Talk about unlikely coincidences: my very dear, very busy and very neglected (by me) friend Judith was born on Valentine's Day (click on the title for a link to her blog).
I don't know, maybe it is altogether fitting and proper after all. It's just a few days after the joint birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin - both 200 this year. Hers is also a week to the day after my deceased partner's birthday and a week minus a day before mine.
After my partner died in 1992 Judith created a piece of art commemorating his passing away. The image captured the moment in a way that is typical of her work from the time...
Mourning Glory, J. Schaechter 1992.
Judith is an incredibly wonderful normal person who I am lucky to know and am stupid enough to not keep in touch with. Even though we are neighbors I am ashamed to think about how infrequently I ever see her.
On her birthday Judith is giving a workshop at the Museum of Arts and Design at Columbus Circle in NYC. Too bad. I was going to call her and wish her a happy happy which I'll do anyway.
If you check out her work on the web and at Claire Oliver Gallery (513 W 26th St NYC) I guarantee you will just want to see more. She has that kind of effect on people.
Happy Birthday Judith!
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