Ocean Park Library is proud to be displaying sculptures by Arnold Mikelson for the month of January.
Mary Mikelson, Arnold's wife, has also written a book about their life together.
What do the estates of film stars Vincent Price and Glenn Ford have in common? And what do each of these estates have in common with valuables owned by Laugh-In’s Arte Johnson, Partridge Family Mom Shirley Jones, and Room 222 star Karen Valentine, along with many other Hollywood stars?
The answer: all possess classic wood sculptures created by world-renowned artist, the late Arnold Mikelson, and each piece tells a story as exotic and as complex as Mikelson’s too-short life.
The highlights of Mikelson’s career include such diverse accomplishments as having been Chief Designer for Royal Crown Derby Porcelain of England, a company founded in 1750, but revitalized under his artistic leadership; a move to Canada at the invitation of Senator Donald Cameron, one of the patrons of the world famous Banff Centre,known in the 1950s as The Banff School of Fine Arts; and the creation of the Mind and Matter Gallery in South Surrey/White Rock, B.C., a facility that still displays much of his original work decades after his death. But to appreciate these highs, to understand something about the man hailed as one of the finest artists of his time, one must travel back in time to humble beginnings in Mikelson’s native Latvia.
I have been involved in the arts community all my life. I have focused on promoting other artists, organizing events, giving lectures, participating in committees, and hosting an annual Art Festival for 40 years.
I have been creating my own art through painting for several years now. My inspiration for my paintings comes from observing everything around me. Art is everywhere, in the gentle motion of the sea, the effortless flight of a bird, beautiful flowers perfectly formed. Art is a constant lesson in learning and I always looking forward to my next project.
I am a member of the South Surrey White Rock Art Society and have exhibited and sold my paintings during the spring and fall exhibitions. I have recently exhibited at the South Surrey Art Centre with the “Group of Eight.” My paintings are on display throughout the year at the Mind and Matter Gallery in Surrey, BC.