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Walsh Brings ‘Lost and Found’ Exhibit to GSC Fine Arts Gallery

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The works of Jennifer Walsh are being featured in a gallery exhibit at Glenville State College. Her show will kick off with an opening reception on Friday, September 07 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. It will be on display through Friday, September 28.

The Nicholas County native creates sculptures from organic materials. “It all started with making mud pies as a kid; I was always collecting items to decorate them. Now I continue to collect driftwood, feathers, rusted metal, roots, and other items for my art,” Walsh said.

She counts her high school art teacher and her late brother among her inspirations when it comes to creating art. The December 2007 Behavioral Science graduate also recalls her time at GSC when she thinks of her process. “I remember being in Dr. [Fred] Walborn’s classes and talking about ideas and how they change over time. My artwork is a lot like that – I may put something together then let it sit before later revisiting it and changing it into something completely different,” she added.

The opening reception for her “Lost and Found” exhibit is free to attend and open to the public. The Fine Arts Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and one hour before all GSC musical performances in the Fine Arts Center.

For more information call 304.462.6340.

Illustrated love letter by Little Prince author is auctioned

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An illustration by Antoine de Saint-Exupery showing a likeness of his renowned little prince atop a globe, adorning an anguished love letter, has sold at auction for 240,500 euros ($289,460).

Auction house Artcurial said the offering topped the sale Saturday of 49 autographed works by Saint-Exupery.

The watercolor, done around 1942, shows the likeness of the beloved character the author created for the 1943 book “The Little Prince” sitting at a desk with a long scroll of writing tumbling down the globe — representing an 11-page letter to a woman.

Artcurial says it was likely that it was Saint-Exupery’s last correspondence before his plane disappeared in 1944 on a mission in World War II.

“The Little Prince” is one of the most translated books in history, according to the Paris-based Saint-Exupery Foundation.

Painting Stolen From Museum in 2009 Just Found on Bus

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A 141-year-old painting worth nearly $1 million turned up on a bus outside of Paris this month—over eight years after being stolen from a museum, the New York Times reports. According to the BBC, The Chorus Singers by Edward Degas, a French Impressionist master, was stolen from a museum in Marseille in December 2009 while on loan from Paris’ Musée d’Orsay. There was no sign of a break-in at the museum, and a museum guard was released by police after a brief detention. “We had all the reasons to be worried about its fate,“ the head of the Musée d’Orsay says.

On Feb. 16 customs officers were conducting a random search of a bus’ luggage compartment at a highway stop outside Paris—long-distance buses are used by criminals to transport drugs—when they found The Chorus Singers in a suitcase. None of the passengers claimed ownership of the suitcase, and no arrests were made. Reuters reports it’s as yet unclear why the painting was on the bus or who left in there. The Musée d’Orsay confirmed its authenticity and states it’s “delighted” about the return of the painting, which did not appear damaged. The French culture minister says the discovery of The Chorus Singers corrects what had been a “heavy loss for French Impressionist heritage.“

Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’

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When Leonardo da Vinci’s long-lost painting, “Salvator Mundi” (“Savior of the World”) shattered records by selling for $450.3 million at auction in mid-November, its fate remained as mysterious as its unknown buyer. But both were revealed on Wednesday.

Museumgoers will be able to view the painting at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, a United Arab Emirates franchise of the Paris museum, Christie’s Auction House told Bloomberg. The museum appeared to confirm this, tweeting on Wednesday that, “Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi is coming to #LouvreAbuDhabi.“ It is unclear at this time when the painting will be displayed.

According to the New York Times, the painting’s buyer was not the museum but an outside party: one Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud, a “little-known” Saudi Arabian prince with no history as an art collector.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi, which opened on Nov. 11, has been one of the “most aggressive buyers on the global art market over the last decade,“ according to Bloomberg.

These acquisitions, including that of “Salvator Mundi,“ are probably part of a dedicated effort to raise the global cultural profile of the UAE.

Prince Bader’s purchase of the painting is surprising for a number of reasons, as the New York Times noted.

First, the painting portrays Jesus, whom many Muslims believe to be a prophet. Most who practice Islam - the state religion of Saudi Arabia - shun visual portrayals of its prophets.

When he placed the required $100 million to participate in the Christie’s auction, lawyers from the auction house asked how he acquired the money, according to documents obtained by the Times.

He reportedly responded that it came from real estate and that he was one of 5,000 princes, saying nothing more.

Finally, the splashy purchase came just as Saudi Arabia’s 32-year-old crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was leading a “sweeping crackdown against corruption and self-enrichment” among the country’s elite, as the Times noted.

“Salvator Mundi,“ which depicts Jesus holding a crystal orb in his left hand and raising his right in blessing, is one of some 16 known surviving works painted by da Vinci. While most are scattered around the world, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will now have two of these paintings. It displays “La Belle Ferronnière,“ which is on loan from the Louvre in Paris, according to Bloomberg.

The painting disappeared several times over the course of history, most recently in 1958 when it was sold alongside the rest of the Cook Collection in London. By then, though, the painting’s origin had been obscured due to overpainting and it was credited to da Vinci’s follower Bernardino Luini. It sold for only 45 pounds or about $125 today, CNN reported.

New York-based art collector and da Vinci expert Robert Simon and art dealer Alexander Parish found the painting in Louisiana in 2005 and purchased it for $10,000.

It then underwent a six-year restoration and verification process.

In 2013, a consortium of dealers including Simon, Parish and Warren Adelson sold “Salvator Mundi” for $80 million to a company owned by a Swiss businessman and art dealer Yves Bouvier, Bloomberg reported. Bouvier, in turn, sold it to Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev for $127.5 million in 2014.

Rybolovlev owned the painting until Nov. 15, when Prince Bader made it the world’s most expensive painting by shelling out $450,312,500 for it. Picasso’s “Les Femmes d’Alger” (“Women of Algiers”) held the previous record of $179,364,992.

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