Sunday, December 21, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Thanks Granny L . . and no worries about that boy Dale . . he will not be getting a peek in . . . until the word comes down from Nanny's Anon . .
Love to you from the isle of wonder and certain amusement.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
What a delight to meet Toller and to revisit memories of the grand days of figure skating. His art show is currently on here in Victoria.
Another interesting site to glimpse into the world of Toller Cranston is this studio/home review in San Miguel d'Allende
Saturday, October 25, 2008
From the opening of Mailmania 3 - the Preview Show at Studio J . . what a wonderful air of excitemnet when the Mad hatters arrived . . Hope to see them in January at the Opening of Mailmania 3 at the Slide Room Gallery.
Thanks Isobel for getting the signatures.
Thanks Aaron for this wonderful portrait . . see you in the mail!
Be sure to check out: Aaron Almeida Holmquist
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Many Thanks Jane for the contribution . . ( and Thanks to Anne . . . for spreading the word) . . .
Remember there's an open invitation to drop by the studio whenever you are in town! Come see your portrait in the Gallery ...
Monday, September 29, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Special delivery from Virginia . . . A delight to have you join the collection . . one of the hosts of ATC Victoria Sunday gatherings . . we met again yesterday . .en plein aire . . sun was hot and the company was great.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Here's a little background on Raven . . . It was a delight to meet her in NYC.
When Raven Wilkinson was about five years old, her mother took her to the City Center Theater to see the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. The ballet was Coppelia and when the curtain opened, Raven was enraptured by what she saw on the stage.
After seeing her first ballet, Raven wanted to be a dancer. But because of her age, no school would accept her. When she was nine, her uncle gave her a gift of lessons at Ballet Russes School. Her teacher, Vecheslov Swoboda, took an interest in little Raven and nurtured her. Madam Swoboda was the biggest influence in her life and dance career. Later, as an adult, Bill Griffith became her mentor.
Sergie Denham, director of the school and company, was impressed with Raven's progress. He offered her a strange proposal: Denham wanted her to be part of the company without a contract. He told her that there was another girl in Chicago he wanted to see before giving her a contract. Raven felt they wanted to see how she would be accepted in the south. Raven made it clear that she would not advertise that she was black, but she would not deny it either. When they got to Chicago without any problems, it turned out that there was no other girl. In 1954 they gave Raven a full contract, making her the first African American to be a member of a major ballet company. In the second season she was promoted to soloist, and stayed with the company for six years.
On a tour of one-night stands she roomed with Eleanor D'Antuono. For two years there was no problem until a black elevator girl recognized her as African American and reported her to the management in Atlanta, Georgia. Even though she had roomed at the same hotel in the past, the clerk wouldn't let her stay. They called a cab to take her to a black hotel. Eleanor was going to go with her, but because of segregation Eleanor wasn't allowed to stay in a black hotel.
In Montgomery, Alabama the KKK heard there was a person of color performing in the theater. During rehearsal they marched down the aisle in their white robes and on to the stage. They asked each group of girls if they knew which one was a negress; no one would answer, even in her group. That night Raven danced in performance. When the season was over they didn't fire her but suggested that she had gone as far as she could in the company. Raven was tired after six years of one-night stands, and she took this as a sign that it was time to leave.
Getting another job as a dancer was very difficult, so Raven, who had always been a devout Catholic, joined a convent. After eight months her love for ballet and theater made her realize that the stage was where she wanted to be. Raven found that no other major ballet company would hire her, even though she was willing to go back into the corps de ballet. In 1967 she went to Holland and became a soloist with the Dutch National Ballet.
Missing her homeland, she returned to the USA in 1974 and became a permanent member of the New York City Opera, performing character parts. Today she can still be seen in many performances.
Greetings . . . and may Thanks to Eliso for this delightful portrait . . first in the collection of mail after my return from the past 3 weeks of travel. I have lots of studio time planned in the days ahead . . mail will start it's out bound journey soon.
I'll be uploading images from the Moss Street Paint In event soon too . . will keep you posted.
Love and Laughter
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Great shot Granny L!! Reflections of the world outside are so often distorted and closer than we might think . . . Love the post card . . .
Mama Mailarta sends Love and Gratitude and Dale says "Howdy" back at YA!
Friday, July 4, 2008
Thanks Gloria for this interesting portrait . .
If you have a web link you want posted . . . (that goes for anyone who is participating in this project) just send it along and I'll add the link to your posting.
See you in the mail!