Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Iconic Photographs of Margaret Bourke-White

Below are a few of the iconic photographs of the great Margaret Bourke-White. I’ve always loved her photographs but when I came upon the aerial photograph of the Boardwalk of Edgemere – Far Rockaway Long Island from a 1954 Life Magazine,it set me on a course of discovery. I was amazed to learn that she began her photographic career in Cleveland, taking many photographs of my great city, from the steel mills to the gardens, bridges and buildings. I went deeper and discovered her lifetime of work which I fell in love with and now share with you.

The photos here and on my online archive are courtesy from the following books:

  • Margaret Bourke-White, The Photography of Design 1927-1936, Stephen Bennet Phillips
  • Margaret Bourke-White, Photographs 1904-1971, Introduction by Terrence Heath
  • Margaret Bourke-White, The Cleveland Years  1927-1930 , The New Gallery of Contemporary Art – Cleveland Ohio

Note: all captions are for photos from left to right
Oliver Chilled Plow
, Plow Blades 1930
Royal Typewriter 1932
Otis Steel, 200 Tons, Ladle 1928
Industrial Cable 1930


Lincoln Electric, Sparks 1929
International Harvester, Welding Parts 1933
Chesterfield Cigarette, Barrels, early 1930’s

Andrew Reach & 14 other Ohio Artists at the Riffe Gallery in Art Exhibition “Let’s Get Digital”: Curated by Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum


I’m proud to share pictures from the opening of the exhibition “Let’s Get Digital” at the Ohio Arts Council Riffe Gallery in Columbus Ohio. My lifetime partner Andrew Reach was included with this wonderful group of artists in the show. Andrew has been dealing with many setbacks dealing with his health. I am particularly proud of his accomplishments. This is the first exhibition of his art printed on Canvas at a very large format. Each piece is taking longer to accomplished due to the pain he lives with and the inability for him to be up for extended periods of time. I would like to thank Alex Nicholis Coon, Director of the Massillon Museum for her advocacy of Andrew’ work and including him in this exhibition. Even though we haven’t met her for Andrew’s health precluded us from traveling to the exhibition, I’d also like to thank the Riffe Gallery director Mary Gray.
Below are pictures of the show and also the press that has so far covered the exhibition. What I posted are the pictures Alexandra sent us that were taken by her friend and only some of the artists represented were in them. When I get more pictures of the other artists, I will update the post.

Bruce Baumwoll

Artists in the show include (hometown noted): Janet Ballweg (Bowling Green), Artists in the show include (hometown noted): Janet Ballweg (Bowling Green), Jerry Birchfield (Cleveland), John Branham (Massillon), Kimberly Burleigh (Cincinnati), Guy Michael Davis (Cincinnati), Nicholas Economos (Cleveland), Ronald Geibert (Beavercreek), Brian Harnetty (Columbus), Dan Hernandez (Maumee), Janice Lessman-Moss (Kent), Katie Parker (Cincinnati), Joshua Penrose (Columbus), Andrew Reach (Cleveland), Michele Waalkes (Canton) and Gina Washington (Cleveland).

Parks & Recreation by Andrew Reach

Alexandra Nicholis, Executive Director at Massillon Museum & Curator of Let’s Get Digital Exhibition

Riffe Gallery Director Mary Gray taking flight
at opening on May 8, 2012

From left: De Rerum Natura & Mandala Machine by Andrew Reach

On Right: A Fisherman’s Net Strung by the Constellations
by Andrew Reach 

Amelia and John Sparks, Alex N. Coon, Margy Vogt
in front of A Fisherman’s Net Strung by the Constellations

The exhibition was covered in the press by the Columbus Dispatch,The lantern at Ohio State University & Columbus Alive. To read the articles click on the pictures below.

Columbus Dispatch

 The Lantern

Columbus Alive

From left: Jill Malusky (Massillon Museum),
artist Joshua Penrose (Columbus) and
artist John Branham (Masillon)

Artist Jerry Birchfield (Cleveland) and his sister

Artist Jerry Birchfield in front of his 5 artworks

Guy Michael Davis & Katie Parker – Porcelain Busts
(Porcelain, 3-D scanning, Rapid prototyping)

Ronald Geibert’s (Beavercreek)
Camouflaged Electronic Kiosk 

Michele Waalkes (Canton) with her prints

Gina Washington (Cleveland)

John Branham (Massillon)
with his prints 

Jill Malusky (Massillon Museum)
& John Branham

Joshua Penrose (Columbus) with his
Sound Installation Resonant Carboy

Joshua Penrose & Maya Penrose

The Wonderful World of Skee-Ball

For any of us who grew up in the Rockaways and for others who went to other amusement parks around the country, many have wonderful memories of having fun playing Skee-ball . Here are some wonderful Skee-ball images. If one closes their eyes you can feel the wooden ball, feel the throw and hear the sounds that were part of the playing this simple game. I can feel the thrill of the ball going into the 50,000 hole and seeing my points go up.

Photo by Pam Neff

Photo by Photoseeum

Photo By Masterfile

Photo by Amy Strycula

Photo by Buck Roe

Photo by Defoues

Photo by Shore

Gary Moyer

From left, American artists Bill Giles, Anna Moreska, and Robert Rauschenberg with choreographer Merce Cunningham and composer John Cage watch artist Jasper Johns play skee-ball in Dillon’s Bar

Photo by Skee-ball inc.

Photo by Skee-ball Inc.

Photo by Skee-ball Inc.

1909Skee-Ball invented and patented by J.D. Estes of Philadelphia.
1914First Skee-Ball Alleys sold and distributed to the outdoor amusement industry market by Maurice Piesen. Measuring 36 feet long, the alleys were quite large. As a result, the potential playing market was restricted since the game required some strength to play.
1928Size of the Alley reduced by more than half – to 14 feet. Tremendous popularity achieved as the shortened version widened the range of appeal. Now the game was accessible to women, children and the elderly.
1932First national Skee-Ball tournament held in Atlantic City, New Jersey arcade.
1935Wurlitzer Company acquired Skee-Ball rights from Piesen.
1945Philadelphia Toboggan Company acquired the copyright, patents, and all rights for the exclusive manufacturing of Skee-Ball Alleys from Wurlitzer.

Timeline from

A Young Genius Creates Skeeball Machine out o K’nex Toys
Click here to see my  post about this extradionary young man.