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Tina Mion

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Tina Mion | La Posada
303 E 2nd Street, Winslow, AZ, 86047
928.289.4366 | tina@tinamion.com

Tina Mion: The Inside Scoop

By Allan Affeldt

Tina was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up all over the east coast. Her first art award (a fire hat) was for a Smokey the Bear fire-prevention poster in the fourth grade. Tina is an art school drop-out and largely self-taught. When she decided art school wasn’t for her, she headed toward New York, assuming she might attend the Art Student’s League. She wound up moving to Sri Lanka instead, tugging along 90 pounds of paint and canvas. She left for India months later by boat, carrying a roll of toilet paper and a sketch book. From India she moved to an unheated barn in the Maine woods, and from there to an island in Casco Bay where she slept on the floor and used a card table as an easel while struggling to start “Tina and Taylor” — a fashion business. Read More @ tina@tinamion.com

 

We had purchased La Posada, the last great Fred Harvey hotel and architect Mary Colter’s masterpiece: an 80,000-square-foot Spanish hacienda in the small desert town of Winslow, Arizona. La Posada had closed in 1957, so we had a lot of work to do, but there were lots of LARGE blank walls and Tina sensed an opportunity. Today, La Posada is restored and one of Arizona’s most famous sites. The hotel / museum has visitors from all over the world. It has been Tina’s home and studio since 1997, and the hotel walls are full of Tina’s paintings. At La Posada, she completed Ladies First, a large series of Object paintings and pastels, and the great 18-foot triptychs: Red, White and Blue, and A New

Year’s Party in Purgatory for Suicides.

 

We recently found another huge abandoned building, this time in the California desert town of Needles on the Colorado River, so studio number three is in the works. I tell Tina it has lots of large walls. She doesn’t seem to need much else. Studio number two is on a mountain top and Tina won’t tell anyone where it is.

Su Blackwell - U.K.
 

Su Blackwell is an artist working predominantly within the realm of paper.

 

Su has exhibited her exquisite sculptures extensively. Her illustrated book of fairy tales ‘The Fairytale Princess’, written by Wendy Jones, and published by Thames & Hudson was released in 2012. Her illustrations are contributed to a regular column in ‘Intelligent Life’ magazine and Harper’s Bazaar UK.

 

Su has also turned her hand to theatre set-design. In 2011, she designed the set for The Rose Theatre’s production of ‘The Snow Queen’ in Kingston.

 

Marino Marini

The Italian sculptor, painter and graphic artist Marino Marini enrolled at the 'Accademia di Belli Arti' in Florence in 1917. Although he never abandoned painting, Marini devoted himself primarily to sculpture from about 1922. From this time his work was influenced by Etruscan art and the sculpture of Arturo Martini.

 

A large solo exhibition in Milan in 1932, his participation at the Venice Biennale, the Milan Triennale and the Quadriennale in Rome, where he received the first prize for sculpture in 1935, were early milestones in Marini's road to public acclaim. 

 

In 1943, he went into exile in Switzerland. World War II greatly influenced the work of Marini.His well known figures of horses and riders went from jubilant to falling in an uncontrolled and painful decent to the ground. 
 

He returnd from Switzerland and settled in Milan in 1947, where he resumed his teaching career at the Accademia. 

 

In 1973 a Marini Museum was inaugurated in Florence, while the artist was dedicated the "Centro di Documentatione dell'Opera di Marino Marini" in the Pistoia town hall, which documented the artist's life and work.
 

Marino Marini died on August 6, 1980 in Viareggio.