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Segmation Art Newsletter

November 2013

Flower Power

Artist Jennifer garstang has created these bold and detailed Flower Power patterns with lots of intricate leaves, stems, petals, and bubbles to fill in!


Our friendly and smiling mermaids are waiting for you to color them. Say hello to Susie, Daisy, Alyssa, Natalie, Hannah, and Ruby

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Jules Tavernier - Hawaii's Volcano School Artist

Jules Tavernier (1844-1889) was a French painter and was an artist of Hawaii’s Volcano School., a group of non-Hawaiian artists who painted nocturnal scenes of Hawaii's erupting Volcanoes. Taverier also painted landscapes in the San Francisco and Monterey areas. His work was so popular in Hawaii that he became the official painter to the king. Our pattern set contains Volcano at Night, Wailuku Falls, Sunrise over Diamond Head, Marin Sunset in Back of Petaluma, El Capitan, Indian Encampment, A Balloon in Mid-Air, West Coast Indian Baskets on a Blanket, and Waiting for Montezuma.

Snowy Peaks

Majestic mountains always look classier with a coat of white snow on top. Against a bright blue sky, these mountains rewind us of the season we're experiencing, though in some regions these peaks keep their snowy look all year round. Our set of Snowy Peak patterns, contain a wide assortment of these wintery impressions. You find snow peaked mountains accompanied by grassy fields, pine tree forests, cloudy skies, glistening lakes, and rocky terrains.

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Yoga at the Smithsonian, Anyone?

Source: Huffington Post

People don't think to take yoga classes at the Smithsonian. But through January 2014, yoga instructors will offer workshops at the Sackler Gallery. It is to honor and promote, "Yoga: The Art of Transformation." This is an exhibition that chronicles over 200 years of yoga's history and the artistic nature of the practice.

The compilation of Indian sculptures, paintings, illustrations and more is believed to be the first of its kind. Motivating this effort is the desire to emphasize the depths of yoga. As observers explore the meanings of ancient customs, they will be enlightened to different philosophies that support yoga. Physically aesthetic and intellectually stimulating, The Art of Transformation is sure to be inspirational.

Art Heist in the Philippines

Source: Huffington Post

What do greed, fraud, and politics have to do with art? According to a Philippine art heist that has received international attention, a lot.

One of Monet's "Water Lilies" paintings sold for 32 million dollars. Unfortunately, at the time of sale it did not belong to the seller.

The former first lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos, had possession of this painting before her assistant, Vilma Bautista, stole it sometime around 1986. This was a tumultuous era for the President of the Philippines who was accused of using the nation's cash to acquire artwork among other valuables.

Now, the Philippines want the painting back. It would help recoup some of the billions of dollars the past president and first lady stole from the nation.

1) Which artist's famous painting was hanging upside down for 46 days before New York's Museum of Modern Art recognized its error?

  1. Henri Matisse
  2. Leonardo da Vinci
  3. Picasso
  4. Edvard Munch

2) In Michelangelo's famous painting of David and Goliath, where is David's slingshot?

  1. His right hand
  2. His left hand
  3. Tucked in his breast plate
  4. At the foot of Goliath

3) Which sculptor died of frostbite after his nation refused to give him financial aid, even though his important work was housed in heated museums?

  1. Constantin Brancusi
  2. Gian Lorenzo Bernini
  3. Michelangelo
  4. Auguste Rodin

4) A left-handed artist wrote his notes from right to left. Who was it?

  1. Leonardo da Vinci
  2. Rembrandt
  3. Edvard Munch
  4. Raphael

5) In every Salvador Dali painting, the observer can always find a…

  1. Egg
  2. Watch
  3. Self-portrait
  4. Top hat

Answer Key:

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

Jules Tavernier: Talent Erupted

Jules Tavernier was a talented artist and a gifted person. His aptitude for art went far beyond his paintbrush. He had an ability to unite people who shared an affinity towards art. Unfortunately, these relationships would later implode from his alcoholism and rampant debt. The "master of volcano paintings," as some liked to call him, would erupt just like the natural phenomenon he sought to illustrate. But even in his state of decay, people gathered around him to reflect the truth of his being: he was supremely talented and equally tragic.

In 1844, Jules Tavernier was born in Paris, France. His mother was French and his father was English. He grew up traveling between the two nations but made Paris his home by the time he turned 16, when he decided to study art. At the age of 20 he gained some notoriety when his work was featured at the Paris Salon. Tavernier's art continued to reach audiences even when he served in the Franco-Prussian War. In addition to being a solider, he was a war correspondent; after capturing the events occurring in Paris, his drawings were sent to London where they would be published.

His career as a published illustrator continued post war. He became employed by Harper's Weekly, and in 1872, transferred from London to New York. Tavernier didn't spend much time on the east coast before heading west on assignment. Two years after landing in America, he arrived in San Francisco. Tavernier found a home on the west coast and would remain there for the rest of his life.

Jules Tavernier was a quick hit among the art community in San Francisco. He made many friends and was one of the original founders of the Bohemian Club. The combination of his talent, behavior and popularity earned him the title, "bohemian of bohemians." At the same time, he became vice president of San Francisco's Art Association where it was his job to organize an artist's union called the Palette Club. Tavernier also opened a studio in a prominent area of San Francisco where artists could gather and collaborate. During this era the artist met his wife, Lizzie Fulton.

In some regards, Tavernier was successful: his artwork was highly sought out and worth a lot of money. He was also deeply disturbed. As his party lifestyle and drinking habits increased, he accumulated debt that ruined a number of his relationships. It got so bad that Tavernier and his wife had to flee to Hawaii where his debtors could not find them.

During his time in Hawaii, Tavernier created nearly 100 oil and pastel paintings inspired by volcanos. His largest work of art was a panorama of a volcano. It was 90 feet long and 12 feet wide. The aim of this painting was to put the viewer at the center of a volcano so he or she could experience the entire circumference of the natural phenomenon.

He built success in Hawaii. Despite only living on the island for five years, many people knew him as the "master of volcano paintings." Unfortunately, even with the reinstatement of his notoriety, his alcoholism and accumulation of debt resulted in his wife leaving him in 1887.

Despite his poor state, he took on a protégé, David Hitchcock (who later became a well-known comics artist). The Hitchcock family tried to help Tavernier free himself from the bonds of excessive drinking and debt. These efforts were fruitless and Tavernier's debt got so bad that he was forced to stay on the island of Hawaii.

He died two years later and was buried beneath a tombstone gifted by the artist community he helped found in San Francisco. The Bohemian Club made a statement that poignantly described the life of Jules Tavernier. They wrote, "Of the French artists in California, he was probably the most talented and tragic."

Jules Tavernier was an artist who could always draw attention to himself and his work. Even when he erupted, he was loved and greatly admired.

California Pioneers

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There is More to Color than Meets the Eyes

What is better than taking in a beautiful array of color? This can happen in a natural setting, where autumn leaves are turning crisp and ocean waves rush to make whitecaps. It can also occur in an art gallery, where wall hangings mesmerize art enthusiasts, encouraging them to stop and be still.

These are examples of times when people give color their full attention. In most instances, however, color is taken for granted. People go days and even weeks without taking in the vibrancy surrounding life. How can this be? Color is everywhere.

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