Begin a New Year at Breakfast 2020
Taking some time to go down memory lane before I get into the fast paced artworld of 2020, first I take a moment for breakfast and map out my week. It is a new decade, but last year's headlines linger in the morning paper as read on and munch on my toast. We are moving from Brighton in the neighborhood of Rochester east to the town of Fairport 20 minutes away.
I visited the park across the street from The Lamberton Conservatory in Highland Park and found this wonderful scene of steps that lead you up into a blue sky. Nice to take a break from packing and moving. Mostly I have been sorting thru a large inventory of artwork. Some of the art is by my father, Arthur Singer. In recent years we have had the chance to show his paintings to a rather large audience around the country, but there is so much that hasn't been shown yet as he produced a few thousand images in his life.
Gouache by Arthur Singer
from one of his 20 published books
Then there are the family photos and things that we collect. And I inherited images that my father had including a moody photograph of the jazz composer Duke Ellington made years ago by Bob Parent ( see below ). My father was a life-long friend of the Duke, and jazz was always a part of our life because of this connection which was established in the early years of the 20th century.
Duke Ellington by Bob Parent circa 1960
I am taking an inventory of my paintings and prints as well and finding a way to safely package them for the movers later in the spring. I am planning on catching some of the new gallery shows soon and return to writing about the local artists in our area. Also in the plans will be my own gallery showing which will take place in the spring at the Multi-Cultural Community Center ( MUCCC ) and also a talk I will be giving at the Memorial Art Gallery early in April.
Moving artwork is a delicate matter for me as I have prints like the one below ( The Importance of Light ) which I made recently that may be included in one of my shows to come. I am sure that this will be a busy year - right now I am grateful for the time off from my teaching responsibilities at Rochester Institute of Technology. I will be back at it soon enough. but for the moment I have to find some plastic bags and banker's boxes to fill up, so excuse me!
The Importance of Light
monotype by Alan Singer