In the early ‘60s — George Albertus was in the ADASF office after an officer’s meeting. George was the first socially conscious artist that I had met. (This was before Primo Angeli’s poster: “The Silent Majority”.) George’s current mission, then, was to feed poor and hungry children in the USA, working with the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church of Marin City. He was passionate in his causes, in his art with light and cheerful wit, and in his views…when the strength of his opinion was very obvious.
He once, gave much of his time and limitless energy to the ADASF “Love-In” party honoring Adele Smith who held our club together! He painted a twenty-foot banner, featuring many of the club members. It was displayed again at the first GEEZER GATHERING in 1993. Draped along the far side of the swimming pool, a wind picked it up…so all I have now is a photo of part of it.
Just after I graduated from City College of San Franciso, George Albertus taught there. I missed his class by a year! He and other professional Bay Area artists such as: Stan Galli, Alice Harth, Dick Cheney, Amado Gonzalez, and more…brought first-hand knowledge to the students of commercial art.
There was an ADASF Miniature Auction held at “Gold Street” (where New Year’s Eve was celebrated every night of the year…Champagne, noise-makers, confetti — the works!) and who else remembers that it also was the street in North Beach where “Conklin Brothers”…. Square-cut and his pal Carpet Head…put a permanent carpet on the one block of street? At the auction, I placed a winning bid on one of George’s entries. A woman at the auction (not one of our club members) argued with me on the definition of “Art”. She insisted that only a conventional landscape or such, was worth being framed and sold and hung on a wall. This framed “Albertus” (below) has been on my wall since then.
Also, below, is the section of the “Love-In” banner and many of his accepted entries found in the ADASF Annuals of that time.
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Note: There’s more on the early styles of George Albertus on the “Today’s Inspiration” website…(search his name). Then at the bottom…(Click on “14 posts”)…the last three: a letter from George’s son, Anthony, and two comments.