by Nina Baldwin

cloud catcher*dream maker*artist

"Art touches the soul...art is communication...it reaches out from the canvas and passes through the eyes of the viewer right into his heart where it can leave an imprint of beauty that can make the spirit sing."
Nina Baldwin ...

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Friday, August 30, 2013

"Rio Grande Gorge" is published!


I announced it what seems like ages ago, but the book was only recently published...I am really honored for my "Rio Grande Gorge" to be included in the book, "COLOR: How to Use It" by Marcie Cooperman.  It is published by Pearson.  It is the premiere textbook on color for higher ed. 

I just recently received my copy...apparently it takes a long time to get a book of this size, with all of the wonderful images, etc. together...and published!  I can imagine that just communicating with the artists was a huge job for Marcie...plus all of the paperwork, signing contracts, etc...OMG!...then putting everything together...well, Marcie has my admiration...and gratitude!!


 
I am currently devouring it!!   It is chock full of good info and photos of stunning artwork!!  LOTS of artwork!!!!  This is the kind of book I love!!!   I know I will learn a lot from it!!! 
 
It can be ordered directly from Pearson if you are interested: 
 
Marcie has a great page on the net you may enjoy perusing...she calls it a color stories blog...very interesting!  Here's the url:    www.marciecooperman.com 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Thursday, August 29, 2013

PAUL COZE - St. Thomas the Apostle Church...and the rest of the story!


There has been a lot of interest in the images of the Stations of the Cross and so I have decided to include the rest of the images I took of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in a post here as well. 

It appears that the paintings behind Mary and Joseph and the main altar are painted in a style that somewhat repeats the style that Paul Coze used in the Stations...I especially love how the angles in the backgrounds of these paintings, almost like facets in a diamond, repeat the colors with beautiful shading, giving the paintings so much more interest than if they had not been included.  These same angles are especially prominent in the Station that portrays the view of the three crosses on the hills...infact, the hills, as well as the background repeat this very appealing technique...

image of Mary...

 
 
image of Joseph...

 
image of painting behind the main altar...it is huge! ceiling to floor...
the mountains appear to be Camelback Mountain (local)...I have to say "congratulations" to the artist (don't have the name, unfortunately) for accomplishing what he or she did...the paintings are lovely!!  and they are painted on a grand scale!

 
an idea of what the large painting looks like from a distance and behind the altar...

 
from another perspective...

 
the Station which also has the rather "Cubist" appearance to it...

 
a newspaper article I found at the main library...
the image is of another painting Mr. Coze did that was very similar to the Station...
a young Paul Coze peeks over the image...
the stamp cancel date is 1958...the stamp cost .03 at the time!

 
I want to thank Jessica for her kindness in letting me take in all of the beauty of St. Thomas Church!  It was a delightful time for me...a walk down memory lane (I remember mantillas...and the Sunday I forgot mine and attended Church with a bare head...I was so ashamed!!...and I remember singing in the choir and...and, well I won't bore you with the rest!)
 
In looking back at the newspaper image and the Station above I wonder if this was Mr. Coze's own "cubism"...I would love to know what you think!
 
Thanks for all of your interest in Paul Coze's art and public works!!  I hope to someday return to Phoenix to get images of the beautiful mural in Terminal 2 at the airport...if I get that chance, I will be sure to post them here to share with you...

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

PAUL COZE - Public Works from St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Phoenix, AZ

St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Phoenix, located at 24th St. and Campbell Rd, was where I first attended school (elementary) after moving to Arizona.  It was also our parish church.  I can remember when Mr.  Coze's Stations of the Cross were first displayed.  They were different than other Stations I had seen in my short life...the others were more like small placques, but these were actual paintings...larger than most and framed.  They were also different in that they were not painted in the old masters' techniques that I was so used to seeing in the Church...these were a little edgy...they made me want to study them more...they seemed more relevant to me...

 The Church is beautiful, btw...it has been recently redone with changes in the railing in the front and new paintings behind the statues of Mary and Joseph (which were originally side altars)...also a painting behind the main altar...

The rumor is that the Stations of the Cross had been glazed or painted over about the time that a wedding took place at the Church...restoration has taken place over the last few years...

Unfortunately, the paintings must have a varnish on them that reflects the blue on the walls and deep blue on the ceiling....so, you will see a lot of blue in the Stations!  Still, they are lovely!  but please forgive the blue cast...

...click on the images to enlarge...

 
 




 










 
sorry, these images are not in order...also, sorry that they are hard to see!  I hope that you can see how important public artworks are...public artworks educate, entertain, enhance, endear and perhaps even influence values. 
They tell a story that needs to be told!!!
 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

PAUL COZE - Public Works from the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum (part two)

...the second mural...and more...(click on images to enlarge)
 
 
 
 
 
the following images are the larger panels hanging by the entrance doors...
 
 
 
 
 
 
a photo of how large the above panels are that are by the doors...
(click photo to enlarge)
 
...an example of the advertising just below the mural...
 
I was absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to see and record these images of Paul Coze's!!  They were put up when the building first opened...I think that was in the 1960's.  They are a valuable link to our history.  And yet, as I travelled around Phoenix, visiting a museum and the main library where files are kept on notables such as Mr. Coze, I was shocked to learn as I talked to people that they had no idea who Coze was...and what he had contributed to the Valley of the Sun...infact, they often seemed to be unaware of some of his public artworks that remain...many have been destroyed over the years...that is why those that remain are so very valuable!!
 
...some sad notes...the murals are mounted on the ceiling over the refreshment stands, as I mentioned  earlier, causing it to be difficult to see the paintings...I am all for advertising, being an artist, but it is unfortunate that the murals seem overwhelmed and insignificant while competing for the attention of those lining up for a hot dog...they also are not identified in any way as to significance of their inclusion in the architecture, the artist's name or year of creation...someone needs to tell the story of the artwork which is on display...it is OUR story and it is not being communicated over the generations... 
 
The murals also are in great need of repair and restoration...electrical cords run over the images, as well as rips and wear that have taken place over the years...actually, considering the age of these creations, and the number of people that have passed by and maybe even bumped up against them, they are in fairly good shape!!  But they are badly in need of repair, just the same, or they won't be around for the next generation...
 
And, of course, the fact that so many of our wonderful public works by Coze have been destroyed over the years...just a few remain.  Are we so busy that we don't have time to remind ourselves and also our children of our roots...our history?  We have time to watch TV, dink obsessively on our cell phones and computers almost every moment of the day and catch up on the latest news of our favorite celebrities...but if we don't invest the time needed to tell our children OUR STORY and introduce them to the artwork that portrays it, then our children...and their children...and their children... will not know their own roots...their own history... and as this world seems to be in a not-so-slow down-spiral, our children need now more than ever the knowledge which will ground them and reinforce where they came from and who they really are.  Where is the Storyteller?  Look to the public works of Paul Coze...what remains of them.  Research the mural in Terminal #2 of the Phoenix Airport...cruise on by the Phoenix bird at Town and Country Mall...visit St. Thomas the Apostle Church on 24th St. and Campbell to see the stations of the cross...take your kids to the Coliseum for an event and tell the story of the murals...you, YOU are the
Storyteller!!!  Be the Storyteller for your kids...and their kids...and their kids...pass it down!
 
a final word...perhaps the first step would be to find another place to display these works...one where the story would be told...one where the mural could be laid out in order, where it would be seen well by all viewers, where the artwork would be protected, yet accessible to us all...
"...the spirit perishes if untended."   ...Kandinsky
 
...tomorrow...photos of the stations of the cross from St. Thomas the Apostle Church on 24th St. and Campbell Rd. in Phoenix...
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

PAUL COZE - Public Works from the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum


"...the spirit perishes if untended."   ...Kandinsky

Recently I traveled to Phoenix to spend some time with an old friend.  Kathy and I have been friends since we were twelve.  We have that kind of friendship where it doesn’t matter how long it has been since we last talked, we just pick up right where we left off the last time we were together...and our conversations are always filled with lots of laughter!

I decided to go a couple of days early because I had something very important to do.  I wanted to get some pictures of any public artworks by Paul Coze that are still standing today…

Paul Coze was the artist who, in the 1960’s and early ‘70s, was responsible for giving Phoenix its very unique southwest flair through public works…his creations spoke of our Native Americans and their way of life, of modern society, our history, technology and our future.  Mr. Coze had spent much time with the tribes in Arizona, learning their customs and beliefs…he established lasting friendships with these peoples. 

Paul Coze’s artwork is rich in symbolism…it is said that he used 52 different natural elements in the making of the mural that even today hangs in Terminal #2 at the Phoenix Airport… elements such as earth from the reservations, the Grand Canyon, Oak Creek Canyon…copper, granite and feathers, etc. Mythology also played a part in his work…his Phoenix (the bird, somewhat altered in appearance now) is still rising from the ashes at the Town and Country Shopping Center on 20th St. and Camelback Road… 

It was 119 degrees in the shade the day that I pulled up to the gates of the Arizona State Fair Grounds…I worried I wouldn’t find a gate open to let me on the property, but I lucked out and found one!  I drove over to the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum and parked under the biggest piece of shade I could find... 

I tried the big doors, and as I suspected, they were locked up tight…wandering around the building I found a small door which I decided looked like a possibility…went inside and met the man in charge…he was most gracious to me, listening to my story about PC and my desire to photograph any of Coze’s artwork that might be available …I am very grateful for his kindness…he said there were some paintings on the second floor, but he wasn’t sure who the artist was… he allowed me to take photos of the artwork there…I found Paul Coze’s signature on the images…and that’s what I have to share with you today! 

…a little explanation of the images…some are large works which hang near the entrance doors…others vary in size and shape, hanging, unfortunately, on the ceiling over the refreshment stands…together the series of images on the ceiling make murals...two murals, one on either side of the building.  Unfortunately I can't display the images as a mural, left to right, but they are grouped together below.  The paintings look like they are on canvas, adhered in some manner to the walls and ceilings of the structure…it appears that Mr. Coze chose a theme for his artwork...most images seem to be of events that he anticipated would take place inside the walls of that great edifice…thus, the bucking broncos, the mariachis, circus acts, dancers/performers, even Miss Rodeo…

the images are divided…one side of the building portrays Native Americans playing a game which is historically accurate…the other side has paintings which portray events which might happen in modern society…included in these are a few powerful paintings of strong women from different ethnicities…they are lovely!  I hope you enjoy seeing these paintings…they are just a few of the images created by Coze that have been saved over the years…a piece of a valuable inheritance for all of us!
...the first mural...

 



 
I will publish the second mural tomorrow...see you then!