My beautiful daughter Charlotte turns 9 today! She is just exquisite. She is my heart.
The heart is truly an amazing thing. The recently passed jazz icon Dave Brubeck once said, “One of the reasons I believe in jazz is that the oneness of man can come through the rhythm of your heart. It’s the same anyplace in the world, that heartbeat. It’s the first thing you hear when you’re born — or before you’re born — and it’s the last thing you hear.” Indeed at 91, he died, poetically, of heart failure. The first rhythm we hear is our mother’s heart drumming into our forming consciousness and the last, our own thumping its final notes of Taps before we take leave.
I remember watching that first little blip flicker on the screen when my babies were 6 weeks old in my womb. That flicker later becoming an audible gallop under the wand and jelly being traced across my swelling belly. Finally, it was a throb I could feel under my palm as I rubbed lavender lotion on their rosy, post-bath skin. Their heartbeats like a poem from the very start, a declaration, YES! to this life.
I am in awe at how the heart can weather so many insults and injuries and yet continue to expand. I have felt that tightening in my chest, that stony ache, and struggle to breathe when my heart has been broken. I have my own collection of bitterly painful childhood lacerations, have endured the loss of babies whose faces and souls I never was allowed to behold, and have experienced my share of disappointments in love. My heart has felt weary and raw and yet, at the sight of the sun melting in the sky, or buckets of brown-paper wrapped tulip bouquets at the grocery store, or at the touch of sweetly soft lips grazing my cheek, it blossoms once more. Each time it thrives, I believe it becomes more magnificent and spacious and capable of loving more, and with hope, able to love all.
Rilke wrote, “Our hearts transcend us.”
Yes please to that.
I’m very excited for our opening reception 6-8 pm this Thursday, December 6th at the Zullo Gallery showcasing SNAC photography, sculpture, painting, mixed-media, wood-burning….YIPEEEE!
A community project merging the photographs of pro, amateur, and young (ages 8-18) photographers, celebrating the City of New Bedford opens tonight at ArtWorks 384 Acushnet Avenue, New Bedford 6-9pm.
I am personally very excited about this exhibit because not only does it celebrate the multitude of fantastic stories and the cultural color of New Bedford, it is the first time that I will be exhibiting with my 8 year old daughter Charlotte. I love seeing the world through her photographs.
Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction. – (old west wisdom)
I keep hearing the voice of the Dad from A Christmas Story in my head, “I won it! It’s a major award!”. Well it isn’t a sultry leg lamp exuding the “soft glow of electric sex”, it’s a whole lot better…my photograph Barton Creek was bestowed the honor of Best in Color at the Fine Art of Photography show (on exhibit through May 5th) at the Plymouth Center for the Arts in downtown Plymouth. I was not able to make the opening reception and finally made my way to the show yesterday and just wow! The selected work is fantastic. So much talent. I am truly honored to be included in this exhibit and blown away that my photo was deemed praiseworthy.
“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” - Jill Churchill
Article on the front page of the Bridgewater Independent. Go SNAC!
At the Ugly Gallery. Great gifts and photography by yours truly. Fa la la la la!
“The past is not dead. In fact, it’s not even past.” – William Faulkner
I donated this photograph, “Weary” shot at the abandoned Grossinger Hotel in Liberty, NY to the Attleboro Arts Museum Benefit Art Auction. You can view and bid on all of the work donated at www.biddingforgood.com/attleboroartsmuseum
The live auction is on the evening of Saturday, November 5th, you can purchase tickets through AAM.
It’s a great cause! Funding programs, special events, and exceptional art exhibitions.
Please check the new, super, “flashy” web site for the Southern New England Artist Community!
Bookmark and visit often to get the latest on SNAC exhibits and events.
“Love — not dim and blind but so far-seeing that it can glimpse around corners, around bends and twists and illusion; instead of overlooking faults love sees through them to the secret inside.” - Vera Nazarian (from Salt of the Air)
This is a photograph I snapped of Josiah McElheny’s Endlessly Repeating Twentieth Century Modernism 2007, at the MFA in Boston…It’s not my art or concept so I hope no one minds me photographing this most spectacular, inventive vision. I love contemplating it regularly. It’s endlessly mesmerizing!
Baggage is what we carry when we travel, and what we bring to relationships. Baggage contains belongings and our emotions. It gets dragged, lugged, carried and shipped from place to place. It can take many shapes and hold many things. The work in this exhibit responds to the theme in both literal and metaphorical ways. The diverse and dynamic exhibition includes sculpture, painting, drawing, and photography.
There’s a collection
Of polices regarding
If you should be kissed
At a funeral, or danced
With in a movie, baked a pie
To welcome the summer, or
Have a drink to mourn
Your newly deceased tomato
Plant. Your renewals are
Coming up, and the rates
Are almost unliveably high,
So it’s time to pick which
Circumstances you’d like to
Carry to a half-deserted
Retreat against the times
You should have just said, “Yes.”
- C.S. Henderson
Join us in celebrating freedom expressed in both music and art at our Rock n’ Roll & Freedom Artists Reception. What do you see when you think Rock n’ Roll. Come find out what our truly gifted artists see when they think Rock n’ Roll. An amazing collection of diverse art ranging from water colors to sign making. You will be impressed.
Artists include: Nate Nadeau, Brian Mullen III, Chris Flanagan, Andy Reach, Jennifer Jope, Carol Wontkowski, Sloth, Ria Hills & Donna MacLure.
Musical performances by Special Musical Guests that have been nominated for Best “Roots” Band in the Providence Phoenix Best Music Poll 2011 and are scheduled to play Newport Folk Fest this summer! Yeah they know a thing or two about Rock n’ Roll & Freedom. Come out to find out who they are.
to this human
that we all
the most important
I purified my lips with the sacred fire to
speak of love.
But when I opened my lips I found myself
Before I knew love, I was wont to chant
the songs of love,
But when I learned to know, the words
in my mouth became naught save breath,
And the tunes within my breast fell into
- Kahlil Gibran
I love me some cool bokeh!
Sculpture by Charles Umlauf