I attended grade school in a very posh and prestigious area located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. It was there where I knew that my artistic ability was an easy way to get somebody’s attention without having to talk to them. While I was a responsible and very diligent student, ART was my strongest subject.
My school’s location was off of 5th Avenue, which is also known as “Museum Mile”. The Guggenheim was just spitting distance away and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, or ‘The Met’ was just a few blocks down 5th Avenue, where many Friday afternoons were spent sitting on the famous steps, watching people go by. Those museums, among others in NYC, were to my disposal on a regular basis. Many times I would venture into a museum and ask ‘what does it take to get my work exhibited in a place like this… ?’ or exhibited just anywhere for strangers to see?
Recently, during the Memorial Day weekend we had a family trip to the location where I went to prep-school in New England. Unlike NYC, the area was/is very rural. It was here at this school, where my love, or obsession, to create lacrosse art started in my dorm room. On the way home from our family weekend getaway, I took mostly back roads to get to the highway and ran into a small, one room house that was converted into an art gallery, off the side of a road on the NY/CT border. The house, or gallery, looked like it was about to collapse. The exterior paint, faded. The lawn barely take care of. I pulled into the driveway to stare at it. I didn’t enter the gallery, rather took a picture and smiled at my wife and two kids in the car. It was at this place, or house, where I had my first exhibition to the public during my freshman year of my prep-school days in 1992. From the outside, the place hasn’t changed one bit.
‘Little Victories‘. That’s what they are. That’s how I look at it! It wasn’t the Guggenheim, or the Met, but it was an accomplishment that I wanted to happen. And, every time I see that house on my regular family trips to the location, I am still very happy for it!
What are your ‘little victories’ in life?
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