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2023 Poster: As Far as Friends Go


Item#: 2023SYR06

Purchase Details

11x17-inches, printed on heavy weight (100-pound) Hammermill cover paper. We package each print with a piece of chipboard in a clear plastic sleeve.

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An information page with photos of the artist and poet, and hand-written comments from each.

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As Far as Friends Go

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As far as friends go

I promise you to go there

And maybe further

I have been blessed throughout my life with friends. I do not say that lightly or take it for granted. I have shared laughter and tears for over sixty years with some of them and felt that they have “walked” with me past any expectations. I only hope that I have shown my deep gratitude and appreciation in being able to accompany them also.

We obviously don’t know what the future holds and there are moral, emotional, financial, and physical limits we each have. Yet I hope to respond within those in a most loving way in this precious gift of friendship.

I chose the poem that David Pasinski wrote because it’s about friendship and contained a clever turn of phrase. While I pondered how to illustrate it with an allusion to Syracuse “spirits,” I joined the urban sketchers for the first time on a blue-sky day in November.

The location was at Salt City Market—also a first for me. I painted people lounging in red Adirondack chairs near Audra Linsner’s brand new mural and saw kids playing on bright green Astroturf. One of my closest friends was also there, painting.

Ambassadors were part of the scene. When I got home, it was clear to me that this convivial scene would be the subject. I used gouache for the re-designed background, and graphite for the pigeons.