Thursday, March 10, 2011
We are staying in the Pelican Bay area of Naples, FL. A lovely sterile, antiseptic area with never a piece of trash to be seen anywhere and where each blade of grass looks as if it is combed and the leaves are blown off the walks daily by the traveling worker bees who swarm everywhere.
It takes some time to get used to the traffic patterns as Pelican Bay allows no left turns. Everything here leans (veers?) to the right. Using the word “left” is frowned upon unless used despairingly against members of an opposing party. Someone told me that to buy property here you must swear that you and your entire family are Republicans, have always been Republicans and will always be Republicans.
There are many lovely homes here. Some newspaper listings show bargains for only $12,900,000. Hurry down. And condominiums can be purchased for only $2,000,000 and up. They sport fancy names such as Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Saint-Raphael, Les quelques privilégiés (French for The Privileged Few ), Je suis riche, vous n'êtes pas (French for I’m Rich, You’re Not) and others.
As you can imagine, security is very tight. Almost all residential areas have iron gates next to a guard house. I’ve never looked into a guard house but am sure therein are vicious dogs and guards armed with AK-47’s. Republicans must attack each other a lot.
On the community bulletin board are the usual notices, Bentley For Sale, Maids Needed along with some more interesting notes; Invest in WaterBoards R Us –not just for Terrorists anymore. Kids misbehaving? Wayward Spouse? Get in on the ground floor. For more information, call Dickhead Chaney at 555 – xxx-xxxx.
Tonight we met the kite man. We were having a glass or two of wine (Happy Hour, $3.00 a glass, 4:00 – 6:00 PM) waiting for the sun to set with all the other Happy Hour attendees using the sunset as an excuse when on the beach appeared a man with two bags. One I thought would be a tripod and the other I expected to carry a camera. But Bill (we found out his name later) started pulling rods and brightly colored cloth and worked for thirty minutes or so assembling what turned out to be a very colorful kite.
When all was put together, he sat himself down on a chair, gave the string a yank and a beautiful kite arose. Drink in one hand, roll of kite string in the other he watched as the kite unfurled its tail seemingly waving at the people on the deck (Happy Hour, wine @ $3.00 a glass).
This was our twelfth or was it thirteenth consecutive night of coming to see the sunset. And every night, like clockwork it did set but it was not the glorious sunset promised by the Naples, FL Chamber of Commerce. “Come to Naples, See the Most Beautiful Sunsets You’ve Ever Seen.” And enjoy Happy Hour, wine $3.00 a glass, 4:00 to 6:00 PM. But the wine is good and Bill flies a good kite!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
We found Marge and Bob have a beautiful home nestled in the woods where the birds and deer come to feed.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
For instance John has a website at www.johnzehren.com. Send him an email and tell him you want to see more of his great sculpture on the site.
And Gary Weidner also has a site at www.garyweidner.com where you can view his paintings and collages.
Both of these young (to me) men hail from Racine and I hope their work will make it back here for showing in the near future.
more to come . . .
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Gruen Galleries played host
My favorite Weidner work
Painting and Photography Exhibition
We went to the opening of the exhibition last evening and it was a WOW! There were photographs by Victor Skrebneski, one of the icons of photography in this country and around the world. He took more photographs of famous people than anyone in the world – and this was before People Magazine. Victor was ill and could not attend but it was cool to see what he is now doing – see the pictures above. This series of photographs is called Twombly Montage and prices are $15,000 to $16,000.
The other treat was paintings by Gary Weidner. Gary is a young (to me) genius and his work is simply outstanding. The paintings are from Gary’s Love & Squalor series and in squalor is where I’d be if I purchased the one I wanted for only $25,000.
Get yourself to Chicago, 226 W. Superior St. (312) 337-6262 and enjoy!
Friday, May 1, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I am a member of Racine Artists Gallery, 401 Main Street in Racine (yes, they let almost anyone in) and starting this Thursday, April 30 all the artists bring in new work that will show for ninety days. Above is one of the pieces I'm taking to show. Please stop by.
Today's Quote: Photography, like alcohol, should only be allowed to those who can do without it.- Walter Sickert
Saturday, April 25, 2009
And today's quote:
There is nothing one sees oftener than the ridiculous and magnificent, such close neighbors that they touch. [Fr., L'on ne saurait mieux faire voir que le magnifique et le ridicule sont si voisins qu'ils se touchent.]~Bernard de Bovier de Fontenelle, Oeuvres--Dialogues des Morts (IV, 32), (ed. 1825)~
Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Be sure and stop by One Way Cafe & Gallery, 1427 N. Underwood and see Journeying: The Art of Robert Schnack