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‘PORT IN A STORM’

January 11, 2021 By Arthur H. Gunther III thecolumnrule.com (Contact: ahgunther@hotmail.com)      The painting accompanying this essay is titled “Storm” and is a reworked piece following the tumult of 2020, now spilled into early 2021. It is, despite the movement and color, a work of hope.      The painting is based in part […]

2021

‘AT THE ASTOR’/gunther January 4, 2021 By Arthur H. Gunther III ‘2021’/acrylic/gunther      Sometime in 2021, the Astor sign will again be lit metaphorically in tourist spots across the globe; we will no longer just stare at paintings on the walls; but we will remember the quiet, the great gifting quiet of 2020 that […]

CHRIS MURRAY AND WHAT COUNTS

December 28, 2020 By Arthur H. Gunther III thecolumnrule.com (contact: ahgunther@hotmail.com)      If the world were a tree, and we brought forth water and pruning and, most of all appreciation no matter the shape, the variety, the location, the age, there would be enough shade for everyone, enough fruit, enough beauty.      And […]

THE NUTCRACKER

December 20, 2020      Each winter holiday season, this space is reserved for my son Arthur, a teacher and writer who has been offering stories for two decades. By Arthur H. Gunther IV (Contact: clausland@yahoo.com) The couple had taken to nightly drives right after the clocks had fallen back in October.  Spring and summer […]

AH, THE OBVIOUS

December 14, 2020 By Arthur H. Gunther III thecolumnrule.com (contact: ahgunther@hotmail.com)      Gotta tell you a very human story.       The other day, in the middle of this awful virus time, I got a call from a friend who needed help replacing an electrical switch, something not beyond me.      “OK, I […]

‘HISTORY’

  December 7, 2020 By Arthur H. Gunther III thecolumnrule.com Contact: ahgunther@hotmail.com   Just a few words here. After posting a recent painting without text except for the title “HISTORY,” on various internet sites, I was asked to provide a narrative.      Truth is, we write our own when we look at art work […]

ONCE THE QUIET MORNING

November 29, 2020 By Arthur H. Gunther III thecolumnrule.com Contact: ahgunther@hotmail.com We all have our time and mood anchors, those moments of memory that moor us in the ordinary as well as during the storms that hit our lives. Stress of any sort — financial, emotional, health — drive us to port, and we are […]

‘DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER’

November 23, 2020 By Arthur H. Gunther III (contact/comment: ahgunther@hotmail.com)      “Gimme rewrite!”      Once, there was a “Front Page” in every community, newspapers and characters straight out of the famous 1928 play/movie by Charles MacArthur and Ben Hecht, but now the city rooms are fast shutting their lights as the roar of […]

‘IS A PAINTING EVER FINISHED?’

By Arthur H. Gunther III thecolumnrule.com      Many painters don’t title their works or provide only cryptic ones, perhaps  because they do not know what the pieces say, preferring that their “language” speak for itself. Maybe even tell the artist what “it” means. And, besides, it may be in the eye of the beholder […]

JOE, KAMALA ARE IN; NOW THE PEOPLE

November 10, 2020 By Arthur H. Gunther III thecolumnrule.com      Joe is in, so is Kamala. Next, it’s gotta be the people.      Kamala Harris cannot have her office in Washington, where the K-Street lobbyists and other special interests buy elections and pull strings for clients from domestic to foreign, from the military […]