• Upcoming trips

    September 7 to 15 Tony and Jo will visit us from the UK

    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem

  • theatre and Concerrts

    July 1  Saw “Napoli, Brooklyn” by Meghan Kennedy at the Laura Pels Theatre. It is based upon a real-life disaster, the surprise staging of which, is mind shattering! However, the story line has a surfeit of themes added; religious brain-washing, the effect of a bullying husband and father and lesbian freedom. None of these is fully convincing in spite of the excellent acting of the cast.

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The National Academy and School reopens!

The National Academy with its art school reopened on the 15th September after a year or more of renovation. The school space has been completely modernised and, I am please to say, the old mansion has been preserved in all its glory. The second floor galleries are given over to a ‘Will Barnet at 100′ retrospective. I am a great admirer of Will Barnet’s wonderful paintings and, when we spoke, two or three years back,  we shared a moment when we talked about working after the loss of our spouses. I did visit the exhibit but the galleries were too crowded for comfortable viewing. I shall pop in many times before the exhibit closes.

But, of course, my main interest was the School where Dorothy and I had spent many of our most interesting years. The following pictures are mostly of the current students’ work which seems to me to be as talented and inovative as ever. The first few photos are of the sculpture studio in the basement where I had the good fortune to work under the tutelage of  master sculptor, Tony Antonios. Happy days!

And here is a bronze by Anthony Antonios;

Students' exhibit

Lastly, here is a modern piece in laquered metal by sculpter, John Chamblain. Fine though it is, I have reservations about its placement in the museum. It has replaced the marvellous  bronze Diana with her flexed bow reaching up to the stars at the foot of the great mable staircase. The placement of the ultra-modern piece seems shockingly incongruous.

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