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Denali on canvas

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This painting is on display at the Fairbanks Community Museum.  Photo by Circle to Circle


Frederic Remington Art Museum

Ogdensburg, New York


The Frederic Remington Art Museum

When I was in Ogdensburg this past spring, I was lucky enough to get a private, guided tour of the Frederic Remington Art Museum. The main building of the museum was built in 1810 by David Parish. Remington’s wife Eva, lived in the residence after the artist’s death. Eva died in 1918, and the museum was founded in 1923.


The Bronco Buster; 1895

Today, the FRAM houses a large and comprehensive collection of Remington’s work, which includes paintings, sculptures and sketches, as well as many personal belongings.


Frederic Remington

Born in 1861, Remington was 11 when his family moved to Ogdensburg. He briefly attended Yale University’s art school, but left to tend his ailing father, who died a year later. At 19, Remington made his first trip Out West, to Montana. It was from this trip that Harper’s Weekly published Remington’s first work: a sketch the he had made on wrapping paper and sent back East. A career was launched, ever so humbly.

Here is just a very small sampling of Remington’s art on display at the FRAM:


Lasso Cowpuncher

This work just jumps out at me, due to the expression of the horse. Amazing detail here.


The Stampede, 1909

The plaster model of The Stampede had been sent to the Roman Bronze Works just prior to Remington’s untimely death. One of Remington’s final works, he did not live to see it cast into bronze.


The Charge of the Rough Riders; oil on canvas, 1898

Remington became a war correspondent during the Spanish-American War, and was around for the assault on San Juan Hill. What Remington witnessed during that brief war greatly affected him upon his return. His painting The Scream of Shrapnel at San Juan Hill depicts the terror of the unseen during war. It’s quite the visual.

The writer Stephen Crane was also alongside Remington as a correspondent in Cuba. He would return to publish Wounds in the Rain on his war experience. Oddly enough, Crane’s celebrated work The Red Badge of Courage was published in 1895, before he had experienced war first hand.


The Rattlesnake; 1905


The Courrier du Bois and the Savage; oil on canvas, 1891


Coming Through the Rye; 1902


In a Stiff Current; oil on canvas, 1892


The Cheyenne; 1901

In all Remington created 22 bronze sculptures, and over 3000 paintings and drawings. Remington also authored eight books. Frederic Remington died on 26 December 1909 from peritonitis after an emergency appendectomy. He was 48.

The Frederic Remington Art Museum is well worth the time to visit if you are in upstate New York. In all honesty, the area is well worth visiting anyway, so take in a visit to the FRAM as you explore the Saint Lawrence River country.


Rose Berry Alaska Art Gallery

The Rose Berry Art Gallery is located on the upper floor of the Museum of the North. The Alaska Territorial Legislature included the museum in the charter for the University of Alaska in 1917. The museum had its first exhibit in 1929, a collection of ethnological, archeological and paleontological material that had been collected by the famed local naturalist, Otto Geist. The large brown bear at the entrance to the museum’s Alaska Gallery is named “Otto” in honor of Mr Geist. In 1929, the University’s small collection of paintings were also placed on exhibit.


Warning: Do not touch the bear! I think it’s safe to say the bear’s nose gets rubbed for luck on occasion.

The art gallery is home to 2000 years of Alaskan art, from ancient ivory carvings, to contemporary sculpture and paintings.


“The Muries in Alaska”, oil on canvas by M.C. “Rusty” Heurlin

Artwork by “Rusty” Heurlin is displayed throughout the gallery. Heurlin spent several years living in the bush with his Alaska Native friends. The Muries, subject of the painting above, traveled throughout Alaska by dogsled. Margaret Murie was the first woman to graduate from the University of Alaska.

The gallery has over 3700 works of art on display. The current building was completed in 2005. Prior to that, much of the artwork was not displayed. Even with the new space, the vast majority of the collection is not on display. The Archaeology Collection alone has over 750,000 artifacts.

The work ranges from photographs by Ansel Admas, a painting of Denali by Sidney Laurence, to sculptures including the two thousand year old Okvik Madonna which originated in the Bering Sea region.


Walk to the River

In addition to paintings of wooly mammoths, there is a large selection of contemporary art as well. One of the most prominent is a rather large and elaborate outhouse. I did not take a picture of the impressive throne, but I did check to see if it was authentic. It was; it had a styrofoam seat. I did not check to see if it had been used recently.

Admission to the art gallery comes with admission to the museum. Don’t forget to check out the Place Where You Go to Listen. An “ever changing musical ecosystem, giving voice to the darkness, daylight, phases of the moon, seismic activity of the earth, and the dance of the aurora borealis”. It is honestly, quite the experience.


Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton died on this date in 1804, a day after suffering a gun shot wound in a duel.

Born out of wedlock and orphaned as a child, Hamilton was somewhat influential in his 47 years:

One of the Nation’s Founding Fathers, chief staff aide to George Washington, founder of the Nation’s financial system, first Secretary of the United States Treasury, founder of the Federalist political party, founder of the U.S. Coast Guard, as well as The New York Post newspaper. Serving in the Continental Army, Hamilton commanded a New York light infantry battalion, which took Redoubt No. 10 in the battle for Yorktown. Of the 85 articles in The Federalist Papers, Hamilton wrote 51 of them.

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Alexander Hamilton in the New York Artillery uniform. Painting by Alonzo Chappel

“When shall unspotted faith and naked truth ever find
his equal? He dies lamented by many.”
Horace


Hamilton v Burr

Hamilton-Burr Duel

The duel between Founding Father Alexander Hamilton and the sitting Vice President Aaron Burr took place on this date 212 years ago.

The feud between the two men had been festering for years, hitting its peak after New York’s gubernatorial race of 1804. Hamilton had brutally criticized Burr as he ran and then lost the race for governor.

Burr challenged Hamilton to the famous duel, and the two men, with their seconds rowed across the Hudson River to Weehawken, New Jersey.

Details of the actual duel are sketchy, at best. Dueling was illegal in both New York and New Jersey, although authorities in New Jersey were not as aggressive in prosecuting the crime. The unwritten rules of dueling at the time had the seconds standing with their backs to the duelists, that way they had plausible deniability, and could say that they didn’t actually see any shots fired.

All accounts say that both men fired, although the timing of the shots and the intentions of the duelists remain controversial. Most agree that Hamilton fired first, his shot going high in the air, with the musket ball hitting a tree. Whether Hamilton missed intentionally or the pistol went off too soon due to a hair trigger, is openly debated.

Burr did not miss, probably intentionally. Hamilton was struck in the abdomen, the musket ball deflecting off of a rib and shattering it. Severe damage was done to his liver and diaphragm. Hamilton knew immediately that he was mortally wounded.

Alexander Hamilton, former chief staff aide to General Washington during the Revolution and the Nation’s first Secretary of Treasury, died from his wounds the following afternoon.

Aaron Burr would be charged with murder in both New York and New Jersey, but neither case would go to trial. He would go on to finish his term as vice president, although his political career was basically over. His arrest and trial for treason during President Thomas Jefferson’s second term, further led to his political exile, even though he was acquitted of all charges. He would die in 1836 at the age of 80 in Staten Island, NY.

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Philip Hamilton

In a twist to the story, Alexander Hamilton’s son, Philip had been killed in a duel three years earlier in 1801. That duel also took place at Weehawken. Between the years of 1700 and 1845, 18 duels are known to have taken place at Weehawken.

The Wogdon dueling pistols

The Wogdon dueling pistols used in the Hamilton-Burr duel are on display at the headquarters of JP Morgan Chase & Co in New York City.


The Birth of Old Glory

“Resolved that the flag of the thirteen United States be 13 stripes alternate red and white: that the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”
Continental Congress…June 14, 1777

“The Birth of Old Glory”, painted by Edward Percy Moran, c1917, Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.


Muir Glacier by Thomas Hill

“When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.”
—John Muir, “Travels in Alaska”, 1915


Generations Past; Oil on Canvas

“Few places in this world are more dangerous than home. Fear not, therefore, to try the mountain passes. They will kill care, save you from deadly apathy, set you free, and call forth every faculty into vigorous, enthusiastic action.”

—John Muir, “The Mountains of California”

Painting of Lolo Pass: “Generations Passed” – Oil on canvas by John Potter