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Belskie Museum Exhibition for NLAPW


An exhibition by sixteen accomplished artist members (I’m one of them!) of the National League of American Pen Women, founded in 1897 initially when women journalists were not permitted to join the National Press Club. It eventually became a professional organization for women writers, artists, and composers. The works on display include painting, sculpture, copper etching, mixed media, and Chinese brush/ink.

November 3 – 24, 2019
Martin Hicks Gallery at The Belskie Museum of Art & Science
Museum hours: Saturdays & Sundays 1 – 5 pm
280 High St., Closter, New Jersey (adjacent to the Closter Public Library)

Hyper-Lapse sketch of leafy twig (1 minute long)

Time-lapse sketch using traveling sketch kit

In a previous blog post, I wrote about putting together a travel sketching kit.  Here, you can see me putting my travel kit into action.  So as not to make the video too long, I sketched the twig before the video started and compressed it into a hyper-lapse format.  Watch me use colored pencils as paint with the use of a water brush.  Click on photo to start the video.

Making a change for the better

X-ray of injured shoulder joint

It’s gotten so bad, I cannot swim or do a push-up.  I can’t even raise my hand over my head.

For over twenty years, I have had problems with my right shoulder.  Even with physical therapy, my shoulder proceeded to get worse to the point of chronic pain. Yesterday, I finally had surgery by Dr. Tom Hackett (one of the top orthopedic surgeons in the nation, currently serving as the head team physician for the US Snowboard & Ski teams) at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado.  He performed two types of surgery on my shoulder, a biceps tenodesis and an arthroscopic rotator cuff repair.

For the bicep tendon tear, Dr. Hackett cut the bicep tendon from the shoulder joint and secured it to the humerus bone. This removed the pressure on the tendon allowing for a portion to be removed.

For the arthroscopic repair, Dr. Hacket guided an arthroscope (a small camera) inside small incisions to remove bone spurs and calcium deposits.

The initial recovery phase lasts just 4 to 6 weeks, with restriction of the full movement for at least 3 months.

I’m told I should have 100% recovery and mobility when done.  That sounds like a true miracle to me.  I can’t wait to swim again!