Lady Liberty

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Lady Liberty

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“LADY LIBERTY” is an original watercolor painting by Janice Peroni, resident of the Garden State, New Jersey. Janice is a Quadriplegic and is aided by the use of a wheelchair. Janice paints with restricted use of her arms and hands. Her paintings come alive with color and movement. This greeting card was reproduced from an original artwork by Janice Peroni for THASC Sales Co. which has employed a unique group of handi-capped artists who create art to help rehabilitate themselves. They gain self-respect and pride through their artwork.
“LADY LIBERTY” is an original watercolor painting by Janice Peroni, resident of the Garden State, New Jersey. Janice is a Quadriplegic and is aided by the use of a wheelchair. Janice paints with restricted use of her arms and hands. Her paintings come alive with color and movement. This greeting card was reproduced from an original artwork by Janice Peroni for THASC Sales Co. which has employed a unique group of handi-capped artists who create art to help rehabilitate themselves. They gain self-respect and pride through their artwork.
20150630_142633-1From Tuesday’s blog on “Waving Proud” until today’s blog, “Lady Liberty”, THASC artist Janice Peroni continues with her incredible watercolor impression of the powerful Statue of Liberty meeting her celebratory, colorful and explosive fireworks lighting up the New York skyline. There is nothing more exciting and decisive than the thunderous roar of these vivid bolts to verify her significance to the world. She does so with grace and distinction and nothing confirms her stance more than the skies of New York.

The French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi originally named the Statue of Liberty, “La Libertè Éclairant le Monde” or “Liberty Enlightening the World.” He modeled the sculpture after his mother, Charlotte. Broken chains lie at her feet symbolizing her as a woman free from weariness and submission. The Roman numerals for July 4, 1776, the date of American Independence, are inscribed across the tablet held in her left hand.

20150701_140925-1The Statue of Liberty was completed in France and then gifted from France to the United States as a symbol of freedom and democracy. It was a joint effort between the two countries. The Statue arrived in New York in June of 1885 in over 300 pieces from France. It was reassembled in four months and placed upon a granite pedestal which was built in America. In October of 1886, President Grover Cleveland unveiled and accepted the Statue on behalf of the people of the United States. The full statue measures 305 feet one inch from the tip of the flame to the ground. The total weight of the Statue of Liberty is 225 tons or 450,000 pounds.

20150630_141513-1The Statue’s original torch was the first part constructed in 1886 but in 1984 was replaced by a new copper torch covered by 24 Karat gold leaf. Here are some interesting facts about the crown. Let’s take a closer look: Did you know that the seven rays of the Statue’s crown represent the seven continents and seven seas of the world?

There are 25 windows in the crown which represent the gems of heaven shining over the world. Access has not been available to the torch since 1916. You need to climb 154 steps to reach the head. To give you an idea of some of the measurements of the Statue: her index finger is 8 feet long and the width of her mouth is three feet.

In 1903, the poem, “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus was inscribed on a tablet and placed in the Statue’s pedestal:

20150630_172409-1“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning
to breathe free,
The wretched
refuse of your
teeming shore.

Send these,
the homeless,
tempest-tossed
to me,
I lift my lamp beside
The golden door!”

When I look at Janice Peroni’s watercolor I am reminded of the middle name my parents gave me, which was my paternal grandmother’s name. Maybe some of you have noticed that it is “Libera,” the Italian word for “free.” I feel I have a special connection with this greeting card and with Lady Liberty and will feel that more every year on July 4th. Thank you to Janice and to my immigrant grandparents who made this journey to freedom for me.

I hope you all have a special connection with Freedom as I do and enjoy your Holiday!

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-Maria

Maria Libera Vallone
Maria Libera Vallone

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Waving Proud

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“Waving Proud” is an original oil painting by Janice Peroni, resident of the Garden State, New Jersey. Janice is a Quadriplegic and is aided by the use of a wheelchair.  Janice paints with restricted use of her arms and hands. Her paintings come alive with color and movement. Both pocket planner and greeting card were reproduced from an original oil painting by Janice Peroni for THASC Sales Co. which has employed a unique group of handicapped artists who create art to help rehabilitate themselves. They gain self-respect and pride through their artwork.
“Waving Proud” is an original oil painting by Janice Peroni, resident of the Garden State, New Jersey. Janice is a Quadriplegic and is aided by the use of a wheelchair. Janice paints with restricted use of her arms and hands. Her paintings come alive with color and movement. Both pocket planner and greeting card were reproduced from an original oil painting by Janice Peroni for THASC Sales Co. which has employed a unique group of handicapped artists who create art to help rehabilitate themselves. They gain self-respect and pride through their artwork. The saying inside Janice Peroni’s greeting card, “Waving Proud”, reads: “Long may the Star Spangled Banner Wave over the land of the free And the home of the brave.”

Many of THASC’s artists’ wonderful paintings are available in both greeting cards and in pocket calendars as you see above. Janice’s depiction of Old Glory is bold and beautiful
and reminds us of the most precious gift of all in America:
OUR FREEDOM!

I remember as children we learned and recited The Pledge of Allegiance every day in our classrooms…”I pledge allegiance to the FLAG of the United States of America…” It wasn’t until recently that I learned the Pledge of Allegiance dates back to President Benjamin Harrison in 1892 who was seeking ways to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America on Columbus Day. Francis Bellamy, a Christian socialist and Baptist minister, arranged for the President and Congress to announce a national proclamation which centered on an American flag ceremony. And so the Pledge was born.

Minutemen
Minutemen

Most Americans celebrate our nation’s birthday, or Independence Day, with amazing firework celebrations, but beyond the big cities of Boston, New York, Los Angeles and D.C., there are many small towns that show their patriotic colors in a big way. For example, Bristol, Rhode Island’s Annual Fourth of July Celebration established in 1785, is the oldest continuous celebration of its kind in the United States. These celebrations starting on Flag Day, June 14 and concluding on July 4, give Bristol its nickname, “America’s most patriotic town.”

Up until about 15 years ago the family used to go to Block Island for its annual parade, as my sister Sara worked there and loved the small town intimacy. (Block Island is off the southern coast of Rhode Island and New York.) She always wore her famous blue and white sequined jacket ~ a real eye-catcher~ with a fabulous sequined flag on the back.
This is my favorite photo from July 4th :

My sister Sara and I ready for the parade on Block Island.
My sister Sara and I ready for the parade on Block Island.

I have since inherited that great jacket in all its glory and have worn it every year on the 4th. I just recently took it out of the closet to get ready for the big day!

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The highlight of every celebration for July 4th has to be the fireworks which we’ll talk about on Janice’s other patriotic THASC greeting card called “Lady Liberty” on Thursday.

See you then as we inch closer to the Big Celebration.

Hope you’ll have a great view for fireworks wherever you will be.

“With Liberty and Justice for ALL”

-Maria

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Flag Cake- Sweet Treat Saturday

Stars & Stripes- enjoy your summer!

We tested this recipe finding it a delight to make and eat. We did try a little make over decorating with fresh strawberries and blueberries. A fruit filling completed the make over. Whichever way you try, both will be a wonderful cake for your family and friends.

Flag Cake
Flag Cake

What you need:

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    Strawberries and blueberries for decorating the Flag Cake

    1 package white cake mix

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 package confectioners sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • blue and red food coloring

What to do:

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For fresh strawberry filling

Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using two greased and floured 9 inch round baking pans. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

For frosting, in a large bowl, cream the shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the water, salt and vanilla until smooth. Place once cake layer on a serving plate; spread 2/3 cup frosting. Top with remaining cake layer.

Fresh strawberry filling
Fresh strawberry filling

In a small bowl, combine 2/3 cup frosting and blue food coloring. In another bowl, combine 1 ½cups frosting and red food coloring. Fill pastry or plastic bag with ¼ cup white frosting; cut a small hole in the corner of the bag and set aside.

Frost top and sides with remaining white frosting. With blue frosting, frost a 3 inch section in the upper left corner of the cake. Pipe white stars over blue frosting. Fill another pastry or plastic bag with red frosting; cut a large hole in the corner of the bag. Pipe stripes across top of cake.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups coarsely chopped hulled strawberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

Directions:

Bring all ingredients to a boil in a heavy small sauce pan, stirring constantly and crushing berries slightly with back of spoon.

Boil 2 minutes to thicken, stirring constantly (mixture will be slightly chunky).

Pour into bowl and cool completely.

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