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“Educational Writings-Discourse, Part XLI: the Life and Times of Beverly Carrick—World-Famous Artist, Part Twenty!” by Moses Scharbug III

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Beverly Carrick in the 2000's...

Educational Writings-Discourse, Part XLI: the Life and Times of Beverly Carrick—World-Famous Artist, Part Twenty!” by Moses Scharbug III

Beverly Carrick (right) with friends in Calistoga, California 1999 


Bakersfield, CA, 01-10-2013 Th:  Good morning once more on what might be my final HUMP DAY for a while as I think this series is going to conclude over the next couple of days.   This has been an ongoing series since December 22, 2012, the day after the Mayan Calendar came to an end and to me, it is fascinating that everyone seemed letdown that nothing bad whatsoever happened with the exception of President Obama winning reelection in November but the ancient ones certainly could not have seen that!  Not even Nostradamus said anything about Barack Obama and to me that is a major thing one might think a seer of his status would have predicted.  All of his other quatrains predicted all sorts of gloom and doom and yet, not a word about Obama and the low information voters who voted for him.  If that does not signal the end of the world as we know it, then I have no idea what would, so I guess we can put all of this bull crud to rest now.  Heck, even aliens did not arrive to take over the planet or to enlighten us, seemingly, nothing happened except the same old gun violence that seems to plague this country.  If Mr. Obama does anything, I wish he would reinstitute the mental hospitals and to care for all of these poor lonely mentally ill souls roaming the streets of America’s benighted cities.   If he did that, I might him in when he runs for a third term!  (God—I hope not!).
Beverly Carrick at an art show in 2002...

In the fall of 1999, Brian and Beverly Snow sold her house, hired a moving company to load up all of the wonderful home furnishings, her studio, her inventory of paintings, and everything else she owned.  Her and her departed husband’s home on the golf course sold quickly and she realized a large profit for her trouble.  When everything was loaded, she headed south in her vehicle and Brian in his and by early evening, arrived “home” in Bakersfield.  They spent a month staying in separate rooms in a hotel on Oak Street in the midst of a biker convention.  During the day, they went out and looked at houses and he found an apartment nearby.  She found a lovely home and soon, the moving men returned with her furnishings and everything else from storage and set up her new home.   Life was ready to start anew.
Beverly Carrick at dinner with Dr. Schwartz and his wife...

Beverly missed John something horribly and underwent a period of depression having lost the dearest man she had ever had in her life.  Losing him, she not only lost her loving companion, she also lost her helper, the man who took her out on the road, visiting galleries throughout the western and northern states and also to new sites where she photographed images for her new paintings.  The twenty years they had together were irreplaceable and returning to Bakersfield was the only glimmer of hope in an otherwise unhappy life without him.  To remain in Calistoga seemed to be a foolish choice for much the same reason as to why Brian was eager to leave: if you hadn’t grown up there, you didn’t know many people other than whatever circle of friends you might have collected leaving little to no chance of finding anyone new to take their place.  Brian was undergoing the same amount of frustration as even though the horrible last years spent with Kay nearly drove him to suicide what with her insanity over the “Olivia Thing,” she could never let it go and wallowed in overwhelming pools of self-pity, misery, and ever-increasing alcoholism.   Having had enough of that living with his father, Brian could no longer tolerate it with his then-wife and so when the final night together exploded into a moment of mayhem, there was NO going back whatsoever and whatever happened to her mattered not to him.
Beverly Carrick as a redhead at her home in Bakersfield, California, 2003

  His first hope at returning to Bakersfield was to find Olivia and maybe strike up the relationship again but ten years is ten years.  In his mother’s case, it was even longer because she left her “home town” twenty years earlier only returning home on occasion to see her parents when they were still alive or to see her boys when both lived there.   Almost all of her friends were gone but she figured a return to the old ways would bring her someone new, as she was not ready for the “retirement home” in her mid-seventies.  No, she was ready for a new relationship with an exciting man, someone with whom, to find love but sadly, it did not happen as quickly as she would have liked and so upon arriving home, she settled in for a life of very few renewed friendships and occasional visits by her kids whenever they crossed paths.  Otherwise, it left her to live in her new home alone, spending her day working in her studio, painting new works of art.
Beverly Carrick at the Bakersfield Art Association Gallery in Bakersfield, California, 2003

She located one old friend, Ernestine Miller, with whom she went to the local theatrical productions at the Bakersfield Community Theater.  She found another friend, Kathy Palla, the wife of a local farmer and member of the Stockdale Country Club and went out with her and her husband on different occasions.  Meanwhile, her son, Brian, took the food and beverage manager’s position at a local resort-styled rest home as every other job to which he went and applied for work was offering a great deal less money than what he’d made in Bakersfield before moving away in 1989. 
Beverly Carrick at her home in Bakersfield around 2006...

For Brian, this was a horrible shock, when he went and saw an old friend—now the chef at the Stockdale Country Club—Chef John Preslik, his friend laughed after asking him what he would accept as a salary.  When Brian said “at least $10.00 an hour,” the Chef told him to go around town and check out the salaries there and that if he still wanted a job at his old haunts, to come back but that Brian would see “what he meant.”
Another shot of Beverly Carrick at home in her art studio in Bakersfield, California...

Brian then went around town to virtually every restaurant, hotel, coffee shop, and chain restaurant, not to mention other local country clubs and found that starting wages for line cooks was $7.00 an hour, nothing like the ten bucks they were going for back in 1989.  While working as the night sous chef at SCC in 1989, Brian was earning $13 an hour whereas now, that same position was now earning somewhere around $8 an hour: what the hell had happened in the past ten years? 
Another shot of Beverly Carrick as a redhead...

When Brian returned to see Chef Preslik after a few days searching Bakersfield and its environs, he found out that a stampede of Mexican illegals had swamped the city since 1989 and that no one—including the United States Border Patrol—had removed nothing more than 5-10 percent of them.  Adding to the misery was the mass production of line cooks out of Bakersfield College by former military chef, Patrick Coyle, and one sees why wages were so low.  Even at the Seven Oaks Country Club, the entire day shift in the kitchen was nothing but questionable workers, most of them speaking nothing but Spanish or at best, pidgin English.  Bakersfield had morphed into something horrifying for any member of the culinary profession who had been at it for 20 or more years. 
Beverly with an unknown friend sometime in 2006...

Therefore, Brian went to the resort-styled rest homes, almost all of them the size of grand hotels and holding hundreds of clients.  At Alterra, he found that if he took the kitchen manager’s position, he could earn more than $12 an hour but would have to feed the residents on less than $2.00 per person per day—three meals a day!  Having nothing better to do and lacking funds to return to Hawaii, he took the job, took the money, still being able to earn bonuses, overtime, and other perks, and said to heck with it, it’s the best he could do.  From this point onward, he did what he had to do and while there, met a woman who would become a part of his life for a couple of years, before breaking up due to her personality problems and promiscuity. 
Beverly Carrick and her brother, Gene, at his home in Bakersfield, California, 2007...

In 2000, Brian blew his back out dead lifting a patient at the facility.  On two occasions, the floor staff sought his assistance at five o’clock in the morning rather than calling the Fire Department who normally came out and provided assistance.  The woman weighed about 300 pounds and when he lifted her the first time, he noticed a major strain to his back.  A week later, the exact same thing reoccurred with the same client and it blew his back out so severely that he had to go out on injury leave.  The manager of the facility, a frugal woman and concerned about her overhead costs sent Brian to her chiropractor rather than to the doctor and the back-cracker injured Brian even more sending him into the hospital for surgery.  After that, he took time off to recover and that is when the Seven Oaks Country Club called him, told him they had a position open for him so he went over there, and took the job.  Not yet fully recovered, he signed the papers and went to work because at least here, he could leave behind the institutional cookery he so much hated and reenter the world of fine dining in the top country club of the area. 
Beverly Carrick with Lidia Swartz and a family friend 

He excelled at what he did and made both Chef Kirk Parks and Sous Chef Mitch Montalvo look like the bums they were and began plotting on how he would displace one or the other.  However, problems began occurring in which, he could not grasp things as tightly with his left hand as he once did and began dropping things in an embarrassing way so much that he went to the company’s surgeon.  Dr. Christiansen saw that he had severe carpal tunnel issues developing with his left hand and that he would need surgery and sent him to a reputable hand surgeon in Bakersfield, Dr. Sami Srour.  Doctor Srour operated but made the problem worse and then after seeing that his right hand was as damaged as his left, performed surgery on that.   Reeling from double hand surgeries and then from increasing back issues, his personal physician, Dr. Jorge Del Toro, one of the best in Bakersfield told him that he had to seek disability and that he would put him in touch with his attorney who would help him get it.  If he did not do this immediately, he might find the window closed on his back and would be left to take care of problems there on his own as well as with his hands.   Off he went to the attorney, Rosemary Abarca. 
Beverly Carrick, fatigued after a long day in the studio...

Ms. Abarca realized that her client had major issues and through her work with Dr. Del Toro, began to send her client to neurologists around town.  Drs. Rolando Young and Antonia Chalmers discovered that he was plagued with an ever-increasing polyneuropathy unspecified in which the cause could not be related to either alcoholism or to diabetic issues.  Treatment commenced, they sent him to pain management, to radiology, and to another hand surgeon who operated again on his left hand attempting to save it.  Dr. Albert Swafford barely saved his left hand from becoming useless and from this point onward, he was a regular patient.  He also commenced undergoing regular epidural injections into the back to quell the growing pain issues.  On the legal side, his attorney was successful getting him onto lifelong social security disability due to (1) back issues; (2) hand issues; (3) polyneuropathy issues; and finally, (4) mental issues.  With a quadruple whammy, he was off for life.
Beverly at her home in Bakersfield, California...

During this time, his mother found that she needed more and more help around home and as Brian was recovering from hand surgeries and his relationship with his girlfriend had become fatal and had ended, Brian moved in with his mother.  There, they looked after one another while he returned to college for the next ten years.  Obtaining two degrees, he felt himself accomplished something he had always wished he had done when he was young but his quest for a musical career had led him astray.  He wished he done it, however, because even though he had become a top chef, he only had one solid year of higher education—1980—after divorcing his first wife and had always felt ashamed, as though he were not really as good as he once thought he was nor as other people thought, too. 

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, caused the nation’s economy to falter and the art business to crumble for many artists, art galleries, and associated businesses including Beverly Carrick Snow’s career.  Suddenly, the once unstoppable enormous load of paintings painted by her and sold by her or by galleries acting on her behalf, slowed to a trickle.  Where once she had sold one hundred or more paintings a year, plus giclees, transfers, prints, lithographs, CDs and videos suddenly dropped to nothing.  At first, it depressed her horribly and caused her to slide into a funk in which, she had no idea what was going to happen or what would become of her but at least was secure in the fact that she owned her home outright and had a large social security allotment.  However, the massive success she had enjoyed for over twenty years, mostly living with John Snow had now become a darkened chasm leaving her with little or no purpose in life.  She took one last trip to New Mexico to an art gallery there sometime in 2002 or 2003 and then one over to the coast to a new gallery opening in the resort town of Solvang, Art for Living, but they quickly moved onto other things and she was out of the gallery.  As time went by, first one gallery after another closed its doors due to the increasing depression and shipped their inventory of Beverly Carrick paintings home to her.  Only one gallery of the multitudes in which, she had paintings, the Danskin Art Gallery in Palm Desert remained open (see the link elsewhere on this page) and continues to be the only outlet of her works other than this blog and her website (now controlled by the AICP-END blog).

Then, sometime in 2005, her luck changed as far as finding a relationship as an old friend, John Sinclair Russell, her first husband’s boss at Mobil Oil, managed to get in touch with her.  Jack was a feisty old fellow living in retired luxury in Houston, Texas, and threw a mutual friend found Beverly.  He began emailing her and soon, their collection of emails, letters, cards, and other memorabilia, became massive.   He decided that he would come out to California and see Beverly as always when he was a younger man, he had secretly coveted the wife of his employee, Harry Hall Carrick.  Married to a woman named Betty since before he shipped out as a naval aviator in World War II, Jack had known and admired Beverly’s beauty and thought that it was a waste on a bum like Harry.  His career took him too many places around the globe in search of oil and to manage various Mobil Oil operations and so he lost contact with her.  Finding her to still be alive—and single!—was an amazing thing and so he eagerly came out to the west coast to see her. 

This is where we are going to conclude our tale for today, friends, I think we are going to wrap it all up tomorrow, then we are going to print an index of her paintings shown here at the blog since Day Number One.  Remember: now is the time to buy paintings before legal requirements based in the Beverly Carrick Trust obligate us selling the entire inventory remaining on hand to ONE buyer thereby to disperse as he or she wishes and at prices chosen by them.  If you want an original Carrick painting, NOW is the time to buy it!  We are going to conclude our story on the life and times of Mrs. Snow tomorrow so please do not miss out.  We also probably are going to publish additional photos of her life from start to finish and then return to what we do best: writing about food!  


As always, we have a great time around here and that is why we want all of you to become a part of the organization by submitting articles to us for inspection and full-credit.  It is a great thing if you would do this, as it is a symbiotic relationship: we give you the space to share your recipes and in return, you send us more and more people who will become dedicated followers of the END.  Currently of multi-diversity across the Internet, it is important that we hear the voices of more and more people from all walks of the foodservice profession —join us. We urge our readership to write to us, leave comments, and if there are any of you, who would care to write an article for us, please get in touch via Magnolia Hilltop Brewers, P.O. Box 20669, Bakersfield, CA 93390-0669.  We obviously do not pay anything but give YOU full byline and that, my friends, is worth its weight in gold.  We want as many people who want to write to be able to do so and we believe that by presenting a forum for our fellow chefs, we are doing something for our beloved industry.  We love diversity and hope to add new and different authors to our pantheon of chefs, food and beverage directors, and culinary professionals.  Come on and join us, it will be fun! Expect that when all of us have run through our cycle, we will be introducing some brand-new talent or so Stinky says.

Friends, things have changed regarding the AARC Technology Company in Bakersfield, CA, we are now going to promote them over the course of time due to their making things right by us and helping us with our computer situation.  We do not wish to boycott anyone in this wonderful world and the fact that both AARC and Nerds on Call.com are on board with us is a good thing.  People, buy all of your computers from AARC Technology in Bakersfield, CA, they build the best equipment and make the best products and we hope that you check them out.  If the world is going to end, why not add a new computer to your wish list of holiday gifts as remember, it is only money and we cannot take it with us!  

          I hope that everyone is enjoying this lengthy series but how does one explain the adversity of medical issues, a horrible first marriage, and an exciting career of a fine artist, one of the best the world has ever seen now or at any time over the course of human history?  Sure, a bunch of snobbish, European art critics may say that she is unlike any of the classic artists of Europe’s heyday but my answer to them is to screw off, you have absolutely no idea about that which you speak.  American artists are the epitome of the best of the best and that includes any from the dark depths of European artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, or any of the others hanging on the walls of art museums around the globe.  Beverly Carrick is the best of the best and her paintings are going to become more valuable by the day, by the week, and by the year!  Buy them now by paying attention to the following paragraph!        

          To buy paintings, recipes, or full article series, please send us your information by mailing us at 10001 Camino Media #20669, Bakersfield, CA, 93311-1310.  You can call about paintings at 661-834-5185; we will take all calls and provide to you as much information as is available.  It is time that we begin taking the next step and to immortalize Beverly Carrick for eternity and begin moving towards the establishment of a website of our own! God bless each single one of you amongst our fan base!                                                                  

Anyhow, let us close with this impassioned plea—please leave some comments and/or become a follower and why not spend some money and purchase an album by MOUNTAIN or West, Bruce, and Laing and/or buy a cookbook from Amazon.com—we want to make some money here so help us out by buying something!  Allied with them, we are pleased to market their merchandise! When we finish advertising albums by Mountain and West, Bruce and Laing, we will begin presenting albums by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention!  See you next time around! Bye!  

Thank you!

Moses Scharbug III

Moses Scharbug III
Assistant Editor of the Elemental News of the Day

This is I when I was a university professor at one of California’s State Universities in the Southland back in the 1970’s.  I have been retired for the past 15 years and have been the assistant editor of the END since its first incarnation back in 2009.

Moses Scharbug III writes from Oildale, CA.


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This is #0083, a 36” x 48" original oil painting by Beverly Carrick entitled, “Desert Afternoon." It is among her more beautiful works and is available for sale. You can see much more of her work at her Website, located at http://www.beverlycarrick.com or at Brian Carrick's Facebook page. At her Website, you will see not only more original oil paintings but also lithographs, giclees, prints, miniatures, photographs, and even her award-winning instructional video entitled, "Painting the Southwest with Beverly Carrick." Beverly has been painting for more than 60 years and known around the world for both the beauty and timelessness of her artworks. Hanging in private and public galleries and followed by many fans encircling the globe—her works instill awe because of her artistic brilliance and personal beauty. We urge you to go to her Website NOW and view her work. It is possible that you will find something you like and will want to buy it for yourself, a friend, a loved one, or a neighbor! You will not be disappointed so please: do yourself a favor and go there IMMEDIATELY! Thank you, the Elemental News of the Day!

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Beverly Carrick Original Paintings Price List:

  1. Size 36” x 72”…………………………………………………………. $18,000.00.
  2. Size 40” x 60”…………………………………………………………. $15,450.00.
  3. Size 36” x 48”…………………………………………………………. $11,500.00.
  4. Size 30” x 40”…………………………………………………………. $ 9,900.00.
  5. Size 24” x 48”…………………………………………………………. $ 9,000.00.
  6. Size 24” x 36”…………………………………………………………$ 8,240.00.
  7. Size 24” x 30”…………………………………………………………$ 7,600.00.
  8. Size 20” x 24”…………………………………………………………$ 5,950.00.
  9. Size 18” x 24”…………………………………………………………$ 5,950.00.
  10. Size 16” x 20”…………………………………………………………$ 5,400.00.
  11. Size 12” x 24” …..................................................................................$ 5,400.00.
  12. Size 12” x 16”…...................................................................................$ 4,500.00.
  13. Size 11” x 14”…………………………………………………………$ 4,500.00.
  14. Size 9” x 12” …………………………………………………………. $ 1,200.00.
  15. Size 8” x 10” …………………………………………………………. $ 1,000.00.

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