Yeah I know, this ain’t Friday.Â But I wanted to remind you gentle readers that I’ll be returning to duty on 1/4.Â In the meantime, I was so moved by Gloria Baker Feinstein’s Photographic Journey to Uganda, that I wanted to pass on how she documented it in her blog.
The orphanage where she stayed–St. Mary Kevin–is one where most of the kids have AIDS.Â I know I don’t need to elaborate on the challenges they face, in a place where life is harsh enough without the onslaught of this disease.
Gloria took with her several artists to work with the kids, so we can bring the kids’ paintings back, hold an opening at the gallery in conjunction with Gloria’s work, and hopefully raise significant $ for the orphanage.Â We raised some decent jack last year; hope to do much better this.
I bring this up in the current season, because so many people around us are obsessing over the material, sometimes forgetting the more enduring issues of life.Â This is hardly a novel observation, nor one that any of you haven’t made.Â But as I sell art to my clients, and buy gifts for loved ones, I think often of those kids in Uganda–and places similar– then remind myself just how bloody fortunate I am, even with the challenges of an artist.