Author Archives: Michele Walfred

About Michele Walfred

I am a communications specialist at the University of Delaware. I blog about Thomas Nast and editorial cartoons, art history, journalism, fine arts, photography, agriculture, gardening, and social media.

Abstract watercolor

I learned of a new piece, titled “Abstract watercolor” that is being placed in exhibit at the  Below is a cropped image from the Sisters of Charity online update. It is low resolution, but it is a piece I have … Continue reading

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Curriculum Vitae

I found a copy of my aunt’s CV, sent in 1969 to West Valley College, therefore dating her move to San Fransisco area around that year. This also adds information about what awards she won, her education, advanced degrees and … Continue reading

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Blue Triumph 12/12

This large painting, which I call Blue Triumph, is part of the permanent collection at Clarke University. The date my aunt painted this is unknown, but it would be prior to her leaving to go to San Francisco in the … Continue reading

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Pioneer Angelus, where are you?

One of the pieces I am most eager to see or have a photo of is Pioneer Angelus, a large mural painted by my aunt as her final assignment for her Master of Arts degree at University of Iowa State … Continue reading

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Robert De Niro and me

Okay, this is a misleading title. But I just watched the HBO documentary on artist Robert De Niro, Sr., a project created by his son, actor Robert De Niro. I was moved by De Niro’s passion to honor his father’s … Continue reading

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Why art matters

I love this quote from Rodney Allen Schwartz, director of the Westminster Presbyterian Church Gallery and Archive: “Art matters because it provides a communication tool between an artist or designer and the diverse audience who encounters the art. This encounter … Continue reading

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Iron Crosses, Bruges – update

After a flurry of emails back and forth, I was connected to Chris van Lierop, whose parents were Rev. Richard E. Nelson and Mrs. Dorothy Rawlings Nelson. I received this lovely note from Chris: “I looked again at your website. … Continue reading

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eBay one day, thrift store the next!

More and more I am reminded of the power of the Internet and realizing the purpose of this website! On January 2o, 2012, I received the following message, which came from the contact feature in this blog. It said: “This … Continue reading

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A Justin Bieber toothbrush Groupon ad leads to a new art discovery

The amazing twists and turns of social networking, email, Twitter and eBay After seeing creative Groupon commercials at the 2011 Superbowl, I decided to take a look at the new Internet upstart and eventually signed up to receive notices of … Continue reading

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High school discovery from 1929!

Thanks to Loyola Library Digital Collection (thanks Wikipedia for pointing me there) I was able to confirm that my aunt did indeed graduate from Immaculata High School in Chicago nine years before my mother did. Seraphia Walsh was in the … Continue reading

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Ed Demers’ memories

Edmund Demers was a lay faculty member at Clarke College during the time my aunt was chair of the Clarke College art department.  He was quoted in Time Magazine about his work at Clarke, and Ed’s talents were profiled in … Continue reading

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Urban Street Scene

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I’ve had this image for a while, shared with me in photo by Sr. Sara at Clarke. Time permits me to take another, closer look at some of her paintings and I am finding more to say about each as … Continue reading

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Salvaged Memories

Verna Friedman was one of my aunt’s students at Clarke College in the 1950s. She has been very generous sharing her memories of my aunt. Earlier this spring, she sent me some clippings and a piece of work my aunt … Continue reading

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Sister Mary Seraphia?

Gosh I love the Internet! Yesterday, out of the blue, I received the following email generated from the contact form of this blog from a G. Walker. It read: Comment: Hi, I happened across this work of art listed on … Continue reading

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Transitions

I was going through my archives the other day – gee I have stuff downloaded at work, and on two different home computers-and I found another image of my aunt. Reading about the history of the BVM order, the changes … Continue reading

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