Art in the Renovated East Rec. Center & Monet During The War

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  • Philip Wilkinson

The jurors have chosen 18 entries out of the 261 photos and paintings submitted to the competition to display permanent art in the renovated east rec center. Canvas giclees of the works are being printed in large sizes to accommodate the scale of the new walls in the center. The works were selected because they were interesting, happy, whimsical, beautiful, and generally intriguing to look at. Several people and factors made this happen. The artist and photographers, Iris Harrell, David Dearden, the Oakmont Art Association, and 28 financial donors provided the details and covered the expenses of printing the artist’s works, all of which were allowed to be printed without recompense to the artist. We sincerely thank all of you who were involved in any way. This is a truly outstanding art display of worthy works by local artists and photographers of Oakmont.

General Meeting, Friday April 12, 10 am Berger Center

Monet during the War

Monet remained at his home in Giverny to paint in his gardens throughout World War I despite hearing gunfire from the battlefront. The artist worked obsessively to capture the magic he saw in his water lily pond, completing study after study and redefining his style. Even at the height of his fame Monet struggled with self-doubt, destroying canvases he deemed substandard by fire or blade. (In fact, many of the works on view in Monet: The Late Years are unsigned, since they were never intended for public view.) When the war ended, Monet offered a series of mural-size works near completion—a culmination of his artistic ambition—to France as a monument to peace. Explore the inventive works of Monet’s late years at the de Young museum through May 27.

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