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Carl R. Bentley
(1941-    )

Carl Robert Bentley has been both a mineral collector and an artist since childhood. He picked up specimens only casually in his early years, but had become a serious mineral collector by the age of 13. Eventually his whole family became involved, including his younger brother, the late Ron Bentley. In fact, Carl often used to purchase mineral specimens from the Schortmann Brothers, whose mineral business was taken over in later years by Ron. Carl earned his Bachelor's Degree in Geology from Michigan Tech in 1969, where he studied mineralogy under Kiril Spiroff, but had also retained his love of art, having worked as a cartoonist for the base newspaper while he was in the Air Force in the late 1960's. In 1971 he hired on as a graphic designer and commercial artist for a Connecticut advertising agency, eventually working his way up to Art Director over the next 14 years, and later also worked as a graphic artist for a local utility company.
Carl may be contacted at his home. 30 Filley Street, Bloomfield, CT 06002 (e-mail:

ROBINSON, S. (1989) Of mines and men: a look at art that depicts mining. Rocks & Minerals, 64 (6), 476-495.
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