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  1. I questioned as well but do know there were select officers eligible as the military leaders providing higher level management of boards etc. I thought as a reserve officer may have been volunteer in his civilian capacity and the second LOM may be a retirement type award. 

  2. Pastel from Heather HarrisIMG_1150.thumb.JPG.bc0c89a9dadf98eda715696e29047fbf.JPG

    A cute painting from a 10 year old Juvenile Diabetes sufferer. I won this at a JD fundraiser. She was amazed anyone bid and when I met her and her mom, was floored I bid what I did. It's just so special in it's simplicity and innocence 


  3. Another local artist Ruth Hoffman. 

    Ruth M. Erb-Hoffman (American, 1902-1968) artist, painter, sculptor and educator known for figurative, landscape, and still life paintings. She was born in 1902 in Buffalo, NY, and received her B.A. from Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, 1922-circa 1926. She also studied at the Child-Walker School of Fine Arts and Crafts (graduate fellowship from Wellesley) in Boston, MA. In addition, she studied with the sculptor Arthur Lee (Norwegian-American, 1881-1961), artist Agnes Anne Abbot (German-American, 1897-1992), artist Edwin Walter Dickinson (American, 1891-1978) and the famous Buffalo artist Charles Ephraim Burchfield (American, 1893-1967). Hoffman was one of the original founders of the Patteran Society of artists in 1933, and had many successful solo and group exhibitions along with several awards at: The Art Institute of Chicago, the Albright Art Gallery (now the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, prizes 1939, 1940, and 1946), the American Federation of Arts (traveling exhibit), the Riverside Art Museum, the Carnegie Institute (prize. 1941), the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Butler Institute of American Art, and the Terry Institute (prize, 1952). Collections can be found in the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY, and in the Northwestern University Hall of Fame (busts), Evanston, IL. She was married to the orthodontist Dr. Burton A. Hoffman (1903-1967) who had his practice in Buffalo, NY, and they also resided in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada.


    A small but special painting by an Iraqi shop owner, he painted it as a gift to me. 


  4. Chris

    Thank you for you kind comments. Ironically, I was just about to comment that very thing. I've run out of walls, so I rotate paintings throughout the year. Except I leave my favorites up all the time without changing them. 

    While not necessarily a religious art collector, this was a must have. It is entirely done in pencil. Even close up it's difficult to tell but was so unique I brought it home from a local estate sale. 

    The second is an interesting interpretation from a local artist named Alex. Another estate sale buy; the local bistro that held a showing for her couldn't recall her last name so it remains a mystery



  5. Another Martin favorite "Masquerade"


    A funky one, abstract impasto by listed artist Stephen Slomko

    Stephen W. Slomko is a New Jersey treasure. He is an award winning, self taught artist.  Born in 1929, he waited until after his retirement to fulfill his desire to paint. His art is stunning synthesis of folk art, impressionism, and post impressionist styles. His unique and vibrant color palette visually delights and incorporates both the style of pointillism (small dots closely painted) and impasto (a thick application). 

    Mr. Slomko is a prolific painter but is equally comfortable in three dimensional papier mache sculpture and wall hangings. He hand forms each piece from sketches, papier maches them, and then paints each one. They are dazzling and unique.

    Mr. Slomko's art is a stunning tribute to innate gifts and personal tenacity. By his own admission when inspiration strikes he must create because he is unable to do anything else.

    He has won many awards for his art and is part of many collections across the United States.



  6. Outside the OMD community I'm an art collector focusing on local and listed artists. I have gravitated toward one artist, a friend named Alixandra Martin. She's a certain unmistakable style that appeals to me so we've slightly over 20 of her pieces in our home. 

    Im also socking away $$ to purchase a watercolor from Tony Bennett under his true name, Anthony Benedetto, if Niagara Falls

    first up Alixandra Martin Lady in Pink, my favorite


  7. Its certainly worth the process to make sure we get it right. The assessment of the acts and criteria must be consistent. Interpretation of the level of danger and the gravity of each situation is subjective so it is difficult. Nonetheless if we have lower awards for MOH acts, we must right the record and honor them appropriately 

  8. Many thanks to Bill Garvey for this information 

    Nikolai Konstantinovich Matveev, born 1923, Junior Regimental Radio Technician, 371st "Vitevskiy" Red Banner Order of Suvorov Rifle Division, 3rd Belorussian Front, awarded Order of the Red Star, #1050857, November 18th, 1944. Awarded Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd Class, #575866, April 26, 1945, 65th "Kovno" Rifle Corps, 5th Army, 3rd Belorussian Front, as Radio Technician, 930th Artillery Regiment. Was also awarded an Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd Class, 1985 Jubilee issue.



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