Women have Issues at the Widening the Cycle Exhibit

DEATH OF FERTILITY

“Death of Fertility”.

Women’s issues take center stage at the “Widening the Cycle” exhibit at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts. The Society for Menstrual Cycle Research (SMCR) and the Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights hosts the exhibit. The exhibit is held during the SMCR annual conference. The opening reception is June 4, 5-7 pm. The show concludes on June 6.

My pastel painting “Death of Fertility” is featured in the exhibit along with other artists.

“Death of Fertility” is about menopause. The woman in this painting ponders her reproductive years. The fertility doll, anthurium flower, stagnant water, Sande statue, and grass skirt provide clues to the hidden messages in the painting. Inspired by Surrealist and Symbolist art, the painting is infused with many symbols the viewer must interpret and discover.

Suffolk Unversity Law School is located at 120 Tremont Street. For details and to preview the artwork, visit http://www.wideningthecycle.com.

Godzilla Seeking New York

The 10th Annual 100 Artist Exhibit opening reception will be held on Friday, June 12 from 7-10 pm. The exhibit showcases the work of 100 International artists with the theme of “Tokyo.”

My painting “Godzilla seeking New York” will be a part of the exhibit.

The painting explores the relationship between the United States and Japan since World War II. Two epic centers New York and Tokyo are represented in this painting.

Godzilla’s emergence from under the sea after a hydrogen bomb symbolizes the undercurrents in this relationship. Takashi Murakami alludes to this tension in the book “Little Boy.” “Little Boy” was the nickname of the atom bomb that levelled Hiroshima.

The 2020 Olympiad in Tokyo is a testament to Japan’s prevalence as a major player in the world. The Olympics promotes world peace through athletic competitions among nations. In the words of World Peace founder, Masahisa Goi, “May peace prevail on the earth.”

The 10th Annual 100 Artist Exhibit will be held at the Ouchi Gallery on 170th Tillary Street in Brooklyn, New York 11201. The exhibit is June 13-28 from 12-6 pm. It is open by appointment only on Wednesdays.

For more information on the exhibit, visit http://www.ouchigallery.com.

Gratitude On Memorial Day Weekend

barefoot postman statue.

A tribute to a hero, James E. Hamilton.

I was showing my grandson pictures of my visit to Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse. He saw a photo of the barefooted mailman statue and asked me about it. I later picked up the booklet entitled, “Souvenir on the Barefoot Mailman.” It seems this statue was dedicated to James E. Hamilton who came from Kentucky. He traded being a farmer for a career as a Barefoot Mailman. As often is the case, the grass was not greener in his new career. He went missing during one of his 68 mile routes. A statue was erected in his honor.

Memorial Day comes just before Father’s Day. So I was thinking about Hamilton, my deceased father, and the Coast Guard servicemen. Although my father was a mail carrier, I never really thought about mail carriers and the work that they do.

Like most Americans, I often take mail delivery for granted. It may be “snail mail” but efforts to switch to five day delivery were met by protests. A couple of years ago during Christmas when FedEx and UPS failed the winter challenge, it was the postal service that rose to the occasion. Now, the postal service delivers mail seven days a week for Amazon.

I begin to notice the Coast Guard lately because the of lighthouses I wanted to paint. The more lighthouses I visited, the more insight I got into the Coast Guard. As I thought about the 1,350 miles of Florida coastline, I began to appreciate the work that the Coast Guard does.

The Coast Guard is one of the five branches of the Armed Forces and the only one within the Department of Homeland Security, according to its website. The Coast Guard is responsible for maritime safety, security, and environmental stewardship. They helped with the BP oil spill.

The Coast Guard just released information about today’s oil spill off the coast of Louisiana. According to Reuters, ”A small offshore oil platform caught fire in shallow water near the coast of Louisiana on today and a sheen was seen in the sea after workers were evacuated.” It was an unfriendly reminder on Memorial Day weekend of the vital services that the Coast Guard provides. If you go to a beach this weekend, say a word of thanks to our Coast Guard.

For more information on the many services the Coast Guard provides, check out the Coast Guard Compass blog.

JUMPING JUPITER

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Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse

 

“…and the cow jumped over the moon.” After ascending cascading steps, the entrance to this lighthouse beckons with more daunting steps. Perched on a hill, you’ll be awarded with a breathtaking view of the ocean.

LIGHTHOUSE GETAWAY

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Aboard the Black Pearl.

I climbed aboard the Black Pearl for a day cruise to the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse. A guide from the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse Association entertained us with trivia and jokes along the way.

Armed with my sketchbook, I was delighted when we arrived at Hillsboro Inlet.
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Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse stands guard.

A tropical paradise awaited. We were met by swaying palm trees and snorkelers enjoying the azure ocean.
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The coast of Hillsboro Inlet lighthouse.

People relaxed along  the pristine shoreline. A few small  boats were anchored in the inlet as swimmers took a plunge.

The Coast Guard gladly extended the red carpet for us. The Guard takes pride in protecting our coasts and takes lighthouses seriously.
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Hammocks and palm trees behind the inlet.

During World War I and World War II, the Coast Guard did beach patrols here. A marker explains how a German raider M/S was seized at this site.

A statue of the “Barefoot Postman” is in honor of James E. Hamilton who gave his life delivering the mail. These postmen ran bare footed along the shore and paddled across waterways to deliver the mail.
a view from atop the lighthouse.

A view from atop the lighthouse.

No trip to a lighthouse is complete without a climb to the top for a breathtaking view.

The Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse is open to the public during tours. For more information, contact the Hillsboro Lighthouse Association at www.hillsborolighthouse.org.

TROPICAL RESPITE

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I had packed my bags and settled my plans for my lighthouse road trip when I noticed a public tour to this lighthouse. I grimaced because lately God had interrupted every thing I had planned for the last year. To be frank, His plans were bigger and better than anything I could have imagined. A devotion I read asked “who has a better track record for making good decisions you or God?” Still it was a struggle for me to relinquish control of my life. Being a little weary, I decided to delay my trip and to visit the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse. Afterall, the next tour I could attend would be in November.

I am happy I listened. This lighthouse refreshed me and energized me. It truly quenched my spiritual thirst and supplied me with a new outlook that I needed.

Timing is Everything

Fresnel lens.

Fresnel lens.

I recently learned that each lighthouse has a unique signal based on the rotation of the lens and frequency of its light signal.  Mariners in times past could track where they were at night by the signal from the lighthouse. Early air pilots also used lighthouses for nighttime navigation.

I am in the process of painting Florida lighthouse and recently visited Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse which is 10 miles south of Daytona Beach.

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No visit to a lighthouse is complete without a view from the top.

Ponce de Leon Lighthouse is Florida’s tallest lighthouse. On the grounds you will find a gift shop, video theater, museums in the Principal Keeper’s, First and Second Assistant’s dwellings. There is also museum with an actual lens inside and an informative video on “The Science of Light.”

Start your visit in the Video Theater and get an overview of the grounds. During your stay, you will discover how the United States Lighthouse Service and the United States Coast Guard Service merged. Your visit, like mine, will dispel many misperceptions. I gained a deeper appreciation of lighthouses and an understanding of how they fit within the framework of national security.

 

Lighthouses were always meant to protect our coastlines and warn mariners of potential hazards.

For more information on the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, visit http://www.ponceinlet.org.

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Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse.