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And the artists on display were a CONFLUENCE!:
THIS ARTICLE IN THE SUN SAYS WHAT WE SAW SO CLICK THIS FIRST!
Our plan, go directly to the food and drink, the way my friend, Lennie Kesl would. He told me once, "Artists need to eat. You go to the buffet first, because you're there to see the work. You deserve it, and then get a little drink too. The art's going to be there, and you'll like it better after the food." Kesl's work is on the second floor, and presented with remarkably candid photographs of the great legendary artist by his daughter, Charlotte. But before we do, Jill tells me, "Tom, you have to see Jesse Aaron's work (main gallery)." He's passed beyond, into a cosmic forest from Earth in 1979 -- a folk legend, sculpting hidden horses and faces and such from trees well into his 90s. He looked like this:
Here's what they look like when they're singing after being freed:
On floor two, we see the Kesl sign:
Jill says, "Look. The name is HUGE!" Talking about the official poster for the event, really, but it was huge on this plexiglass sign too. She laughs. Bigger than Aaron's name (the headliner in the main gallery) on the poster for the event. Huge, here, on this fancy translucent sign that seems way too fancy for Kesl. "And look, Tom--his name, so HUGE, and underneath it, it's his NAME AGAIN!: Drawings by Lennie Kesl." I think to myself, I write my name huge, sometimes across an entire painting. No wonder Lennie and I got along so well. And sometimes, I sign it again on the back or even twice on the face of the same artwork. I think this is a sign of genius.
We wander around the perimeter of the upper level, looking down on the open area where the band is playing. Jill and I start dancing along the hallway. Why not!
THE FIVE MINUTE ARTIST PRESENTS LENNIE KESL!
Here's just a few of what Jill Burton and I saw upstairs: