Sunday, November 20, 2011

Fran Gallo

My First Public Reading
My friend and former supervisor/director from my past life as an English teacher, Herb Sundvall, is involved as co-curator of an international art and photography exhibit on the theme of A Book About Death. This exhibit is about different views and approaches to mourning, death, dying, coping, etc. There will be exhibits in different cities in the world. The original mail art copies from the New York exhibit two years ago are in the archives of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Reading at Quetzalcoatl Gallery

Fran Gallo

Fran Gallo grew up in an Italian family in NW Indiana. She is the only family member born in the USA, her parents and sisters having immigrated from the small village of Grotte near Agrigento, Sicily. She is fluent in Italian and fluent in her parent’s Sicilian dialect, “Grutisi.” She graduated from Indiana University, studied French literature and culture at the Universite de Strasbourg in France for one year. Fran was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ziguinchor, Senegal, in West Africa. She later spent three years in Japan where she met her husband, Rick Clark.


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Mitsu Sundvall

Mitsu speaks of her experiences as a Japanese American child in a Japanese internment camp and what it was like to enter a public school in Berkeley, California after the war. Another child was instructed to befriend Mitsu to help her feel more comfortable in school. She did, and she and Mitsu became friends for life. Mitsu's friend of over 60 years died last week and this reading is for her.

Readings At A Book About Death

Saturday, November 12, 2011

11.11.11 Opening Night

[118] Betty Esperanza, Montreal, QC Canada

Hello My Beautiful ABAD friends,

I feel really bad that I didn't have the foresight to confirm my submission in time for the opening. I have been so busy that I actually forgot about it until Friday.
I am sending the original in the mail so that you can add it to your collection. I will send about 25 cards.
I have never missed an ABAD show and I dont plan thank you for posting my he(art) on your blog. I will also send you a little Montreal surprize!
The show looks great and I wish I could visit you. One day I hope.!!
Peace and love from Betty

here is a little story about the ABAD PostArt:


The Bare Naked Ladies and Gent by Betty Esperanza, Montreal, Quebec, Canada © 2011

Everyday I take the subway to go to work and everyday a homeless man and sometimes a woman, sits or stands to beg for change. On this very cold and humid day, this homeless man slept on the wet ceramic floor at the bottom of the escalator...hundreds of people filed past him. Some threw a quarter, some looked back in disgust and some didn't even notice him. He has one amputated arm and always takes his shirt off - hoping that his handicap might warrant more value. On this day, I took a photo and put $5.00 in his hat after which I took a photo. As I moved upwards on the escalator, another homeless man came down the stairs and snatched the $5.00 and ran off. I guess he really needed it. I didn't feel bad for the armless man because he had no knowledge of what happened. I now make it a point to give $5.00 to each homeless person whenever I can...I nudge the ones that are sleepy so that they know of its existence and may feel the warmth of a $5.00 bill.

Betty Esperanza

Vignettes 11.11.11