contributed by David Montgomery
If the auditorium corridor is not in your usual traffic pattern these days, make a special point to walk down it. Marion Robbins has a show of her photographs on display. Of the total 18 pictures, 16 were taken around the Collington campus. Mostly close-ups, the show gets you close to nature. A noteworthy feature of these photos is that they were captured on Marion’s mobile phone. The quality of the show points out the importance of having a “good eye.” You do not need a professional single-lens reflex camera (SLR) if you know how and when to click the shutter of a more personal camera.. (You may be better off with a phone.) Marion’s show demonstrates that she is observant.
A hint on viewing pictures in the show: while the color is obvious, look particularly at the texture.
Contributed by Marian Fuchs
Contributed by Marian Fuchs
On Monday March 18 some happy Collington revelers came to the Ivy Bar to drink green beer or white wine and celebrate this famous holiday. Ana and Yolanda poured the drinks, and many smiling folks imbibed them.
At a meeting on September 25, Joyce Garrison, speaking on behalf of the Nominating Committee, introduced a slate of candidates to head up the RA Council starting next month. The candidates are, from left to right in the picture below:
Lois Brown for President
Nadine Hathaway for First VP
Sue Regen for Second VP
Judy Collins (returning) for Secretary
Linda Ewald (returning) for Treasurer
The community will be voting on the candidates in the Clocktower all day on October 4, and the Annual Meeting of the Council will be at 1:30 pm in the Auditorium on October 5. We need a quorum to attend, so be sure to be there to welcome the new officers!
There is some fascinating new art work hanging in the corridor outside the Auditorium. The works are by resident Dave Montgomery, and many residents will likely enjoy the subjects and their colors and presentation. Here’s what Dave says about his work:
I have hung a show of photo abstraction in the auditorium corridor.
For many years I have been interested in the artistic line between abstraction and reality. How much is necessary within an abstraction to allow a viewer to identify some reality? And is the identification necessary? In other words, why worry about reality if the strength of the picture is its composition or ordering or color or any other criterion applied to an abstraction?
Back to basics, what determines the success of an abstraction if (in the usual case) there is no attempt to connect with reality? My conversations with abstract artists plus attempts at academic analysis lead me to suggest that a significant approach to an abstraction is to view it as a whole. Do not, according to this approach, overly analyze interrelationships nor positions within the picture; just look with open eyes at the whole picture.
However, when I introduce the possibility of a connection with reality, additional options add to the mix in analysis and appreciation. With any positive chance in viewing the result, the observer is able to see the original reality and how that is displayed. The depiction is in itself an artistic endeavor giving more options. I propose that reality within abstraction adds to the possibility for appreciation.
If you visit the third-floor meting room (next to apartment 351), you can see a similar effect with different execution. Look for the building front in Cairo, Illinois.
Other styles and directions are on my website .