A gala event entitled "A Celebration of Art & Creativity" benefiting the Kelsey-Seybold Foundation was held Feb. 15, 1996 at Houston's Museum of Health and Medical Science. The event feature two interesting people: at left is Hugh R. Butt, M.D., Professor Emeritus of the Mayo Medical School, a sculptor who hasn't let the passage of time slow him down, and the Huffington Center on Aging's benefactor, Ambassador Roy M. Huffington, a Houston businessman who is also a role model for all people, not just older ones, inasmuch as he is in training and may run in the Senior Olympics.
A self-taught artist, Dr. Butt's work in wire and metal has been exhibited nationally and expresses his interest and knowledge in the human form and the artist's belief that art should make one feel good, even laugh. We agree that his Calder/Matisse-like work makes one stop and ponder what this octogenarian artist's work means to us and even chuckle about the humorous images that the work conjures up in our minds. Dr. Butt, it works.
The event coordinator, Ms. Terry Litchfield, chose to place at the end of the printed program a pertinent quote from someone intimately knowledgeable about medicine:
"For where there is the love of man, there is also love of the Art." --Hippocrates.
Since this piece will be read by our fellow cybervillagers throughout the world, a quote from someone who lived from 1749-1832 that was used in an Arts and Medicine Symposium I helped coordinate at Baylor College of Medicine in 1978 may also be appropriate:
"Science and Art belong to the whole world, and the barriers of nationality vanish before them." --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Anne Eldrege Harris
Born in Pensacola, Florida in 1918, Anne's childhood was spent in Washington, D.C., and Ga. before moving to New Orleans in her teens. At the University of Alabama she met her brilliant engineer husband. They were married in her sophomore year when she was eighteen, and set off on an adventuresome life in several southern states while her husband designed bridges. They places they lived included Connecticut, Venezuela, Maryland, and New Orleans, where for 25 years he was on the Tulane faculty. The couple was always interested in the forefront of science and technology, as well as philosophy, art, and creativity, which she has found again on the internet.
Widowed in 1982, Anne moved to a retirement home in Delaware to be near NYC, Philadelphia, and Washington. Now a recluse in failing health, she finds my "art studio in a box" the perfect answer for energy-sparing creativity, and Art on the Net a delightful connection to other artists.
After sixty years of working in traditional art mediums, Anne discovered digital art in mid 1995. With Fauve-Matisse software, using the mouse as a brush, she experiments daily and the possibilities blow her mind. The transition to computer generated art demands even greater emphasis on drawing. She begins with an idea drawn in her regular sketchbook, transfer it into the computer via Sketcher software to correct the proportions, etc., then into Fauve-Matisse where she paints and manipulates it with filters and enhancers.
One of four children, Joan Rotenberg was born Sept. 25, 1920 in Zwickau, Saxony, Germany, a small town near Leipzig. Her father was a successful business man, owning a laundromat, a number of garages and gasoline stations, and even a truck weighing station.
Joan and her sister and brothers would probably have enjoyed their lives in Zwickau and perhaps be there today had not the increased level of antisemitism that preceded the infamous "Kristallnacht" and the prospects of war led her parents to make a bold move to Palestine when Joan was just 15 years old. Leaving Germany no doubt saved Joan's life and left her and her art for us to enjoy today.
What was life like for a teenager at the Kibbutzim Jagur and Alonim near Haifa in 1935? "Primitive, but not too bad - three to a tent, half day working, half day of school plus learning Hebrew, enduring the nightly exchange of gunfire with their neighbors occupying the high ground above the wadi and then dancing into the night with her fellow Youth Aliah counterparts from Germany" was the answer Mrs. Katzenstein gave from her present day home in New Port Richey, Fla. She remembers those days as vividly today as she does the intricate steps to her line dancing class that she attends three times weekly.
She recalled that she said she always had fresh flowers adorning the pole that held her tent up and she always had a reproduction of van Gogh around as well. But she still was a long way from becoming the artist she is today. After eight years of Kibbutz life, Joan went to the port city of Haifa to buy a new pair of shoes. There she met and married Eric Katzenstein, another German emigre from Frankfurt. In 1947, the instability of Middle East geopolitics led Joan and her husband to leave their new homeland in a converted troop ship for New York City where Eric's family had settled earlier.
In 1983, with family raised, this great grandmother could now pursue her art. She started taking lessons and paints for her pleasure. Some of the artists featured have been painting all their lives; some are even into computer art, but Mrs. Katzenstein is the prime example that it's never too late to begin.