Hendrix on the River

With Muffy (Pamela)

My BFF Pamela arrived Wednesday in D.C. in preparation for our Hendrix alumni river cruise on the Potomac Thursday evening – it was a lovely evening, and about 80 alumni came for fun and BBQ.  Pamela is spending the weekend with me in D.C. – I took off Thursday and Friday for us to have fun!

River Cruise on the Potomac

John with Kevin Matthews

Friday we went to the African American Museum and had a wonderful time – it’s a little overwhelming.  We really only saw the top floor and the Oprah special exhibit, plus we had lunch there.  It is really beautiful – I especially enjoyed the Clementine Hunter exhibit.

Picking Cotton, Clementine Hunter

Saturday and Sunday, Pam and I endulged ourselves and stayed home to watch some really good movies, including “RBG,” about Ruth Badger Ginsburg – especially timely given the unfortunate appointment of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. We also loved “The Dressmaker” and “Film Stars don’t die in Liverpool,” among others.

We did finally get out of the house today (Monday) and went to the National Portrait Gallery so Pam could see the Obama portraits – we spent several hours there, and I found two lovely Georgia O’Keefe’s – the large one below is her “Manhattan.” And I found two fantastic Howard Finsters!

Georgia O’Keefe, Manhattan

Howard Finster

Howard Finster, inset

John is visiting Pete and Ginger in Fayetteville this weekend – sorry to have missed that trip!

Last Sunday I went to see the Diane Arbus exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and saw a lovely Bill Traylor exhibit, as well – plus the Obama portraits at the co-located National Portrait Gallery.

Iconic Diane Arbus, Twins

Obama at the National Portrait Gallery

Bill Traylor

Bill Traylor

Diane Arbus, Woman with Baby Monkey


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