My senior year in high school began as a disaster.
My family's 5th move in 16 years. From Syracuse,
NY to New Milford, NJ. New school, new classmates,
old drill. Add family hassles.
My one saving grace. the Art Department at New Milford
HS headed by the indefatigable, Bea Card Kettlewood.
Assisted by Eva Bowker and Mel Davison.
I don't remember how it happened, but I got to spend 3
periods in a row every day in the large,well equipped
Art Department. Assignments? Anything I wanted to do .
Weaving, mosaics, clay. Teaching, learning and lots of laughter.
Eva Bowker, top and Mel Davison, below
Mrs. Kettlewood kept a chart. Upon acceptance to
Art College, she pasted a gold star next to a senior
student's name. The rows of stars grew. But my
space stayed empty. Syracuse turned me down. (I had
PSAT scores, but not SATs. SU Admissons returned
Mom's call. She gave them whatfore on their nickel)
Yours truly, looming in Mrs. K's NMHS Art Dept.Finally late Spring, acceptance came from the Philadelphia
Museum College of Art, Mrs. K welcomed me with an enormous
handmade gold star. Massive cheering and hugs.
A truly legendary much beloved teacher and friend to all
her former students.
Bea Card Kettlewood
Port Clyde, ME
#11 November Storm, Pemaquid Point, ME
#30 Architectural Classics, Philadelpia, PA
(all painting photos by Tony Gallo)
Retired from teaching, Bea continues to paint and show her work.Landscapes, Seascapes and Cityscapes. Charming, colorful,
evocative pictures of places she knows and loves in Maine,
New Jersey and one here of a doorway in Philadelphia.
Follow the link to see more of her delightful work.