A Museum VisitLooking at paintings always inspires me. A recent visit to the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Fl., where I live, recharged my batteries. Connecting with old favorites from the permanent collection, and discovering new artists proved to be as energizing as ever. A current special exhibit features the work of artist, Benny Andrews. His drawings and collages are wonderfully imaginative and colorful, leaving me wondering how I’d never heard of him till now. Better late than never to make this discovery! Also on exhibit were the powerful photographs of Herb Snitzer. Each photo is carefully composed in rich velvety tones of black & white with wonderful contrast and midtones. Herb, a lifelong advocate for civil rights, takes on social issues in his art. He is also well known for his photos of such jazz greats as Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong and John Coltrane, just to name a few. We are fortunate to have this remarkable man, now in his 90’s and still going strong, living in our community. Mr. Snitzer happened to be in the house the afternoon of my visit. Nice to re-connect with him and congratulate him on his exhibition at the MFA. Pictured are a few of my faves from the museum's permanent collection.
|John Leslie Breck|