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“There I was, drinking Scotch with James Baldwin …”
In 1983, Russell Steven Powell, then 28, interviewed writer James Baldwin, 59, as Baldwin began teaching at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Their conversation touched on subjects ranging from writing and aging to technology, and most of all, to race.
At the time, Baldwin was working on a book about the murders of 28 black American men, women, and children in Atlanta from 1979 to 1981. As America grapples with immigration and race relations in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore, Baldwin’s words remain relevant, even prophetic, today.
My Interview with James Baldwin includes a new introduction by Powell, and a photograph of Baldwin in his Hampshire apartment, taken shortly after the interview by Michael Zide.
A LITTLE WARMTH and color on this coldest day of the year.
Happy Valentine’s Day.
MY EXHIBIT of more than 20 recent paintings (and one large sculpture!) will be at Elusie Gallery, 143 Main St. (the old town hall), Easthampton, Massachusetts, Saturday, September 12, through Saturday, October 3. The exhibit is titled, “Integration, Reintegration.”
The opening reception will be Saturday, September 12, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
I will give a gallery talk on “The Orchard As Landscape” Thursday, September 17, at 7 p.m.
Gallery hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
I hope you can join us for the reception (refreshments will be served), or at least have a chance to take in the exhibit.
THESE are some of the last canvases I will complete before the opening of my exhibit at Elusie Gallery, 43 Main Street in the Old Town Hall, Easthampton, Massachusetts, September 5 through October 2.
There will be an opening reception Saturday, September 12, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Details will follow.
I have made most of my selections, but it is possible that one or more of these becomes part of the exhibit. If you have strong feelings about any of them, please let me know.