Saturday, November 7, 2009

Some art news worth noting

"Snow Angels," a collection which contains a novella by Janna McMahan of Columbia, is number 29 on The New York Times paperback best-seller list.It will also appear on the USA Today best-seller list.
McMahan is also the author of the novels "The Ocean Inside" and "Calling Home," both published by Kensington Publishing. The novella "Decorations," about a woman who decorates people's homes for the holidays and finds romance (although it is not a romance.)
She'll give a reading and sign books at Ed's Editions in West Columbia Nov. 21.

Columbia pianist Joseph Rackers has been named a Steinway piano artist. 
Rackers, who teaches at USC, joins his wife Marina Lomazov in that honor. Lomazov was named a Steinway artist earlier this year. The couple are one of two musician-couple Steinway artists in the nation. Earlier this year a group of supporters purchased the couple a Steinway grand piano.
Rackers and Lomazov will perform at Trinity Episcopal Catherdal in Columbia at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Virginia Scotchie of Columbia just opened a solo show "Objects Near and Far" at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester just outside New York City. It is on display through Nov. 25.

The USC library recently received a gift of paintings of John Milton and his mother.  The portrait of Sara Jeffrey Milton was done around 1621; the Milton painting is a 1792 copy of an earlier portrait.
The university has a 6,000-volume collection of work by and about Milton, best know for his epic poem "Paradise Lost."
The portraits were donated by Peter and Carolyn Koblenzer of Philadelphia. The artist is unknown.

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