I often looked at Norman Rockwell paintings and felt a twinge of jealousy -- wishing that those perfect scenes had been a part of my life story. Then I found out that even Norman Rockwell wished that the scenes he painted had been a part of his real life.
In truth, Rockwell was born in New York City in 1894 and lived a hard-scrabble childhood on the wrong side of the tracks. So his paintings of scrubbed up Americana are really just his own yearnings for a life he never had. The life he did have was exciting and full of creativity and he left a lasting artistic legacy in the hundreds of paintings he did for the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, Life and other magazines.
Her outsized paintings of flowers have kept the art world buzzing for decades. But here are some details of Georgia O'Keeffe's life and art that you might not know. Click on the artworks to see the hidden facts.
1. Georgia O'Keeffe wanted to live to be 100 years old. When she died in 1986, how old was she?
2. Though she eventually made New Mexico her permanent home, where was O'Keeffe born.
3. What well-known photographer first exhibited O'Keeffe's work in the 1920s? (He also went on to marry O'Keeffe and take over 700 photo portraits of her.)
Just like EVERYONE else, I've got a screenplay in me. A friend and I have been dreaming about writing a perfect film script for Meryl Streep. Dreaming, not doing. But maybe 2012 is our year.
Okay, I won't give you our elevator pitch on our film idea -- because we don't have one. I also won't tell you that we have any connections to Meryl Streep -- except that my friend and co-dreamer, Mary, and I both regard her as the epitome of an actor -- and we both think she'd like to have a beer with us.
Whether you want to learn to knit or learn about our courts, Fresh City Life My Branch has something for you this week! And if you need something to do this weekend, check out the list! Many programs require registration, so plan now!
Join the Sit 'n Knit group at Bear Valley on Tuesday, May 8 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. --this is a group for both beginning and experienced knitters. Learn something new, or share your knowledge!
Still trying to figure out what to do this weekend? Add a Fresh City Life My Branch program to the mix!
All these events are happening on Saturday, May 5:
Bird Watching 101, Part 1, at Ross-Broadway at 10 a.m.Please register, 720-865-0135 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn the basics of bird watching, how to ID birds, where to look for them, and how to use a field guide! Look for Bird Watching 101, Part 2 on May 12!
You've seen many trials play out on television and in the movies, but how does the court system really work? Join us for the Fresh City Life My Branch Our Courts series and find out!
This 6-week series is presented by Our Courts Colorado, a joint activity of the Colorado Judicial Institute and the Colorado Bar Association, to help educate the public about state and federal courts in Colorado in a nonpartisan way. Learn about how judges are selected, how courts are kept impartial, the processes of both a civil and criminal case, and how bankruptcy and divorce proceedings go through the courts.
Whether you want to make something, learn something, or soar with Amelia Earhart, join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch program this week!
Still have questions about your eReader, or considering getting one? Learn all about them and how they work with library collections in eBooks 101 on Thursday, May 3 from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch! Bring your laptop and/or device, and be ready to learn! Come during the time when we'll be talking about your particular questions: