May 13, 1373~ Julian of Norwich healed of illness after a series of visions

Title page for Revelations of Divine Love from a design by Phoebe Anna Traquair

Julian of Norwich wrote the earliest surviving book in the English language attributed to a woman.
Never beatified, Julian is honored on the unofficial feast day of May 13.

March 1907, London, Methuen and Company / First published July 1901
Written by Julian of Norwich (1342-sometime after 1416),
edited by Grace Harriet Warrack (1855-1932) / Digital edition:

Previous May 13 post:
Artist Birthday Quiz for 5/13~

May 6, 1935~ FDR establishes the Works Progress Administration

Noah’s Ark Mural by Helen Forbes and Dorothy Puccinelli

1938 / Egg Tempera / 1,200’ expanse / San Francisco Zoo Mother’s Building

Works Progress Administration (WPA) (1935)~
The Mothers Building Improvement Project News~

Previous May 6 posts:

Love & War~ May 6

Nora Clench~ May 6, 1867-May 17, 1938

Rudolph Valentino: Born May 6, 1895

Kentucky Derby: May 6, 2017

Artist Birthday Quiz for 5/6~

Hispanic Artists~September 26

Constructive Cathedral  by  Joaquín Torres-García

1931 / Oil on canvas / 27 3/4”x23” / National Museum of Fine Arts of Argentina, Buenos Aires
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Medea  by  Rodolfo Abularach

1974 / Oil on canvas / 24”x30” / Museum of Republic Bank Art Collection, Bogota, Colombia

National Hispanic Heritage Month 2018: Sept. 15 to Oct. 15

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

Links to Selected Exhibits and Collections here~

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Judith F. Baca~
Daniel Martin Diaz~
Carmen Lomas Garza~
Ester Hernandez~
Yolanda Lopez~
Soraida Martinez~
Manuel Neri~
Royal Chicano Air Force~
Richard Serra~
Patssi Valdez~
Emigdio Vasquez~
Los Four~

Pride Month~ June 7

Violet Oakley (1874-1961)
The first American woman to receive a public mural commission

June / c.1902 / Oil, charcoal, and graphite on composition board / 16 3/16”x 17 1/16”












Romaine Brooks (1874-1970) A leading figure of early 20th-century expatriates in Paris

La Baronne Emile D’Erlanger / c.1924 / Oil on canvas / 41 7/8”x 34 1/8”