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  1. [Baren 39563] Re: RAKESH BANI has commercial message ("Oscar Bearinger")
  3. [Baren 39565] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: "Oscar Bearinger"
Date: Sat, 15 Aug 2009 14:34:48 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39563] Re: RAKESH BANI has commercial message
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Dear Rakesh
I like your printmaking.

However, I find this "gamail" message a commercial message.

I would discourage this on the Baren list.

Thank you.
Oscar Bearinger
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Message 2
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 2009 07:25:45 GMT
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Seven Printmakers from India

Host: Fairfields Arts Centre
Type: Music/Arts - Exhibit
Network: Global
Price: Admission Free
Start Time: Monday, September 14, 2009 at 9:30am
End Time: Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 1:00pm
Location: Fairfields Arts Centre Art Gallery
Street: Council Road
City/Town: Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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Subject: The Case for the Artist
Posted by: Dave Bull

by A.A. Milne, 1921
(written for one of the British magazines of the day)

[Note from Dave: although the writing style here is certainly old-fashioned (especially in his rather clumsy introductory section), this little 1500-word piece is definitely worth reading, and his 'conclusion' should provoke some interesting discussion, I think!]

By an "artist" I mean Shakespeare and Me and Bach and Myself and Velasquez and Phidias, and even You if you have ever written four lines on the sunset in somebody's album, or modelled a Noah's Ark for your little boy in plasticine. Perhaps we have not quite reached the heights where Shakespeare stands, but we are on his track. Shakespeare can be representative of all of us, or Velasquez if you prefer him. One of them shall be President of our United Artists' Federation. Let us, then, consider what place in the scheme of things our federation can claim.

Probably we artists have all been a little modest about ourselves lately. During the war we asked ourselves gloomily what use we were to the State compared with the noble digger of coals, the much-to-be- reverenced maker of boots, and the god-like grower of wheat. Looking at the pictures in the illustrated papers of brawny, half-dressed men pushing about blocks of red-hot iron, we have told ourselves that these heroes were the pillars of society, and that we were just an incidental decoration. It was a wonder that we were allowed to live. And now in these days of strikes, when a single union of manual workers can hold up the rest of the nation, it is a bitter refection to us that, if we were to strike, the country would go on its way quite happily, and nine-tenths of the population would not even know that we had downed our pens and brushes.

If there is any artist who has been depressed by such thoughts as these, let him take comfort. We are all right.

I made the discovery that we were all right by studying the life of the bee. All that I knew about bees until yesterday was derived from that great naturalist, Dr. Isaac Watts. In common with every one who has been a child I knew that the insect in question improved each shining hour by something honey something something every something flower. I had also heard that bees could not sting you if you held your breath, a . . .
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Subject: Painting Grace's Room
Posted by: Sharri

Last week, while in Grand Forks visiting the GrandGirls, Grace and I painted her room. She had chosen the paint and her "decor" a year ago, or more, and had the paint all ready to go. Grace is now 11 years old and 61 lbs. of pure tiger. It took us three days, but her room is now very "Grace". She donned her painting suit and booties and we were ready to launch into some very sophisticated painting. As you can see Grace is all business and a mighty force behind the roller. She also did all the brush work around the baseboards and up as far as she could reach in other spots. While we painted we listened to a Lemony Snicket book on tape -- my introduction to these works and I have to say, I think I will read more Lemony Snicket as soon as I finish all the Harry Potter's Grace sent home with me. And, speaking of spots we managed to get quite an array of them around the room. We could not find a ready made stencil for the large ones, so we made our own from poster board and the pizza pan. There were still shelves to be put back up and furniture to be placed when I had to leave, but basically the painting was done for the moment. We even managed to stencil her name on two pillow cases on the bottom bunk. I think she is very pleased with her room. The fleece blanket on the end of her bunk was another project we accomplished in our busy week. In this photo . . .
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