Brave Destiny 2003
The Williamsburg Art & Historical Show
The Opening, Dinner, and the Grand Surrealist Ball

On September 20th, 2003, all eyes were focused on the Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge, where the largest show of living surreal, surreal/conceptual, visionary, fantastic, symbolist, magic realism, the Vienna School, neuve invention, outsider, naive, the macabre, grotesque and singular ART (whew!), opened to a large awaiting public at the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center. To say the show was spectacular would be an understatement! It was fabulous beyond belief. Art covered every single inch of the WAH Center, including the stair-wells, and performance art was happening on every floor. It is a show that New York City won't soon forget! The following is a photo essay of the opening...

Dinner a fter the opening

You just wouldn't have believed the line to get into the Surrealist Ball! A few hundred people easily put on their best face for the event. Oh, and the costumes and masks!! Super!!! Artist's defiantly know how to dress for a costume ball. Michel de Saint Ouen, Brigid Marlin, and Terrance Lindal all spoke passionately about the show. Awards and prizes were given out, and our very own Baron flew to New York to be with us. The entire day from start to finish was both spectacular and a spectacle. But don't just take my word, see for your self...

After a long and surreal day, Leo fully expressed how we all felt - TIRED! So, we said our good byes to old friends and new friends, and dragged our butts home to a well deserved rest and I'm sure some really bizarre dreams! A kiss from my honey closed the night.

Last, but definitely not least, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank some folks whose support and generous hearts have been with me as I travel my creative path:

First, I'd like to thank my Mom-In-Law, Elayne Gross, for being the best Art Patroness a gal could ever hope for. Without her support, none of this would have happened. Thanks Mom.

A HUGE thanks to Martin Somers whose brilliant artistry frames my art so beautifully. You're the best man!!!
And thanks to his better half, Deirdre, for her patience most of all, her love and her support. And to Shep and Fiona for letting me play with their Daddy.

To my best gal pal down under, Kim Evans, for traveling all the way from Australia so we could share this event together. I love you girlfriend!!!

To Leo Zanis and Katharina Seifert for taking charge of the cameras so I could smooze. To Scott Williams and Stephanie Cox for comming out and supporting me even while sickie poo. Thanks for being just the best kind of friends that anyone could ask for. I love you guys!

To the one person who has been in the trenches with me since this whole thing started, the one who sparked the whole shebang! Artist extrodinare and great friend, Olga Spiegel. I love you Olgie and we gots miles to go before we sleep!!

A heart felt thank you to Brigid Marlin, for making me feel like family. Thanks Brigid, I couldn't ask for a better mentor.

To Terrance Lindall and Yuko Nii for putting on the best party!! For putting up with my mood swings and pestering for the past year and still including me with open arms and open hearts. Thank you so much!

A most special , heart bursting, thanks to Philip Rubinov-Jacobson, for introducing me to the Mische and for opening the door, 3 years ago, so I could step into the Visionary. I love you Fra PP even if you don't believe me.

A special thanks to my own parents, who well, gave me the best damn creative genes in the Universe!! Thanks Mom! Thanks Dad!

To everyone who has crossed my path in the last 3 years, thank you for the support, the encouragement, the creativity and the friendship.
And to you folks who go way back with me - can you believe all this!! Thank you so much for being there for me over the years.

And to my honey bunny, my main squeeze, my number one guy, and my hubbie, Ron Gross - Babe, we got nowhere to go but up from here. I love you so much - whole lotta love!!!!