Thank you in advance for taking the time to read my posts to this blog. I enjoy writing about what I see on my travels both near and far. I am presently on the move - but this time it is my own house that will change - as we are moving from Brighton to Fairport!
What brought me here in the first place was an offer of a teaching position at Rochester Institute of Technology, and I said yes! and packed up my family and moved upstate from Brooklyn, New York.
What a change! You could actually get somewhere if you drove around town in Rochester...
I came to teach, and it is actually the joy I get from working with the younger folks who have self-selected to become artists. I have had some wonderful experiences, and one of them was a project my students and I got involved with and that was painting murals - way before Wall/Therapy arrived here to make it into the big-time!
R.I.T. students of Illustration painting our CASA Mural
We had the help of all the students in my illustration class, but most of all we had the winning design by a fellow in the class named Robert E. Lee! During the warm and then cold winter months we enlarged on Robert's drawings and went to work with the blessing of CASA ( Court Appointed Special Advocates ) who gave a voice to children caught up in court battles. They had found a wall for us in the Downtown Rochester Parking Garage, just below the court buildings.
Getting the details right.. R.I.T. Illustration students
Services were donated by a local billboard company with the management of Robert Whiteside, blowing up the original drawings to the wall size we needed. This kind of work needs a lot of painting people to succeed! Luckily we have very fine students who really care about what they are doing, and how they make their mark!
Students paint a portrait of a time when....
So I ran across these old photos now taken almost 30 years ago, and since we are embarking on a new decade, I thought I would share a moment of this experience with you. The mural is still there, and I wonder what the students who painted it would think about their work now? I find it remarkable, for the group effort and also for the organization that it represents. We try to help each other, and it is in that spirit that I say welcome to 2020, and hope that we can all get along, and learn from our experience....