The tradition of bohemianism in Carmel is a long one and Sam's bohemianism was never in question. This April 2, 1992 Carmel Pine Cone article in Barbara March's Coast & County section reports on Sam's last big birthday bash when he turned 83. Attended by Robert Smith, Jean Draper, Donna Woods, Lillie Smith, Jerry Hastings, Jane Dunaway, Cyrus Colburn, and Heather Johnson-Spiegel. Bohemianism is a term also applied other artists/writers/etc. from Carmel including George Sterling, Mary Austin, Jimmy Hopper, William Ritschel, Armin Hansen, Robinson Jeffers, Jack London, John Steinbeck, Mary De Neale Morgan and Jessie Arms Botke.
This woodcut print by Mary Burr of Sam Colburn, probably done in the 1970s, was just discovered in the Colburn Family Archive. Sam used it on this cover of his publication Tales from the Taxicab. It was also used on an invitation to a posthumous evening gathering at the Carmel Art Association titled Remembering Sam in 1994.
Here is Mary Burr's AskArt biography submitted November, 2004 by Gary Stanley / ArtSanDiego. It is compiled from Carmel Art Association references.
Mary Burr began painting early in her career. She is known for her modernist / expressionist landscapes, still life and figurative works. As a dancer, she danced for the San Francisco Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre, and then several Broadway musicals. She toured the United States and throughout Europe during her dancing career.
Burr came to the Monterey Peninsula from New York with her family. It was here she began giving serious attention to her artistic career. She spent over 20 years in the graphic arts business. Mary Burr studied at the Monterey Peninsula College, with Jon Corino at the Art Students League in New York, at the Art Institute of Chicago School, and studied with Victor di Gesu, longtime Monterey Peninsula artist and husband of artist Janet Ament de la Roche.
Mary Burr has been an Artist Member of the Carmel Art Association since 1989. Her works are held in collections nationwide, and throughout Europe. She has had works in the personal collections of the late Bob Fosse, Yul Brenner, and Director David Mann. Her works have been exhibited at the Pacific Grove Art Center, the Carmel Art Association Gallery, and at various venues throughout the Monterey Peninsula. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Carmel Art Association.