I don’t have an art history background, so I hadn’t heard the name Alexander Calder before. Then, in the course of one week, the famous artist/sculptor’s name came up in connection with two completely different stories I was writing.
I met Alexander Calder’s great-nephew, Jim Calder, who was hired to carve an eagle out of a dead tree trunk in White Hall. When I asked him about his amazing artistic ability, he told me about his long line of relatives who excelled in art, including Alexander Calder. I looked him up and found out he was responsible for creating art that moves in the 1930s. Today, his colorful mobiles hang in museums across the globe.
I then went to Penn-Mar Human Services in Maryland Line where a group of adults with disabilities were working on art projects. Their art teacher and three interns from Notre Dame of Maryland University were helping the adults emulate two artists who were known for their 3-D art.
Of course, one of them was Alexander Calder. The interns had a photo of a Calder mobile that the Penn-Mar folks were trying to recreate using PVC pipe they had painted.
So when you’re flipping through the October North County News, you’ll get a sense of déjà vu when you see Calder’s name in two stories.
Not to worry. Coincidences are normal occurrences out here in the Hereford Zone.