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Friday, March 22, 2013

CLIO INSPIRES A MUSEUM FOR THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

CHERISHING OUR VALLEY          2013

     The Sacred Muses were believed of the ancient world to be the source of civilization. It was (or is, if you are so inclined) through their inspiration that "civic harmony" occurs. Most people today believe that the Muses came into western philosophy through the ancient Greeks. However, the Muses have a very good chance of being a much older source of "inspiration" and Indo-European in origin.
    In other words the Muses were ancient in the time of Alexander the Great and Aristotle.

 The Muse Clio
excerpted from The Nine Muses - acrylic on canvas
 San Fernando Valley artist Charles Sherman
The Goddess Project - Los Angeles 1988

     Since we are at the onset of Spring, it is quite appropriate that The Museum Community pays homage to the the spirit Clio, one of the nine Sacred Muses of antiquity. Clio was honored by our ancestors at the beginning of Spring. She is the Muse of History and Memory of things past. Her demi-god son Hyacinth was slain and buried in the earth, to burst forth in life symbolized by the spring blossoms of the hyacinth and iris, at the vernal equinox.
    The inspiration found in the history of the San Fernando Valley, when uncovered in its richness will most assuredly add to the civic harmony of our great city. If you agree, we'd like to hear from you.
   Jerry Fecht      818-347-9665   The Museum of the San Fernando Valley

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