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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Merit Academy and Barney Lipscomb's amazing daughter

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From: Barney Lipscomb
Date: Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 12:14 AM
Subject: Re: UT McClung Museum Receives Large Gift of Rare Maps
To: graham arader <grahamarader@gmail.com>


Graham,
Thanks. Here is the DRAFT press release. Appreciate you looking at.--Barney​

Feb 27, 2015

Merit Academy Receives Gift of Natural History Art

FARMERS BRANCH—Eighteen original hand colored lithographs and stipple engravings of natural history art from the 19th century now reside at Merit Academy, Farmers Branch, a school for exceptional children.

Merit Academy recently received this extraordinary gift of art from a private donor.

Fifteen original hand-colored lithographs from John James Audubon, The Birds of America, 1st Royal Octavo Edition (1840–1844) and 1 double elephant folio “Perfect Recreation” edition published by Laumont Studios, New York City are currently on display at Merit Academy in Farmers Branch, Texas. For inspiration with nature and to better know the world around them, students can see art and science at the school every day in these beautifully framed, hand-colored, lithographic prints after original drawings by American ornithologist, naturalist, painter, John James Audubon. The art can and will be used to teach art, art history, names, environmental science, and more. Students and teachers can study the art to learn about some of America’s amazing birds and even plants in their natural habitats. Time and time again they can look at the art and discover something new each time and not just something about birds. Another focus of beautiful natural history art in the school is simply to inspire all students, teachers, parents, and visitors with an appreciation and respect for nature.

Three color-printed, folio stipple engravings after original watercolor paintings by Pierre Joseph Redouté, from his famous Les Liliaceés (1802–1816), were more recently donated to the school.

“This collection of natural history art is an eloquent and expressive addition to the resources available for teaching and inspiration, and teachers are already taking advantage of these rare works of art and science,” said Charity Purcell, founder and director of Merit Academy.

“The qualities of these Audubon lithographs are superior to all other American natural history illustrations of the 19th and 20th centuries. The stunning detail captures the breathtaking beauty and science of the natural world in the nineteenth century. There is something electrifying about being face to face with these original works of art.” W. Graham Arader III, owner of Arader Galleries, New York.

The octavo lithographs and folio copperplate engravings were created by two of the biggest names in natural history art of the 19th century, John James Audubon, American ornithologist, naturalist, painter (1785–1851) and Pierre Joseph Redouté, recognized as the most talented botanical artist the world has ever known (1759–1840). Audubon’s royal octavo edition of The Birds consisted of 500 plates. The prints were made using stone lithography rather than etching. The smaller size (as opposed to his Double Elephant Folio) and lower price made this edition a more practical purchase for a broader range of people and institutions. The color-printed stipple engravings by Redouté are from his masterpiece, Les Liliaceés; the 486 drawings of lily-like plants were created during the early years of the 19th century under the patronage of Josephine Bonaparte at Malmaison and Navarre (Paris, France). Josephine, a knowledgeable naturalist and passionate gardener, filled her gardens with the rarest and most beautiful plants from the Old and New worlds and Redouté was her official court painter immortalizing all of the flowers grown at Malmaison and Navarre.

Audubon bird lithographs are: Swainson’s Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Northern Hawk Owl, Bank Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Say’s Phoebe [Flycatcher], Acadian Flycatcher, Townsend’s Solitaire, Brown Tree-Creeper, Northern Waterthrush, Vesper Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow, Hudsonian Godwit, Ancient Murrelet, Roseate Spoonbill (Double Elephant Folio). Redouté’s color-printed stipple engravings of plants are: Allium fragrans, (sweet-scented false garlic), Montbretia sucurigera (Iris family), and Pitcairnia angustifolia (bromeliad).

The gift came to Merit Academy from Victor Mankovsky, New York. W. Graham Arader III, owner of Arader Galleries also of New York, facilitated the gift.

Merit Academy is located at 2825 Valley View Lane #100, Farmers Branch. Merit is a non-profit, therapeutic school program that serves children Preschool-12th grade with Autism, learning differences, and chromosomal conditions. Individualized academics along with in-home training are provided. Merit Academy’s curriculum follows Texas State mandated curriculum, TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) and is based on each student’s grade level functioning, not age equivalency. The school is located in Farmers Branch, TX. The school program follows a traditional school schedule throughout the year and is session five a days a week from 8:30am-3:30pm. Merit Academy offers extra curricular activities during and after school, including Tae Kwon Do, Boy Scouts, and social groups. Charity Purcell founded the school in 2009, and she continues to serve as the President and Director.

For more information about the Merit Academy and its school program, visit http://www.meritacademytx.org/.


The END!



From: graham arader <grahamarader@gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2015 9:08 PM
To: Barney Lipscomb
Subject: Re: UT McClung Museum Receives Large Gift of Rare Maps
 
wow that is terribly thoughtful Barney
YES I would like to see the full press release
thank you,
Graham

On Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 7:56 PM, Barney Lipscomb wrote:
Graham,

We are covered with ice here in north central Texas...staying home and working on a press release for my daughter's school (Charity Purcell at Merit Academy) in relation to the Audubons and the Redoute paintings. I'm writing a press release for Charity so she can give to the Dallas Morning News reporter. The idea is to give them a basic story and have them contact Victor personally as to why he donated the art to Merit Academy. Victor told Charity to set it up and he would be happy to talk to the reporter.

I have taken this Press Release for UT McClung Museum's gift of maps (thanks for sharing) and have adapted it to fit the gift of Audubons/Redoutes for my daughter's school, Merit Academy.  I have a quote in the Press Release​ from Charity (see below) and it would be nice to have a quote from you as well. And if the Dallas Morning News reporter can get something personal from Victor...great.   Here are Charity's and your quote which I've paraphrased from various sources online. Would you read this and either edit or say, it is OK to use?


“This collection of natural history art is an eloquent and expressive addition to the resources available for teaching and inspiration, and teachers are already taking advantage of these rare works of art and science,” said Charity Purcell, founder and director of Merit Academy.

“The qualities of these Audubon lithographs are superior to all other American natural history illustrations of the 19th and 20th centuries. The stunning detail captures the breathtaking beauty and science of the natural world in the nineteenth century. There is something electrifying about being face to face with these original works of art.” W. Graham Arader III, owner of Arader Galleries, New York.

 Thanks Graham. I'm happy to send you the full Press Release if you like.

--Barney 

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