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Meeting Author Azar Nafisi

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Several months ago I was asked to donate an artwork for an appreciation gift to Azar Nafisi, one of the visiting authors at The 2013 Festival of the Literary Arts in Winter Park, Florida.  Winter With the Writers | Rollins College  I love culture and literary adventures, so I agreed to give an art work.  I also read two of her books.

Azar Nafisi is an Iranian Academic and best selling author who emigrated to the USA from Iran in 1997.  “Reading Lolita in Tehran” journals how Azar boldly inspired her devoted students in her home.  Together she and her young friends secretly explored the forbidden western classic writings including: Austin, Bronte, James and Nabokov.

 “Things I have been Silent About” is Azar’s story of growing up in Iran against a background of Iran’s political Revolution.  Her mother had a term in Parliament. Her father, once the Mayor of Tehran, was jailed when the next regime took over.

“In one way or another we articulate what has happened to us through the kind of people we become.” ~ Azar Nafisi.

Her quote reminded me of my father’s quote: “What you are, you teach!” ~ Herman Betschen.

Both of our fathers told us stories while growing up and they were life time learners. Azar’s Father, while in jail, studied French and German,  read classic literature and history, wrote poetry and painted.

I felt connected to Azar Nafisi and posted a comment on her web site:Azar Nafisi, Offical Website of the Author of Reading Lolita in Tehran.  I wrote how I enjoyed her literary works and how we both appreciated our fathers. I did not mention that she would be receiving one of my art works.

Azar Nafisi

Intern Writers and Professors at Rollins College: Winter Park FL

On Thursday, February 28, 2013, I attended the afternoon session with the intern writers at Rollins College.  Azar Nafisi was a charming and witty mentor to the students. She was delighted with the framed giclee print “When the People Care.”  

It turns out that she had visited my web site after I wrote on her blog. “When the People Care,” was on my home page at that time and Azar told me how much she had admired that piece.  She gave me a warm hug and signed her books in Persian for me. The Evening Session at Tiedtke Concert Hall, was totally inspiring. Thanks to Randi Cruz, The Rollins Intern who arranged for the art donation, meeting Azar Nafisi was a memorable adventure.


Friendship and Art Appreciation

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

 Friends appreciating art and artists appreciating their friends’ support.

Many artists like myself work alone and often my art is shipped to exhibits which I can not attend. Recently my friend Sandy Wicker sent me a photo of herself standing next to my miniature “Reuse” sculpture at The Mills Pond House in St. James, NY.

She was standing there with her captivating smile holding the Members’ Showcase Invitation below the sculpture.  If I could not be there, the next best thing was to have a good friend attend. Her show of support made me feel “Great!”

Sandy Wicker viewing the “Reuse” sculpture in 2012

Flipping through my files and guest books, I discovered several more photos of my loyal friend attending my exhibits. Below is a photo of Sandy Wicker In front of my “Con Edison Maintenance” installation at The Baltimore Public Works Museum in 1996. The paper sculpture on the wall is called “Earthquake.”

Sandy Wicker at The Baltimore Public Works Museum in 1996

In the photo below Sandy is visiting my one woman exhibition at Toast Coffee House in Port Jefferson in 2003. While I am giving a plug for support of Artists I wish to commend Terry Scarlatos, the chef and owner of Toast Coffee House for not only serving  gourmet dishes but for also featuring  unique artwork by local artists.

Sandy Wicker with Mastrangelo’s “NYC Grate” at Toast Coffee House in Port Jefferson, NY.

 Check out Toast when in Port Jefferson, NY. Below is a quote from their website:

“Toast Coffeehouse is an innovative breakfast and lunch eatery with an artistic vibe. We have been reviewed by The New York Times along with recently being voted the 2008 best breakfast on Long Island by AOL City’s Best.”

Friendship, art appreciation and the support of family and friends are what keeps an artist going. To all of you I say:  THANK YOU with “GRATEFUL  APPRECIATION!”

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