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Daily Dose - April 10, 2020

Hello friends,

Thank goodness it's spring. We may be stuck at home, separated from our normal routines and from our friends and families, but at least we have the cheer of flowering trees and greening grass. I see bunnies in the driveway every time I venture out for the afternoon walks that have become a daily ritual. 

I always admire RiverArts Board member Kate Livie's photographs of quintessentially Eastern Shore landscapes and her lovely sketches and watercolors of the natural world. She sent the video below about her nature journaling practice, sharing some pro tips and encouragement for getting started. Kate talks about slowing down and opening the senses to the experience of being out in nature, and this quarantine is a perfect time to take that advice. 

This will be a strange season of spring holidays. Passover and Easter and maybe even Eid this year will be celebrated via FaceTime and Zoom instead of around a common table. Taking some time to slow down, not just because there's nowhere to go and nothing to do, but consciously and intentionally, outside in the changeable spring weather, among the burgeoning blossoms and the bees waking up from their winter sleeps, may bring a taste of the cyclical stability that we normally find in holiday rituals and traditions.

I'd love to see some pages from your nature journal, if you have one—or if Kate inspires you to start one. 

We'll have pared down emails again over this weekend, and see you again on Monday with all the news that's fit to… er, send in a newsletter. 

Wash your hands, get outdoors,

Create something, keep in touch

Maria Wood, Executive Director

Attention Artists:

To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States. Click here to find out if you are eligible and learn how to apply. 

Please note, that due to a high volume of submissions, the application may temporarily close for maintenance. Please check after 10am ET on April 10th.

Today in Arts History

  • 1981: Liz McClarnon, English singer and dancer.
  • 1931: Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese-American poet, painter, and philosopher (b. 1883)
  • 1925: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is first published.
  • 1916: Lee Jung-seob, Korean painter (d. 1956)
  • 1872: The first Arbor Day is celebrated in Nebraska.

Artist credit: Lee Jung-Seob, Bull

Arts Trivia

The first person to email the correct answer to mariawood@chestertownriverarts.org gets a shout-out in tomorrow's email. 

The Idiosyncratic Art Alphabet: R

Julian Schnabel was born to a Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York in 1951 and moved with his family to Brownsville Texas in 1965 where he received his B.F.A. at the University of Houston. 

After graduating, he sent an application to the Independent Study Program (ISP) at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. His application included slides of his work sandwiched between two pieces of bread. The unconventional approach must have attracted some attention as he was admitted into the program and studied there from 1973-1975. 

Schnabel's style is characterized by very large-scale paintings. He uses diverse materials such as plaster, wax, photographs, antlers, velvet, ceramics, canvas, wood, muslin and even surfboards often combining abstract and figurative elements. Due to the size, weight and depth of his works, they are often given sculptural properties.

It was with his first solo show, at the Mary Boone Gallery in 1979, that Schnabel had his breakthrough; all his works were sold in advance. By the time he exhibited his work in a show organized by Boone and Leo Castelli in 1981, he had become firmly established and was the youngest artist in the legendary exhibition 'A New Spirit in Painting' in the Royal Academy of Arts. His now famous "plate paintings" — large-scale paintings set on broken ceramic plates—received a boisterous and critical reception from the art world. His wild and expressive works were classed as neo-expressionism by art critics. 

In 2002, Schnabel painted the cover artwork for the Red Hot Chili Peppers' eighth studio album, By the Way. The woman featured on the cover of is Julian's daughter, Stella Schnabel, who was band member John Frusciante's then-girlfriend. Regarding the artwork, Frusciante noted: "My girlfriend's father offered to do the album art, so we sent him rough mixes of eight songs, and he just got the vibe of the album from that. He said that he wouldn't be offended if we didn't like it, but we loved what he did. He's also given us great covers for all the singles. He's a true artist."

Artist credit: Julian Schnabel, Portrait of Stella

Also a film-maker Schnabel began his film career in the 1990s with the film Basquiat, a biopic on the painter Jean-Michel Basquiat (1996), followed by Before Night Falls (2000), which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. He directed The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) which earned him the award for best director at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Globe for best director, the Independent Spirit Award for best director, and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director. 

In 2007, Schnabel designed Lou Reed's critically acclaimed "Berlin" Tour and released Lou Reed's Berlin. In May 2017, Schnabel announced plans for a film about the painter Vincent Van Gogh during his time in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise, France. The film At Eternity's Gate was released in 2018.

Schnabel lives in New York City with his wife Louise Kugelberg a Swedish interior designer. He has studios in New York City and in Montauk at the east end of Long Island and Schnabel resides in a former West Village horse stable that he purchased and converted for residential use, adding five luxury condominiums in the style of a Northern Italian palazzo. It is named the Palazzo Chupi, and it is easy to spot because it is painted pink.

Remembering John Prine

John Prine's songs became iconic American standards, reflecting the humor, eloquence, poignance, and fierce insistence on just equity that represent the highest order of the American character, a quality Bonnie Raitt called "so precisely American."

Roger Waters said he lived on the plane with Neil Young and John Lennon. Listen to Prine's Spanish Pipedream:

Noah Saterstrom's created a portrait of John Prine. You can see more of his work at www.noahsaterstrom.com.


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30 Days of Art, Day 24:

FREE ARTISTIC ACTIVITIES to do at home with supplies you already have. Check in every morning for a new idea, and share your process or your finished product on Facebook, Instagram, or via email. Tag us in your social media post so we can see what you're up to! 

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