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Which of the 4 paintings below belong in an art school's Alumni Exhibit?  Pick a maximum of two. List your picks in the Comments section --  below this post -- for all to see.  Both artists went to the same institution.  Neither graduated.  One lived the life of an artist. One didn't. One was widely collected. The other wasn't.  What gets in the show? Painting #1 The Troll King's Daughter . Oil over Gold Leaf. Painting #2 Annunciation . Mixed Media. Painting #3 Adam . Oil on panel. Detail of #3 Detail of Adam . Painting #4 The Philosopher King . Mixed Media. Two paintings are by  Bill Girard .  Two paintings are by  someone else . The juror, Director of Contemporary Art,  David Klein Gallery , selected one painting by someone else for the 2019 CCS Alumni Exhibit. Girard failed to make the cut. What do y ou  think?  Which of these four paintings  deserves to be in the alumni exhibit?

Girard's Pinckney, Michigan, Murals (Circa 2005)

These murals were commissioned for the home of a family in Pinckney, Michigan, a drive of several hours from Royal Oak, Michigan, where artist Bill Girard lived.  At least, that's what Bill told me.    "... the powder room which i fancy in the Indo-Chinoiserie style." Artist: Bill Girard. Royal Oak, MI. 1940-2011  Bill sent me these images in 2006, about four years before his passing. The Face of Buddha Artist: Bill Girard. Royal Oak, MI. 1940-2011 The drive was wearisome. But Bill both needed the money and loved his patrons.  A quiet paradise created by a man who loved his pets! Artist: Bill Girard. Royal Oak, MI. 1940-2011 I  imagine that in particularly dismal winters these murals must be an endless source of joy. A theater of the mind's eye - but what a beautiful mind. Artist: Bill Girard. Royal Oak, MI. 1940-2011 I hope that they are well maintained. It seems that Bill turned a home into a House of Prayer. A m

A Letter from Bill: The "Nion" Woman

The letter is handwritten and undated, as you can see, below.  It was written in 2006 and accompanied by photos of the referenced murals. I still have the hand-made postage stamped, shipping container he made to send them with.  The spelling in my transcribed version is Girard's.    In a separate letter, Bill wrote that he prefered  the lowercase, cursive "i" to the uppercase "I,"  as the latter really looks like a "CL." The cursive "i,"  he wrote, "Has grace and style, and it makes me feel good." Dear Glen Here are the photographs of the Semprevivo murals . The Vestibule and hallway, as well as the powder room which i fancy in the Indo-Chinoiserie style. The other photograph of the Banker in the Art gallery is akin the the proverbial "Bull in a China Shop" Came out of an experience that I had a number of years ago. I had been invited to judge an Art exhibit in Downtown Detroit.  The exhibi