Sunday, November 15, 2009

Allied Artists of America 96th Annual Exhibition at the National Arts Club

"59th Street Bridge Reflections"
Oil on canvas
36 x 30 inches

I stopped in to see this large exhibit on Saturday and my painting "59th Street Bridge Reflections" has received a painting award. Always nice to get this type of recognition for my work. This is always a very fine exhibit with beautiful work on view. The show runs through December 1 and the reception and awards ceremony will be on Sunday, November 29th at 1:00 pm. There will be a sculpture demonstration as well by Madeline Segall-Marx, a talented sculptor. The NAC is located at 15 Gramercy Park South if you'd like to stop by to see the exhibit. Hours are Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri 10-12 pm, 3-5 pm., Tuesday, 2-5 pm. Sat and Sun you must call for gallery hours - 212-475-3424. It's a good idea to call the club as they often have events in the gallery space and it might not be open to the public. I have a buyer for this painting so this exhibit, in a sense, is its last hurrah before heading off to a new home.

Friday, November 6, 2009

A Little Night Music in the Garden

Bruce and Leonard

"30 Years!"
Oil on canvas
12 x 9 inches

Tomorrow night I'm heading to Madison Square Garden with an old friend to see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and I'm psyched. I've heard that the second album, "The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle" will be played in it's entirety and I'm especially looking forward to hearing "New York Serenade." It was the first Springsteen song I'd ever heard on the radio, that piano intro is mesmerizing and it was the song that made me a believer :-). The song was performed at the 2001 show that I attended so here I'll be, 8 years down the road, enjoying it once more. As Springsteen and the members of the great E Street Band get older and in the sad case of Danny Federici pass away, these concerts - legendary really - might not be in the future. So, I'm gonna really, I mean really, savor Saturday's show.

Photo on a marquee, 2009

Which brings me to the concert I saw, also at the Garden, a few weeks ago. Leonard Cohen, 75 years old, the master poet in the tower of song. He held the crowd in the palm of his hand, as one song after another were sung by the man himself and his incomparable back-up singers and band. When I was a kid, I was a real folkie. Got a guitar and learned a few chords. One summer I attended a music and arts camp - it was there I was first introduced to oil paints and made the decision to become an artist and it was there that I learned a version on the guitar of one of Cohen's early hits "Suzanne." He sang that song along with so many others with his "gift of a golden voice" at the concert I attended and the night was truly unforgettable.

Bruce Springsteen and Leonard Cohen - two master singer/songwriters and performers. Their songs are part of the soundtrack of my life and how lucky am I to have been able to get tickets to see them doing what they do best.