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Music & the Piano

September is National Piano Month. The piano has been involved with the creation of music for a long time and has been finding its way into other genres. The Metropolitan Museum of Art wrote two posts on this celebration discussing the history and styles of the piano. They can be viewed by clicking on the following links:

Part 1-

http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-museum/museum-departments/curatorial-departments/musical-instruments/of-note/2014/national-piano-month-1

Part 2-

http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-museum/museum-departments/curatorial-departments/musical-instruments/of-note/2014/national-piano-month-2

Arthur loves music and feels a strong connection to Jazz. The instruments used in this genre spoke to him. Therefore, he learned how to play the piano and became part of jazz groups. Like many musicians, Arthur was inspired by those who played before him. Those two factors led to the creation of the Jazz monotypes.

Earl Fatha Hines

Earl Fatha Hines

This image is titled Earl Fatha Hines? What do you see? Here’s a hint: he was known for having long fingers…that he used to make beautiful music on the piano!

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End of Summer

Unfortunately, Summer is coming to an end; which means that it is time to begin gathering crops before Winter arrives.  Scorpio Rising may represent this time of year for certain viewers. Arthur created three others in this series with different color combinations and each one comes with a different type of energy and setting.

Scorpio Rising

Scorpio Rising

Changing the color can make a huge impact on what people see in an image. For example, check out the others in this series and compare them with your opinion of Scorpio Rising. What do you see? How do they make you feel?

Midnight Fantasy

Midnight Fantasy

Easthampton Sunrise

Easthampton Sunrise

Easthampton Sunrise-Red Version

Easthampton Sunrise-Red Version

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Vesuvius

August 24, 79 AD: Vesuvius erupts. Centuries after being dormant, the volcano explodes and takes the lives of thousands in Pompeii and Herculaneum. The devastation began at noon with a 10 mile cloud of ash and toxic fumes. This was followed by a flood of volcanic mud and rock that spread into the cities, burying the dead.

Vesuvius for BP (1)

Although this was depressing, some beauty can be found as the area was “frozen in time” providing an archaeological record about the people who lived there.

The last eruption was in 1944 and another is expected in the near future.

Arthur created an entire portfolio on Vesuvius, which contains 15 original etchings. Here are two more images:

Vesuvius for BP (2)Vesuvius for BP (3)

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Hawaii

August 21st of 1959 is when Hawaii became part of the United States. Arthur created a limited edition print titled Hawaiian Sunset. You can imagine yourself sitting on a beach and feel the warmth emitted by the sun. This is done by the combination of colors that Arthur utilized, wanting to re-create the experience for others to enjoy.

Hawaiian Sunset

Hawaiian Sunset

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Art Appreciation Month

August is National Art Appreciation Month, with an emphasis on American artists.

Credit is given to artists that possess unique talents and have shaped the art world through generating trends and encouraging movements; especially those which are known for their ability to elicit a wide range of responses from their audience.  Arthur and one of his friend’s by the name of Ray Johnson are known as being involved in the beginning of the correspondence art movement. There are groups that continue promoting and creating “mail art” and even exhibits that display examples from the beginning phases.

The significance of creativity, expression, artist perceptions, and viewer interpretations are often overlooked. Despite some critics, the various components of art are an important part of society. Art can be used in a therapeutic manner for both artists and its viewers.

Arthur Secunda is an accomplished American artist. He has touched the lives of many people through his artwork and his passion. Therefore, he must be included in this month’s art celebration. His work generates different emotions for each guest here at the Secunda Museum at Cleary University.

This is an excellent example of how one image can cause very different emotions; one individual is turned away because it makes them think of extreme weather conditions where they grew up, while another is reminded of a mountain climbing adventure that was rewarded by a body of water at the top for them to cool off in. What does this represent to you?

Opening Space

Opening Space

For an interesting read, check out the following:

http://consciousmagazine.co/august-american-artists-month/

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Color Blending

This is currently at the Ave Maria Fine Art Gallery located at Domino’s Farms. It resembles some of Arthur’s work, the sky images that incorporate color blending techniques. However, Arthur’s utilizes a wider range of color and therefore, brings additional expression to his pieces.

Color Blending Ave Maria

Mojave

Mojave

Marriage of Sweden and Denmark OR Mr. and Mrs. Vowel Mountainview

Marriage of Sweden and Denmark OR Mr. and Mrs. Vowel Mountainview

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Raoul Wallenberg

Raoul Wallenberg image from: wallenberg.umich.edu

Raoul Wallenberg
image from: wallenberg.umich.edu

August 4, 1912 marks Raoul Wallenberg’s birthday. He was a Swedish diplomat and is most known for his efforts to save Hungarian Jews. His mission was successful; approximately 100,000 lives were spared on account of Wallenberg. It was because of his business partner, Koloman Lauer, that Raoul became involved with the War Refugee Board. He was suggested due to his familiarity with visiting Hungary among other attributes: being a quick thinker, having compassion, and for his courageous spirit. Although others on the board thought that he was too young and inexperienced, they decided to give him a chance.

“Raoul Wallenberg did not use traditional diplomacy. He more or less shocked the diplomats at the Swedish legation with his unconventional methods. Everything from bribes to extortion threats were used with success. But when the rest of the staff of the legation saw how Wallenberg’s tactics got results, he quickly got their unreserved support” (jewishvirtuallibrary.org).

In 1945, Wallenberg was seen being escorted by a Russian official. They allowed him to stop and say goodbye to his friends. Raoul wasn’t sure if he was going to be treated as a guest or a prisoner. He was hopeful that he would return in about a week. However, Wallenberg was never seen again. There are rumors as to what happened to him; did he die in captivity or survive until sometime into the 80s? Investigations did not answer these questions and the most recent series occurred in 2001.

Wallenberg is seen as a hero, Arthur Secunda and his family can appreciate what he accomplished since they have a Jewish background.

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