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If you live in Fairfield, please consider creating a scholarship for a college-bound high school student. Anyone can create one! All of the administrative functions and funds disbursement is handled by Assist-A-Grad - a non-profit organization. I created one scholarship for a deserving and talented student last year and another this year. Of course, my scholarship goes to a student who intends to major in a visual arts field. However, there are many ways your scholarship could be targeted. It could be a very rewarding experience for you as well as a deserving student. For more information, please click on the following link:   

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Do you love classic movies? I couldn't work in my studio without a classic movie playing on the TV! Many of the movies I watch I have seen before so I don't really need to be watching every second. I just fill in the parts I don't see from memory while I am working. Much of the time, I seem to know when to look up from my work for "important" parts of the movies I haven't already seen (It seems to be second nature to me now after years of "watching" movies while working). Of course, I must confess that sometimes I will take a break from work and watch the full movie if it is riveting. I need to have a classic movie on the TV and it actually helps keep me focused on my artwork.

I like Hollywood Golden Age Musicals, 1940's & 1950's Film Noir and Pre-Code movies (Pre-Code movies were produced between 1929 until mid-1934 when the Hays Production Code was finally enforced). If you don't know what the Hays Production Code is, then there is a new - actually "old" - world just waiting for you!).

The Pre-Code movies I have watched inspired me to create my "Prohibition Era Series" of watercolor paintings.

I should mention that movies are a visual art form, too! My 2018 Assist-A-Grad scholarship recipient will major in Media Arts Production.

My favorite sources for classic movies are: TCM on cable TV and the Filmstruck movie streaming service. Learn more about Film Noir at The Film Noir Foundation. Click on the links below for more information

 

 

 

TCM

Filmstruck

The Film Noir Foundation