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Liquid Landscape Paintings & mixed media by Andrew Macrae and Diane Mettleman

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Liquid Landscape Paintings & mixed media by Andrew Macrae and Diane Mettleman Artist Party Friday June 12th, 6 to 9pm Show runs June 1st, 2015, through July 18th 2015
Art derived from our urban landscape, captured and re-imagined, these two local artists actualize the art of flow.

Andrew Macrae
I create imagery intuitively, working the composition as I go along. The first objects of the image are scenes from nature: trees, mountains and animals. The scene slowly fills with solid shapes and perfect lines; objects of human conception. I am showing the act of contemplation as man slowly imparts his development over and around the established nature. What remains in the end is an image exhibiting tension between man and nature, a scene where the two are wrapped up in a chaotic commotion. I use a broad array of mediums to create a painting, but I prefer watercolor and gouache on paper. In my paintings, watercolor is used to create faded landscapes, while gouache is used as the foreground m…

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April 18, 2014 - This information about hair has been hidden from the public since the Vietnam War. Our culture leads people to believe that hair style is a matter of personal preference, that hair style is a matter of fashion and/or convenience, and that how people wear their hair is simply a cosmetic issue. Back in the Vietnam war, however, an entirely different picture emerged, one that has been carefully covered up and hidden from public view.

In the early nineties, Sally [name changed to protect privacy] was married to a licensed psychologist who worked at a VA medical hospital. He worked with combat veterans with PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder. Most of them had served in Vietnam.

Sally said, “I remember clearly an evening when my husband came back to our apartment on Doctor’s Circle carrying a thick official looking folder in his hands. Inside were hundreds of pages of certain studies commissioned by the government. He was in shock from the contents. What he read in those do…

Two Vibrant Views-Judith Frost and Thomas Kocotis at Orland Art Center Gallery

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Two Vibrant Views-Judith Frost and Thomas Kocotis at
Orland Art Center Gallery

June 5 through June 27, 2015

Very different in how they view their world, fine artists Judith Frost and Thomas Kocotis use the
diverse mediums of  watercolors and oils. Their artistically different points of view are showcased
in this month’s exhibit.

Friday,  June 5 Artists Reception 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Refreshments and live music
Young musician Sean Bostrom at our baby grand piano.
Pop in Friday and meet the artists, or linger over refreshments, entertainment, and conversation and make an evening of it!

Orland Art Center Gallery
Phone: 530-865-5920
Address: 732 4th St. Orland, CA 95963
Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1 to 7p. m. during each 3 week show.
Saturdays: 12 noon to 7 p.m.
http://www.orlandartcenter.com/gallery.html
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Orland-Art-Center/114602481932857

Memorial Day

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For Memorial Day, I'm posting this photo. It's a bit different take on our veterans and their families. My late half-brother, Harold Hatch served in WWII stationed in Morocco. He was a radioman on a bomber. When the war ended, he was returned stateside. This is the scene in my folks house, as the family awaited his call to let us know he arrived safely in the states. In the photo is his fiancee, Madeline Larrabee, my mother Marjorie Bernklow, and two best friends and neighbors, George and Lydia Clark. My dad was the photographer. The anticipation was palpable as one can see. The photo tells the story, and he soon called to everyone's delight.

Massachusetts Pine Tree Shilling,

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Cassius D Phelps & A CURIOUS FIND IN WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS For my Phelps Genealogy Group
From American Journal of Numismatics, Volume 44
The newspaper reporters have given us the following interesting item, under date of October 24, instant: —

Coin Made In 1652 is Found In Field. 

Cassius D. Phelps, a South Williamstown merchant, while plowing a field, found one of the rarest of American coins, a Massachusetts Pine Tree Shilling, for which he has refused 5300. It is one of the first coins which was minted in the Massachusetts Bay Colony and is dated 1652, thirty-two years after the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth. There are only two others like it in existence, and neither is as good a specimen as this one. One is owned by a Boston collector and cost him $212, and the other is owned in Albany, and no price will be placed upon it.
Before accepting the reporter's estimate of its value and rarity it will be best to wait for a further description of the piece. From the price named…

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anceSTORY archives: Cassius D Phelps & A CURIOUS FIND IN WILLIAMSTOWN,...: For my Phelps Genealogy Group From American Journal of Numismatics, Volume 44 The newspaper reporters have given us the following interes...

Stable Heart – Stable Climate Daylong Saturday, June 27, 2015 9:30 am to 5 pm

Stable Heart – Stable Climate Daylong
Climate Change Monastic Daylong with the Aloka Vihara Bhikkunis
Saturday, June 27, 2015 9:30 am to 5 pm

Beuna Vista United Methodist Church
2311 Buena Vista Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
Alameda Sangha  https://sites.google.com/site/alamedasangha/

Stable Heart – Stable Climate Daylong

A Buddhist response to climate change
Join Ayya Santacitta (saranaloka.org)and Ayya Santussika (karunabv.org),
two Theravadan Buddhist nuns, for a day of exploration and cultivation.
We will use the Buddha’s core teachings to bring forth the inner strength and
resilience to wisely respond to the most important issue of our times. Connecting
to our own true purpose and to one another, we rise together to a higher level of
understanding, stability and action.

Please bring a vegetarian dish to share with the nuns for the meal at 12:00 noon.
Since the beginning of Buddhism over 2500 years ago, Buddhist nuns and monks
have depended on almsfood. In this spirit, you are invited to…

Explore Fine Art and Crafts showing in Jack London Square’s Market Hall June 6, 7, 13, 14, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

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Explore Fine Art and Crafts showing in Jack London Square’s Market Hall June 6, 7, 13, 14, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm 


Over 50local, established and emerging artists, working in a wide variety of mediums, will exhibit at the expansive Market Hall building, 55 Harrison Street, the first two weekends in June, in Jack London Square, Oakland.
June 6, 7, 13, 14, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm each day.  






With easy transportation options, ample parking and numerous dining spots nearby, it’s yet another win for Oakland, and a perfect place to spend an afternoon. http://markethallartists.com/
The public is invited to explore, meet the artists, and get inspired as the artists share their colorful and exciting work as part of Pro Arts’ East Bay Open Studios. This year marks the group’s 5th year at Oakland’s biggest cultural event of the year. “The venue is the perfect setting, with a rich, very diverse range of original art”, cites Paula Lewis, long time Oakland resident and Pro Arts supporter, “and the…

Climate Change - Monastic Daylong with the Aloka Vihara Bhikkunis Saturday, June 27, 2015

Climate Change - Monastic Daylong with the Aloka Vihara Bhikkunis
Saturday, June 27, 2015 
9:30 am to 5 pm

Beuna Vista United Methodist Church 
2311 Buena Vista Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
Alameda Sangha  https://sites.google.com/site/alamedasangha/

Ok to bring food to offer the nuns at lunchtime. Please check Www.saranaloka.org for dietary restrictions
The day is offered on a Dana basis (Dana is the Paliword for generosity) so that all may engage in the Buddhist practice of generosity.
Iit is imperative that no disposable plates, cups or silverware is brought to this daylong. 
Please bring your own dishes and silverware and take them back home