I’m flying out of Philadelphia in the morning to make my way to Rochester, New York specifically to see Danny Allen’s little painting, Sunny Ducks hanging on the wall at the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery. For those of you coming to the opening, I’ll see you there on Saturday night. Everyone else living nearby, try to make it to the museum to see this tiny but wondrous little piece while it’s on display.
My old friends, John Grace and his partner, Nelson Baldo will be attending the opening. John is in very poor health, and on a ventilator. But Danny once helped John get well during a particularly difficult patch in John’s youth. Over forty years ago, John was badly injured in a hit and run accident that thew him off his bicycle leaving him with extensive injuries. Danny visited John nearly everyday, fixing him lunch, talking to him and helping him with his rehab. Dan was also leaving wonderful little drawings and “doodles” for John to enjoy while he recuperated. John and Nelson have framed all that art now, and I received a couple images in time for the book. In fact they gave me some of Dan’s art from their collection. It’s incredibly important to John that he see Dan’s painting hanging on the museum wall, because Danny’s kindness has stayed with John his entire life.
Yes, more art and more stories will come to light.
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It Came from the Vault: Rarely Seen Works from MAG’s Collection
Books will be on sale at the Memorial Art Gallery’s Museum Store for $29.95.
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