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Fine art Calerdar 2013 - Iowa Esoterica
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Limited Edition Fine Art Calendar 2013
Brilliant and Subtle - Iowa Esoterica

Although I'm an Iowa native, I've spent much of my career making pictures for clients beyond our borders. When Pioneer approached me with this calendar proposal, I decided perhaps it was time to celebrate my roots, and theirs. They gave me total freedom, so I selected thirteen somwhat obscure but intriguing subjects from Iowa history. Hopefully, you'll find them as provocative as I did, and they'll spark an appreciation for the past we often take for granted.
 
JANUARY 2013
Amendment 19
pastel on paper
 
"The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by a state on account of sex." - 19th Amendment.
Thanks in great part to the tireless efforts of Charles City native CARRIE CHAPMAN CATT.
FEBUARY 2013
Great White Hunter
oil on canvas
 
William F. Cody left his birthplace, Le Claire, Iowa, to become a famous Pony Express rider, buffalo hunter, army scout, and eventually tour America and Europe with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.
MARCH 2013
Boy Wonder
Oil on Canvas
 
Bix Beiderbecke grew up in Davenport listening to Louis Armstrong. As a young man, he moved to Chicago and became an innovative and influential jazz cornetist. He died at 28, dogged by personal demons of fame and alcohol.
APRIL 2013
Shiloh Suite
Monotype
 
Relative to its population, Iowa enlisted more troops in the Union Army During the civil war than any other state. At the devastating BATTLE OF SHILOH, one of every four Union Casualties was an Iowan.
MAY 2013
Prairie Girl
Oil on Canvas
 
Writer LAURA INGALLS WILDER spent a year of her childhood in Burr Oak, Iowa. During that time, she tended the family cow, welcomed a baby sister, and learned to read, ironically from Mr. Reid, her favorite teacher.
JUNE 2013
Inner Circle
Oil on Canvas
 
Cedar Rapids native, photographer and writer CARL VAN VECHTEN (4th from the right) was Gertrude Stein’s friend, agent, and literacy executor. Among her other friends; Picasso, Hemingway, and Alice B Toklas.
JULY 2013
Greatest Show on Earth
Oil on canvas
 
One day in 1870, the circus came to McGregor, Iowa. Seven young RINGLING BROTHERS attended a performance and after, decided to put on their own show for the neighbor kids. The rest, as they say, is history. 
AUGUST 2013
King of the Road
Monotype
 
The NATIONAL HOBO CONVENTION first convened in Britt, Iowa during the summer of 1900. Former king “Slow-Motion Shorty” (foreground) returned in 1980after a four-year hiatus. He was joined by. among others, hobo chef, “Fry-Pan Jack.”
SEPTEMBER 2013
From the New World
Monotype
 
Famed Czech Composer Antonín Dvořák Spent the quiet summer of 1893 in Spilville, writing the “American” String Quarter and polishing his New World Symphony, which drew inspiration from Black and Native American themes. 
OCTOBER 2013
NOVEMBER 2013
Patriot
oil on canvas
 
Sauk chief BLACK HAWK fought valiantly a hopeless war to maintain ancestral hunting grounds in Iowa and Illinois. He was defeated in 1832 at Bad Axe, Wisconsin, attempting to cross the Mississippi into Iowa.
DECEMBER 2013
Homeplace
oil on canvas
 
Nobel Peace Prize winner NORMAN BORLAUG was raised on the family farm near Cresco. His revolutionary innovations in agriculture have saved an estimated one billion people worldwide from famine and starvation. 
 
JANUARY 2014
Buxton Wonders
Monotype
 
"The Negro Athens of the North," BUXTON, Iowa, was a unique and remarkable coal company town from 1900 to 1925. Over half of her 5,000 residents were Blacks who lived and worked, on all socioeconomic levels, in compete harmony with their White neighbors.