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New Artist In The Family

January 15, 2009


Kevin, right, on Philly Segway tour, July 2008
in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum

I’m smiling about a conversation I had yesterday with my grandson Kevin, who is making a life on his own in Philadelphia. He isn’t exactly alone, because he has family close by — my youngest son and his wife. Kevin works long hours at Starbucks, a bike his sole form of transportation. About a year ago, he decided to start painting. I wrote about him in For The Love of Recycling back in July.

We’ve always had plenty of art opportunities in our family, as you might imagine. An abundance of markers, paints, brushes, and paper — even canvases — around when the kids would visit, and always exuberant and joyous art prominently displayed on the walls and refrigerator. So now I’m one person they call when they have art news.

He was excited about an upcoming show he’s invited to participate in. A friend of a friend is having an art party and show in her apartment in a couple of weeks. I can’t imagine a better way to make an entree into the world of exhibiting one’s art, and so I said he should go for it.

He’s working on some new pieces to show. Among them is a found piece of wood, a curved tree branch or root with an interesting shape, that he picked up on his bike route. He painted it with lot of colors and now it’s a piece of polychromed sculpture!

I promised back in July that I would show some pictures of his art when I get them. He doesn’t have a lot of technical access so I don’t have them yet, but I promise to show them when he’s ready. Call it my cyber refrigerator.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. January 15, 2009 1:28 pm

    This is exciting news Martha to have him follow in your footsteps. Isn’t art grand? It isn’t only pleasing for the eyes, touching for the soul, but brings us all together! By all means do keep us posted with photos.

  2. January 15, 2009 5:59 pm

    I remember the blog- and your going to laugh. For some reason I pictured your grandson Kevin as a little boy- grade school age. He’s great big grown boy! He even has a beard! I thought he was your son, not grandson.

    Martha- Did you start having kids at the age of 10? Fess up! Are you a baby bride?

    I look forward to seeing his work.

  3. January 15, 2009 6:26 pm

    Ah, yes Joyce. Art has been the glue for a bunch of us in our family – starting with my own mother!

    Vikki, you are so perceptive. Yes, I was a baby bride. Yep, started having kids at 10. Seriously, I am old enough to have a bearded grandson!! It amazes me too!

  4. January 15, 2009 10:17 pm

    I love it that Kevin has taken up the family business!!

  5. January 16, 2009 12:56 am

    I’m with Vikki – my brian went “huh?” – that can’t be Martha’s grandson. I am seriously impressed…
    And yay for another artist in the family. The cyber fridge thing made me laugh.

  6. January 16, 2009 7:52 am

    Martha, I remember when you posted about Kevin before. It must be gratifying to know you have been an influence on him, and I can’t wait for you to show us his art.

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