The First Sunday in May, 2017

Musings in Spring: Edwin M. Yoder, Jr.

“We move much too fast, and too frequently, to pause to savor landscapes or avoid disfiguring clutter.”

Art for Spring – Part I of VI: Alexander Astahov (Russian, contemporary)

Below – “Study Room”

A Poem for Today

“A Lobsterman Looks at the Sea”
By Richard M. Berlin

His new hip healed in, we’re working
on a bluff, talking doctors and health care
reform as we shove a new propane tank into place.
A shape on the surface catches his eye:
“Right whale,” he says, but I can only see
endless swells rolling in from the east.
He points out the gradations of gray
and green that mark deep ledge, the tide’s
shape along the islands and rocks,
the whale’s glistening back suddenly in focus.
I react with the same surprise
my patients feel when I observe
what they can’t see—
a sudden shift in gaze, or a crease in a cheek,
understanding how a doctor becomes
like a man who has spent sixty years
on a lobster boat, watching the world
swim fast and shining, right before his eyes.

Below – N.C. Wyeth: “Deep Cove Lobster Man”

Art for Spring – Part II of VI: Andrew Atroshenko (Russian, contemporary)

Below – “Gypsy Embellished”

Musings in Spring: Robert Louis Stevenson

“It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.”

Art for Spring – Part III of VI: Ken Auster (American, contemporary)

Below – “Windswept Laguna”

A Second Poem for Today

By David Huddle

Fifteen I got a job at Leggett’s, stock
boy, fifty cents an hour. Moved up—I come
from that kind of people—to toys at Christmas,
then Menswear and finally Shoes.

Quit to go
to college, never worked retail again, but
I still really like stores, savor merchandise
neatly stacked on tables, sweaters wanting
my gliding palm as I walk by, mannequins
weirdly sexy behind big glass windows,
shoes shiny and just waiting for the right feet.

So why in my seventies do Target, Lowes,
and Home Depot spin me dizzy and lost,
wanting my mother to find me, wipe my eyes,
hold my hand all the way out to the car?

Art for Spring – Part IV of VI: Phillip Austin (American, contemporary)

Below – “Majesty of the Forest”

Musings in Spring: Sarah Kay

“Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.”

Below – William Marshall Brown: “Waves Breaking on a Deserted Beach”

Art for Spring – Part V of VI: Daniel Authouart (French, contemporary)

Below – “Shadows”

A Third Poem for Today

“The Way We Said Goodbye”
By Mark Vinz

So many years later, the old dog
still circles, head lowered, crippled by
arthritis, nearly blind, incontinent.
We repeat the litany, as if we need
convincing that the end is right.

I’ll get her an ice cream cone if you’ll
drive her to the vet, my wife says.
So there we sit on the front steps
with our friend, and in the car, as always,
when she senses the doctor’s office
drawing near, she moans and tries to
burrow underneath the seats.

What remains, the memory of how
she taught us all the way we need
to learn to live with wasting.
There we sit, together, one last time
as all that sweetness slowly disappears.

Below – John K. Harrell: “Old Guard”

Art for Spring – Part VI of VI: Jean-Paul Avisse (French, contemporary)

Below – “Le Passe”

Musings in Spring: William Butler Yeats

“Cast a cold eye
On life, on death
Horseman pass by”

Below – Jacqueline O’Neill: “Horseman, Pass By”

Contemporary American Art – Rosetta

Artist Statement: “I don’t consider creating sculpture to be part of my job. Whether it was carving animals out of soap as a child, trying to capture the personality of my fiancée in a clay portrait while still at art school, or carving building scraps into decorative elements for the
house my husband and I designed and built in a Redwood forest, sculpture has always been something I have done for the pure joy of it.
It wasn’t until computers put an end to my successful 17-year free-lance career, designing and hand-lettering for logos and packaging in the San Francisco Bay area, that I realized that I could actually make sculpture a career. Luckily, I also enjoy the ‘job’ part of this career, which includes working with foundries and sub-contractors to produce the highest possible quality bronzes of my creations, and seeing to it that my sculpture is seen by as many people as possible through galleries, advertising, juried and invitational exhibitions and public placements.
Animals have always held a special place in my heart, from a childhood where stuffed animals and animal figurines took the place of dolls, and recurring nightmares of being stalked by big cats evolved into wonder-filled dreams of friendly encounters with them, to my present love of my own cats and passion for mingling with the magnificent creatures on safari in Africa or in our own wild areas of the American West.
Now I create sculptures of animals. They depict the life force of the animal, in all of its visual splendor, rather than a realistic depiction of outward appearances. Although I keep the animal’s basic form true to reality, it is my interpretation of that form, motion and inner spirit that is my art. Though I work directly in clay without preliminary drawings, I use line, released from two dimensions into three, to express the beauty,grace and power I see in the animal form. I call this ‘Interpretive Realism’.
My style has been described as hard-edged yet soft, sensitive yet powerful. It is a combination of my great appreciation for the wondrous qualities of beauty, power and profound innocence that I sense in the animals, and the blending of realism and abstraction in my visual interpretations, that imbues my sculpture with these qualities.
In my heart, I cannot understand the insensitivity of so many to the treasures we have in the animals. To do them justice, I must make each sculpture a treasure, a jewel, an
inspiration to others to cherish these creatures as I do.”

Below – “Breaking Trail” (bronze); “Bighorn Mask Maquette” (bronze); “Falcon” (bronze); “Ice Bears Maquette” (bronze); “Red Fox” (bronze); “Misty” (bronze).

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