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February 25, 2013
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This is another one of those “town crier” blog posts, where we the give odds and ends of town occurrences get some mention but there are no long-winded tall tales.

Firstly, my friend, Gene Faucher, a semi-retired graphic designer and full time shutter bug, and I sauntered up to the Tait Street Museum to check out the latest show there, “Draw Me a Story, A Hundred Years of Children’s Book Illustration.” A friend of ours, Susan Jaekel, was part of the show. Susan is an illustrator of the highest caliber and is one of my oldest friends in Los Gatos, having met when she was starting out in the Church Street Building, or “Casa Antigua” as it is officially called, the office complex next to the Methodist Church parking lot on Church Street.

As we approached the Museum we came upon the newest addition to its outdoor collection of memorabilia and art. The “Locks of Love” that stirred up a mild and rather over blown controversy a few months ago, are now locked to a simple, black armature stretched with chain link and mounted in the ground on the Main Street side of the Museum.

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Love locks 2

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I’d been to a meeting at the Museum a few days before and was only able to glance at the Children’s Book show and what I saw I really liked. Gene and I were here to really take it in at our leisure, as all art should be.

We got in and I browsed around, Gene got busy and started snapping pictures with the one camera he brought of his many. There were two things I really liked about this show, one was that there were children’s books from bygone eras that I remembered from my own childhood, the other thing was that it wasn’t simply images from kid’s books, but preliminary sketches, layout boards and so much showing the process of building a children’s book. It was all quite interesting and enjoyable. It had something for kids and it had something for adults. Susan’s work was prominently displayed and we agreed she had been give proper credit, the art aficionados that we are.

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Kids Books comps

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Book illustration is not as simple as it may seem. The artist will build simple “dummy” books to see how well preliminary ideas work within the limitations of the actual layout of the book. Many adjustments can be made before the book actually goes to press. You can see the artist’s notes to him/herself in the large book immediately above.

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Taking pictures of art work displayed in galleries or museums can often be very difficult. In both of the framed illustrations shown here, we see the reflections of windows on the opposite wall. With more preparation and a bit more equipment, such things can be eliminated. Gene and I were just on a stroll, not a photo shoot. The sketches above each finished product tells of much preparation for each final illustration used in these sorts of books.

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Kids Book pics 1

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And finally, our friend, Susan!

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Kids Books kids art

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One display I had not expected was a very popular one. These are the Los Gatos kid’s own “children’s book” illustrations, done after they had viewed all the work of the adult guys. It looks like some of them got quite inspired.

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Now, criering on;

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Sculptor and retired San Jose State art professor, David Middlebrook, has informed us he has been invited to display his work at the Venice Biennale, a bi-annual art show held in Venice, undisputedly, the largest and most prestigious art show on the planet.  It is a great honor and we congratulate David on his impressive accomplishment.  We must thank him for getting his home town, Los Gatos, associated with such a grand event.  David’s web site can be viewed by clicking here: http://www.davidmiddlebrookartworks.com/.  Rest assured that we will have more on this as time progresses.

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Some of David Middlebrook’s work

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More criering;

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Rudys Art BookcoverOur friend, Rudy Rucker, the author of many dozens of fine novels and a splendid autobiography, and, also a retired SJS professor of computer science, has recently publish of book of his own art (as in paintings) titled Better Worlds.  It’s being sold on Amazon.com (click here for the Amazon sales page).  I quote, here, Amazon’s book description: “Ninety-two fantastical paintings by science fiction master Rudy Rucker, including his commentaries on them. Rudy took up painting in 1999, when he was writing a novel about the Flemish old master, Peter Bruegel. The paintings are colorful and surreal, many with connections to Rudy’s science-fiction novels. This is a new, large-format edition of Better Worlds created in August, 2012, and it replaces the earlier editions.”  What more need be said?  Well, yes, see Rudy’s collection of paintings at http://www.rudyrucker.com/paintings

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WoodshedLogoBack in November, Keith Holland introduced a new addition to his Guitar Hospital on Roberts Road called the “Woodshed.”  It is a low key music venue and teaching facility in the Guitar Hospital.  I had been to a couple of very excellent and extremely professional musical presentations there.  However, when visiting Keith on some Art Bridge business just over a week ago, he told me that the Woodshed had been shut down by the Town of Los Gatos for some unclear licensing issues.  He told me a few days ago that the Town is working with him to resolve the problem.  Let’s hope the Woodshed reopens soon as it is a great community resource and deserves to continue presenting its services to town residents interested in professional, quality musical applications (click here for more information).

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Richard Katz piping_painting

I guess I’ve known Richard Katz, the piper, for several years now.  We encounter each other around town, sometimes, he with his pipes and sometimes not.  As I’m a nut for just about anything to do with music, Richard will show me this and that about his pipes, or get into their history and lore.  I always find it informative and interesting.  However, Richard recently offered a little bag pipes show at the Los Gatos Library for its first anniversary festivities.  I attended and was most impressed with Richard’s mild, affable and very friendly presentation of his music and his knowledge.  I’d never really seen him share like this in front of a group of people before.  For me, its always been “one on one.”  The “good vibes” with which he presented himself and his works permeated the room and everyone who left the room parted just a little richer in the spirit and the soul.  Thanks Richard from all of us.

Richard’s web site is at www.katzwerk.com/infopage.htm

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