Define the perfect person to design and present an art curriculum for children and you are describing Mary Walker-Baptiste. A lover of children, a dynamic experienced teacher, a creative, experimental and inspiring innovator and a nurturer of talent --that's our February Featured Artist!
Mary's parents were artists who surrounded their children with art and artwork. Her brother became an Imagineer for Disney, her sister is a musician and artist, and Mary became an elementary teacher whose classroom always reflected her Art minor, part of her degree from Saint Mary University, Kansas.
We sat on the floor and played with blocks and dolls.
We walked through the garden holding hands. I would squeeze your hand once and your hand would answer back with two squeezes.
We played tag and hide and seek in the back yard.
We sang songs and told stories to each other.
We sat at the kitchen table and did homework everyday after school, practicing spelling words and the multiplication table.
We went to the beach in the summer, building sand castles and riding waves into the shore. The heat radiating off of the sand burning our feet as we walked back to the house.
You helped me pick out my wedding dress and sang at my wedding.
You told me that my two daughters and then four granddaughters were the most beautiful babies you had ever seen.
As the babies grew you played blocks and dolls, tag and hide and seek, and sang songs and told stories with each of them.
You sat on my porch and I on yours and we would drink wine and tea and we would talk about other friends, music, books and interesting places.
I sat next to your hospital bed holding your hand all night squeezing it once and waiting for your two return squeezes, but they never came.
Farewell my first friend, my dearest friend, my mother.
STRAIGHT LINE WIND
by Nancy Kunz
Sandberg’s fog came on little cat feet,
You came to our island like a steamroller
Barreling straight though lives
Unaware of your power to destroy
You made your decision, chose your track
And never wavered from your path
Windows rattled, lights flickered, then went out
You cleared decks of flowers and furniture
Flags wrapped themselves tight around their poles
Pines bowed low to your demands
In the bay moored boats toppled into whitecaps
You paid no attention to supplications
Did your best to lay flat everything in your path
Calling down dark and destruction until
You decided to move on
In your wake came an amazing sun
Pushing the limits of orange and gold
Streaking the western sky with reds and purple
Radiating from sky to water and back again
Quietly, over the ocean, illuminated droplets
Revealed a full rainbow whose arms
Stretched north and south making a promise
To all who wanted normal
GALAXY OF SHELLS
by Maggie O’Neill
Shells pattern the beach like constellations.
Wet from the sea,
they shine in the morning sun like stars,
a galaxy beneath my feet.
Overhead Orion, Cassiopeia, and Perseus
gaze down upon the ocean’s Milky Way.
As above, so below.
The balance of the universe unfolds.
by Kathy Santangelo
Someone should warn
the cherry blossoms.
Buy them a timepiece,
send them a text.
Let them know
it’s too soon
for pale pink fragility,
rice paper transparency.
Why the eagerness
to stifle breath
Check the weather,
stay about to be.
Don’t be fooled
by the first warm rays.
The sun has always
lured the lovely.
no petals please.
A gust from the northeast,
you are gone.
MY FAMILY ALWAYS SANG AT PARTIES
by Deborah Morales
My family always sang at parties.
voice mellow as dusk,
you sang two songs, solos.
Minnie the Moocher and Ace in the Hole.
The red splash of your dress
swallowed the room.
We hung happily on the fringes.
Your rhinestone brooch
blinded me to the truth.
This joy will go on forever
was the promise of those nights.
I accepted this
too young to know
But every song has an end.
Of nine siblings two remain.
You departed well I heard.
Peter called with the news.
My mind echoes the lines
you belted boldly.
Truth be told,
at how few words I remember.
FREE - PSAA Art History Lecture and
Pine Shores is sponsoring an Art History Lecture on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 7-9pm, Professor Lisa Festa, PhD, of Georgian Court University will present "The Highlights of Chinese Art, The Qin and Han Dynasties." Also, the Terracotta Army of figures will be featured.
Earlier in the evening from 6-7pm there will be a reception for the artists displaying their artwork for the months of April and May. The current Stafford Library show features a total of 40 artworks including oil paintings by
Dick Tarczynski, acrylic abstracts by Mike Amato, watercolors by Harriet Fink and Photoshop-manipulated photographs by Mike Lipton.
This is the 2nd Lecture in a series of four for 2017.
(Above and below: Hover your mouse pointer over a painting to stop the slideshow. Click on a painting to see it larger.)
(Right: Hover your mouse pointer over a painting to stop the slideshow. Click on a painting to see it larger.)
The paintings in Mary's show reflect her exploration of many mediums with a never-ending inquisitiveness into innovative presentations of her art, ranging from collage and Zentangles to watercolor interpretations of photographs from their extensive travels. Her numerous awards include ribbons from Pine Shores, Bergen County and a 2nd place in the Ocean County Senior Citizens Art Exhibit in 2015. Her works are in private collections in 25 states and abroad.
Mary joined Pine Shores about ten years ago and has made invaluable contributions while a member of the Executive Board. She is currently in charge of the Children's Art program at Pine Shores, which offers four program sessions each year. One of Mary's greatest pleasures is in watching her students grow and develop, both as artists and as individuals.
In addition to the Children's Program, Mary adapted an idea for a fundraiser to PSAA needs, and chairs the highly successful and constantly evolving Art Patron Show. She credits her talented poet husband Lou, a Trustee At Large on the Board, with much of the success of both programs.
Photos by Paul Hartelius
Note: During the month of March, Pine Shores Art Association presented a Memorial Show for Connie Purves as Artist of the Month.
The reception for this show (photos below) was on Saturday, March 11th
All photos by Paul Hartelius
The passing away of Connie Purves has left a hole in the heart of Pine Shores. For 15 years, Connie was an avid volunteer and constant participant in every aspect of our organization. As a leader, she served as President, Vice President and Corresponding Secretary. As a committee member she was always ready to participate on special committees in addition to the Gallery and Sunshine standing committees. As a teacher, she headed the Children's program for several years. And as a talented and innovative artist, she explored all mediums and won many awards.
Connie held a BA from Trenton State (now the College of New Jersey). Her professional career was spent in local schools as a music teacher and, later, in her own piano studio. She was a serious horsewoman and stabled her animal on the property where she and husband Charlie lived since 1970. Both were West Creek “ locals.”
The Memorial show will feature about 45 paintings highlighting her love of local landscapes, historic buildings and plein air settings. Always innovative and ready to accept new challenges, she received her art education in every medium from our instructors and Stan Sperlock. Family members are portrayed in pencil drawings. Among her numerous ribbons are two First Place awards in our Student shows, a Judges Choice in a Spring show and a First Place award in the Ocean County Senior show.
Connie's material legacy to Pine Shores is the donation of all of her art supplies, many of them new, which will be used in the Children's and Teens' classes and for beginning Pastel students. Her spiritual legacy is the example of warm friendship, the remembrance of calm, cool leadership and a smiling and willing presence in classes, committees and especially Do Your Own Thing.
We miss you. Connie.
About 45 family members and friends stopped by the Memorial Reception for Connie Purves on March 11th. Good food, wonderful artwork and loving memories were shared in a very moving tribute to one of Pine Shores' dearest.
To see PSAA's gallery of our students' art, click here...
Congratulations PSAA artists!
Thirteen PSAA members won awards at the 41st Annual Senior Citizens Art Exhibit at Ocean County College this summer. The winners are Tom Miller, Rich Boscarino, George Chosich, Rose Sinatra, Ann Gormley, Bernadette Callanan, Margaret Hartwell, Ellen Scharfenberg, Olga Choulindina, Ed Rennar, Chuck Sulkowski, Jim Maloney and Nancy Sterr Lang . Photos may be viewed on the OCC website at https://www.facebook.com/pg/oceancountycollegeedu/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10154400920755938
I was fortunate to spend two years studying Sumi-e with respected artist Shoko Ohta when I was living in Tokyo with my husband Ken. Shoko Ohta is a third generation fine art painter and her ancestors were calligraphers to the Shogun from the Edo period. Her screens hang in the homes and yachts of people around the worId and she paints cards for UNESCO (the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture).
The class, organized by the Australian Embassy was with a group of two other Australian women who were in Tokyo with their husbands, and four Japanese women who had lived in Australia. We met every two weeks for full day classes. We all became very close and enjoyed getting dressed up to visit Ohto Sensei at the art shows she had in the department stores in The Ginza and in Tokyo hotels.
“Sumi' means black and “e” is the word for picture or painting, so Sumi-e simply means black painting. It is a 2,000-year-old art form of Japanese brush painting spiritually rooted in Zen Buddhism.
Sumi-e's earliest practitioners were highly disciplined monks trained in the art of concentration, clarity and simplicity. It is a form of expressionistic art not simply to reproduce the appearance of the object but to capture it's spirit. It's easy to see how the Impressionists were influenced by this form of art. I wished I had learned it years ago.
The basic tools for Sumi-e are called “The Four Treasures” They are the brush, the grinding stone, the ink-stick and the paper. Yasutomo brand is available at the well-known art supply web sites.
The Haboku brush has a bamboo handle and the hairs are deer, horse, camel or goat. It is a very versatile brush. It tapers to a fine point so that artist can paint the finest lines, and the brush holds a large amount of water and can also paint strong wide strokes.
The grinding stone is used for making the ink. The flat area of the stone is called the land and the well is the sea. A small brass ladle is used to spoon water into the well ready for the ink-stick.
The ink stick is made of soot from pine combined with animal glue. The ink is made by grinding the ink stick on the stone in a circular motion. The artists use the time of grinding the ink for meditating, collecting their thoughts, warming up their arm and hand muscles to prepare themselves spiritually for painting. The grinding takes five to fifteen minutes. This process really
does take me to a place of calm and relaxation and ready to start painting.
Paper recommended for practice for students is a Kozo rice paper roll.
You should feel the beauty of your subject in your soul and let the feeling flow naturally down your arm, through your fingers to the tip of your brush and onto the page.
Bamboo Summer symbol of endurance and flexibility
Chrysanthemum Fall symbol of strength and perseverance
Plum Blossom Winter the first flower to break the Winter's hold;
National Flower symbol of the joy of renewal and promise of life
Wild Orchid Spring symbol of the bright promise of beauty
Other subjects painted are flowers and birds, animals and, with experience, landscapes and people.
Asian artists learn to paint by copying the Old Masters painting stroke by stroke. Only after years of copying is an artist encouraged to create his own compositions. Sumi-e artists paint from memory and never paint enplein air. My friends in Tokyo were very into personification and being one with nature.
I will always be grateful for the happy times I spent in Japan and the experience of learning Sumi-e.
Narrative by Glenys Baulderstone
Text and pictures by Paul Hartelius
Scenes from our recent bus trip to the Frick Museum in NYC, which featured a Turner Exhibit.
42 PSAA art lovers enjoyed a day viewing Turner's as well as other masters' artwork.