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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 144

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4J THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1997 Contemporary artwork often somber, but still riveting Ar'nr ?Zj9 PC By Gary Schwan Palm Beach Post Art Writer PALM BEACH There isn't a happy face among the dozen portraits at the Society of the Four Arts. It's curious that the expressions range from pensive to demented. The contemporary American painting competition is usually a polite, middlebrow affair. Few artists risk disturbing subject matter if they want to get their work on the walls. The 59th annual show, on view through Dec. 24, is no different. These portraits aren't exactly depressing. The sitters are just off the beam a bit. The somberness of the portraits clashes with the other works on view the familiar, luscious fruits and flowers, Everglades landscapes, witty collages and colorful abstracts. If artists are society's antennae, what's in the air? Maybe sadness, stress and self-scrutiny. Sadness elevates Joe Manning's Until Death Do Us Part, a stark portrait of his wife, who died of cancer. The woman's pale, tired face is enhanced by the brilliant green of the blanket that swaddles THE HOLIDAYS X "V 11 W he Solid waste Authority would like to remind everyone to BUY recycled products for your gift giving this season. , ecycled products are not only thoughtful and unique gifts, but also help conserve our natural resources and complete the recycling circle. rrj s a special thank you, volunteers from the Solid waste Authority will be wrapping up gifts at participating stores throughout the holiday season. ook for the Buy Recycled display in these fine stores Ray Wiggs work, Left Behind, won the Mary Hulitar Award. TARGET WALMART ALWAYS LOW PRICES. ALWAYS WAL-MART. PALM BEACH MALL or call for dates and locations, and remember... m RECYCLED AMU R5CYCL B"iJ!TTfJIR! Will mil- B 59TH ANNUAL NATIONAL EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN PAINTINGS: Through Dec. 24 at the Society of the Four Arts, Four Arts Plaza, off Royal Palm Way, Palm Beach. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 2-5 p.m. Sundays. Phone 655-7226. looks to be about 30? . ' Could the artist be lamenting deadlines and passing time? Is the angel holding the string his muse or his tormentor? The symbolism is difficult to read, but this artist is obviously tied to his work. Good thing, since it's a skillful picture. Two other portraits deserve mention. Douglas Ferrin's Woman On A Table is notable for evoking the tactility of the dark, brown her. Her expression is introspective, almost resigned, and one can imagine the artist who scrutinized her was, too. Rather than a curiosity, the unadorned picture seems an; act of love. A Plantation artist, his egg tempera painting won a prize. I As for stress, try Rose Ann Samuelson's Wonder Woman on Saturday Night. This work just may be a satirical self-portrait: A woman sits in the middle of her unmade bed, wrapped in the American flag, a star beaming from the top of her forehead like some cartoon heroine. : An open package of Quaker Oats snack food adds to the unlovely scene. The face of the trademark Quaker beams incongruously. The woman's eyes are unblinking and just this side of hysterical. Age creases mark her lips. . And yet there is no self-pity in this elaborate drawing. (Yes, drawings are allowed in the "painting" competition.) If anything, there may be a wry joke here. So, this is what Saturday nights are like for the modern American wonder woman. The artist is from Cocoa. Finally, there's the show's top $5,"000 prize winner, by Boca Raton's Jeffrey G. Batchelor. The oil is ;a sleek, Gothic altarpiece, featuring murky, adapted Christian imagery. It's called Deus Ex Ma-china Greek for "God out of the Machine", a reference to the trick of classic Greek theater in which a god pops up out of nowhere to FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 697-2700 or 930-ASAPF 5 ) , T"s,. k 5 The Palm Beach Post Entertainment Spectacular DDascrcmauLTD'Q: 1998 South Florida Fair Jan. 16-Feb. 1 wood. Ferrin is from Palm Beach. And Richard Frank, of West Palm Beach, has included a rare self-portrait in one of his watercol-ors. Called Explorer, the artist has the haunted look of a man who has just returned from a voyage. Whether outer or inner is difficult to say. Others worth mentioning include Still Life with Asparagus, by Jim Quinnan of El Paso, Texas, for its bird's-eye composition. Charlotte Schulz of St. Petersburg has constructed some wonderfully bizarre architecture in A Provisional House For Pandora. And there's Cherree Malette of Orlando, whose dry brush picture shows a nude woman lying on her side in a field. The effect is almost photographic. The 54 works in the show were chosen -by Merrill Reuppel, former director of the Contemporary Museum, Honolulu. Coral Sky Amphitheatre Grand Funk Railroad Fri.Jan. 16, 7:30pm $16 includes Fair Admission Coach Tom Landry, Sat, Jan. 17,9:05am Guest Speaker CBF breakfast $10 includes Fair Admission Loretta Lynn Sat., Jan. 17,7:30pm $16 includes Fair Admission Backstreet Boys Wed.,Jan.2l,7:30pm $1 1 includes Fair Admission NascarDay Thurs.,Jan. 22, 5:30pm $11 includes Fair Admission .,y wrap up the story. , : The story here seems to be self-scrutiny, or perhaps self-doubt. At the center of the picture, where Christ would be, is a blindfolded young man. An artist's palette is held against his chest, and strings are attached to each finger of his upraised hands. The strings are held above him by a bland angel-puppeteer. Flanking the man are two Christian saints. They each hold the symbols, or attributes, of sainthood. But these attributes are obscure or imagined. The female Young Man with Red Sneaker, by Florence Coleman, won a Society of the Four Arts Award. holds an hourglass, and she has two watches pinned like brooches to her bodice, and a sundial around her brow like a crown or halo. On his other side is a bearded saint, holding canvases instead of books, and offering a coin with three Xs on it. The "X" is the symbol of St. Andrew, who supposedly was martyred on such a cross. But three crosses? Could they refer to the artist's age, for he Bill Cosby Mon., Jan. 19,7:30pm Coral Sky Amphitheatre $16 including Fair Admission KO - " ' Sat, Jan. 24, 7:30pm (SI 3.00 Lawn wats) Dylan's Big Pink studio now in hands of rock V roll lover $16 includes Fair Admission Tanya Tucker Tues., Jan. 27, 7:30pm $16 includes Fair Admission Kenny Rogers Tues., Jan. 20,7:30pm Coral Sky Amphitheatre $16 including Fair Admission By Josh Getlin Lost Angeles Times ;NEW YORK Big Pink, a house in the Catskills where rock 'n'roll history was made, has been sold and the new owner has pledged to turn it into a shrine 7. ! jT'w 1 ph 1 'ywfiik1'1- -- '"'I I 4 '""A they let me pull out a guitar and play. I could never forget that kind of experience." Arter learning that Big Pink was for sale, Mesch was convinced it would be purchased by "some rich record moguls from L.A. . . . something I could never compete with. Yet friends of mine, investment bankers, convinced me to put in a bid. "And it's a bargain. I'm not a rich person. But spiritually, mysti behtting its past. Linda Mesch, a writer, rock musi Entertainment Pavilion Gato Barbieri, Sun., Jan. 18,5:00pm $1 1 includes Fair Admission 38 Special Thurs., Jan. 22, 7:30pm $1 1 includes Fair Admission Tex Beneke & Orchestra Mon., Jan. 26, 1 2noon & 5pm $1 1 includes Fair Admission Opry Day Jim Ed Brown Wed., Jan. 28, 4:30pm $11 includes Fair Admission cian and mer thing important, something she wanted." The new owner hopes to memorialize the house where Dylan and his cohorts recorded The Basement Tapes in 1967 and where the demos for The Band's Music From Big Pink album were recorded later that year. Her plans are to turn the basement into a recording studio for gifted, noncommercial musicians. She may live in the rooms upstairs. Mesch, 49, still can't believe she bought the house. "I grew up at a time when Dylan and The Band were playing up there. I was in college at Albany and I was a folkie, so I'd hang out with friends in Woodstock," she recalled. "I was even invited at one point to listen in to some of the music (being played in the house). And, you know, I was just a little girl with frizzy hair, but cally and magically, the value of this property is beyond what I can LeAnn Rimes & Bryan White Sun., Feb. 1,6:00pm Coral Sky Amphitheatre $ 1 6 including Fair Admission ($13.00 Lawn seats) jockey from Long Island, made an offer recently after reading in the Los Angeles Times that the it Dylan three-bed even say or add up. There are things in this world that are worth more than gold." Before Mesch came on the scene, Amitin had been trying for two years to sell the house. Big Pink, despite its notoriety, was just one more piece of Catskills real estate that went unclaimed in a depressed housing market. ri Place Your Order Now, Call: S6I -798-Fair or 800-640-FAIR Ticket Office Hours: Mon-Sat 10 am 6 pm Advance tickets to the South Florida Fair are now pn tali., Reserve your seats today AND save up to 40 off the regular gate admission. f J j . v En AdYanceJjcfcgtPrics Adult Fair Admission (i.oo Child Fair Admission 5-1 1 (under 5 free) $3.00 Family Pkg (2 Adults2 kidsride booklet) $24.00 Exercise For Your Body Regular Gate Price $10.00 $5.00 $48.75 SAVE $4.00 $2.00 $24.75 room house where Bob Dylan and The Band recorded in the '60s was for; sale. ; Mesch who says she actually sat in on jam sessions at Big Pink when she was a college student and Michael Amitin, who has owned the house since 1977, agreed Tuesday on the price. For $144,500, she gets a sturdy, nondescript home in the rolling hills above Woodstock and a rich slice of pop Americana. "This all happened very quickly' said Paradise Properties Realtor Lori Schlichting. Mesch "saw the Times story (which ran Nov. 19) and decided this was some south rtomaa ram South Honda Fair West Palm Beach www.southfloridafair.org Exercise For Your Mind . I . Gill Hin 46M or H00-6W-I2.il for Momi- V.v.rv BELLSOUTH Mobility' wwwXriil'Bl.tom gJOONNECnOK T

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