Dozens of people showed up for the reception to welcome the art of John Mariani to my workplace.
I showed up without my work pass around my neck.
Mariani has been my friend since 1983, when we both worked at the big daily. I needed to show how much I value what he’s done.
He’s now https://www.facebook.com/acrylicartbyjohn/?rc=p. Since retiring from the paper/website three years ago, he picked up the brush and … wow.
If you live in Central New York, Mariani’s 16 pieces hang on four lobby walls through November.
He also sells reproductions.
A lot of people showed up to look, talk, shake John’s hand.
I smiled to think it all happened where I work. And that every day for a month, I got to look at those acrylics.