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Arkansas Democrat Gazette (2/9/2003)

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Arkansas Democrat Gazette (2/9/2003)

A Sunday feature article, “Architect opens Web gallery of postcard art,” by Scott A Johnson in the  Arkansas Democratic Gazette, explored how George’s concurrent careers – urban designer, architect, and artist – relate. How he in each of them intensely visualizes spaces and how people interact with them. It quotes him: “Nothing can replace the intensity of the image and the memory of the spaces like spending an hour and a half or an hour painting it.” Some excerpts: Wittenberg’s travel art was recognized when he was winner of a $1,500 purchase award at the 2003 Mid-Southern Watercolorists as the Arkansas Arts Center. The winning piece, Museum of Modern Art – San Francisco, was based on a postcard created in 1999 at the new museum designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta . . . Wittenberg began creating postcard art in the late 1970′s after reading about a similar project by another artist. Initially he worked in pen and ink, but soon found he needed a less time-consuming medium. Watercolors have proved ideal . . . “I like the watery effect, and I also like the quickness of it . . . Watercolor has to be immediate. You have to come up with the idea, get it planned out and do it fairly quickly.” . . . Wittenberg’s (art) work continues to reflect his “day job”. Architectural themes remain a common subject . . . “I think going and seeing those spaces and experiencing them – knowing them as I’ve known them since my first trip to Europe in 1967 – has translated into making (Little Rock’s River Market District) into what we all wanted it to be: a people space.” . . . At first (his postcards) were sent to a wide circle of friends, but the artist soon found it difficult to get recipients to relinquish the miniature works. Now he sends most to his daughters, Jessica Howard and Toby Murry, both of whom live in Little Rock, or to himself. None has ever been lost in the...

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