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Segmation Art Newsletter

November 2012

Christmas Time

Enjoy some holiday spirit with this set of Christmas themed patterns. A Christmas tree, sled, stockling, bell, angel, and of course Santa await your coloring!

Thanksgiving Scenes

The Turkey's in the oven! Enjoy coloring our scenes of Thanksgiving including a cornucopia, a few cooked turkeys, and even a pilgrim in the snow!

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The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is located in Paris, France. It's a iron lattice structure built in 1889 as an entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair which celebrated the centennial of the French Revolution. When it was built, it,was the tallest man made structure (320m/1050ft). It's named after Gustave Eiffel, the engineer who designed the tower. The tower quickly became the most recognized cultural symbol of both Paris and the country of France. Our Eiffel Tower pattern set consists of many patterns created from well composed photographs of the Eiffel Tower, taken from numerous vantage points. The scenes show the Tower with different lighting, and from different angles. Some of the photographs have been stitched together from numerous photographs. There are also some unique photographs captured in black and white.

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Albert Bierstadt

German-American painter Albert Bierstadt made a success of his life. He died having created between 500 and 4,000 paintings. To this day, Bierstadt's art is in demand. His original paintings are sporadically made available for purchase, and the prices at which they sell continue to climb. Commercial prints of his work are most common. In capturing the heart of the American west, Albert Bierstadt also captured the hearts of the American people, which brought him great success in his artistic career.

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Art Thieves Make History

Source: The Gaurdian

On October 16, 2012, thieves stole highly valuable paintings from a Rotterdam art gallery. The paintings taken were those of Gauguin, Meyer de Haan, Picasso, Matisse, Lucian Freud, and Monet. This particular act of thievery is now known as "one of the most spectacular art heists of modern times."

Thieves robbed the Kunsthal Museum, located in the Netherlands, after making careful plans and strategies for the operation. Rotterdam's large port was likely an asset to the thieves as it assisted them in quickly transporting the stolen art.

The general director of Christie's in Amsterdam, Jop Ubbens, commented that the stolen paintings may have added up to about €50m, but he did not clarify a specific sum.

Ubbens doubts that those that led the art raid will attempt to sell the paintings on the open market. He said it is more likely that the thieves will put a ransom on the stolen works.

Prisoners Vie for Spot in Art Exhibition

Source: The Gaurdian

About 8,000 prisoners from the UK recently submitted art pieces/entries to the "annual awards scheme run by the Koestler Trust." Individuals submitted these entries in hopes of them being accepted to an art exhibit featuring works made by prisoners. The exhibit opened on September 20, 2012.

The director of this art exhibit, Sarah Lucas, had a tough time choosing around 200 pieces from the 4,000-5,000 entries of visual art she was presented with. She said she didn't choose pieces that were better than others, but rather that would create a more "coherent" exhibition. Lucas found value and significance in every piece of artwork that was submitted.

A few artists will be given awards for their entries in "Free," the exhibit of art created by prisoners. Award categories include writing, performance, audio, film, and visual arts. The exhibit will be open through November 25, 2012.

1) How many years did it take Leonardo da Vinci to paint the Mona Lisa's lips?

  1. 2
  2. 5
  3. 12
  4. 7

2) In what year was the pencil invented?

  1. 1812
  2. 1565
  3. 1601
  4. 1450

3) How old was Grandma Moses ("primitive painter") when she died?

  1. 74
  2. 101
  3. 103
  4. 94

4) How many paintings did Vincent Van Gogh sell while he was living?

  1. 25
  2. 30
  3. 13
  4. 1

5) In what year was the first official illustrated children's book published?

  1. 1658
  2. 1701
  3. 1822
  4. 1902

Answer Key:

  1. C
  2. B
  3. B
  4. D
  5. A

Albert Bierstadt: Painter of the American West

On January 7, 1830, Albert Bierstadt was born in Solingen, Germany. Just one year later, his family moved to New Bedford, Massachusetts. It was here that he began to take an interest in art. This was made apparent by the "clever crayon sketches" he would create as a young child.

When Bierstadt was about 21 years old, he tried his hand at oil painting and found that he wanted to pursue art. In 1853 he traveled back to Germany, this time to Dusseldorf, to study art with distinguished painters Andreas Aschenbach and Karl Friedman Lessing at the Royal Academy. Bierstadt remained in Dusseldorf, polishing his skills and expanding his artistic abilities until 1857.

Returning to America in 1857, Bierstadt taught art for a short season. Soon after, in 1859, his life took an exciting turn of events when he had the opportunity to travel westward with an overland survey expedition.

The young artist took advantage of his time in the west by taking many photographs of the landscape as well as sketching plenty of drawings. The sketches would serve as skeletons of paintings that Bierstadt would create in the future. The American west remained his muse throughout his life, and he traveled there frequently.

Albert Bierstadt's paintings of the American West were popular and sold for high sums of money. Still, the artist didn't seem to impress the art critics of his time. His unpopularity in the art world might have been attributed to the large canvases he painted on, which were considered to be an "egotistical indulgence." Also, the way he used light in his paintings was thought to be "excessive," as was the romanticism of his subject matter.

Regardless of art critics' lack of acceptance of him, Albert Bierstadt's art remained sought-out by the public as his career grew. He became a member of the National Academy in 1860 and was a medal winner in Germany, Belgium, Bavaria, and Austria. He secured a studio in New York City, which he kept from 1861 to 1879. In 1862 Bierstadt continued to build his artistic success by becoming a member of the Century Association.

Bierstadt's art often featured the landscapes he had seen in his travels across the American west. The painted landscapes, though rugged, were bathed in extravagant light, giving them a romantic feel. The artist paid great attention to detail and adorned his paintings with "mist, fog, and clouds" to create the effects he desired. Bierstadt used colors in an exaggerated way so as to make his paintings more ideal than realistic. Art collectors were (and are) strongly drawn to this type of work.

Albert Bierstadt didn't paint landscapes of the American west exclusively. His works also feature international locations. Yosemite Park (Oakland, California), Staubbauch Falls (close to Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland), Mount Corcoran, Lake Lucerne (Switzerland), the Bernese Alps, the Wolf River (Kansas), and the Oregon Trail are all specific locations that were captured in Bierstadt's paintings.

Throughout his career, Bierstadt exhibited his artwork at the Boston Athenaeum (1859-1864), the Boston Art Club (1873-1880), and the Brooklyn Art Association (1861-1879). Some of his works are currently housed at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts as well as other prestigious museums.

On February 18, 1902, Albert Bierstadt died in New York City. He is buried alongside his parents in New Bedford's Rural Cemetery.

German-American painter Albert Bierstadt made a success of his life. He died having created between 500 and 4,000 paintings. To this day, Bierstadt's art is in demand. His original paintings are sporadically made available for purchase, and the prices at which they sell continue to climb. Commercial prints of his work are most common. In capturing the heart of the American west, Albert Bierstadt also captured the hearts of the American people, which brought him great success in his artistic career.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Bierstadt

http://www.askart.com/

http://www.albertbierstadt.org/

Use Color to Bring Your Home to Life

Most people would agree that color has the ability to bring something (or someone) to life. For this reason, nearly everyone who has a home uses color not just to decorate with but to create a certain ambiance. Some individuals long for the beach cottage look and opt for cool, neutral tones reminiscent of the Oceanside. Others desire a Southwestern feel and choose tones that are warm, open, and inviting. No matter the personality a person wants his or her home to possess, color can create it.

Never underestimate the power of color – it can change someone’s mood and transform an older, dingy-looking house into one fit for royalty. What moods do you want your home to evoke? Once that is determined, it will be easy to choose colors that will both beautify and enliven your house.

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