My friend Anne gives great gifts. Over the years I have been a lucky girl to receive some really thoughtful and clever gifts from her. One of her talents is taking terrific photos. We have countless photo collages from her including my wedding and my kids.
Two years ago she gave the Christo album - very special as we not only saw the Gates exhibit at the Met in 2004, announcing the installation, but we also experienced the Gates together in February 2005. This album has all the photos she took, and they are placed in order, of course. My photos from that day? Probably still on my hard drive, not a one printed out - so this indeed is a treat.
This past Christmas she gave me another album - all her photos from our visit to see Chihuly's glassworks at the New York Botanical Garden. I blogged about our day HERE. Again, her beautifully taken photos, all in proper order, while mine are yet to be printed. These two albums, as well as the other framed photo sets she's given us, are treasured, and clever gifts.
If your talent is taking photos - why not share them? It's a priceless gift.
It's almost the 2 year anniversary of The Gates. A historical moment, where a man's dream came true. Imagine - years of proposing an installation in your home town, and it's finally approved. (Thank you Mayor Bloomberg!) The opening day was February 12, 2005. ART made headlines in every local paper. I saved them all. ART! I was able to see The Gates twice - with and without snow. It was an amazing experience to be in Central Park, with thousands of people from around the world, who flocked to see the Gates for the fleeting 16 days they were up. Walking through a dream, of a man and his wife. It was extraordinary.
The Wards met up with the Perrella's one very cold Sunday afternoon. The plan was to meet on the steps of the Met. We were over an hour late, and our friends were still there, waiting. It was so exciting to walk under that first saffron hanging. We could see them lining the park as we circled around, desperately looking for a place to park....and finally, finally, set foot in the park. Fallon, Lynne, and I wore our Seuss-like saffron scarves.
John Perrella spied a docent who was a stealth passer-outer of swatches. I approached him and snagged two 2x2 squares, one for the Perrellas and one for the Wards. (Also shown in the photo is a lanyard worn by the docents, scored from ebay). Then a second visit to the city, with Anne. This time there was snow on the ground. Stunning. Had to see the Gates with Anne, after our encounter at the Met where we learned it was really going to happen. The last thing in the exhibit was an application to be a volunteer installer. Now THAT would have been cool to do! Anne, why didn't we buy those bags made of saffron fabric when we had the chance? (None were available in Feb 2005, but there were PLENTY in June 2004! DANG!)
I have yet to complete my Gates journal....it's about time, now that we're coming up to the 2 year anniversary, don't ya think?