During these meeting-free days, I have rearranged my living room, vacuumed, and have even begun to clean under the rugs and furniture cushions. But alas, I have found no buried treasures. All this frenzied activity is my way of taking care of anxious feelings, and of procrastinating the work I should be doing to prepare my taxes.
More importantly, my hope is that we stay well and that as we take the necessary precautions, our feelings of uncertainty will be assuaged.
These are times when acts of kindness and courage abound. Art institutions and artists are coming forth with their gifts of beauty and comfort. Visit www.artsmia.org for Mia’s offerings, see Florence, Italy’s Uffizi Galleries collections online (https://www.uffizi.it/en), and explore so much more. Contributions from hip hop artists, opera, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s comfort music fill the air. On the PBS NewsHour, author Ann Patchett had a few suggestions for us, such as reading 12 pages of Tolstoy’s War and Peace each night, then joining the online book club to ride out our challenging times.
And one more fabulous gift for us: March Friends lecture speaker Lisa Michaux has sent us a Vimeo link to her fabulous talk on three French Impressionist women painters. Many were unable to get tickets and a few hesitant to come, and thanks to Lisa’s generosity, here it is for all of us to view:
Spring will surely bring us brighter days. Thank you for your loyalty and support of Friends and Mia.
PS – If you run out of activities, have fun, be proud, and look at some of the art that the Friends have gifted Mia:
The frame for The Denial of St. Peter, c. 1623
Gerrit van Honthorst, given in 1990
Maji with white beard and pendant gift, from Nativity Scene, 18th century
Unknown artist, Germany, given in 1994
Library table, c. 1800
Thomas Hope, given in 1996
Teahouse, 2001 (constructed)
Yasuimoku Komuten Company Ltd., given in 2005
Vue du lac de Challes et du Mont Blanc (View of the Lake of Challes and Mont Blanc), 1807-1808
Elisabeth Louise Vigée-Le Brun, given in 2008
Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks and Plums, c. 1835
Eugène Delacroix, given to celebrate Friends hundred years in 2020