Friday, April 10, 2009

To the whole team, many thanks for a job well done.

George Carrano, the sine qua non of the exhibit, special thanks for making it possible for Philip Jones Griffiths' internationally legendary work to be shown here.

Lou Commisso, Director of the Briarcliffe College Patchogue campus had the vision to partner with the Patchogue Arts Council and Magnum Photos to bring the exhibit into the fabulous space. We are all grateful for his generosity.

Hangers and takedown artists and opening reception help: George Carrano, John Cino, Holly Gordon, Kelleen and Karl Guyer, Dawn Lee, Michael Thorn, Jessica McAvoy, Paula Murphy (and sub-team Brendan, Pete, and Alice), Joel Peck, you were amazing.

Thomas Hoepker, former president of Magnum Photos, spoke movingly at the opening reception about his friendship and working relationship with Philip as well as about the significance of Philip's work.

Dick Hughes, a social worker who was taken by the plight of the Vietnamese street boys and established a foundation to help them, met Philip in Saigon during the war years. He also spoke about Philip at the opening reception.

Special thanks to Mayor Paul Pontieri of Patchogue Village who was on hand to greet visitors at the opening reception.

Special thanks for their support also goes to Jennifer Tripp and Danielle Jackson of Magnum Photos and to Gigi Giannuzzi and Hannah Watson of Trolley Books, publisher of Philip's recent and last book, "Recollections".

Briarcliffe College security guard Dave Howland was always cheerful and so helpful.

Our gallery sitters were trusty and reliable: Thanks to Brett Schwan of Briarcliffe for signing up Kristen Nordstrom, Eric Verschoore, Angela Panullo, Jennifer Lafferty, Michael Halliwel (who also created a mean flyer), Sam Lugo,
and Herb Wahlsteen.

PAC people were Carole Amodeo, Leslie McHugh, Maura Breheny, Anne Marie Monte, Margaret Atkinson, Paula Murphy, Anne Jacobsen, Robert Mielenhausen, John & Eileen Demarle, Jo Miller, Kelleen Guyer, Arlene Guzman Capobianco, Marjorie Roe, Debra Rodman, and Carol Reitz-Butler.

If I left anyone out, it was unintentional; please let me know so I can correct my error.

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