The show is up. Opening night was Friday May 6th. We collected over 350 postcards and about 70 mementos from 124 artists around the world. They now are hung on the walls at Willo North Gallery from little clips. The images gently sway from the soft breeze of the air conditioning. It will be up until May 28th, so if you would like to make an appointment for a private showing, please call me at 602 218 6046.
There are many people to thank for helping make this show a success. Kristin Shears who offered to let me use the gallery and supported all the steps along the way. The interns Whitney, Georgina and Lauren who put time into set up, painting (also Arthur), labeling and keeping everything neat during the show. My dear friends who helped, who also listened to me as I tossed ideas at them and who gave me some great advice and who attended the event. Matthew Rose for his support and for starting this whole ABAD thing in the first place.
A special thanks to Julie S. Lantz who initially let me use her brother's mementos so I could create my postcard and who then agreed to let me create a special section to honor her brother, John S. Turner. That lead to many phone calls and emails and through the help of Rev. Kathy Shindel we met a kind hearted man, George Cushing, U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Retired, who helped us organize a memorial ceremony with the coordination of Bob Hicks, Commander of the Glendale American Legion Post #29 Honor Guard. Dr. R. Dale Copsey, Chaplain, Lt Col, USAF-Retired, was there to speak about John and to say a closing prayer. Taps was played. It was very moving. The ceremony was intimate and personal, the Honor Guard standing in the gallery, an unusual place for a funeral service, but with all the respect and care one would see on such a solemn occasion.
It was fun having Julie in town for a few days and great to get to know her better and learn about her family's trek from Hungary to Germany to Australia and finally to the United States.
Thanks also to Melinda Hunt who sent us some images from Hart Island and her work on the Hart Island Project. The letters from prisoners who work at the City Cemetery where very moving.
A very personal thank you to Mary C. Leto, who a few years ago dumped a bunch of mysterious items from a heating grate and started this circuitous journey for me.
Lastly to my husband, Jacob Sahertian, who tirelessly listens to all my ideas and my rants and lends his support generously, I extend a big thank you.
~ Patricia Sahertian