Andrew MacPherson shows off his room
key which looks a bit like a golden
Biennale award, while his friends at
the goodbye dinner snap photos and
congratulate him. Everyone was in a joyous mood.
A couple of days ago we visited the Porcelain Museum
which is on the grounds of the Boboli Gardens in Florence
from he group of artists in the little area of the
Biennale where my paintings were hanging.
What a super group of people. First we climbed the
narrow steps to my friend Tamara van den Berg's
place. Her mother Hettie came to Florence for
the Biennale, and they hosted a little get together
before dinner, with cheese and crackers and wine.
Their apartment was very pretty, and close
to the Fortezza da Basso. One of the artists,
Henrietta Sonne came back for the last day from
Norway, and we watched the awards ceremony
together. A few of the friends we'd made at the
Biennale won awards and they were beautiful --
gold disks of a head set in lovely red velvet
So the mood was very happy last night. We ate
in a Trattoria near Tamara's apartment. Our
friend Andrew McPherson's mother had travelled
all the way from a town near Syracuse, New York
to see her son's work, and the two of them joined
us for dinner. Then there was the sculptor Heleen
from Holland, and her husband Hans.
We parted with many hugs and kisses at the end
of a great time together, and Steven and I took
a cab home through the freezing night.
Have a dining-with-good-friends day