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Portrait of Albert Appel

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Title
Portrait of Albert Appel
Genre (authority = AAT)
portraits
Subject
Name (authority = local)
NamePart (type = personal)
Appel, Albert
Subject (authority = local)
Topic
Appel Farm Arts and Music Center
Subject (authority = local)
Topic
Music
Subject (authority = local)
Topic
Classical
Subject (authority = local)
Topic
Cook
Subject (authority = local)
Topic
Navy
Subject (authority = local)
Topic
Alternative education
Subject (authority = local)
Topic
Art camp
Subject (authority = local)
Topic
Summer camp
Subject (authority = local)
Topic
Violin
Subject (authority = local)
Topic
You're U.S.
Subject (authority = LCSH)
Topic
Arts--New Jersey
Subject
HierarchicalGeographic
Country
UNITED STATES
State
New Jersey
County
Salem County
City
Elmer (N.J.)
Abstract (type = abstract)
Portrait of Albert Appel, founder of Appel Farm Arts and Music Center was painted by Emile B. Klein. It was created as a part of the You're U.S. project (http://youreus.com/) that uses arts and craftsmanship to provide an equal representation of modern Americans, displaying people’s distinctive character while searching for qualities found throughout the nation.
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application/pdf
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image/jpeg
Note (type = original version)
Portrait by Emile B. Klein, oil on canvas, mounted on panel, 9.5×11″.
Note (type = sponsor)
You're U.S. is fiscally sponsored by Artspire, a program of The New York Foundation for the Arts.
Name (type = personal)
NamePart (type = family)
Appel
NamePart (type = given)
Albert
Affiliation
Appel Farm Arts and Music Center
Role
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Depicted
Name (type = personal)
NamePart (type = family)
Klein
NamePart (type = given)
Emile B.
Role
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Artist
OriginInfo
DateIssued (encoding = w3cdtf); (keyDate = yes); (qualifier = exact)
2011-11-21
RelatedItem (type = is associated with)
TitleInfo
Title
Audio interview of Albert Appel
Identifier (type = doi)
http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.7282/T35H7DDT
RelatedItem (type = is associated with)
TitleInfo
Title
Biographical essay of Albert Appel
Identifier (type = doi)
http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.7282/T31R6NP3
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TitleInfo
Title
You're U.S.
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rucore00000002176
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Related publication
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Each person in the You're US collection is represented by an original artistic sketch painted by Emile Klien, an audio interview, and a brief biography written the literary staff of You're U.S.
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Type
Related audio interview
Name
Audio interview of Albert Appel
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Reference (type = digital)
http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.7282/T35H7DDT
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Type
Related biographical essay
Name
Biographical essay of Albert Appel
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Reference (type = digital)
http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.7282/T31R6NP3
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DescriptiveEvent
Type
Digital exhibition
Label
You're US: New Jersey
DateTime (encoding = w3cdtf); (qualifier = exact)
2011
AssociatedEntity
Role
Curator
Name
Klein, Emile B.
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Role
Biographer
Name
Sontag, Lorelei
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Role
Audio Producer
Name
Hoff, Christopher
AssociatedEntity
Role
Artist
Name
Klein, Emile B.
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Type
Exhibition section
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Name
Albert Appel
Detail
As the crow flies, Albert Appel’s farm in Elmer, New Jersey is a scant 30 miles from Philadelphia, his urban birthplace. He began as a city boy, but for almost seven decades now he’s been chief cook and bottle washer of his own promised land.

He’s a man who respects and identifies with children, especially the rabble rousers. “They should have the experience of doing it wrong and it didn’t kill you. It keeps you from being really angry at everybody.” So many children, including his own, have gone off from this farm to play music, make art, grow and cook good food, craft things with their hands, and try out life for themselves. He’s is so proud of the children, and the music.

Albert Appel was born between the world wars, when everything was changing, especially for the Jews. His parents gave their son violin lessons, and sent him to a fine academic high school (where, he says, he mostly slept). While other high-achieving sons of immigrants were flocking into business and the professions, young Albert was moved, instead, by a spirit of practical idealism.

So, when it was time for him to set out into the world, Albert Appel left home with a dream in his pocket and a violin. His dream was to become a farmer, and become a farmer he did. But it was the violin that changed everything.

While World War II was raging, Albert studied and worked other people’s land until, at the age of 22, he was able to buy his own farm. He and his first wife, a young refugee pianist, started a family. Friends brought their children to the farm to play music and taste the freedom of the countryside. In 1960 the idea came to him: Start a summer music and arts camp for children. So Albert Appel took a chicken farm and a violin and built a world.

Now, Albert is in his 10th decade of life. The summer camp has grown into a year-round music, arts, and farm center. He lives with his wife across the country road. He reads, listens to music, plays with kittens, remembers stories, forgets names. “I know I’m privileged,” he says. “I’ve gotten to do what I like.”

He says other people do all the work now. As for him, he plays his violin every day in a big, sunny room. He’s not practicing. He’s living. He says the music has another kind of feeling when you’ve heard it so many times before. The violin is his old friend, the music a pentimento of sounds, more beautiful for all the memories it carries.

Albert Appel is a man who knows how to grow a dream. You work hard, you make it as beautiful as you can, and you invite everyone. And you have a really good time. Appel Farm: Albert Appel built it, and the people came.
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Portrait of Albert Appel
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Portrait of Albert Appel, founder of Appel Farm Arts and Music Center was painted by Emile B. Klein
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Identifier (type = doi)
doi:10.7282/T3X0656H
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This resource is protected by copyright. You may make use of this resource, with proper attribution, for educational and other non-commercial uses only. Please contact You're U.S. to obtain permission for reproduction, publication, and commercial use.
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Name
FamilyName
Klein
GivenName
Emile B.
Role
Copyright holder
RightsEvent
Type
Permission or license
AssociatedEntity
Role
Copyright holder
Name
Emile b. Klein
AssociatedObject
Type
License
Name
Permission /Release form for Emile B. Klein
Copyright
Status
Copyright protected
Availability
Status
Open
Reason
Permission or license
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Source

SourceTechnical
SourceType
Photographic
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Technical

RULTechMD (ID = TMD-1.1)
ContentModel
Photograph
Note
The source file we received was 72dpi. No higher resolution source file was available.
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