Day 2 of a Cultural weekend

If you grew up with movies like “American in Paris” or the “Sound of Music” do not miss this exhibition at the Boca Museum of Art. Many of us started day dreaming, they transfixed us and we put these locations on our bucket list.

North by Northwest backdrop greets you as you enter

The magic of it all. The harrowing scene of Deborah Karr about to fall over this cliff ( photo above). OMG or Awe are understatements when confronted with these film backdrops. All created by hand before the technology age.

My friend transported to the Austrian Alps

Both of us were anxious to see this show, as both of us had done back drops for plays. But none like these. The first one in your face was done on linen. We stood and studied the strokes. Videos accompanied the various backdrops the artists who worked on them

A talented group of Artists never got credit lines

Not just friends they enjoyed each other’s company on weekends as en Plein air painters. So now we studied their technique strokes even more closely as how did the trees look so real, each leaf. The videos were descriptive of the process and the difficulties. We spent at least a half hour in front of each backdrop then the next. Scenes we took for granted painted by a crew of California plein air artist who never got screen credit.

Wonderful seeing their tools, paint chips, gold leaf on drafting table

Unsung talented artists who fooled us all. I asked the guard was he an artist. “ no it’s the best show yet “ he’d seen. We took a break got a bite to eat and returned to the Boca Museum of Art for more. They had a work upstairs by the artist who did Obama’s portrait that’s hanging in the National Gallery. Nothing like seeing a work of art in person.

Recognize it?

Got a membership as they are part of a program that allows you free access to hundred others Museums across the U S of A. Unbeknownst it also happened to be Museum Day. Who knew ? Sponsored by the Smithsonian Magazine. @

Chance encounter

Never miss a stop at Books n Books when in Miami area, pick up my favorite magazine or just browse. Serendipity Author Daniela Pierre-Bravo was in the house for her book launch. “ The Other

3rd from the right. Is Ms Pierre-Bravo ( white heels )

My perception was way off, with the name and mention of women of color I prejudged. That’s what this book is all about.

Listening to her story, the struggle all to familiar. I also immigrated at age eleven but ever so long ago. The familiar scenarios she recounts, of the daily struggles, parents working two 3 jobs, housing insecurity, taking on parenting roles I see this daily in my Guatemala-Maya neighborhood.

I work with immigrant children, see their field bus dropping the parents . Before day break, I smell food cooking for their day away. I don’t see color. I’m witnessing the struggle for survival trying to assimilate in a new reality.

BIPOC Black indigenous people of color. “. If your the only woman, person of color, immigrant or any type of minority”. Daniella is addressing you in this book.

An undocumented Latina with no I.D. Trying to assimilate, struggling going to college. She takes you through her journey to becoming who she is today. Missed opportunities, best laid plans interrupted, reaching for the opportunities that exist and prevailed. The very same struggles our Lake Worth High Schoolers deal with daily in multiples.

Daniela Pierre-Bravo and Annamaria Windisch-Hunt

Yes I purchased the book had her sign it ( not personalized) and at Christmas one of the kids here will get it. Much like the Sonia Sotomayor book I had signed at the last Bookfair and raffled off to benefit my Royal Poinciana neighborhood.

I was so enthused and at page 45 when the Eye technician at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute called me in. I looked at her name tag and I knew I was looking at a success story. I mentioned the book, yes she also worked as a maid, in the fields and here she was. She took a photo of my book to share.

Editors Note: Daniela Pierre-Bravo. This is her 2nd book, find her on Ted X, Google her many TV appearances. Spoke with her and her publicist, who happens to live in WPB and works for NBC affiliate. Yes, she can be available for a author evening . I’m thinking our LWB Library but can we seat 50 maybe a presentation at our Highschool. Got their contact info!