Some anniversaries are more complex than others.
Twenty-seven years ago today, my friend and teacher, Michigan painter, sculptor, and art educator Arthur Schneider lost his brave battle with mesothelioma, a cancer of the lungs resulting from his years of exposure to the toxic chemicals and materials in his studio.
All for a good cause, I convinced myself.
What a pair we two were! Arthur embraced every minute of his creative journey; he couldn’t wait to get up each morning so he could step into what he called “his light” on his way to ask the questions that were so critical to getting to the heart of every one of his magnificent paintings and sculptures.
“Are you going to miss the questions, Arthur?” I asked him on our last day of shooting OFF THE WALL: A CREATIVE JOURNEY, a WTVS/ PBS documentary about his life and work. “Oh, Harvey,” he sobbed, a sudden cascade of tears flowing down his cheeks. “I weep. I weep. It’s the one thing that bothers me. I won’t be here to ask the questions. You got to me, buddy.