Sue Copeland Jones writes: “In 1998, Peggy Badenhausen, a painter/printmaker, was moving to Boston from Oberlin. She and her good friend printmaker Mary Owen Rosenthal (at left) were very active in the arts scene in Oberlin and Cleveland; I had worked with both of them at the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts in Oberlin; they had both served actively on the Gallery Committee while I was Galllery Director there. Since her husband Tom Kelly’s research took them to Italy each year, we decided to give Peggy an Italian send-off.” Thanks, Sue, for the photo and story. Great rock painting- it’s good to see artists in action- and it is the second photo of a rock painted in the 1990′s on Oberlin Rocks!
Photo taken October 3, 2009.
Still smiling and enjoying the leaves changing colors three and a half weeks later. Photo taken on October 27, 2009.
Christy Williams Tichy, OC ’66, sent in this photo of the rock in December of ’62 as Santa and writes: ” We were a small group of freshmen, living at Talcott, who thought up the project together. I suppose the cold winter weather helped, and the excitement of approaching Christmas. We bought eveything locally, since we only had bikes for transportation. In the “olden” days students were not allowed cars. I don’t recall any interaction with the police. If they were there I don’t know where. * We never admited our part in the painting, and were just as “surprised” about it as everyone. I think the photo was taken that night, accounting for its poor quality. Students in the picture: Back: Pat Durham, Susan Lindblom, Sandy Ogg. Front: Christy Tichy and Ellen Taylor”.
* Christy also sent in a clipping of an article about the Santa decorated rock which appeared in The Oberlin News-Tribune from December 18, 1962 which reported that “Oberlin police spotted a group of co-eds but too late to interfere”.
Thanks, Christy, for sending in this early rock painting and story.
This is the 100th post on the site.
Two different views of a stripey rock photographed September 20, 2006 by Dale Preston. Thanks for sending in the photos.
The Class of 1898 monument was photographed on January 4, 2007 by Paul Opalenik. Thanks for sending in the photo to Oberlin Rocks, Paul.
The Class of 1898 monument is painted in an artistic way in the summer of 2008. Photos taken August 14, 2008.
This photo of the Shipherd/Stewart memorial was taken July 5, 2008. I think cloudscapes are gorgeous and have been a member of the Cloud Appreciation Society for over two years.
Photo of the back of the class of 1898 rock taken on February 11, 2009.
This excellent rendition of Pablo Picasso’s “The Old Guitarist” c. 1903 is another offering by the Oberlin High School Art Club. The Art Club has painted the rocks many times over the years.
Shipherd/Stewart monument. Photo taken June 1, 2008
Update: 3/5/09 Katie Laushman sent in this view of the painting with some background: “Attached is a picture of the rock I painted with Stevie T. on May 29, 2008. We were seniors at Oberlin High School, and members of the OHS Art Club. Art Club used to always paint the rock, but in my four years, we never had, and so as a senior, and art club president, I decided we should finally do it. I picked Picasso’s Old Guitarist because it’s recognizable as a famous painting, and not extremely hard to do. Stevie and I were the only ones who ended up painting it after school, and we did it with acrylic paint. “
And on the back of the Picasso rock:
A white squirrel was also out on Tappan Square that day.