Exhibits in SLO and Paso display art from the past

Special to The TribuneMarch 25, 2013 

A shop in Georgetown sells 39-star Centennial United States original parade flags for nearly $4,000. Makes sense. Lots of Washington, D.C., types likely have the historic home and paycheck to accommodate such a flag.

Sterling & Burke also carries a selection of rare flags, maps and Americana from The Great Republic, a Colorado-based dealer. I didn’t go all the way to Georgetown for this week’s column. All I had to do was get off at the Marsh Street exit and go to FrameWorks for an exhibit from the Great Republic on display through April 12.

The posters are what strike my fancy — a Red Cross World War I patriotic poster and another from the same era by poster artist Sidney H. Riesenberg.

History buffs will especially like the maps. One from 1847 of the United States and Mexico shows “S. Louis Obispo” in Upper California.

A 45-star flag used between 1896 and 1908 celebrates Utah statehood. A 36-star flag is from the Civil War era and was used to wave in parades. There’s a 13-star flag, too, but it’s not from the 13-state era. It’s circa 1920, when it was popular to fly the flag on private yachts.

Several engravings of paintings are more for show than taking home. At least one goes for the price of a gently used car.

The painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware” by Emanuel Leutze hangs in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. See the mezzo tint and line engraving on paper by Emanuel Leutze at FrameWorks. It’s one of 83 made in 1853.

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History and art also mix and mingle at the Carnegie Library in City Park on 12th Street in Paso Robles.

“Shared Histories: R.J. Arnold’s Portraits of the Central Coast” is an exhibit of vintage photographs produced from glass plate negatives dating from the late 1800s through April 30.

El Paso de Robles Area Historical Society received 2,000 19th-century glass plate photographic negatives from Jacqueline D. Marie in memory of Randal Young, and Los Angeles artist Anthony Lepore selected negatives to print for the show.

Expect to see the diversity of native and immigrant cultures prevalent in San Luis Obispo County during the late 1800s among the 19 photos.

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Arts Obispo has announced the dates for the 15th annual Open Studios Art Tour — October 12-13 and 19-20.

The artist application deadline is April 19 and applications can be downloaded at http://artsobispo.org. The nonprofit is also looking for catalog advertisers and planning team members. Email programs@artsobispo.org or call 544-9251.

Contact freelance writer Monica Fiscalini at Monica_Jane2000@yahoo.com.

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