Lordy. It was in the nineties and humid as the tropics. But we had over a thousand visitors to PSAW during Art Hop to see the amazing exhibit of photographs of the last free days of Tibet, taken Heinrich Harrer at the request of the young Dalai Lama. Harrer was the author of Seven Years In Tibet. Publisher Leslie DiRusso, who came up from New York for the opening, was astounded and gratified that even in the thick crowds, even with all the other events and exhibits going on for Art Hop, people stood and read all the commentary, stayed to ask questions, and were so engaged with the work.
Dalai Lama's Flight from Tibet. 1951. Photo by Heinrich Harrer. Used by permission.
Text for this photo, taken from writings by Harrer:
The wind springs up early across the treeless, almost lifeless, Tibetan plateau. By midday it sweeps with gale force, carrying sand or snow, stinging and cutting travelers' faces. What light there is casts a bleak twilight pall over the wastelands.
Here, second from the left, the newly invested Dalai Lama, flanked by two of his personal khenpo (abbots), staggers against the winds on the Plain of Tuna in his flight from the Chinese advance. In the foreground struggles Phala Dronyer Chenmo, the Lord Chamberlain.
Obama Or Else postcard. Design by Liza Cowan, Pine Street Art Works. 2008
I got a wonderful email about the cards on Saturday, after the opening of Art Hop.
Liza, I just had to tell you how awesome your "Obama - Or Else" card is! You have said it all with just a few words. I am 71 years old and have never been so worried about the outcome of an election. I just pray that he makes it for the sake of my grand children and the next generation.