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Blog - Wednesdays With Myron

Wednesdays With Myron - Baum School of Art & Moravian College, PA, U.S.A. (1967-1968)

While living in Allentown on Hamilton St., and Geissinger Street in Bethlehem, I taught Drawing, Figure Drawing, Oil Painting and Color Courses at The Baum School of Art and Moravian College. I also taught a Foundation Drawing Course at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.I prepared and presented the art student’s show at Moravian College in 1967 and ‘68. I was the [...]

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Wednesdays With Myron - Paris (1965)

Upon arriving in Paris, I went to the American Student Center where I met a young woman who, much to my surprise, was the daughter of the then Governor of Maine, my home state. We chatted, and she told me the person I wanted to speak to was Mrs. Sargent, wife of the Reverend Sargent. Reverend Sargent was the [...]

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Wednesdays With Myron - Spain (1963-1965)

We first went to Barcelona, then spent a month in the Hotel Inglis in the city of Valencia while I drove about the countryside trying to find a house to rent in a country where no one rented houses. Everyone lived in the house they owned. It was winter; wet, dark and not at all like the travel publicity [...]

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Wednesdays With Myron - Boston (1960-1963)

After I graduated from the Ruskin I went back to the States. I wanted a job that involved drawing or painting so I could pursue my studies in art for my own purposes, and I could build a body of work.I had a cousin in a Boston suburb who worked in advertising. The economy in 1960 was terrible. Instead of [...]

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Wednesdays With Myron - The Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford, England 1956-1960, Part VI

When I was finishing up my time at the Ruskin, we had to submit a portfolio for the diploma we would get from the University of Oxford. It was really the only time the link between the University and the Ruskin existed. Along with the portfolio, we had to submit an essay and then present a “Viver.” The Viver represented [...]

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Wednesdays With Myron - The Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford, England 1956-1960, Part V

One summer vacation, while I studied at The Ruskin, I took a trip to Florence, Italy, with a young student named John Stevens. While on the train from the Port to Paris to change trains, we met an Italian girl named Emma Bionde. She was in tears, her mascara running down her face and her clothes rumpled from coming [...]

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Wednesdays With Myron - The Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford, England 1956-1960, Part IV

The teachers at The Ruskin didn’t work too hard. They came in one or two days a week from London, glanced at our work, and said something like, “That looks very nice.” Then they engaged you in some conversation that they thought was clever and you smiled, and they thought they were intelligent and that was good enough for them. [...]

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Wednesdays With Myron - The Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford, England 1956-1960, Part III

I drove through a classic English pea soup fog to get to a gallery opening that John Mason had in London. There were so many roads and canals on the road from Oxford to London that it was as moist as a wet sponge. I was leaning out of the window of an old Mercedes trying to keep my [...]

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Wednesdays With Myron - The Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford, England 1956-1960 Part II

Present day street view of 95 Kingston Road, Oxford, EnglandThe front room was very large and square, and it opened out to the street. It had a bay window with a table and chairs. I also had an armoire and a double bed. There was a meter-driven gas fireplace that required shillings, and a couple of over-stuffed [...]

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Wednesdays With Myron - The Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford, England 1956-1960, Part I

The Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, EnglandI went to The Ruskin School of Art in Oxford, England. It wasn’t part of Oxford University; it had some affiliations but it was really a finishing school for English debutantes who wanted to meet and marry young undergraduates who had Lords for fathers. They all had thick ankles with peaches and cream complexions. [...]

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