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Barbara Guest

& June Felter


    1998, 40 pages

    ISBN 0-932716-23-7



    "To capture the momentary essence of music like a pearl snatched from its shell is also the aim of Musicality, an elegant, contemporary production much in keeping with the Mallarme-esque high-aesthetic spirit. Here, verse by Barbara Guest and drawings by June Felter catch the fugitive spirit movement of the eternal, sketched in synesthetic landscapes and felt in poetry like a whispering rustle behind the gauze curtain." — Tom Clark, San Francisco Chronicle


    Barbara Guest is the author of numerous books of poetry, among them The Red Gaze (Wesleyan University Press, 2005); Miniatures and Other Poems (2002), Symbiosis (1999), Defensive Rapture (1994), Fair Realism (1989), Musicality (1988), The Nude (1986), Quilts (1980), and Biography (1980). She is also the author of several plays and a novel, Seeking Air (1978). Her honors include the Robert Frost Medal for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Society of America, the Longwood Award, a San Francisco State award for poetry, the Lawrence Lipton Award for Literature, the Columbia Book Award, and a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts. She lived in Berkeley, California. Guest died on February 15, 2006.


    June Felter was a figurative painter from the Bay Area, where she lived and worked all of her life. She was influenced by artists of the Bay Area figurative movement, especially Richard Diebenkorn, Elmer Bischoff, and David Park. Felter had solo shows at Linda Ferris Gallery, Seattle; Lloyd Clark Gallery, Oakland; 871 Fine Arts, San Francisco; and the Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, California. She was in numerous group exhibitions, including the International Women’s Art Exhibit in Denmark and the California Society of Printmakers at the Museum of Tokyo in Japan. She is represented in San Francisco by 871 Fine Arts Gallery and in New York by Susan Rush Fine Art. June Felter died at the age of 99 on July 16, 2019.

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