It takes a gifted artist to become a great teacher and those who dare to teach never cease to learn.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Our best wishes to you and yours for a beautiful and happy Thanksgiving
(Lyn Williamson, colored pencil, page #37 in the SBAI 2016 Chronicles)
The pomegranate (Punica granatum) has been admired for centuries as a symbol of health, fertility, and resurrection; Theophrastus and Pliny consider the pomegranate a valuable plant both for beauty and for its medicinal properties. Historically, the pomegranate tree’s bark has been a source for tannin used in curing leather and its rind and flowers used as a textile dye.
It is estimated that pomegranate domestication began in the Neolithic era. Pomegranates are thought to have been domesticated initially in the Transcaucasian-Caspian region and northern Turkey. Evidence for using pomegranates in the Middle East is dated at over 5,000 years ago. Pomegranate artifacts and relics dating to 3000 BCE and on were found in Egypt, Israel Armenia, and Mesopotamia. Spanish sailors brought pomegranates to the New World, and Spanish Jesuit missionaries introduced pomegranates into Mexico and California in the 1700sThe pomegranate is used as a staple fruit in Armenian households worldwide. The Color of a Pomegranate, directed by Parajanov, is one of the gems in Armenian film history, and in Armenian mythology, the pomegranate symbolizes fertility and abundance.