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.

Blue City 2/12

This is my second favorite, and it’s a very close second.My aunt traveled and studied in Europe and I suspect that is the inspiration, if not model for this image. I see a river in the center, with the city’s … Continue reading

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Bridges 1/12

This is my favorite of the 12 images sent to me by Dr. Sara McAlpin, BVM.  The first word that came to me was bridges, so that is the working title. I screeched with delight when the CD she mailed … Continue reading

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Twelve new paintings at Clarke University are discovered!!

Due to the over the top kindness of Dr. Sara McAlpin, BVM, I am now in possession of an additional dozen photographs of paintings done by my aunt. Sr. Sara, words cannot convey my gratitude for you time in locating … Continue reading

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Looking for kinfolk in all the wrong places!

As long as I can remember, going back a half a century (and a little more), members of my family were told we were related to someone special. Someone impressive! An ancestor we could all point to with pride and whose blood … Continue reading

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Psalm 82:15 discovered at UC-Boulder

I am delighted to have received a response from an inquiry to University of Colorado-Boulder where my aunt studied in 1965-66 for her M.F.A. After doing some digging around on my behalf, Valerie Albicker was able to uncover what is … Continue reading

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Clarke College – Archives

So many thanks go out to Sr. Sara McAlpin who has spent a good deal of time tracking down more of my aunt’s work. These are very abstract and modern, and I suspect were painted in the 1960s. Not sure … Continue reading

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Dining room memories

This geisha is one of two Asian-styled paintings that hung in our dining room  for as long as I can remember.  It is older than I am. I have a picture of my mother pregnant with me and the picture … Continue reading

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Iron Crosses, Bruges

A quick Google search of my aunt, in quotes, produced this interesting reference: It looks as though the author, affiliated with The University of Duluth, Minnesota and the Tweed Museum of Art, mentions my aunt and a painting done by … Continue reading

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New painting discovered – 1966!!!

My Craigslist contact came through! I am so excited! I’ve been corresponding with a woman in Dubuque whose father purchased this painting in 1966. He believes it was painted that year. He also told his daughter there was one similar … Continue reading

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More from Mt. Carmel

The following images were sent to me by the Sisters of Charity. The photographs are not good quality. The title is mine. It came without one. When I posted this on my Facebook for family and friends to see, many … Continue reading

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I’ve hit the jackpot with Craiglist!

Always follow your hunches!  When I found out my aunt had produced all this artwork 50 years ago, I had no idea how I might begin tracking it all down. On a lark, I posted an add in the Dubuqe … Continue reading

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Do you have a painting by a nun?

Gee, you might and not even know it! If you live in Iowa, particularly Dubuque Iowa, and are an art aficionado with a modern painting on your wall, you just might! For my family’s benefit, I’ve been posting what I … Continue reading

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Ecce Homo 1953

I recently got a copy of my aunt’s CV, submitted to West Valley College for employment, and the CV references where some of her work is placed in permanent collection.  I immediately sent out inquiries, and the first to return … Continue reading

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