A Painting done at Bates, still at Bates

This past Friday I was invited to the opening and reception for my former teacher Robert Feintuch and his wife, Rona Pondick.

It was great catching up with them after all these years. At the reception the head of the Music Department at Bates, Bill Matthews, declared that he has collected paintings from every Senior Thesis Show for all the years he’s taught. And that included one of mine! Not only that, “It’s up stairs. Would you like to see it?”

He had that look in his eyes that transcends the years, I knew we’d met before but I couldn’t dredge up any detailed recollection of our meeting or of which painting he might be referring to. Off we went to the Music Department a floor above the Bates Museum of Art. He said, “It was too large to hang at home. It’s been here since the building opened.” He unlocked a door and there it was.

1981, 60″ x 72″  oil on canvas

I recognized it immediately, although I would have guessed I’d painted it at Bard a few years later. I do remember working on it. It’s funny the things a painter never forgets.

Very few of my works have gone out into the world. I was floored that this painting has been hanging in this space for decades. “Inspiring generations of our music students….” As Bill put it.

I’m grateful to Bill for everything: For buying my painting. For finding this place to show it. For safeguarding it all these years.

I also feel fortunate about one other thing. Bill mentioned he’s retiring at the end of the academic year. If it wasn’t for going to this exhibit I’d have never known it was there….

Published by Antonio Dias

My work is centered on attending to the intersection of perception and creativity. Complexity cannot be reduced to any given certainty. Learning is Central: Sharing our gifts, Working together, Teaching and learning in reciprocity. Entering into shared Inquiry, Maintaining these practices as a way of life. Let’s work together to build practices, strengthen dialogue, and discover and develop community. Let me know how we might work together.

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