Glorious Luminous Painting of Our Lady of Good Voyage by Black Artist Allan Randall Freelon

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Bing McGilvray shares from the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery website:

“The son of middle-class Philadelphia parents who valued education and the arts, Allan Randall Freelon, Sr. (1895-1960) became the first African American artist to receive a four-year scholarship in 1912 to attend the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master of fine arts degree from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Freelon served as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War I before joining the faculty of the Philadelphia Board of Education in 1919 as an instructor. He was appointed Art Supervisor for elementary and then secondary education, a position he held until his retirement. While working in the Philadelphia education system, Freelon continued to pursue a career as an artist in his own right. In 1921, he had his first solo exhibition, at the 135th Street Branch of the New York Public Library and that same year, he became the first African American member of the Philadelphia Print Club.

During a two-year course of study at the Barnes Foundation (1927-1929), he became well versed in the paintings of Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, and French Impressionism. He studied with Emile Gruppe and Hughe Breckenridge and worked with two of the best Philadelphia printmakers Dox Thrash and Earl Horter. His work caught the attention of the Harmon Foundation and was included in the famous 1929 traveling exhibition of works by black artists.

In the late 1920s, he began to summer in Gloucester, Massachusetts, a seaside New England artistic community where he completed luminous landscapes that echoed his impressionistic tendencies.

In 1935, Freelon participated in the NAACP organized exhibition, Art Commentary on Lynching. His piece, Barbecue – American Style, depicted a crowd watching a black man being burned to death. Such a graphic depiction of violence was a departure for Freelon who was labeled a “traditionalist” by Alain Locke.

Throughout his life, Freelon enjoyed a stable career as a regional painter but in recent years, with the support of a traveling exhibition organized by North Carolina Central University Art Museum, his work has attracted a more national audience.”

I’m Getting Blown Right Now!

Blown in Insulation that is.

Thanks to the heads up from GMG on the National Grid almost Free upgrade program.

About 2,500 dollars of work for $350.. All my LED Light upgrades were free. About $1000, worth

I paid the extra $350. for blown in insulation, Roof vent Basement joists dams. They give you that option if you need or want  it.

Great deal!

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Cars, Cars, Cars

We had such a great time at the New England International Car Show on Saturday.  If you have kids who are into cars you should plan on heading in next year!

The practical reason for attending is that if you are considering purchasing a car in the next 12 months it’s a great way to see all of your favorites in super close proximity to each other.  And, as a bonus, you may discover others that you might not have considered as an option.

The less practical reason, of course, is that there are some unbelievably cool cars on display to check out.  I’m not much of a car enthusiast, but it is hard to not be smitten by the sleekness of some of the automobiles that are there for your drooling pleasure.  I have not recovered from some of the price tags….such as the Bentley for $261,100 or the Lamborghini with a BASE PRICE of $441,600 …..which was, for the record SOLD.

If you ask my boys, the real reason to attend is to see how many buttons you can press in a 2 hour window.

David Brooks Un-Buoying The Lobster Trap tree

Here are some photos of a brave David Brooks, on Sunday, single-handedly salvaging the artistic buoys from the lobster trap tree.  The buoys will be auctioned off at the Cape Ann Art Haven fundraiser on January 23rd, 5 PM to 8 PM at Cruiseport Gloucester.

Photos- John A Schoenbaum

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