Miriam’s health has continued to improve after hip replacement surgery due to the help of a great primary care team, the orthopedic surgeon, and most importantly regular, focused physical therapy. She is walking with just a walker now.
Miriam has also enjoyed seeing friends and fellow artists stop by for lunch and a chat. If you are going through I-40 between Knoxville and Nashville, TN, she would be happy to see you.
And we’ve been full-time working on an addition to her son Frank’s home for Miriam which is nearing completion. Miriam will have her own space, living area, kitchenette, screened porch, and deck hopefully by Thanksgiving.
Art with new homes…
On the art side (which is I know why you are here!), we are very happy to see these two special works sell to collectors in Birmingham, Alabama:
1. “Woman with Red Pants” and on the reverse “Looking Toward the Rushton’s Back Yard on Canterbury Road”
2. “View from the Viaduct on 24th Street in Birmingham, Alabama”
Al Capp’s cottage in Sarasota, FL
SOLD: “Woman with Red Pants”. Oil on board. 36″ x 30″.
“I had been in New York City for the year studying at the Art Students League of New York after graduating from the University of Alabama. There, as well as at the University, I did much abstract work, which was very ‘modern’ at the time. This painting was inspired by Picasso’s work.”
“When I returned to Birmingham that year, I came home and set up a studio at my mother and Father’s home in the space above the garage on Canterbury Road. From there I could see the hillside and it reminded me of Cezanne’s work. The Rushton’s lived above us and the Stockhams next door to them. I would often climb over the fence as a young girl and walk through the woods to the Stockhams where I took music lessons.”
The “Woman with Red Pants” work is unique in her collection due to its style, when it was done (1958), and the fact there is another of Miriam’s paintings on the reverse!
The painting on the back side (see image above) is of Mountain Brook (Canterbury Rd) in the early years of its development. You can see that the trees in the area are sparse and younger in the painting. This is where Miriam grew up. This painting marks a transition in Miriam’s artistic style and focus from abstract to more realist work.
A Series of Retrospectives
Gardens & Gates
As summer drew to a close, we began a series of online retrospectives of Miriam’s works based on themes. We looked at “Gardens & Gates”, “Drawing and Painting Downtown Birmingham” and are now looking at her mid-century work. Clicking on one of the titles above will take you to the gallery collection of her work, many of which are available for purchase.