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Granddaughter Sophia’s Art Work

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

One of the greatest joys in the world is being a grandparent. Besides sharing art with our four grandkids, I encourage them to learn greetings and the cultures of many other countries. Max and Sophia each have “Passport to the World” (Your A – Z Guided Language Tour) by Craig Froman.  ‘Passport’ features  a bit of culture, a map and basic greetings from Armenian to Zulu. I started them on little personal note books with headings for 70 top languages of the world. They fill in basic greetings for hello, goodbye, thank you and peace, draw and color a map and add details. It is a daunting task, so I said I would pay them $1.00 per country.

 Here is a delightful response from Sophia (age eleven):


I have finished Armenian and Bangladesh. You don’t have to pay me because I’m doing it for the fun of it.

This is a line design I made last year when I was ten years old.  



Sophia’s Design

Sophia will be surprised to see her art on line.  She would probably love your comments also.

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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