This morning we visited our very favorite resale store! For my local readers, you know the place : "Walker's Buttons and Bows". Oh my. Where to start. As a result of an estate cleaning out, they had hundreds and hundreds of books for sale, mostly art books. Additionally, they had some very large, previously used, canvas stretchers. We spent 2 hours perusing the books and I was in heaven. The artist 's name is Susan Joyce Weimer. I wanted to give you some biographical information on her, but a search of the web turned up nothing and I don't want to give you heresay information that might not be correct. Below is a card from a solo show she had at the Hoyt Institute of Art, in New Castle PA in June 1997. I found it in one of the books I bought.
Here are boxes of books. Every book was $1.00, no matter the size, condition, age , etc. How could I walk away from that? Right?
Here you can see the stretchers I bought. The average size is about 4'X 5'. As I was stacking them up, I wondered what happened to the paintings that had been cut out of their frames. I wish I could have seen them. There is a small stretched canvas in the back that must have been a painting in progress ? I think I might try to meld a painting of mine with hers, maybe to preserve something of her spirit in my work.
Oh my! I was so excited to see these next two books. Roy found them for me. Below is a McCall's Pattern Book dated Spring 1946 and it sold for 35 cents. The fashions are wonderful!
And, THIS is Simplicity Patterns and is dated May 1934 and is priced originally at $1.50. It is a much thicker book.
I just don't know what to do with these. Some of the pages would be so interesting matted and framed! I guess for now, I will just look at them. But seriously, what is it with those tall skinny ladies?