With a photographer father, art has always been a part of 73-year-old geologist Glenn Bauer’s life. Bauer has been taking classes at the Art School for a good chunk of his life—from when he was about 7 years old through his early teens, back in the 70s, and again today. You can find him taking jewelry-making classes with metals studio manager and teaching artist Kaori Vaughn. (As a geologist, he must have a knack for rocks, metals, and gems.)
As if we needed physical evidence of Bauer’s longstanding relationship with the Art School, he recently noticed his 7-year-old self in a black-and-white photo from the archives section of an Art School Catalog.
Bauer is in the lower left side of the photo, donned in an aloha shirt and with his head turned up at the sarcophagus. The photo, which was published in the November 17, 1953 issue of the Honolulu Advertiser, shows museum instructor and Fulbright scholar Mabeth Perrins showing some young art students a sarcophagus from the exhibition Ancient art of Egypt, Greece and Rome, which ran from October 27 to November 29, 1953, according to museum archivist Dawn Sueoka. Our member’s magazine from October 1953 confirms that these objects were loans from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
He’s positive that it is indeed himself in that photo. Since his father was a photographer who always took pictures of Bauer as a child, Bauer insists that he can identify the back of his own head anywhere. He also remembers that day, which he recalls as “fun.”
Bauer calls those childhood moments spent at the museum and the Art School “the good times.”
One of his favorite memories is believing that if you stick your finger in the water of the Chinese Courtyard’s pond and turn it three times, your wish would come true. “I was constantly doing that,” he laughs.
In an age of dwindling art programs in schools, Bauer continues to be fond of the Art School’s “really important” role in engaging the community—especially kids—with art.
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