To accompany the mail bag I do like to find an art piece that represents the postal delivery service. K in Sydney has been very naughty and sent me a statue of Morty the giant snail statue in Queanbeyan, New South Wales with the note that Downhere in Australia it seems to be the way our mail service is heading. Straight forward, yes, and up and down over some pretty rugged terrain, but very slowly!
The giant snail statue in Queanbeyan, nicknamed Morty. (abc.net.au)
But I had decided for the mail bag today to share with you one of my childhood heroes who was none other than Paul Revere, the American who was principal rider for the Boston's Committee of Safety and who took the famous ride to warn the Lexington Minutemen about the approach of the British in 1775.
Paul Revere's statue, Boston, Massachusetts (http://pdxwolfy.org/)
I am sure most of you would know of Paul Revere’s Ride and the poem commemorating it by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
But did you know that Paul Revere was a silversmith? This tea service made by Revere in about 1773 was purchased by William Paine in honor of his marriage to Lois Orne The service consists of forty-five pieces, the largest commission Revere received. It is on show in the Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts, USA.
Paul Revere's Tea Service (freepages.rootsweb.com)
And when on my walk this morning look what I found!!!
But let's see what is in our mail bag this week and question:
What do igloos in an American backyard, Winnie the Pooh, daffodils pushing their way up through the winter earth and sculptures by Australian artist Ola Cohn have in common?
Answer: These are the topics of interest that have come in the mail bag this week from our subscribers.
From A in Oakleigh, in a response to the blog on Ice Sculptures, I received this wonderful photo of an igloo made by one of her grand daughters whilst staying with her other grandparents in Maine USA last month when the temperature was -25c!
When J in Moonee Ponds saw Caroline's blog on Winnie the Pooh she was reminded of a display back in 2016 at the New York City Library, and being a very long time devotee of A A Milne J had to get some photos. Take particular note of "the before and after" photos of the original soft toys"" which as J pointed out are simply magical.
And with a reminder that our Northern Hemisphere cousins are still out and about even though in the depths of winter, E in London has sent us the first signs of Spring as the daffodils and snowdrops begin to push their way up through the soil.
D in Bendigo sent in a Facebook post from artist Fiona Cohn sharing with us some sculptures made by her great aunt Ola Cohn. I will be doing a blog on Fiona Cohn very soon.
Back at home in Victoria, Caroline spotted an advertisement for an Art Aid for Gippsland Exhibition to be held at the Gippsland Art Gallery from 15 February to 15 March.
The Gallery is at 70 Foster St Sale and the openeing hours are:
Monday-Friday 9am-5pm Saturday-Sunday 10am-4pm
The Exhibition concludes with an Auction at 4.00pm Sunday 15th March 2020.
If you live locally and are looking for a way to support the local community affected by the fires, what better way to spend a weekend.