For over fifty years, in radio, on multiple stages, in scores of movie soundtracks, and tête-à-tête performances with the rich and famous, Artie Kane’s music has touched and inspired millions of people. His memoir is the story of a pianist, film composer, and conductor whose credits span the industry and reveal the enduring bond between a gifted musician, his piano, and the people who crowd around it. Music to My Years captures the romantic as well as the rough-hewn and unrelentingly perfectionist sides of the world of professional entertainment.
First edition, hardcover, 369 pgs. 6-1/4 x 9-1/4 in.
Coming Nov. 2017 – reserve signed copy now!
Robert Balcomb is the protégé of William Mortensen, one of the most important pictorial photographers of the last century. In addition to the numerous photos and illustrations accompanying the text is a gallery of over 80 portraits, still lifes, and pictorials from Balcomb’s long career, and six Mortensen prints from Balcomb’s personal collection — some being published for the first time.
Chapter topics include Balcomb’s time studying with Mortensen in Laguna Beach, the WM Pigment Process, Paper Negatives, Prismatics, a discussion of Portraits vs. Pictorials, and “A Day with Jayne,” about how Balcomb came to shoot the finest portrait ever taken of Jayne Mansfield.
First edition, hardcover, 225 pgs. 9-1/4 x 9-1/4 in.
The author of Nichola Fechin, William Reese, and many articles for American Artist and SW Art has produced another masterpiece, chronicling the life and artwork of one of the most revered painter/teachers of the last century. Sergei Bongart bought the Fechin studio in Santa Monica’s Rustic Canyon, where he lived until his death in 1985. His legendary painting workshops were attended by the elite of artists currently working in America today, such as Del Gish, Ron Lukas, Don Sahli, Ron Riddick, Melinda Miles, Ned Mueller, Diane McClary, Peter Liashkov, and Sunny Apinchapong. When Bongart saw Mary Balcomb’s book on Nicholai Fechin, he said, “I want Mary to write one about me!” Sadly, Sergei did not live to see the book’s publication.
Hardcover, 223 pgs. 9-1/2 x 12-1/2 in.
Second printing sold out.
Limited supply of first-editions in original shrink wrap.
Between 1919 and 1923, Kenneth Balcomb was assigned a WWI Army surplus Model T while he worked as an engineer for the United States Bureau of Public Roads, traveling over 63,000 miles to survey, inspect, and construct highways in New Mexico. This important book is a snapshot of a unique time in America, right when the country was converting from the horse-and-buggy to that new-fangled contraption, the automobile. Trails and roads, if there were any at all, were deeply rutted from wagon wheels and littered with nails, screws, and spikes that had fallen off of supply wagons. Maneuvering through the countryside and over mountain passes, day or night, proved to be for the hardy of spirit and was a true test of stamina.
First edition, hardcover. 185 pgs. 6-1/4 x 9-1/4 in.
Coming in early 2018
Mary Balcomb brings you Robin-Robin: A Journal, charming insights about an orphaned baby robin. “Wobbly, bald — almost featherless — with a physique only a mother could love, the seven-day-old bird unexpectedly fell into my husband’s and my life and changed us forever. Robin-Robin soon became an insatiable gourmand, unwitting educator, and loving companion. She slept in the palm of our hands and went for garden walks perched on our shoulders; but she was also a testy little entertainer who ran us like a master drill sergeant in our own home.”
Richly illustrated with intaglio etchings by the author.
Softcover, 80 pages, 10-1/2 x 8-1/2 in.
Internationally renowned painter and sculptor William F. Reese left behind an astonishing body of work that includes oils, pastels, watercolors, sculptures, etchings, and instructional books. Mary Balcomb’s book, with a forward by Wilson Hurley, is richly illustrated and informative. Contains a special section of artist’s notes, two painting lessons, 44 B&W sketches, and 78 full color plates.
Hard cover, 176 pages, 11 x 9-1/2 in.