NEW START TIME for SATURDAY in the park:
Tuesday afternoon sketch, 1-4, and
Tuesday evening sketch, 6-9; and
Thursday afternoon LONG pose, 1-4
SAVE THE DATE:
Open House in the studio with birthday cake September 24, 4pm
to 7pm. Casual. No gifts. Donations to the studio
Please practice social distancing and wear masks as required by the
Five sessions for $70;
Ten sessions for $130;
Twenty-five sessions for $300;
and fifty sessions for $500.
TO SUPPORT the STUDIO
in honor of Minerva turning 82
Buy a class card at a discounted rate.
Mail a check made out to "Spring Studio" to:
86 Kenmare #25
New York, NY 10012.
Or attend the September 24 Open House, 4 to 7 pm.
Or make a TAX-FREE DONATION
Tax-deductible donations can be sent to:
The New York Foundation for the Arts
20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
The check must be made out to NYFA and must indicate at the bottom
that it is a donation for
The Minerva Foundation for Figure Drawing Inc.
917-375-6086, text or call
When Marc Lamantia walked
into the studio Friday past and saw me sitting still on the model
platform posing for Tomas Daskam for a portrait, he felt that he had
to take a photo. It was the sort of narrative scene
that any Italian Renaissance painter would have been proud to have
composed, telling a story that runs from one side of the canvas to
the other; showing two figures in silent communication, one active,
one passive; and describing a rich environment stabilized by
many horizontals and verticals, its depth enlivened by a few
I choose this photo that Marc took to announce and celebrate my 82nd
birthday, Thursday, September 24. Never mind that I look
like the Mother Superior of a Roman Catholic parish school. I am happy
to appear to be softly stern and fluidly rigid after having spent
twenty-nine years teaching a sacred craft in sacred spaces. While
my not having put up with any nonsense for so many years
has left its mark on me, my long "sacrifice" has not
at all made a stone of my heart. Rather, I feel that I am at last
able to be bewildered by excesses of love. (W. B. Yeats's phrases
PHOTO: Marc Lamantia
House in the studio with Minerva;
Birthday Cake to celebrate 82 years;
Beverages; Open mike.
Drop by this THURSDAY, September
24th, 4pm to 7pm. Instagram Livestream 4:30pm.
Drop by the studio at 91 Canal Street, 4th floor after the afternoon
long pose session.
CASUAL. No gifts. Donations to the studio graciously accepted,
Works by many artists on the walls are available for a donation. Totes
are available. Please practice social distancing and wear masks
as required by the law.
Livestream from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm through Instagram@minervasdrawingstudio.
Week-by-week the studio and I survive, offering three FREE outside
sessions with clothed model in the Broome Street Corridor of Sara
Delano Roosevelt Park and eleven reasonably-priced sessions
of nude figure drawing inside at 91 Canal Street, fourth floor, with
the help of many donors, card-buyers, monitors, and helpers who donate
goods and services.
MANY THANKS to very recent donors and
card-buyers: Chantal Bruchez-Hall, Marcus Chan, Richie
Chen, Kathi Kirkpatrick, Carol Murashige, Eri Suzuki, David
Stein and Susan Hilferty, Alice Topalian, Miok, and Jenne
Vath. (I missed some of you. Please let me know for the next.)
MANY THANKS to Marc Lamantia for
more totes to sell; Julio Aceveda for electrical work; Ben
Mealer for Zero Cokes for outdoor flutist Andrew Bolotowsky; Nancy
Bass for Zero Cokes for Andrew; Dr, Harold Horowitz for advice
in coping with the pandemic; Jane L. Wechsler for beautiful fabric
masks; Vadim Kroll hosting my birthday party Open House; Stan
Sheran for outdoor morning coffee and bagel; Elizabeth Hellman
for filling-in for a tardy outside model; Marcus Robinson for
Saturday morning coffee and corn muffin; Ron Jones for a big
roll of newsprint paper to draw on; Billy Jazz for even more newsprint
paper; Shari Freels for coffee beans and sympathy; and, of course,
Andrew Bolotowsky for Baroque flute mini-concerts accompanying our
outside drawing sessions.
MANY THANKS to monitors and back-up
monitors who keep the studio running when I'm not there: Chuck Connelly, Kate
Norberg, Antoinette Procacci, Max Simon, Jordan Walters, Brucius, Ivan
Medina, Eleni Papageorge, Marc Lamantia,Tomas Daskam, Sloan
Pririe, Richard Weinstein, Scott Moy, Joe Essig.
Thank you recent DONORS:
Carl Blandford, Lee Brozgol, Karen Collidge Capelluto, Harold
Horowitz, Katsu Goto, Mia Ramsay, Sheila White, and Paul