Sunday, September 21, 2008

Arts Around the Lake

Since 1979, the University of Richmond has sponsored a juried art show on the banks of the lake in the center of campus. Two of my friends exhibited this year. I first met Ole Giese, above, 14 years ago when we both exhibited at the same coffee shop. Ole was born in Denmark, worked in Southeast Asia and Africa before retiring from Media General in Richmond and becoming serious about his art. We were part of an informal group that met every morning for coffee and conversation for a number of years. The clerks at the shop jokingly called us "The Board of Directors."

Chris Mize, above left, displays one of his paintings to a potential customer. The law books in the upper right hand corner of the painting belonged to his uncle. His uncle also played all the musical instruments pictured in the painting. Chris did a portrait of our grandson which appeared on this blog several weeks ago.

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