2018/05/17

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Henri aboard 60' sloop, en route from Ibiza to Pireaus
(For the account about this fateful 1961 voyage, see the post of August 26, 2008)



2018/05/16

Shadrach, our beloved friend the Bengal cat goes ‘over the horizon’

Shadrach and friend Henri van Bentum, Paradise Valley, AZ

In two earlier blog posts we mentioned our cat-sitting experiences in Paradise Valley, Arizona.  (See the posts of March 3rd, 2014 and November 18th, 2016.)

After receiving the best possible care, Shadrach left his devoted ‘parents’ to depart for cat heaven this past February. 

Here is something I wrote in his honour:


It grieves and saddens us to hear our friend Shadrach has left for cat heaven, where he’ll join Miss Benny.  Our heartfelt condolences. We realize it must be a great loss for you both.  We were very attached to him after only knowing him for five weeks. For you both, of course, the loss must be deep.  Having had Shadrach since he was a handful-size, all these years.  
He was one of a kind.  With a strong will and personality.  Playful, with a remarkable imp.  'Still hear his purring when brushing him.  Even more when we gave him a bit of catnip. Being a lively companion, and with all his tricks, he gave you lots of pleasure and joy. 
We knew, of course, his departure was only a matter of time.  Yet knowing that Shadrach the Bengal aristocrat is gone, we cannot help but shed tears. Thank you for having made it possible for us to get to know Shadrach and to have him as a friend.
We recently learned our friends are likely going to get another Bengal cat, which is happy news.  “The King is dead, long live the new King”. 

Shadrach, RIP







2018/05/14

Celebrating the International Day of Light - May 16th, 2018




You’re invited to view the online exhibition Light Sprang Forth – celebrating the paintings of Henri van Bentum, to mark the International Day of Light 2018, May 16th.  “Viewing a painting by Henri van Bentum is a stimulus to the imagination. Perhaps his background as a diamond-faceter’s son is responsible for the almost crystalline aspect of his work. The single most extraordinary quality in all his paintings is a luminosity, a radiance that emanates from within.” Marina Sturdza 



“Light Sprang Forth”, acrylic on canvas 1964, by Henri van Bentum, Private Collection
Here is a link to a 1-minute video about the International Day of Light: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acelisSU6Nw





You’re invited to view the online exhibition Light Sprang Forth – celebrating the paintings of Henri van Bentum, to mark the International Day of Light 2018, May 16th.  “Viewing a painting by Henri van Bentum is a stimulus to the imagination. Perhaps his background as a diamond-faceter’s son is responsible for the almost crystalline aspect of his work. The single most extraordinary quality in all his paintings is a luminosity, a radiance that emanates from within.” Marina Sturdza 



“Light Sprang Forth”, acrylic on canvas 1964, by Henri van Bentum, Private Collection

Here is a link to a 1-minute video about the International Day of Light: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acelisSU6Nw