2012 WEBSITE SPECIAL GUESTS
Each summer special guests are invited to exhibit works on the site which either express or in some way interpret the summer theme. This year's theme has been "Animal Magnetism." Many thanks to all the 2012 Website Special Guests!
The art depicted above is a portion of a fresco entitled "Pastoral California." It was a federal Works Project Administration
(WPA) art project created
in 1934 on the walls of Plummer Auditorium at Fullerton High School by artist Charles Kassler II and depicts the traditions of pastoral California. The entire fresco, which depicts more than 70 people, 16 horses and a menagerie of other animals, was whitewashed only four years after it
was created, but it was restored and rededicated in 1997. Among the scenes depicted are ones of Jose Antonio Yorba, whose original land grant covered the area, and caballeros around him participating in various games and contests involving
horses and their riders. Horse racing was the most popular sport during California's rancho period, and contests on horseback were commonplace.
Recipient of grants from the Whiting and Guggenheim Foundations, and Editor of Stand Up Poetry: An Expanded Anthology, Webb has been called "Southern California's most inventive and accessible poet" by Lifescape Magazine. National Public Radio has said that Webb is "A man with a mission to bring poetry back to the people," and Maura Stanton has called him "a major poet of the twenty-first century whose work is both complex and accessible." He teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at California State University Long Beach, where he has received both the Distiguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Achievement Awards, the Distiguished Faculty Teaching Award, and the 2009 Provost's Award for Outstanding Impact Accomplishment in Research, Scholarly or Creative Activity. Webb also was a professional singer/rock guitarist for fifteen years and a practicing psychotherapist for ten years. He received an undergraduate degree from Rice University, an M.A. from the University of Washington, and an M.F.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.
Sculptor John H. Stewart of Newport Beach has been involved in art for more than 40 years and is a self-taught sculptor and naturalist, as well as an
avid SCUBA diver. He began experimenting with photography as a child, and over the years his camera has travelled with him across the U.S. and abroad,
as well as on SCUBA trips in California and the Caribbean. He created his first sculpture in 1997 after watching other sculptors in New Mexico. His diving trips and love of marine life give him a volume of experience to sculpt and share with others. He has an eye for the movement and habitats of the
animals he observes, and this is displayed in the attention to detail of the animals and their environment which he depicts. To find out more about John H. Stewart and his sculptures, visit his website at
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