Online Museum

Online Exhibits:

A MACHINIST’S TOOLBOX

Machining – a process to cut and form Raw material into a final desired shape. Machining with interchangeable parts Dates to the first Industrial Revolution, And prior to that for wood based tools. Machinists have machined since the 1600s. Machinists are crafts people who earn their living With machinist’s tools, of which they are proud. […]

ABE’S ENIGMATIC ART

Abe Megerdichian left behind a very large collection of metal art, all of it recognizable objects, and all with Abe’s understated sense of style.  Three pieces stand out of a total of over 400 as enigmas. Die Abe was not a gambler yet he was taken in by dice.  Perhaps he won big at a […]

ART OF THE ANTIQUATED

Abe Megerdichian was a member of America’s Greatest Generation.  Born in 1923, he grew up during the Great Depression, served in World War II and entered the work force after his honorable discharge as a machinist for his entire career.  If surveys are correct that his generation tends toward conservatism, he fit the pattern.  He […]

ART WITH UTILITY

During the last 30 years of his life, which happens to be half his life span, Abe had an amazing streak of creativity.  He created approximately 425 art objects, most from metal, and many as gifts for others.  (See Online Museum, Exhibit #1, Art in Abundance.)  Not surprisingly, 158 of the total were items intended […]

GIFTS IN ABUNDANCE

Chronological Analysis Abe’s collection consists of approximately 425 items.  “Approximate” is the operative word since the size of the collection is fluid.  Previously undocumented items continually appear, particularly as multiples of specific items.  For example, 3 Birdhouses had originally been documented, with 2 painted ones being in use in Abe’s son Robert’s backyard and one […]

SOCIABILITY, HUMOR AND IMAGINATION

Three words may be used to describe Abe’s personality – sociable, humorous and imaginative. Sociability Abe loved being around people.  He made friends easily and stayed with the closest of them for decades.  His parents were quiet, law-abiding people who associated with their fellow immigrants from Armenia.  Abe had only one younger sister.  After she […]