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Blowin’ in the wind

November 1, 2012

The lyrics to Bob Dylan’s anthem ring in my head as I sit down to muse on what’s coming down the pike. “How many times must a man look up, before he can see the sky?” As a general rule, I don’t think of myself as an alarmist, but Hurricane Sandy is presently working my nerves. By the time this hits the newsstands, she will be a thing of the past, but the aftermath... who knows? Meanwhile, the reports are dire as I write this and I’m keeping one eye on the news and one on the eye on the hurricane. I’m walking a tightrope here in my trailer (yes... I live in a trailer!) of attempting to stay calm, keep my wits about me and above all, my sense of humor intact, as the winds begin to pick up.

Multi-tasking my fool head off, I’ve combined emergency preparedness and attending events over the past few days, happy to have galleries and pumpkin carving contests to keep me occupied. “How many roads must a man walk down, before you can call him a man?” Walking the dog this morning, I observed darkening skies and wind gusts, feeling fairly manly. Thinking back on my visit to the BrookHouse Gallery (www.brookhouse, I’m even more impressed with sculptor Janet Rutkowski ( and her new work currently showing there in conjunction with painter Lena Viddo’s ( “earthly delights and rapturous imaginings” inspired by the duo’s study of martial arts.

While Viddo was not able to be at the opening reception, Rutkowski (who has been studying martial arts for 15 years) was on hand to discuss her process and give the crowd a demonstration of the age-old Hapkido techniques that she practices. “This show is an expression of women’s empowerment and the Yin Yang forms of martial arts,” she informed the crowd. Strength, control and attention to detail are evident in both the art and practice as one peruses the two women’s work and both (IMHO) are striking visualizations on a common theme.