never be more than a little clearing in the forest. That gods, strange gods, come forth from the forest into the clearing of my known self, and then go back. That I must have the courage to let them come and go. That I will never let mankind put anything over me, but that I will try always to recognize and submit to the gods in me and the gods in other men and women. There is my creed.”

Argentinean Art – Part I of II: Andres D’Arcangelo

Argentinean painter Andres D’Arcangelo (born 1974) is a graduate of the National University of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires.

“If you care about something you have to protect it – If you’re lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.” – John Irving, American novelist and author of “The World According to Garp” and “The Cider House Rules,” who was born 2 March 1942.

John Irving won the 1999 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his script of “The Cider House Rules.”

Some quotes from the work of John Irving:

“When someone you love dies, and you’re not expecting it, you don’t lose her all at once; you lose her in pieces over a long time—the way the mail stops coming, and her scent fades from the pillows and even from the clothes in her closet and drawers. Gradually, you accumulate the parts of her that are gone. Just when the day comes—when there’s a particular missing part that overwhelms you with the feeling that she’s gone, forever—there comes another day, and another specifically missing part.”
“Your memory is a monster; you forget—it doesn’t. It simply files things away. It keeps things for you, or hides things from you—and summons them to your recall with will of its own. You think you have a memory; but it has you!”
“What is hardest to accept about the passage of time is that the people who once mattered the most to us wind up in parentheses.”
“It is hard work and great art to make life not so serious.”
“My life is a reading list.”
“We often need to lose sight of our priorities in order to see them.”
“In this dirty minded world, you are either someone’s wife or someone’s whore. And if you’re not either people think there is something wrong with you…but there is nothing wrong with me.”
“They were involved in that awkward procedure of getting to unknow each other.”
“Never confuse faith, or belief—of any kind—with something even remotely intellectual.”
“So we dream on. Thus we invent our lives. We give ourselves a sainted mother, we make our father a hero; and someone’s older brother and someone’s older sister – they become our heroes too. We invent what we love and what we fear. There is always a brave lost brother – and a little lost sister, too. We dream on and on: the best hotel, the perfect family, the resort life. And our dreams escape us almost as vividly as we can imagine them… That’s what happens, like it or not. And because that’s what happens, this is what we need: we need a good, smart bear… Coach Bob knew it all along: you’ve got to get obsessed and stay obsessed. You have to keep passing the open windows.”
“Religious freedom should work two ways: we should be free to practice the religion of our choice, but we must also be free from having someone else’s religion practiced on us.”
“In increments both measurable and not, our childhood is stolen from us — not always in one momentous event but often in a series of small robberies, which add up to the same loss.”
“The only way you get Americans to notice anything is to tax them or draft them or kill them.”
“People only ask questions when they’re ready to hear the answers.”
“Imagining something is better than remembering something.”
“It’s not god who’s fucked up; it’s the screamers who say they believe in him and who claim to pursue their ends in his holy name.”
“The consequences of sex are often more memorable than the act itself.”
“A truly happy woman drives some men and almost every other woman absolutely crazy.”

Argentinean Art – Part II of II: Eugene Cuttica

Argentinean painter Eugene Cuttica is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires.

From the Music Archives – Part I of II: Dusty Springfield

“I’d love to retouch my whole life.” – Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien, known professionally as Dusty Springfield, English singer and record producer, who died 2 March 1999.

From the Music Archives – Part II of II: Lou Reed

“I don’t think anybody is anybody else’s moral compass. Maybe listening to my music is not the best idea if you live a very constricted life. Or maybe it is.” – Lou Reed, American musician, singer, songwriter, and member of the Velvet Underground, who was born 2 March 1944.


From the American History Archives – Part I of II: The Arkansas Territory

2 March 1819 – The United States Congress creates the Arkansas Territory out of the Territory of Missouri, after Missouri petitioned for statehood.

Ludmila Babich is a contemporary Ukrainian painter.

From the American History Archives – Part II of II: Mount Rainier National Park
2 March 1899 – President McKinley signs the bill that creates Mount Rainier National Park, America’s fifth National Park.

Below – View of Mount Rainier from Paradise; at the summit of Mount Rainier, 1888 – left to right: D.W. Bass, P. B. Van Trump, John Muir, N.O. Booth, Edward Sturgis Ingraham, photograph by Arthur Churchill Warner; view from the summit of Mount Rainier (14,410 feet; 4,390 meters).

“A cult is a religion with no political power.” – Tom Wolfe, American writer, journalist, and author of “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test,” “The Bonfire of the Vanities,” and “The Right Stuff,” who was born 2 March 1931.

Some quotes from the work of Tom Wolfe:

“Everybody, everybody everywhere, has his own movie going, his own scenario, and everybody is acting his movie out like mad, only most people don’t know that is what they’re trapped by, their little script.”
“Sometimes we don’t even realize what we really care about, because we get so distracted by the symbols.”
“I’d rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph.”
“A glorious place, a glorious age, I tell you! A very Neon renaissance – And the myths that actually touched you at that time – not Hercules, Orpheus, Ulysses and Aeneas – but Superman, Captain Marvel, and Batman.”
“Sherman made the terrible discovery that men make about their fathers sooner or later… that the man before him was not an aging father but a boy, a boy much like himself, a boy who grew up and had a child of his own and, as best he could, out of a sense of duty and, perhaps love, adopted a role called Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector, who would keep a lid on all the chaotic and catastrophic possibilities of life.”
“America is a wonderful country! I mean it! No honest writer would challenge that statement! The human comedy never runs out of material! it never lets you down!”
“You can be denounced from the heavens, and it only makes people interested.”
“In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, old people in America had prayed, ‘Please God, don’t let me look poor.’ In the year 2000, they prayed, ‘Please God, don’t let me look old.’ Sexiness was equated with youth, and youth ruled. The most widespread age-related disease was not senility but juvenility.”

“It is not all bad, this getting old, ripening. After the fruit has got its growth it should juice up and mellow. God forbid I should live long enough to ferment and rot and fall to the ground in a squash.” – Emily Carr, Canadian artist and writer inspired by the Indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest Coast, who died 2 March 1945.

Emily Carr is one of my favorite painters – and persons. She was a smart, articulate, talented, brave, independent-minded woman who led an interesting and sometimes difficult life.

Below – “Big Raven”; “Zunoqua of the Cat Village”; “A Rushing Sea of Undergrowth”; “Above the Gravel Pit”; “Strait of Juan de Fuca”; “McCaulay Point”; “Blue Sky.”

A Poem for Today

By Jim Harrison

The moon comes up.
The moon goes down.
This is to inform you
that I didn’t die young.
Age swept past me
but I caught up.
Spring has begun here and each day
brings new birds up from Mexico.
Yesterday I got a call from the outside
world but I said no in thunder.
I was a dog on a short chain
and now there’s no chain.


American Art – Part III of III: Frederic Michael Wood

Artist Statement: “I’ve been a professional artist for the past 30 years. In that time I have participated in numerous national and regional exhibitions, and have been fortunate to have garnered some recognition along the way.”

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