April, 2012

Richard Friswell
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 “Art hurts. Art urges voyages – and it is easier to stay at home.” ~Gwendolyn Brooks, American Poet (1917-2000)

 

Left: Joan Miro, Woman, Bird and Stars (1942), Gouache on paper. Private Collection 

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Rococo-era etching, Filippo Bonanni, Viola Player (1723)

The colorful harbingers of spring feel like Rococo embellishments at the end of a winter survivor’s tale. While this one was historically mild, turning the page of the calendar to the heading “April” always feels like a victory of light over darkness, green defeating gray, face-to-the-breeze and a respite from the huddled rush, via the shortest route, from point A to point B. Art openings abound; concert schedules to be held on rolling verdant lawns of city parks are announced; Thespians rehearse for the 3-act plays they’ll be taking on the road; children can be heard on school playgrounds—barely-constrained energy—ready to bolt for summer’s promise; unseen creatures in primordial pools behind my studio begin to stir and cry out at dusk. The awakening of the cycle of life and human spirit is palpable all around us.

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Richard Friswell, Publisher & Managing Editor. Photo: K. Arcano

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Richard Friswell

Publisher & Managing Editor

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