If you look at today’s modern literature, whether it be fiction or non-fiction you will notice that they contain chapter after chapter of nothing but words. This back in the day and I’m talking the turn of the twentieth century was not always the case. Many books throughout their covers also included great works of art. Most of these were either illustrations or etchings that depicted a particular scene in that chapter.
Book Title: Kibun Daizin
Illustration by: George Varian
Unfortunately, a lot of these illustrations have already being lost to us and more are disappearing every day. The reason for this loss is that these “old” books are being stored in sheds and other places where the paper deteriorates and they are eventually discarded and thrown out with the everyday trash. That loss in and of itself is a tragedy. These literary works and their amazing art are part of our history, our heritage and should be preserved. There is a website that is attempting to do just that, preserve the art work so that more people can enjoy the beauty of this art and the talent of the artist. That website is Book Art Pages. I recommend that you take the time to look at the website for I’m sure most if not all of you have not seen this art work.
A Romantic New Musical Comedy!
The hit musical “A Room with a View” is now showing at the 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle, Washington and will continue through to May 11, 2014.
The play is based on the novel by E. M. Forster. “A Room With a View” is the story of a young English middle-class girl, Lucy Honeychurch. While vacationing in Italy, Lucy meets and is wooed by two gentlemen, George Emerson and Cecil Vyse. After turning down Cecil Vyse’s marriage proposals twice Lucy finally accepts. Upon hearing of the engagement George protests and confesses his true love for Lucy. Lucy is torn between the choice of marrying Cecil, who is a more socially acceptable mate, and George who she knows will bring her true happiness. “A Room With a View” is a tale of classic human struggles such as the choice between social acceptance or true love.
The stage production is taken from the book by Marc Acito who also contributed lyrics to the musical. The music and lyrics are by Jeffrey Stock. The musical is directed by David Armstrong.
For those of you who do plan on attending the play it has been given a PG-13 rating. With that said, it means that during the play that there is some “adult language” in the form of cursing. Also, during the performance some cast members will be seen drinking what is assumed to be alcohol. However, even though it has a PG-13 rating there are scenes where there is full frontal nudity of a couple of the male performers. The scene involved however has no sexual connotations and shows the two performers “In high spirits, they sing, wrestle, splash, and dunk each other, and then emerge to chase each other around the lake.”
Osprey and Mangrove
by Amber Moran
This year’s ArtsFest will be held on March 14 and 15 in Stuart, Florida. As with years past there will be 100’s of local and national artist on hand displaying there are work. As implied by the name it is a festival, with art, music, and food. Also, for those of you who are referred to affectionately as “snowbirds” the weather is always great.
This year the posters and T-Shirts promoting the ArtsFest will feature the art of local artist Amber Moran. Her original artwork, “Osprey and Mangrove” will be on display in the merchandise tent and will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. If you have not seen her work make a point to do so, it is amazing. I personally have a print of hers “Deep Sea Dance” on display in my office. I am also looking forward to seeing what new work she has created.
Her artwork selected for this year’s ArtsFest is a reflection about our environment and our community. “This year a piece was sought that visually expressed the fragile nature of our local ecosystem and the flora and fauna that are dependant upon it. “
Deep Sea Dance
by Amber Moran
There is going to be a new feature at this year’s festival. The Local Artists’ Tent will give south Florida the ability to showcase all the great artistic talent in the area! This feature is sure to bring some exciting new art into the show!
To view more of Amber’s artistry visit her web site Amber Moran.