"Patriot Daze" Painting By Artist Robert Paulmenn Exhibiting at Liquid Assets Wine Bar & Gallery Opening October 24, 2008

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Local artist Robert Paulmenn will be showing his political themed painting "Patriot Daze" at Liquid Assets Wine Bar & Gallery opening October 24, 2008.

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On the 4th of July this past summer, the young woman in the painting was marching in our local parade and that's when 'Patriot Daze' really took root. She was wearing the costume you see in the painting. This painting was already finished in my mind before I had even put a brush to the panel.

Local artist Robert Paulmenn has completed work on a series of political themed paintings. The centerpiece of these paintings is "Patriot Daze." It, along with its companion piece "Stop," will be on exhibit at Liquid Assets Wine Bar & Gallery opening on Friday, October 24, 2008.

Like James Montgomery Flagg's, (1877-1960) popular personification of "Uncle Sam" and poster "Wake Up America" (1917) reference American Treasures of the Library of Congress, Mr. Paulmenn has truly captured his political essence and taken it into the 21st Century.

"The idea for "Patriot Daze" had been bouncing around in my head for a while," said Mr. Paulmenn. "Many of us share a national frustration with what is supposed to be a democracy in America. Long before Bush took office and 9/11 was allowed to happen, the country was being led down a dangerous path to corporate control of the political system and the government as a whole."

"Since 9/11, I've been questioning the blind patriotism that so many people have followed out of fear of some boogieman whether real or fictional. It became more apparent to me that as we are constantly reminded of the threat from without, we are ignoring the real threat from within. It seemed to me as this situation has deepened, many people have been walking around in kind of a daze. I don't know whether it has to do with not wanting to face up to the reality of our situation, not knowing what we can do or sitting there dumbfounded in disbelief at what has happened to our country."

"On the 4th of July this past summer, the young woman in the painting was marching in our local parade and that's when 'Patriot Daze' really took root. She was wearing the costume you see in the painting. This painting was already finished in my mind before I had even put a brush to the panel."

Marsa Morse, Curator of Liquid Assets said, "It is an honor to be able to introduce Robert's new work, "Patriot Daze", which provides us with a poignant look into the mindset of the day. In the rest of his show, Paulmenn has captured the essence of the feminine psyche as though he were painting from within the mind of a woman."

"Patriot Daze" is an oil figure painting on gessoed panel that measures 60" x 48" with the frame it measures 72" x 60". The frame was created by Mr. Paulmenn with pieces of the constitution.

"Stop" will also be on exhibit. It was painted by Mr. Paulmenn from a photograph of a Peace House sponsored traveling display of flags. The purpose of the display is to remind people not to forget what has taken place in the name of democracy.

Along with Mr. Paulmenn, photographer Kate Geary and abstract oil painter Nate Corwin will also be showing their work at Liquid Assets opening October 24, 2008.

About Artist Robert Paulmenn:
Mr. Paulmenn graduated from The duCret School of Art in Plainfield,N.J. where he studied painting and sculpture. Although sculpture and carving wood captured his youthful enthusiasm, he would find after painting scenery for a regional theater in New Jersey, that painting offered him a greater challenge as well as greater rewards. In the '80s, he attended The Art Students League of N.Y.C. and The National Academy of Art, also in N.Y.C. where he had the good fortune to study with Dan Green, Harvey Dinnerstein and Ron Sherr. Mr. Paulmenn lives in Ashland,Oregon, where he also maintains his studio.

About Liquid Assets:
Husband and wife owners Jim Piotter and Denise Daehler-Piotter boast an extensive history in the fine dining industry. Jim, upon earning a culinary degree from Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Arizona, honed his palate as a wine buyer at Oakville Grocery in Palo Alto, California. Denise, having owned and operated several successful businesses, brings a strong entrepreneurial know-how to Liquid Assets, in addition to 20 years of restaurant experience. She and Jim worked side by side for many years on private fine dining functions, at Phoenix's exclusive Royal Palms Resort and Spa. Liquid Assets, 96 North Main Street, Ashland, OR 97520.

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