Abstract Artist known for colorful glyphs

Acclaimed Washington artist Tom Green dies of Lou Gehrig’s disease at 70

Jonathan Newton/THE WASHINGTON POST - Artist Tom Green in his home studio on November, 3 2011 in Cabin John, Md.

By Michael E. Ruane ~ The Washington Post

Tom Green, the acclaimed creator of colorful and inventive abstract art and a longtime teacher at Washington’s Corcoran College of Art and Design, died Sept. 3 at his home in Cabin John.

He had been suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and died in his living room amid a regular Monday gathering of local artists and friends, his wife, Linda Green, said. He was 70.

Mr. Green, who taught at the Corcoran for 40 years before retiring in 2009, was influenced by the Washington Color School that emphasized abstract, geometric paintings in bright colors.

He is perhaps best known for his large paintings of colorful “glyphs” — big, curving, figures that resemble letters from a mysterious alphabet. His paint-spattered home studio was filled with them, and the American University Museum hosted an exhibition of Mr. Green’s work last year.

In 1988, former Washington Post art critic Paul Richard described an enigmatic Green painting as “like a comic strip for Martians,” but with understanding “just around the corner . . . one train of thought away.”  Continue reading

Maryland UFO ALERT 5 rating

A Maryland witness reports watching a “black dotted boomerang-shaped” object that “traveled as if in a mist” on March 2, 2012, according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The witness first thought the object was a flock of birds, but soon dismissed the idea.

“I looked closer and the object was black in the shape of a boomerang,” the witness stated.

But there was another aspect of the sighting that was also unusual.

“I also noticed that the object looked like it was breaking apart, but all the pieces were following. It kept a steady speed, and it did not change its shape. I watch the object for about two or three minutes until it passed over the building next to me.”

No town name was mentioned in the public portion of the MUFON report, which was filed on March 2, 2012. No images or videos were included with the report. The above quotes were edited for clarity.

Maryland is a current UFO ALERT 5 rating,
 with a low number of UFO sightings nationally. Maryland had 2 reports in January, the 41st highest reporting state – while California had 71 reports in February 2012 – the highest reporting state in the nation.