“A Dream in the Dash” – today’s the day

There are moments in my life where I can’t believe how things have turned out.  You’ve read my blog and you know many of them, both the good and the bad.  You know when I’ve been happy, and you know when I’ve been somber.

Today I can be happy.

This is the first day of my new solo art show, “A Dream in the Dash.”  It opens at 4:30pm today at St. Agnes Cemetery’s new “Living Room” art gallery and meditation room, on the St. Agnes Cemetery grounds.  Admission is free, and you get to see, up close and personal, twenty of my artworks – eighteen pictures and two Dream Windows.  The artworks on display are shown in this flickr online gallery.  Maybe one of your favorite images is here?


At approximately 5:00 p.m., Bishop Howard Hubbard will be on hand to bless the “Living Room,” as well as to also bless a stained glass installation, “Brian’s Window,” in memory of Brian Elk.  Brian, who passed away in March of 2012, was a volunteer fireman and EMT in West Albany and Colonie.  He was loved and missed by his family; I’ve seen the stained glass window that was installed in his memory (Kevin Morgan of Chapman Stained Glass did the work), and the window looks spectacular.

Now if you’re not able to attend the event this evening, my artworks will be on display throughout the months of May and June.

The best way to get to St. Agnes Cemetery is to take I-787 to Exit 7 Watervliet.  Hang a right on Broadway, go past the Price Chopper, and then turn left when you see the stone markers denoting the road to both St. Agnes and Albany Rural Cemetery.  That’s Cemetery Road.  Drive the length of the way, you will pass over railroad tracks, and the Living Room – which is housed in St. Agnes’ administration offices – will be immediately visible on your left.  Parking is available in the St. Agnes Cemetery lots, as well as side parking along Cemetery Road.

I keep looking over the artworks.  Should I have included this one?  Should I not have included that one?  It’s like trying to put together a 20-song Bruce Springsteen greatest hits album and you can’t decide whether to leave off “Atlantic City” or “The Rising.”  Yeah, I could have added Destination Voyage Rouge et Bleu.  Yeah, I could have put in one of the Hamilton College 55-year-old expired film shots.

Or maybe, just maybe, I go for the twenty artworks that are on display right now.

Once again, my thanks to Kelly Grimaldi and the staff at St. Agnes, as well as to the staff and members of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany.  Without their support, this would never have come to fruition.

And, most of all, I hope to see you at this event.  Opening night should run from about 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm, so please come and share in this moment with me.

Now if you’ll excuse me… I have to go visit Section 46 of the cemetery grounds and say a few words to someone there.

I wish he could be at this event with me.

Maybe, in some small way, he actually is.