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Creating “Pure and Tarnished Hearts in America”
Wisconsin: The 19th Century briefly returned to Milwaukee as author Arthur Cola gathered his family to create photo images depicting the landing of Irish Immigrants in America circa 1850. Their task was to reproduce the look and feel of some of the most famous images from that period of Irish-American history. Off the author and his entourage went to Miller and Campbell Costume Co. of Milwaukee on First Street. By the time the 21st Century clothes were replaced by 19th Century ones the characters of his upcoming novel: Pure and Tarnished Hearts seemed to come to life. Arthur Colaianni V was transformed into James Richard Shields one of the heroes of the new novel which is a tale of Irish immigrants coming to America from the horrors of Ireland during the potato blight years. Connor Smith became Aengus O’Flaherty, the Aran Islands fisherman lad who fancied himself as a Celtic Warrior and the best mate of James. Meghan Timler took on the persona of Meghan O’Grady the heroine whose heart belonged to James but in secret as he announced his intention to become a priest. Riley Smith picked up his violin and became the fiddler Riley McCarthy, the lad from Mulberry Street in New York City who would become the catalyst in changing his impoverished mates into a 19th Century Singing troupe which would wow the city. Mack Timler buttoned his tweed suit coat and donned his cap and suddenly he was Mackain Kelly of Doolin, Ireland who befriends Michael Nagle whose love for Meghan would change his and Mack’s life as they pursue the lass to America. Olivia Colaianni experienced a personality change as she clothed herself in a period high society gown and effused the character of Olivia Seymour of New York City who is a socialite coming to understand the newcomers and their Catholic faith as not being a threat to the American way of life but rather an enhancement of what Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness really means for all people. Completing the photo shoot was Mark Timler who adjusted that white clerical collar and became Father Thomas O’Malley, friend, teacher, leader and priest to the James, Aengus and Meghan who watches over them as they arrive in America which was a very different nation than it is today. For they must face the anti-immigrant Secret Society of the Star Spangled Banner, a real group of the day which was an off shoot of the Nativist American Party known in today’s history books as the know-nothings.
Arranged on the studio stage of Main Stage, Milwaukee by photographer Ron Colaianni, who looked more like a Hollywood cinematographer as shadows were addressed and expressions ordered to be changed to reflect 19th century appearance. First came the group shot which will be magically changed to fit a scene at Independence Hall in Philadelphia were some of the action of the tale takes place by the book’s illustrator John Colaianni of Burlington, WI. Then came some silly shots to relax the faces after holding stoic expressions and finally the head shots which will be featured in the acknowledgement section of the new book.
“Pure and Tarhished Hearts in America” is a sequel to Arthur Cola’s sixth novel: Journey of Three Pure Hearts. All the novels of Arthur Cola may be found on Amazon and Kindle.
The author hopes to debut his latest work at Milwaukee’s Irish Fest in August of 2015. It will make its appearance at Irish Fest in Dublin Ohio in August, Irish Fest, Pittsburgh PA in September and at I.B.A.M./Chicago later in the fall along with his other legendary tales, historical fiction and Renaissance mystery novels.