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    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

    October 31st - 11 November Caribbean cruise to break up the winter.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    August 2  I lined up on the geriatrics bench to get tickets for Christine and me at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park last week. I set out early and reached the bench  before 9.30 in the morning thinking that I would be among the first–I did not want a repeat of the great disappointment of the previous week when the last ticket to be given out at noon went to the man immediately in front of Susan and myself! But I was wrong again; the bench was already two thirds full of aggressive oldies and I was once again on tenterhooks until the noon distribution. I was joined by Christine’s friend, Barbara, who , with her husband, were to make a foursome for the event. Both couples brought a bottle of wine to enhance the evening.

    And what an evening it was! Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream” has never been done better in my view. Absolutely suited to the outdoor theatre. The set included a fairy forest with changing colored lights which added mystery to the actors who passed in and out of it. The cast included a nightclub singer. The costumes, not confined to one era, included a modern suit and gown.

    The mechanicals were a child’s delight. Part fairy tale, part pantomime the action was played at a spanking pace and was continuously amusing. What is more, Shakespeare’s words came across wonderfully well.

             

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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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