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Bobbi Mastrangelo’s “Florida Citrus 467-1” Makes History

Thursday, May 25th, 2017
Florida Citrus 467-1 deeded to Orange County Regional History Center

“Florida Citrus 467-1” deeded to Orange County Regional History Center of Orlando Florida

On May 3, 2017, my mixed media sculpture went to its new home at Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando Florida. Now “Florida Citrus 467-1” has additional numbers.  Its Official Accession Number is #2017.016.

Many of my creations have interesting stories of the challenges I encountered.  Our Florida Artists’ Registry Members were invited to exhibit at Orlando Museum of Art’s First Thursday. I took the exhibit title “Florida Grown” literally. It had to have ORANGES.  It had to relate to the growing processing production: suggesting or incorporating seeds, dirt,  sun and water. 

Styrofoam into Oranges

Do they Look Like Real Oranges?

Do they Look Like Real Oranges?

 

 

 

 

 

The “Sunlight” behind the Water Cover was a Fluorescent Bulb with a plug in cord. Location of an outlet dictated my sculpture’s placement at the Florida Grown Exhibit. So my little sculpture was dwarfed on a panel centered between two giant abstract canvases by the same artist.  To top it off, I don’t think there was another artist who addressed the theme of Florida Grown, except that the art works were “Grown in Florida.”  The placement of “Florida Citrus 467-1”  was So Disappointing.

"Florida Citrus 467-1" is out of place..wrong space.

“Florida Citrus 467-1” is out of place..wrong space.

My “Florida Citrus 467-1” received special attention at The Mills Pond House Members Exhibition in St. James NY. Alison Cruz displayed it on a sculpture stand so it was the focus of the room. I am still very fond of the Smithtown Township Arts Council where I showed some of  my earliest works.

In one  return shipment, the Fluorescent Bulb was smashed. The damaged corded light fixture was removed.  A battery operated LED Fixture replaced it, which is now operated by remote.  This offered a bright solution for placing the sculpture in future exhibitions.

 

Florida Citrus on exhibit at Orlando's History Center

Florida Citrus 467-1  on Exhibit at Orlando’s History Center with an Ideal Placement.  It was an honor to exhibit at the History Center. The staff is amazing and the museum itself is a Treasure.

 

Whitney Broadaway, Bobbi Mastrangelo and Pam Schwartz at The History Center

Whitney Broadaway, Bobbi Mastrangelo and Pam Schwartz at The History Center. 

 

 

 

 

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Two Sisters In American Art Collector 2016

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

Two Sisters Close in Age, Far Apart in Art Themes:

Bobbi’s Manhole Art Theme deals with “The Gateway to the Underground,” contrasted with her sister’s Ethereal Landscapes containing hidden Angels. Judie Pufpaff’s Theme: “The Spirit Within” contemplates “The Gateway to Heaven!”

Bobbi and Judie, sistersBobbi Mastrangelo and her sister Judie Pufpaff

Most of the Blog Readers are familiar with Bobbi Mastrangelo’s Manhole Art. This sculpture relief is featured in The American Art Collector 2016 by Alcove Books.  http://collector.ac/

City of Orlando

“City of Orlando” by Bobbi Mastrangelo

Now you have the opportunity to meet her sister, Judie Betschen Pufpaff who tells us her story!  Here is her piece in American Art Collector 2016: “Walk in the Light” Isaiah 2:5

Walk in the Light by Judie Pufpaff

“Walk in the Light” by Judie Pufpaff

Judie says: “Sharing a childhood home gave us (and our siblings) opportunities to explore and create the life every child would love. Our parents encouraged the fine arts along with a very strong vein of independent thinking.

Imagine a home in the hills of Springville, New York that resounded with music and laughter. Our neighboring farmers probably rolled their eyes at the “city folk” trying to raise 6 children with chickens, a pet pig and acres of strawberries, while our dad drove into Buffalo each day where he sold Electrolux vacuum cleaners door to door.

Bobbi, baby Claire, Judie and our dog.

Bobbi, baby Claire, Judie and our dog in 1948.

Now, as I look back, I think of us as the Springville “Von Trap Family,” singing and playing whenever possible. Hard work, honesty, high marks in school, being fine citizens and good neighbors were attributes highly prized by our parents.

Bobbi and I were the oldest, enjoying all of the rewards and responsibilities as such. We were very different: Bobbi always looked for challenges, gave every endeavor 150%, while I chose easy, fun, pretty projects. I would plant flowers or run to the woods to read a new book, as Bobbi tackled a huge report or essay. I chose easy “A” classes, while Bobbi chose the most difficult.

The Betschen Bunch: Lois, Claire, Rick, Bobbi, Fred & Judie

The Betschen Bunch: Lois, Claire, Rick, Bobbi, Fred and Judie

We are still very different in creativity, Bobbi loves sewer grates while I paint landscapes of sunshine and flowers. I always choose “pretty and elegant” while Bobbi chooses unique. We are appreciative of each others talents and pursuits, as we are of our younger siblings, all very talented and ambitious. We are blessed!!!”
Love,
Your sister,
Judie Betschen Pufpaff from Williamsville NY

Bobbi Mastrangelo adds: “My sister Judie inspires me with her ethereal, sublime landscapes. Visit her website to see more of her exquisite landscapes. http://www.judiepufpaff.com/index.html

 

Lois, Bobbi, Claire and Judie at The Castile Farm, NY 2006

Lois, Bobbi, Claire and Judie at The Castile Farm, NY 2006

After my sisters posted their comments, I added the above photo to show the fun we have when we are together.

Here is Judie’s recent art work that was exhibited with The Buffalo Society of Artists:

"Quietness and Assurance" (Isaiah-32:17) by Judie Pufpaff

“Quietness and Assurance” (Isaiah-32:17) by Judie Pufpaff


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