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Debby Lewis’68
Art and The Eternal
A great American patron of the arts tells his own story. He talks in a compelling way about his family, about how their love for art gave them pleasure and a sense of tranquility. We learn what he appreciated most in life, including horses,




Paul Mellon (1907-1999) was the son of an enormously wealthy American financier and philanthropist who built the National Gallery in Washington, DC. The son's early years included sadness, yet inspired him to lead a life of seeking art that brought pleasure and meaning to himself and for the public. His father had said that people need a way to connect with the eternal in their lives, and the son makes that connection possible for millions of Americans and visitors.   

One of the elements of his narration that meant the most to me was how he finally achieved an affectionate rapport with his rather distant father.

You'll ask yourself whether it's riches in life that sustains us and makes our time on Earth meaningful, or appreciation of what's available for us if we seek it.


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Bill Stull, SHHS '65 on June 6, 2021 at 7:51 PM said:

Thank you, patrons of the arts.
Cue the ever-artful Maria Callas:

Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore,
non feci mai male ad anima viva!
Con man furtiva
quante miserie conobbi aiutai.

lived for art, I lived for love,
I never harmed a living soul!
With a discreet hand
I relieved all misfortunes I encountered.

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