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In September, the Friends of the Middlesex Fells presents Nature, Our Most Precious Resource, an exhibit of artwork celebrating the beauty of the Middlesex Fells Reservation. I’m honored to have three pieces in the show, 12 x 12 prints capturing the bright-hued beauty I’ve experienced in the Fells over the years. The event is hosted at the Beebe Estate in Melrose with an opening reception scheduled for September 2nd, 7-9 PM. Further details can be found below or by calling 781-662-2340.

Learn more about Fells at Friends of the Middlesex Fells: http://www.friendsofthefells.org/

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I thought I was pretty observant but I missed Dionysus’s torso as I meandered about the Oscar Wilde Memorial in Merrion Square.  The complete memorial includes three pieces: “the stone sculpture of Oscar Wilde, a pillar with a bronze of his pregnant wife and a pillar with a bronze male torso.” Actually, I think I noticed a torso but somehow it didn’t grab me the way Mr. Wilde did.

The sculpture was designed by Irish sculptor Danny Osborne.  As described on the Dublin City Council website, “Osborne used complementary polished colour stones and varying textures to create this striking lifelike pose of the writer sitting atop a 35-tonne boulder of white quartz from the Wicklow mountains. He wanted to depict Wilde’s love of beautiful objects, including stones, as well as his colourful personality. … Wilde is wearing a green smoking jacket with a pink collar, long trousers and shiny black shoes, with an unusual two-sided expression on his face, depicting both joy and sadness. Wilde’s shiny green jacket is made from nephrite jade, sourced in Canada. The pink collar is made of a rare semi precious stone called thulite, brought here from central Norway. Wilde’s head and hands are carved from Guatemalan jade. His trousers are made from larvikite – a crystalline stone from Norway, and his shiny shoes are black granite.”

Learn more, in the artist’s own words, in the video on the following page: http://www.dublincity.ie/DublinArtInParks/English

And Wikipedia has a great page about Oscar Wilde: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Wilde

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Through the rippled window in black and white.

Where’s the beauty?

I’m not sure.

I just know I find it all mesmerizing.

And I hope you enjoy.

Here’s the view in spring.

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Of all the buildings that I was able to step into in Galway, I was able to spend the most time at the Galway Cathedral.  Dedicated on August 15, 1965 by Cardinal Cushing of Boston, it is noted as the youngest of Europe’s stone cathedrals.  Its art and architecture reflect many different styles and periods from Byzantine to Gothic to Romanesque.

Detail from St. Michael, by Patrick Pollen of Dublin

Detail from St. Michael, by Patrick Pollen of Dublin

Online, there are many images of the exterior.  My camera tended to focus on the variety of stained glass windows, mosaics and carvings on the interior walls.  In addition to learning the larger story of the building’s creation, it has been a pleasure to research and learn about the individual artists, like Patrick Pollen, who dedicated so many years of their lives to producing artwork for this cathedral.

Detail from St. Gabriel, by Patrick Pollen of Dublin

Detail from St. Gabriel, by Patrick Pollen of Dublin

It will take me a while to sort through the images and continue my research.  There are always stories to discover! Until I pull together my words and images about this beautiful structure, here are few images to peruse.

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during my travels

of all the herbs and plants left behind

the marigold alone did not survive

except

there is a single blossom

autumnal orange with patches of gold

broken off I suppose as its green stem dried

that blossom it still thrives

without water or soil yet warmed by the sun

at rest where I found it upon returning home

on the tabletop next to the kitchen window

we’ll see how long it lasts

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Following is an updated table of contents (TOC) for the series of interludes, a collection of historical vignettes, threaded together by following in the footsteps of one gentleman, Joseph A. Horne (1911-1987). It’s a glimpse into history that continues to shape this world.  It’s been a wonderful, sometimes surprising, experience for me. The interludes will conclude over the next few months including a few more “interlude extras.”  I hope you enjoy this journey of words and images.

I. interludes TOC

i. foreward to the interludes

ii. interlude: genesis

iii. interlude: exodus, part 1

iv. interlude: exodus, part 2

v. interlude: dust in the wind

vi. interlude: lamentations

vii. interlude: to protect, preserve, and return … if possible

viii. interlude: offenbach archival depot

ix.  interlude: amerika haus

II. interlude extras

interlude extra: arnold genthe

interlude extra: edward gordon craig

interlude extra: carl hofer

interlude extra: washington labor canteen, eleanor roosevelt and race relations

interlude extra: erich stenger

interlude extra: ludwig aloysius joutz

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It was the beauty of the artwork on the covers of fantasy and sci-fi novels that used to draw my attention in bookstores.   So many of the illustrations depicted a cloaked figure, partially illuminated.  And then there’s my growing interest in stained glass windows.  The figures in them, whether peasant or angel, wear luminous robes in a rainbow of colors.  With such inspirations in my life, how could I not see a cloaked figure as I zoomed in on this orchid?

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