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Tears on my pillow

I’m always amazed by the sheer numbers of artworks involved in the DVAA’s annual “Art in Sixes” exhibit.
Photos by Jonathan Charles Fox


November 22, 2016

So here’s the thing about writing a “personal” column—it’s personal. On one hand, that makes my job easier, since I am recounting my own experience here in the Upper Delaware River region and therefore given a lot of leeway by those in charge at The River Reporter. On the other hand, by living my life as a virtual open book, I’m opening myself up in a way that often finds me vulnerable to others offering up their own humble opinions on what I should do, how I should act, or even (heaven forbid!) what I should say. “It’s a two-edged sword,” my mother would say, “and you know what they say about opinions…” she would continue, wagging a finger in my face “…everybody has one.”

I know, I know. My mother comes up a lot, and rightfully so, since she brought me into this world and we were close. “And I can take you right out again!” she would holler, when displeased, so making mom happy became a raison d’etre, if you will, and although she has been gone for a while, her voice still rings in my head. “Gone, but not forgotten,” the poem of unknown origin states: “Although we are apart. Your spirit lives within me, forever in my heart.” Every year, as Thanksgiving approaches, I become a little maudlin, since today marks the sixth anniversary of my mother’s passing and I miss her more and more with each successive year. I like to stay busy for many reasons, but uppermost is moving forward and living in the present, while honoring the past. I kept that in mind when in Narrowsburg (www.alliancesite.org) last week and bopped into the gallery to get a sneak-peek at the “Art in Sixes” exhibit that was about to open with a reception that I was unable to attend.

For the 12th year, gallery director Rocky Pinciotti has culled hundreds of small works of art from hundreds of local artists and grouped them by genre and medium into an exhibit that is (IMHO) always extraordinary. “The official numbers for this year’s show,” Pinciotti’s email informed, “are 546 works submitted by 164 artists.” Working under the constraints of the artwork being “no larger than six inches in any direction” always seems to inspire the artists, and I’m blown away each year by the creativity involved. Miniature sculptures, paintings and photographs adorn the walls of the Alliance Gallery through the month of December and as always, I highly recommend checking it out.