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Art, Autobiographies, and Ann Richards: Discover New Reads From the Longhorn Universe – The Alcalde

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ANOTHER WORLD  

The Art of David Everett 

Edited by Becky Duval Reese, Introduction by Stephen Harrigan, BA ’70, Life Member  

The life and work of Austin artist David Everett, BFA ’72, MFA ’75, is on display in Another World, a full-color compilation of his many glossy, stylized sculptures. His Texas-style bas-relief carvings and vibrant drawings are also included, and further illustrate his family of swamp rabbits, horny toads, and more. Author and editor Reese is an art curator and the retired director of the El Paso Museum of Art.  

TEXAS JAZZ SINGER 

Louise Tobin in the Golden Age of Swing and Beyond 

By Kevin Edward Mooney, PhD ’98  

Texas Jazz Singer documents the remarkable life story and music career of Louise Tobin, from singing at age 7 in Denton to her rise to fame as a vocalist for the King of Swing, Benny Goodman. The biography is told by Tobin through extensive interviews, as one of the last surviving musicians of the swing era. Music historian Mooney concentrates on Tobin’s challenges as well as her success, giving readers a broad portrayal beyond her status as an emblem for women in jazz.  

THE BELL RINGER 

By Victor Rodgriguez, PhD ’82  

For nine years, Victor Rodriguez awoke at 4 a.m. to the sound of the train and jogged two miles to ring the church bell in Edna, Texas. The daily task led him to break barriers as the first Hispanic student to earn scholarships at both Victoria Junior College and North Texas State College, now the University of North Texas. This autobiography by the late Rodriguez, who died in January 2021, recounts his earliest days in South Texas in the 1940s through his life as a celebrated coach, educator, and 12-year superintendent of the San Antonio School District. 

THE ONE ANN ONLY  

Wit and Wisdom from Texas Governor Ann Richards 

Foreword by Sarah Bird, MA ’76  

“I’ve been tested by fire, and the fire lost.” The unforgettable Ann Richards is celebrated with a collection of famous one-liners and witticisms alongside a series of strong images of the 45th governor of Texas. The book comes from the newly formed Ann Richards Legacy Project, a nonprofit established by her former deputy press secretary, Margaret Justus, with plans for further public art projects and events. 


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This Old Thing: Striking portrait by Canadian artist and art teacher – Waterloo Region Record

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Q. This painting has been in my family for the past 50 years. It was painted by Canadian artist Adam Sherriff Scott and the title on the canvas back is “Old Philosopher.” The dimensions of the painting are 61 by 46 centimetres (24 x 18 inches). Can you tell me more about the painting and its value?

Philosopher portrait

Bob, Rockland, Ont.

A. Adam Sherriff Scott (1887-1980) was born in Scotland. His initial studies included the Edinburgh School of Art and the Slade School of Art in London. With his arrival in Montreal in 1912, his career blossomed. He captured much of life in Canada with landscapes, genre scenes and portraits of all kinds. This often included winter scenes, Indigenous cultures, cityscapes, still lifes and interiors. Much of his portfolio was exhibited with the Art Association of Montreal and the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He also made a great contribution, teaching art and opening up his own school in Montreal. This striking portrait was painted circa the late 1940s or early 1950s. It certainly invokes deep thought. It is worth $750 today.

Q. I inherited this pair of 29-cm-high (11.5 inches) vases from my great-grandmother. They were a wedding gift and she was married in 1890 in New Glasgow, N.S. They have no cracks or chips. There are some painted underside markings. I would be delighted if you consider these for your newspaper column.

Bohemian opal glass vases

Sharon, Ottawa

A. The 1895 Montgomery Ward & Co. of Chicago advertised your vases as “made of Bohemian glass of a milky white colour and beautifully decorated. This makes a handsome ornament, and would be appreciated as a wedding or birthday gift. There is nothing nicer to give as a holiday present.” The vases were offered individually for 27 cents or the pair for 50 cents — a saving of four cents that, at the time would buy either a loaf of bread or a half-pound (225-gram) rib roast. Bohemia harboured some of the major glass-making centres of Europe. The markings on the base are those of the artist. Your vases are hand-blown opal glass. The hand-painted fruit, flowers and foliage might represent a member of the nightshade plant family, which includes plants used for ornament, food or even drugs. Your stately pair is worth $125.

Q. I have this blue glass lamp I found in the basement of an old house. It is 24 cm tall and 16.5 cm wide (9.5 by 6.5 inches). The house owner said it had been in her family since before hydro came in. I am wondering what you might know about the lamp and its value.

Princess Feather oil lamp

Ron, New Hamburg

A. You have a kerosene oil lamp in one of the most popular selling patterns of its time — “Princess Feather.” It was made primarily by the Consolidated Lamp and Glass Company in Coraopolis, Penn., from 1894 to 1900. The lamp is found in clear glass and several colours — sometimes just the founts (the oil reservoir) are in colour. But cobalt blue, as in your example was, by far the most popular colour sold. The proportions of your lamp are distinctive of the “sewing” size, which holds the largest amount of oil of any in the several sizes in which this pattern was produced. Originally, it was sold complete with a chimney for less than one dollar. It is one of the most elaborate patterns in glass stand lamps of this era. “Princess Feather” is still quite popular in this colour and it is very difficult to find examples that are free of chips since the foot edges are quite prone. It is worth $250 today.

John Sewell is an antiques and fine art appraiser. To submit an item to his column, go to the ‘Contact John’ page at www.johnsewellantiques.ca. Please measure your piece, say when and how you got it, what you paid and list any identifying marks. A high-resolution jpeg photo must also be included. (Only email submissions are accepted.) *Appraisal values are estimates only.*

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Your hand-me-down art can be loved again: Art Attic is back – CambridgeToday

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Is there something sitting in your closet collecting dust? The Cambridge Art Attic will take it.

The Cambridge Art Attic Silent Auction is back and looking for donations of art and home décor. As the Cambridge Art Guild’s largest annual fundraiser, the event supports the Cambridge Centre for the Arts (CCA). 

The 11th annual Art Attic Silent Auction will be held at the Cambridge Centre for the Arts on June 16, from 9 a.m.- 8 p.m., June 17, from 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. and June 18 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Art Attic is accepting donations of art including prints, originals, and home décor, all priced to sell.

Visitors will have an opportunity to bid on and purchase art donated by local artists and the community.

The Cambridge Art Attic, an initiative of the Cambridge Arts Guild, is the primary fundraiser that supports the city’s art scene.

“We are so excited to see the silent auction return this year,” said Lori Bennett, chair of the Cambidge Art Attic.

“This is our major fundraiser that allows us to support our programs and events. Art Attic allows people to donate their previously loved art that they no longer use or have space for, and they know that someone else will love that piece of art again.”

Art can be dropped off at 60 Dickson St. For hours visit here

And for those doing some spring cleaning or decorating and have some art to donate, the Art Attic also accepts pieces year-round. 

“We get some items and we think, this doesn’t have much value, and then you find out it’s an antique piece. Someone will come in and get really excited about it,” Bennett said.

Proceeds from the Art Attic Silent Auction will support the Cambridge Arts Guild with local art initiatives including Cookies and Kids Theatre, Cambridge Studio Tour, the Juried Art Show, Artist in Residence, and Christmas in Cambridge. .

The Cambridge Centre for the Arts provides quality arts programming through classes, workshops, an art gallery, special events, and an artist in residence program.

The CCA is a municipally operated community arts centre that enriches and engages area residents, artists and organizations through quality artistic experiences and opportunities that stimulate, promote, and support the arts in Cambridge.

The CCA encourages participation and inspires an appreciation for the arts.

“Art speaks to people,” Bennett said.

“You see people’s faces light up at the auction when they see that special something that speaks to them. They can give it new life and enjoy it for years to come. It’s a win win for everyone.”

For more information, visit the Art Attic Facebook page.  The Arts Guild is also looking for new volunteers or to help with the silent auction. To volunteer, contact Wanda Schaefer at 519-623-1340 ext. 4491.

For more information, visit here.

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