Although I grew up in New York and have lived there for many years, I have a summer studio in Maine.
I have always been a staunch believer in the importance of the arts in education and the community, both at home and abroad. In the '80s, I spent time at a college in Taiwan as a visiting lecturer on Western art, and more recently I led the art program at a summer camp in Croatia for children with Down's Syndrome and related illnesses.
One of Japan's most celebrated cultural treasures, "Colorful Realm: Japanese Bird-and-Flower Paintings" by Itō Jakuchū (1716-1800) is on view at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., through April 29.
I recently attended the National Medal of Arts Awards at the White House. The National Medals are awarded by both The National Endowment for the Arts and The National Endowment for the Humanities.
I was fortunate to twice preview the new American Wing Galleries for Paintings, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum before the opening. It was a wonderful opportunity to see the art up close and to speak with the curators and chairman about the art.
This is a memorable event, not only for the opportunity to hear, see and meet some of the living Jazz legends but, also to be part of the group as the Jazz Masters greet another.
Overwhelming might be the word to describe my visit to Art Basel Miami Beach and the satellite art fairs.
Late fall in New England offers some interesting exhibits for the cultural traveler and the last gasp leaf lookers. This fall I began in Maine where I have been painting and exhibiting for over 30 years.