... Amanda Museum ...

This is the new Amanda Museum. The original, opened in June 2000 with galleries named after her grandparents -- Jim, Bert, Orney and Poppa -- started seeming a bit old-fashioned and not suitable for her growing talent. So, for anyone who is interested, here is a new page, still dedicated to her grandparents and hopefully better at showing off her talents.

Click on the links below to see Amanda's artwork from any of the three time periods.

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"; newcategory("Tiny Talent (1999-2001)","Most of the pictures in this gallery are from when Amanda was 4 and 5 years old. We thought the pictures were cute, and so we tried to write funny captions (which are maintained solely for their historical value). But, in hindsight, we can see the beginnings of the more mature talent she now exhibits...as well as an unusual interest in pregnancy and fetuses!"); newpic("mardi-gras.jpg","Mardi Gras","The centerpiece of the New Millenium Gallery on the old website was this spectacular pencil drawing of a woman with blonde hair, holding a candle and wearing a Mardi Gras mask. I won't insult you by explaining the beautiful and deep symbolism here, but I will give one hint: note the cavities in her teeth!!"); newpic("carflies.jpg","Car Flies","Let this mixed media (crayon and marker) drawing take you to another world where the smiles of cats and suns are enough to levitate an entire car! ``Mind bending and spectacular'' says the Children's art columnist of the San Francisco Times-Observer."); newpic("fetal.jpg","new Family Member","Amanda practically creates a whole new art form with this minimally colored, but heavily labeled pencil drawing of a fetus (seen beneath the word `baby', attached by its umbilical cord to a bone) surrounded by the friends and family whom it will encounter after birth. The subtle tension of this picture derives from the fact that (as no bodies are shown) we are unable to tell WHOSE tummy the baby is in! Is it Flora, Navy, Mark or the dog?!? We may never know."); newpic("giraffe-hand.jpg","The Artist's Hand","Here we see a bit of the playful creativity that has made `Amanda' a legend in the Paris art scene...what could otherwise have been a typical drawing of a giraffe is changed into a delightful self-referential statement by the inclusion of the artist's own hand on the drawing."); newpic("mom-swing.jpg","Mother of Two","An obviously pregnant woman pushes a baby in a swing as a mother cat and two kittens walk by. Pen and crayon."); newpic("momma-bird.jpg","Momma Bird","This line drawing shows a mother bird and her chick. Take special notice of the egg and nest perched in the apple tree!"); newpic("preggers.jpg","Expecting","With just a few simple strokes, this drawing conveys the contented feeling of a mother-to-be. Probably originally designed as part of a logo for a popular maternity clothing chain, this drawing was simply found unsigned and untitled among the artist's sketches."); newpic("girl-in-rain.jpg","Girl in Rain","A stunning combination of colored pencil and crayon make this one of Amanda's most impressive and moving pictures."); newpic("boy-in-rain.jpg","Boy in Rain","This sequel to Amanda's very popular \"Girl in Rain\" has shocked the art world with its `honest' portrayal of the typical `every-boy' standing - hands in pocket - beneath his personal rain cloud."); newpic("robin.jpg","Rockin Robin","As a result of the blending of colored pencils, this rotund robin bursts into rocking life."); newpic("unicorns.jpg","Mommy and Baby Unicorn","An annotation on the back dates this piece as having been completed on March 12, 2000. It also indicates that Tired (the baby) and Hungry (the mother) are going to take a bath in the rain."); newpic("rabbit-mothday.jpg","Mother's Day Bunny","Done for her mom's fourth Mother's Day, Amanda asked her dad to draw the outline of the \"4th\", but did everything else here herself, including the words \"Mother's Day\" which run down the rabbit's side."); newpic("ducks.jpg","Ducks","The bright colors of oil pastels enhance this emotional image of a mother duck teaching her baby to swim."); newpic("cubist-horse.jpg","Cubist Horse","This simple drawing (dark blue crayon) skillfully combines aspects of impressionism, cubism and the optical game-playing of M.C. Escher."); newpic("pink-bunny.jpg","Pink Bunny","Crayon and pen on pink construction paper. (Dated 5/2000.)"); newpic("cat.jpg","Happy Cat","Amanda's most famous piece, this unsigned crayon drawing contains the letters C-A-T in the artist's own hand."); newpic("abstract1.jpg","Abstract #1","I can't find any words to describe this colorful masterpiece other than \"Magnifique\"! (Dated 5/2000.)"); newpic("pigs-mouse-fox.jpg","Pigs, Mouse and Fox","Though beautiful to look at, the real beauty of this pencil drawing is in its deep symbolism. At first we notice two pigs (one in blue with hat and one wearing orange dress.) But, when looking more closely we see that the mouse (at right) is wearing a mask (\"so bees don't bite you\") and carrying a box of tissues for the fox (who has a cold and looks like an orange flag.) The fox is also wearing a yellow dress. Only the pig in blue is a boy; the other three have bows in their hair."); newpic("laughing-witch.jpg","Laughing Witch","Dated March 12, 2000, this line drawing (pencil) shows a witch taking a plate that was hers and laughing. Why is she laughing? Because she hasn't seen the plate in a long time and she is glad that she found it, of course!"); newpic("ella.jpg","Girl with Net","This crayon drawing, done 6/2000, shows a girl holding a ball in her right hand and a net in her left hand, for catching the ball. When asked about the mysterious letter L floating at the left of the picture, Amanda explained that it is for the girl's name, `ELLA'."); newcategory("Starting to really be an artist (2002-2007)","We gave up on the silly captions when her artwork got good enough to stand on its own."); newpic("fatfish.jpg","Fat Fish","(September 2002)"); newpic("werking.jpg","Werking So Hared","(September 2002"); newpic("horses.jpg","Mother Horse and Foal","(July 2003"); newpic("sonogram.jpg","Pregnant Woman and Sonogram","(July 2003 -- but still thinking about fetuses!"); newpic("cougar2005.jpg","Cougar","This painting of a cougar, done in 2005, was part of a show that her art class did and hung in a ``gallery'' at Just Fresh in Mt. Pleasant."); newpic("duck2008.jpg","Duck Stamp","Here you can see Amanda posing near her 2007 \"duck stamp\" competition entry (it is the top one in the center). It won 2nd prize in the statewide competition."); newcategory("Middle School (2008-2009)","The Charleston County School for the Arts further sharpened her abilities."); newpic("cornishrex.jpg","Cornish Rex Cat","Oil pastel drawing of a cat (of the hairless `cornish rex' breed)."); newpic("costume2008.jpg","Costume","This sketch is a costume design and she is also working on a real fabric version of it that she can wear."); newpic("hooks2008.jpg","Hooks","This sketch reflects Amanda's growing interest in manga and anime."); newpic("dolphin-fish.jpg","Dolphin/Fish/Boat","Color pencil drawing of a boat riding atop a wave with a giant fish and a dolphin. I'm not sure what it means, but I like looking at it."); newpic("fish2009.jpg","Reel Art","This beautiful drawing, done with colored pencils, was created in March 2009 for a contest sponsored by a fish and wildlife organization. It won the `judge's choice award'."); newpic("ball.jpg","Masked Ball","Pencil drawing of a woman with a mask attending a ball."); newpic("flower.jpg","Flower","This prismacolor drawing won a prize at the Coastal Carolina Fair."); newpic("selfportrait.jpg","Self Portrait with Umbrellas","Color pencil drawing."); newcategory("High School Freshman (2010-2011)","This gallery features some of the pictures she has posted at her DA Gallery."); newpic("fountain.jpg","Narcissa Malfoy at the Manor","pencil drawing."); newpic("girl+dragon.jpg","Girl and Dragon","pencil drawing."); newpic("jerome:dib.jpg","Jerome","\"Yes, my original character is named Jerome. He is very clever, naturally gifted, and pretty good looking. Unfortunately, his guy-friends are kind of dark, but his girl-friend is really sweet, so it is all ok. Oh yeah and the name came from my mother's favorite children's book.\""); newpic("mirror.jpg","Self-portrait","Amanda says: \"I gave myself the idea, for both pairs of glasses at once, but this looks nothing like me. I didn't want it to. This came completely from my head, and I am surprised how good it turned out.\" But, I think it DOES look like her."); newpic("spellsandcharms.jpg","Draco Malfoy lounging","pencil."); newpic("twogirls.jpg","Two Girls","Pencil drawing."); newpic("wig.jpg","Birdcage Wig","Based on a wig that Marie Antoinette owned","pencil."); newpic("peacock.jpg","I Heart Peacocks","Based on a photo that Amanda took at Magnolia Plantation, not yet finished because she still intends to paint the background. Prismacolor drawing on watercolor paper."); newpic("ribbon.jpg","Ribbon","Still life drawing of a prize ribbon."); newpic("sheep.jpg","Sheep","Amanda took the photo on which this watercolor is based and then painted it for an exhibition of \"small works\" at her school."); newpic("bottles.jpg","Bottles","Still life of glass bottles done from an arrangement set up by Amanda's art teacher."); newcategory("High School Sophomore (2011-2012)","Amanda has been making a lot of amazing art this year, but not giving us a chance to photograph or scan it. So, this gallery is extremely small. We hope to add more soon."); newpic("sandy-watercolor.jpg","Sandy","This is a work in progress. Water color painting of \"Sandy\" Kasman standing by an air field in Ithaca NY. Part of a series of works based on old family photos."); newpic("google-doodle.jpg","Google Doodle","Entry for a contest (you can guess the sponsor) based on the theme \"where I could go if I could travel to any time and place in history\"."); newpic("airplaneview.jpg","Airplane View","Painting of rain outside the window of an airplane"); newpic("balloons.jpg","Party Girls with Balloons","Based on a photo of Emily, Ariel and Amy playing with balloons. Part of a series of works based on old family photos."); newpic("berkeley-backyard.jpg","Berkeley Backyard","Watercolor painting of grandma Claire, mom (Laura) and Amanda herself in the backyard of our apartement in Berkeley, CA. Part of a series of works based on old family photos."); newpic("bison.jpg","Bison","Pencil drawing based on a combination of photos we took in Yellowstone...including one of bison walking right past our car on a narrow road. Part of a series of works based on old family photos."); newpic("blackie.jpg","Skipper Butch","Grandma Claire as a little girl in the 1942 with her dog, parents and grandfather. Part of a series of works based on old family photos."); newpic("japanese-monk.jpg","Japanese Monk","We spent a night in a Buddhist monastery in Japan and Amanda took a photo of one of the monks decorating a memorial post, which she here reproduced here as a watercolor painting. Part of a series of works based on old family photos."); newpic("jason-dino.jpg","Jason and the Dinosaur","Cousin Jason with toys drawn with white conte crayon on the cover of some old sheet music provided by Amanda's art teacher. Part of a series of works based on old family photos."); newpic("laura-and-joe.jpg","Laura and Joe","Pencil drawing of Laura (Amanda's mom) as a little girl with her brother Joe."); newpic("lounge-chair.jpg","Lounge Chair","Watercolor painting of Emily and Ariel as young girls outside on a lounge chair. Part of a series of works based on old family photos."); newpic("OPwall-street.jpg","O & P Wall Street","Acrylic painting of Orney and Poppa by a fire hydrant on a cold winter day. Unless I'm mistaken, they are on Wall Street with Trinity Church behind them. Part of a series of works based on old family photos."); newpic("poppa.jpg","Red","Reddish pencil drawing of Poppa by a motel in California. Part of a series of works based on old family photos."); newpic("reading-on-sofa.jpg","Reading on the Sofa","Watercolor painting of Myra reading to Emily and Amy on the sofa. Part of a series of works based on old family photos."); newpic("sandy-vest.jpg","Sandy's Vest","Pencil drawing of Sandy and Poppa done on sheet music provided by the teacher. Part of a series of works based on old family photos."); newpic("seedlings.jpg","Seedlings","Watercolor painting of seedlings in pots."); newpic("soviet-youths.jpg","Soviet Youths","Watercolor painting based on a photo taken by Laura when she visited the Soviet Union in the late 1980s. Part of a series of works based on old family photos."); newpic("weezer.jpg","Weezer","Watercolor painting of the band Weezer."); newpic("jordan.jpg","Jordan","Watercolor painting made for literature class showing the character Jordan from The Great Gatsby. (This was made in September 2012.)"); newcategory("High School Junior (2012-2013)","This year Amanda was required to produce only 3-dimensional art. Her concentration was on hats based on buildings that she saw on our travels, but there are some other amazing pieces here as well."); newpic("arcdetriomphe.jpg","Hat de Triomphe","This hat is obviously the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The amazing thing is that it is made out of water color paper and she hand painted the image onto it. (The 3D effect really works for me!)"); newpic("batllo1.jpg","Battlo Hat","This is a hat based on Gaudi's Casa Battlo in Barcelona."); newpic("boatshoes1.jpg","Local Flair entry for Van's shoe design competition","These shoes, redesigned to look like a common Lowcountry shrimp boat, were for a contest run by Vans shoes."); newpic("boatshoes2.jpg","Boat Shoes","These shoes, redesigned to look like a common Lowcountry shrimp boat, were for a contest run by Vans shoes."); newpic("bullring1.jpg","Plaza del Toros","A hat based on the bull fighting ring in Sevilla."); newpic("castle1.jpg","Queen Isabella's Straw Hat","This is a `straw hat', in that it is made out of drinking straws. It is based on the castle in Segovia in which Queen Isabella lived as a little girl."); newpic("cranehat1.jpg","Red Hat with Cranes",""); newpic("cranehat2.jpg","Red Hat with Cranes",""); newpic("giraffe1.jpg","Giraffe sculpture","Made out of bobby pins."); newpic("giraffe2.jpg","Giraffe sculpture","Made out of bobby pins."); newpic("hotglueman1.jpg","Hot Glue Man","Famous statue of discus thrower reproduced using glue sticks for a hot glue gun."); newpic("hotglueman2.jpg","Hot Glue Man","Famous statue of discus thrower reproduced using glue sticks for a hot glue gun."); newpic("museodelarte.jpg","Museo del Arte, Sevilla",""); newpic("pagoda1.jpg","Asakusa Pagoda Hat","This pagoda was near the hotel where we stayed in Tokyo."); newpic("pagoda2.jpg","Asakusa Pagoda Hat","This pagoda was near the hotel where we stayed in Tokyo."); newpic("pontvecchio1.jpg","Ponte Vecchio Hat","The famous old bridge over the Arno river in Florence, Italy, in hat form."); newpic("sanmarco1.jpg","San Marco Hat","Saint Mark's Basillica in the form of a bonnet. The domes are painted paper mache and cloth design is hand painted"); newpic("sanmarco2.jpg","San Marco Hat","Saint Mark's Basillica in the form of a bonnet."); newpic("santchapelle1.jpg","Sainte Chapelle Hat","The beautiful stained glass windows of Saint Chapelle in Paris inspired this hat. The `stained glass' on the hat was hand drawn using magic markers!"); newpic("santchapelle2.jpg","Sainte Chapelle Hat","The beautiful stained glass windows of Saint Chapelle in Paris inspired this hat. The cardboard frame was hand cut with an exacto knife."); newpic("sheep1.jpg","Sheep","A sculpture of sheep made out of styrofoam packing peanuts."); newpic("sheep2.jpg","Sheep","A sculpture of sheep made out of styrofoam packing peanuts."); newpic("stair1.jpg","Stair","Steps in the shape of the word stair made out of old maps."); newpic("stair2.jpg","Stair","Steps in the shape of the word stair made out of old maps."); newcategory("High School Senior (2013-2014)","This year Amanda was required to produce pieces that count as \"design\". She eloquently captures the central theme of her portfolio in this essay written for to accompany AP submission:

While rummaging through my grandmother’s keepsakes, I came across a wooden block for printing the yellow portion of a landscape. Though seemingly insignificant, the block represented my late grandfather, and it sparked curiosity as to how this lone piece of a picture had value without its complementary blocks and subsequent colors. As a result, my concentration analyzes the sentimental value of objects, as well as how this value is affected when the object represents a larger concept or series.

To achieve this, I utilized an aspect of block prints generally avoided, that images misalign and overlap causing details and realism to be lost. In pieces 1, 2, 4,and 10, this print-like detail of the desired image being shifted, is meant to reveal the sentimental value that would have been hidden beneath. In 3 and 9, the photographs that triggered my memories more clearly convey their significance when details are lost, lost like the yellow block of the landscape print. In image 4, the porcelain fisherman is turned three quarters to the left and right to reveal the honest, hard working gardeners in a Japanese Zen garden I visited in Kyoto. Image 5 conveys the endless pleasure of just two children encountering just two chairs. The lack of color in the children emphasizes the chairs. Image 6 utilizes the appearance of a shift to the left of the colors in a single child’s clothing while they play. The objects of value in 7-10 are horses, stained glass windows, tutus, and yellow hats (worn by Japanese children on fieldtrips) respectively. Images 11 and 12 depict foreign children in uniforms first shifted down, and then contrasted by a hornet’s nest throwing into sharp relief the loss of individuality inherent in a dress code.

."); newpic("bobby.jpg","Bobby","Pen and watercolor, based on a picture of Robert Kasman as a small boy."); newpic("cats-of-san-juan.jpg","Cats of San Juan","We saw lots of feral cats on our trip to Puerto Rico, and many of them are in this drawing."); newpic("chinaman.jpg","The Chinaman","You may recognize the statue as one that was in the home of Marty and Claire Kasman for many years. Amanda says: \"the porcelain fisherman is turned three quarters to the left and right to reveal the honest, hard working gardeners in a Japanese Zen garden I visited in Kyoto\"."); newpic("costa-rica.jpg","Costa Rica Caballeros","Amanda added an image of a horse over a photo that Laura took on her trip to Costa Rica, but allows us to \"see through\" the horse via the white outlines."); newpic("gwen-dancing.jpg","Gwen Dancing","Watercolor painting based on a photo of Gwen Mayhew (back when she was Jenny David) in a dance studio."); newpic("orney-visits-dr-murk.jpg","Orney Visits Dr. Murk","The sizes in this photo are not exaggerated: Orney's doctor is very tall and she is very short. Amanda added color patches on acetate sheets that are overlayed with shifts and flips. So, this is only one of infinitely many possible combinations."); newpic("pool.jpg","The Pool","Watercolor painting (with amazing details!) of baby Amanda in a wading pool."); newpic("rides.jpg","The Rides","Combines two photos of Amanda on rides at amusement parks and one of her riding a hobby horse into a single very interesting painting."); newpic("still-life.jpg","Still Life",""); newpic("two-joes.jpg","Two Joes","Combines two different pictures of Laura with her brothers Pete and Joe, in such a way that Joe appears at both ends."); newpic("two-poses.jpg","Two Poses","We took two pictures of these Japanese students, and Amanda combined them."); newpic("two-views.jpg","Two Views","Buildings we saw in Spain and Japan overlaid in a single pen drawing."); newpic("christmas-card.jpg","Christmas Card","This was not part of her portfolio but for a request from her school to design a holiday card for the superintendant."); newpic("grandma-mundschau.jpg","Grandma Mundschau","Young Laura and Joe with stuffed animals and their grandmother."); newpic("hornets-nest.jpg","The Hornet's Nest","A hornet's nest superimposed on a picture of children we saw performing a dance at a public space in Spain."); newpic("japanese-cat.jpg","Japanese Cat","This one involves some collage elements and stippling as well as watercolor painting."); newpic("noses.jpg","Noses","This watercolor painting, based on a photo of Uncle Joe and Aunt Jan, unfortunately does not look very much like the \"models\", but has amazing skin tones and interesting noses."); newpic("orney-leaves.jpg","Orney's Leaves","Amanda combines a black and white photo of her grandmother and friends with an image of leaves floating on water."); newpics("rollercoaster.jpg","Roller Coaster","Amanda says it was fun painting the dragon head on this painting based on a photo of her and me on a kiddie-coaster."); newpic("seal.jpg","Joe and the Seal","Uncle Joe again, this time at the zoo."); newpic("two-chair.jpg","Two Girls and Two Chairs","Two quote Amanda, this image \"conveys the endless pleasure of just two children encountering just two chairs. The lack of color in the children emphasizes the chairs.\""); ?>