“New York, New York!”

By Josie Mengai

My family and I had a marvelously fulfilling time in New York when we went for my collective art exhibition “Persistence of Form” at Agora Gallery this past April 25 through May 16, 2017. The time we spent there allowed us to delight in wonderful new experiences.

In just one week, we managed to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

We saw New York from both the Top of the Rock and the Empire State Building.

We strolled down 5th Avenue, through Central Park, and also went sightseeing by bus, covering a lot of territory in such a short time.

The theater is another passion of my family’s. We attended Broadway performances of “The Phantom of the Opera”, “Chicago”, and “Hello Dolly”, where we got to meet Bette Midler after the show… what a treat!

New York is a city that is alive in so many ways, which is why it inspires people of all ages and in all areas – especially in art.

Here I felt so light, so welcome and at ease, that I shamelessly sang “New York, New York” along with our hotel porter on Broadway, and “Yesterday” with a guitar player at John Lennon’s Strawberry Fields “Imagine” spot in Central Park! I’ll never forget it. New York does this to you. It touches your heart and makes you feel you can do anything!

The opening reception for my exhibition at Agora Gallery was a memorable part of our trip. We had a lot of fun – I was so happy and proud to present my artwork.

Angela Di Bello and her talented and loving team guided me through each and every step of the way. It was an such an important learning experience for me. Their hard work made it all happen so successfully.

New York, for sure, is today’s MUSE and we artists truly seek her blessing for the creation of our art!