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How Art Shapes Our Lives: A Proficient American Sculptor

Image of the Shaw Memorial Relief Sculpture.

By Sal Maccarone A finished piece of sculpture can take many forms. The sculptural process is loosely defined as: The art of carving, modeling, or otherwise producing works of art which are three dimensional, such as would be a relief, an intaglio, or a sculpture-in-the-round. Breaking this definition down, a relief gives the impression that an image has been raised ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: Frank Lloyd Wright

Image of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater.

By Sal Maccarone Historians study architectural style because it closely reflects the ideals and beliefs of the builders. Distinctive and identifiable artistic form in architecture also helps us to understand the mood of an era. The particular styles of a past culture, or an artistic movement speak volumes about the individuals involved. Styles evolve, and change because circumstances evolve, and ...

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History Mystery #95: The Case of the Rusty Relic

Image of a rusted piece of mystery farm equipment.

This is one of the most recent donations to the Coarsegold museum. We are hoping to get more information about this item for our records. Stories about how it is used, or families that had one on their ranch or in their yard. Thank you for your participation in the History Mystery project. Our museum is closed at this time, ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: The Art of Animation

Image of Walt Disney.

By Sal Maccarone Artists have been experimenting with animation for thousands of years. During the first century, China’s Imperial Dynasty developed a contraption that created the illusion of motion through a rapid succession of pictures. Later on, the Victorian era “Zoetrope”, a revolving cylinder viewed from the outside, was a big hit in the 1890’s. And, of course, there are ...

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Mountain Area Home Sales 2020

Submitted by Ed Bailey Realty  MADERA COUNTY MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES – A look at mountain area home Sales in 2020 compared with 2019, (including Oakhurst, Bass Lake, North Fork, Wawona, Yosemite West, Ahwahnee, Coarsegold, Raymond, O Neals, and Wishon)* 710 mountain area homes were sold in 2020, compared to 589 in 2019, an increase of 21 percent. The median price was ...

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Over the Garden Fence: Bare Root Planting Techniques

Image of an apple orchard.

By Bob Labozetta (UC Master Gardener, Mariposa) December through March is the time to plant fruit and nut trees. Bare root trees are less expensive, transport easily and acclimate best to native soils. Once you’ve chosen your variety of bare root tree, it’s time to plant. Choose a site that gets a minimum of six to eight hours of sunlight ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: A Revolutionary Painter

Image of John Trumbull's painting of the Declaration of Independence.

By Sal Maccarone Before the camera made it so easy for us to document specific moments in time, the job was left up to the artistically inclined. The only visual record of what people looked like, or how events happened to unfolded are depictions made by artists. Before 1822 the world relied strictly on those skillful and insightful enough to ...

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2020 Home Sales for Madera County Mountain Communities

Submitted by Ed Bailey Real Estate Calendar Year 2020: Home Sales Report on Some of our Mountain Communities: Bass Lake: During the 2020 calendar year, Real Estate Agents sold 62 Bass Lake homes, compared to 37 in the previous year. Median price was $570,000, compared to $525,000 in 2019, and prices ranged from $150,000 to $3,204,000. Average time on the ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: The Columbian Exposition

Image of the Columbian Exposition of 1893

By Sal Maccarone It is always entertaining to try and imagine what the world will be like a century from now. Even though it is impossible to fully comprehend what the future has to hold, we need only to look at the strides taken during the past one hundred years to get some clues. For instance, my grandparents were born ...

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Over the Garden Fence: Selecting Fruit Trees

Image of an apple orchard.

By Bob Labozetta (UC Master Gardener, Mariposa) December to March is the best time to plant fruit and nut trees here in California. Selecting appropriate fruit trees, however, can be confusing. Impulsive purchases can lead to disappointment, particularly in the foothills where not every variety grows well. The key to success when it comes to fruit and nut varieties is ...

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