Notes from an Artistic Journey
For sketchers and art lovers who enjoy Ancient Rome, there is a delightful gem of an exhibit on the Upper East Side, not far from the Metropolitan Museum. The NYU Institute for the Study of the Ancient World is showing 35 frescoes from Pompeii rarely seen outside Italy that date from the 1st Century.
Years ago while browsing a second-hand store I became entranced by a moody oil painting of a tugboat with a silhouette of lower Manhattan in the background. The painting was covered in grime and might have decorated a smoky bar that served longshoremen who worked the waterfront. I couldn’t recognize the signature that was partially hidden by the frame, and never identified the artist… until now.
Once the busiest lunch counter in Manhattan's Flatiron District, Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop closed earlier this year as a casualty of the Pandemic. But I just got the happy news that it will be reopening under new owners. This was a great place to sketch while...
Driving the country roads in the North Woods of Maine I did not expect to come face to face with a historical episode from World War II. Yet that is exactly what happed when I learned of the remains of a prisoner of war camp hidden away in the North Woods.
Over the years I photographed hundreds of older adults with the goal of challenging stereotypes while presenting a humanistic perspective of aging. The new Ars Longa section is meant to showcase cultural and artistic approaches to aging and the care of older people, and I am glad to have my work published in this forum.
Standing silently while sketching in the empty gallery, it is difficult to imagine the majesty and meaning once held by these sculptures. There is no better example of the mystery and power of art, and how it reflects on both the highest and lowest ideals of humanity.