It was a fairly quiet Friday Morning Group meeting last week. Some of the usual suspects were talking about a wide range of things. We discussed the weekly Swing dancing on Wednesdays at the Gulfport Casino. The discussion moved to the Bleau Acier Studio on Columbus Avenue in Tampa. This is the venue where Erika Schneider plies her art as a master printer, engraver, block printer and etcher.
Then in walked Norman Jones of the Art of Livin' Art Gallery. This is the home of the African American 20th Century Cultural Exhibition. Norman had brought with him some photographs from the St. Petersburg Times Negro pages, and they were absolutely fascinating. Most of the photos looked to be 50 or so years old. They described a rich palette of life from the time when the civil rights movement was first beginning to emerge.
So. you just never know who is going to walk in the door on any given Friday morning.