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Red, White, & Blue

Think about what these colors represent and what the 4th means to us as a nation. Arthur and his friend Joseph Breton made a piece titled War and Peace which contains red, white, and blue throughout. The name is a perfect representation of what we went through before obtaining our freedom, our independence from Great Britain.

Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend! Stay safe.

image taken from 4th-of-july-2015.com

image taken from 4th-of-july-2015.com

War and Peace by Arthur Secunda and Joseph Breton

War and Peace by Arthur Secunda and Joseph Breton

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Mysterious Fireball

Yesterday, there was a mysterious fireball in the sky that could be seen by people in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee. People guessed that it was either a meteorite or space debris. NASA officials determined it to be the latter. Ironically, this happened a day before an observation known as National Meteor Watching/Look Up to the Sky Day.

To some, certain pieces of Arthur’s work could represent this event and other space and sky related occurrences. Here are a few examples:

Fireball Cloud

Fireball Cloud

It became dark-like a closed room without-a-light

It became dark like a closed room without a light

After the Bang

After the Bang

By the way, Arthur worked for NASA as a color consultant interpreting the data projected by the satellites.

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Pink Day

June 23rd celebrates the color pink; it represents feminism, breast cancer awareness, and beauty found in nature among other things. Arthur created numerous images that contain the color pink, many of which are nature-based such as skylines. However, he incorporated shades of pink into other styles. Are you going to wear pink tomorrow?

Sunrise II

Sunrise II

Arles

Arles

Reclining with a Tray

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SUNDAY= Father’s Day & First Day of Summer

This Sunday is Father’s Day and the first day of summer, both call for celebration.

Being a father is a wonderful thing, the bond is unique. Arthur has two children, David from his first wife and Alexandre from his second. Just like other parents, Arthur feels proud of his sons and kept various things they created. For example, a letter from David and a drawing from Alexandre.

In addition, Arthur created a monotype titled Autumn Leaves which depicts Alexandre playing the piano. Arthur was enthusiastic that he also shares a love of music.

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

Arthur created many artworks with different themes, weather/the seasons is not a subject that was forgotten which is evident by certain pieces, one of them being Summer Rain as well as the above piece with fall colors surrounding his son.

Summer Rain

Summer Rain

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Anne Frank

Friday marks what would be Anne Frank’s 86th birthday.

Arthur and Anne Frank had more in common than you might think. The main connection being persecution for their Jewish heritage; while the other is not as well-known and involves the way in which they escaped torment. They used a form of art to express themselves which allowed them to be temporarily immersed in a different environment. Anne Frank wrote in a diary and Arthur created images that seemed dark-themed and even made a series on the race riots titled The Looters. Arthur felt drawn to Anne Frank since they both experienced negativity related to their cultural background and their reactions to this were emotion-packed.  Therefore, Arthur made a portrait of Anne; this monotype can be seen below. What emotion is being expressed? How is it done?

monotype portrait of Anne Frank

monotype portrait of Anne Frank

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World Environment Day

In printmaking, the number of prints desired will be determined and an additional 25 or so will be added to this figure. The reason for this is due to the fact that often times, not all of the prints will turn out as anticipated. Sometimes the alignment and/or color scheme is skewed. However, the printer may experience a situation where every print turns out according to plan. As a result, there are more prints than required, technically decreasing the value of the specific print. Therefore, in most cases the extras are simply discarded. Arthur Secunda saw this as an opportunity to make more art. For example, in regards to Kettle Moraine Winter, more prints than needed were successfully produced. Arthur decided to cut out what he refers to as “swan wings” and added them to another print titled Constellation. Both images can be seen below:

Kettle Moraine Winter

Kettle Moraine Winter

Constellation

Constellation

Another example where Arthur took advantage of a surplus of prints involves Chippewa Fall and Golden Chippewa. The later was created by the addition of detail line work which can be seen by comparing the two prints:

Chippewa Fall

Chippewa Fall

Golden Chippewa

Golden Chippewa

World Environment Day (JUNE 5th) was established in 1972 when people and organizations realized the importance of taking care of the environment. It is celebrated in many countries and the activities include parades, concerts, planting trees, cleaning up trash, and even political campaigns.

Arthur relates to this holiday because he could’ve thrown out the extra prints, but chose to re-use them. This is one of the pillars of sustainability –> reduce, reuse, & recycle. Concepts such as rethink, respect, repair, re-gift, refuse, and recover have been added to the original three by various organizations. Participate this June 5th by doing something good for the environment. Consider Arthur’s decision to reuse prints to make new creations for us to enjoy, which also reduced waste.

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Get Caught Reading Month

Get Caught Reading Month is a national campaign that began in 1999 and its goal is to remind people how magical reading can be. Many celebrities participate in this event and you should too. There are a few more days to enjoy a good book this month, but it is encouraged to read throughout the year as it it can be used for both educational and entertainment purposes.

Arthur Secunda created an image that is part of his figurative works collection. It is titled Sue Rubenstein and is an illustration of her reading a book.

 

Sue Rubenstein

Sue Rubenstein

There are many resources and activities surrounding this celebration. Here is one that offers some neat ideas that you can use this week, next year, or anytime for that matter as reading is a fundamental part of society and is another art form.

http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/get-caught-reading-month-literacy-activities.shtml

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