Thursday, June 19, 2008

Art and frugal living

NPR had a story yesterday about older artists of modest means who manage still to live in New York City. Hank Virgona, 78, usually makes $25,000 to $30,000 a year. The last movie he saw was Fahrenheit 9/11:

"No one has ever heard me say, 'Well, listen, would you like to buy this?' I never do that. I talk about art. I talk about my love for it; I talk about what you can get from it, you know? That a walk down a quiet street, especially towards like dusk, is as good as going to Caracas or Venezuela or anywhere — you know what I mean? It's nourishing. That's what art — that's part of its purpose."

comments: 2

JuliaR said...

Thanks for posting the link to that story. It is nice to read about people who can lively simply because they are more interested in their passion than material things. I liked the last line especially: "these artists show how a lifetime of engagement and passion is a model for health and well-being."

jafabrit said...

I enjoyed the story and the focus being on the passion of art and living it.