Sometimes as artists there are those incredible 'icing on the cake" moments when you want to pinch yourself. Well, here is one of mine, last weekend at The Players' Club Hall of Fame unveiling in New York City.
Mr Everett Raymond Kinstler, N.A. who I have had the huge life-changing privilege of studying with for a few years now, came on stage at one point to introduce the three Players' Club "artist" members, their portraits on display easels, who were being inducted.
There was Mr. Kinstler's amazing portrait of James Montgomery Flagg, left, that I have admired for many a month, Mr. Gordon Wetmore's (president of The Portrait Society of America) of John Singer Sargent, right, and sandwiched in between, my portrait of Norman Rockwell. It was a great moment!
The wonderful evening included performances by Broadway great Christine Andreas and other talented guests as 27 Players of the past and present were inducted into the Hall of Fame. Eighteen prominent portraitists participated in this painting projected, directed by Mr. Kinstler who is art chair of The Players' Club. No easy task to co-ordinate such a big painting project.
Many of the VERY talented artists (see previous post for names) were present for the swish evening flying in from various parts of the country to enjoy an incredible dinner following cocktails, served in the wood-paneled dining room where Sargent himself often supped. How wonderful to be in such company!
In every way. Finger-licking, butter frosting, good.