Remembering Joan Mondale

February 4th, 2014

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lionel-joan mondalebea at mondales
Joan Mondale was an amazing supporter of American artists. During the Mondale’s term, they displayed art in their home that was selected from each region of the country. They also served guests using plates, glasses, and textiles handmade by artists. In 1979, one of my photographs, Tomato Fantasy was chosen by the George Eastman House in Rochester NY to be displayed in the Vice President’s home for a year. My husband and I went to visit twice, the first time for a private viewing. On that day we sat on their front porch and had this group photograph made. VP Mondale had just returned from a fishing trip. Later that year, the fish were served up at a party that honored the artists who’s work was on display. It was a great party, with tents in the yard and music provided by an Army band, but also by a punk-rock band from a nearby art school (probably the Corcoran).Everyone danced with everyone else, including Walter and Joan Mondale.

Hawk/Dove, my latest book.

January 4th, 2014

Recently I have photographed the last names of veterans in national cemeteries. My latest book is a dos-a-dos (a reversible book telling 2 stories) that contains poems about war & peace written with these names. The text mirrors itself in places, including contrasting images of real battles(war)and pillow battles(peace).
Cannon ball tatters meadows, cleaves white oak. Wheat withers.
Savage force pounds warfield, seals Northern borders. Fine ash feathers bridges.
Swift gray rivers flood woods. Young majors march miles,constant fear wells.

Winters snow banks mask January slaughter. Clearwater sours.
Hardy cook sears ham, peppers hash, simmers camp beans.
Downing strong brown brew, forms manly bonds.

Brother fears longmire. Allhands hurdle lower banks. Wary numbers seegraves.
Black rooks poke stone, peck deadman bones. Buzzard paradise!
Thundercloud mounts. Peter’s golden gates rumble.

Stark Sunday. Weary parsons offer scripture. Nurse pillows lame mans head.
Cheeks blanch. Close friend shoulders grief.
Vets harden hearts, button new pea coats. Golden red phoenix burns.

Sowers plant plush green fields. Farmer hoes moreland, bales hay meadows.
Allhands champion charity, justice reason. Towns prosper.
Grass hopper springs.Keen bee burrows clover flowers.

May rains wash center street. Sweet waters cool black berry maze.
Card holder deals diamond deck.Lucky winnings purchase beer, goodwine.
Apple baker, moneymaker waltz.New hires button best coats tight.

French fryer, fruit peeler, love schoolfield. Class forms lively dodge ball game.
Marble champion paradise! Pickle packer, fudge buster share lemon wafer.
Daring cousins wade parks fountain, hunt bright coins.

House guest joy. Fairchild bounds overrocker. Pillow battle going strong.
Little peoples cheeks blush, hearts rush. Summers moon overfield.
Early Sunday dawn. Rose borders redden. High cardinal lovin fine blue day.

There are 2 versions of the book. The limited edition version is cloth bound with the title HAWK on one side, and DOVE (reversed) on the other side. The book is a four fold accordion digitally printed on cotton rag paper and it is housed in a copper paper wrap. 13 copies 5.25 x 9.5″ opening to 5.25 x 38″. The open edition version is the same size bound in grey museum board and contained in a white paper wrap. Email me for price and availability.

Stone Turner: Card Deck

December 17th, 2013

I have just completed a new card deck that consists of 52 playing cards that show a collection of family names that are antonyms that I have photographed from gravestones. These images are paired up on the front and backs of the cards. To see the complete collection go here:

Introduction: “Since 2010 I have photographed family names in graveyards and been continually fascinated by naming. Among the nearly three thousand names I have recorded, a fair percentage of them are antonyms. If a characteristic was powerful enough to become the basis of a name,often its exact opposite was true. Often these names are passed on with no record of their origins, including my own prickly name nettles.”

Decks can be ordered at the introductory price of $15 each plus shipping from my store:

20th Century Color Photographs

November 8th, 2013

A new book on the identification and care of color photographs has just come out which is intended to help conservators and curators identify what they are looking at. It includes one of my Kwik Print images. It is the only example of this process in the book. It is an image (Mothers, 1979) that is in the collection of the Center for Creative Photography in Arizona.

University of Washington: Artemis Exhibition 11-2013

November 7th, 2013

I’ve just returned from the University of Washington’s Allen Library in Seattle. They have a fascinating exhibition of artists’ books from their collection there called Under the Wings of Artemis: The Crossroads of Scholarship and Art (October 14, 2013-February 21, 2014) Two of my books are on view there: Stonecipher: A Book of Seasons, and Persephone’s Descent & Return

Original photographs added to the Beinecke Collection

November 1st, 2013

The Beinecke Library at Yale University has just acquired the 78 original photographic prints from which the offset 1st edition of Mountain Dream Tarot was created. These were made in 1975 years before Photoshop, using a variety of darkroom techniques.Yale already owns the unique hand colored and machine stitched deck made a few years earlier. These particular photographs were reprinted for halftone reproduction and display certain revisions I made.
You can find out more about this project from the 70s here:

Cropwork Orange, a new collaborative book, released.

September 26th, 2013
By: Denise Bookwalter, Robert Fichter and Bea Nettles Edition: 50

“Cropwork Orange is a collaboration between three artist/educators with roots in Florida. Robert was Bea’s teacher and Bea was Denise’s teacher. The project combines memory and transfer of information with its modular pieces that come together to make individual oranges out of the memories and thoughts of the three artists.
4.25 x 4 x 2 in (in box) All three sets of ‘oranges’ are housed in laser cut envelopes that slip into a custom-made laser cut wooden box. Box lid is covered with book cloth and printed label. Text and image were letterpress printed on Rives BFK.”

Tallahassee, Florida: Small Craft Advisory Press, 2012

Sold out: Deluxe Edition of PLACE

September 9th, 2013

I am very pleased to report that all six copies of Place are now in Special Collections. The edition is sold out. You can view a copy at Yale’s Art Library, University of Oregon in Portland, University of Washington in Seattle, University of Central Florida In Orlando, Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, and the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Lecture at Yale University: September 23, 2013

September 6th, 2013

Time and Place: Images by Bea Nettles

The libraries at Yale are home to several of my major books. The Beinecke Cary Card Collection owns the original unique versions of Mountain Dream Tarot and 28 Days, and the Art Library has a deluxe version of Place. This lecture will highlight Yale’s holdings and focus on several other books of mine that address photography’s ability to capture a sense of place and the passage of time.
The lecture will be held at 2PM in the Sterling Memorial Library. Visit their calendar for more information and directions:
To find out more about the Mountain Dream Tarot, there are several videos on Youtube:

Lecture at Tyler School of Art: September 18, 2013

September 6th, 2013

Time and Place: Images by Bea Nettles
From 1972-4, I taught at Tyler School of Art. I am looking forward to seeing their new campus and delivering a lecture at 11 AM in the Lighting Studio sponsored by the Photography Program. I will address photography’s unique abilities to reveal the passage of time and a sense of place by sharing several book projects that deal with these themes including Turning 50, Seasonal Turns, Stonecipher, Return Trips, and Place. A limited amount of these books will be on hand at the book signing following the talk.

You can get a preview of these books by visiting these links:
Turning 50,_1995.html
Seasonal Turns,_1998.html
Return Trips

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