Re: Artist, Romare Beardeny
Collage by Ellouise Schoettler
Brought this out to look over after I came upon
an article about Romare Bearden - a fantastic collagist.
I met his work in the early 1970s. First in his exhibit at the National Gallery downtown. I took lots of time to become familiar with how he created his magic scenes. I was also drawn to it because seeing the colors and objects cut from magazines reminded me of the hours I had spent making paper dolls cutting
clothes and objects from Sears catalogs and funnies from the newspapers.
Several months later when I was visiting my parents in Charlotte, NC. I went to the Mint Museum just to wander through the exhibits and check it out.
"Hello there." I said surprised to see more of Bearden's work in Charlotte. Even more surprised to learn that he too had lived in Charlotte. In the museum "shop" I bought a book with decent color pictures and some fine articles written by Bearden himself. I still have that book and often re-read it. Its like feasting on "comfort food."
Capturing some of our history - - on an abacus Jim made for collaged boxes.
Ellouise and Jim cutting the cake on their 25th anniversary.
December 2005 - party celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary.
Many memories of our life together.