Vol IV Issue 3

Flag of Remembrance - Linda's Corner - Student Snapshot - Worth a Look - Art History - Recipes - Odyssey Interactive - On the Move - T-shirt Sale - Try This - Congratulations! - Misc

LAG of Remembrance
A tribute to the families and victims of September 11th
Mindy Kombert and Sherry Kronenfeld are present and former art class mothers and Mindy is an Odyssey Art at Sea teacher, as well as a student in the Adult Odyssey Art watercolor class. They have decided to suspend their graphic design business and to devote the next year to a project called Flag of Remembrance, Inc. which seeks to create a permanent memorial for the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

A collection of photos of those killed will be transferred in tones of red, white and blue onto an American flag measuring 18 feet by 30 feet. Each photo will measure 9 square inches and will have the name and age of the victims beneath it. To contribute or provide a picture of a victim, call toll-free 1-866-871-1200. Visit or write Flag of Remembrance, P.O. Box 860, Chappaqua, NY 10514.

Sherry Kronenfeld, left, and Mindy Kombert display their plan for a Flag of Remembrance

Linda's Corner
In this holiday season, the tragedy of September 11 has made us grateful, in a way - grateful for our precious family and friends, grateful for the bravery of our police and firefighters, grateful for our military who are willing to go to war for a just cause, grateful for our tireless leaders and officials, and grateful for you--the participants in Odyssey Art classes.

We are grateful for our part in keeping people satisfied through accomplishment, and helping people develop lifelong interests. We are grateful for an arena where people can try out their ideas in their own special ways, and to give them a place where they can think, observe, plan and imagine. We are grateful for the opportunity to help people develop a feeling for beauty and order in everyday living. We are grateful for the opportunity to help people to discover their inner selves in their own special way. It seems that since the terrible events of September 11, people are doing more of the art and craft activities that they didn't have time for before that horrific day. In fact, in spite of the general economic malaise, the art supply people I've spoken to tell me their sales have been way up as people are creating more and getting feelings of satisfaction and enjoyment. Doing art seems to be providing an escape for many of us, because if we only dwelled on the terror, and the possibilities of what might happen next, we'd go crazy.

With this in mind, I look forward to the continued healing that will come to each of us in our own special way. All of us at Odyssey Art extend our deepest sympathy to those affected by the tragedy.

Hannah Weber, age 7, started Odyssey art classes at age 4.
tudent Snapshot
Hannah: I liked how the African art has taught me how other people live in a different part of the world. The Africans use a lot of clay and they make their own cloth. If you went to Africa right now, the clay would look like it was 100 years old. The Africans would wear claws, and they painted them blue, because it was a special color. The best thing I liked about the African art was when we painted different designs on a cloth, with off-white paint. Then we put blue paint over the entire cloth and soaked it in water. The blue stayed on the cloth, but did not cover the off-white designs. This is called the resist technique and it was great fun.

Mom: Its not just an art class. It's an experience. The impact that it has had on my child is phenomenal!

For the Good of the Children
Economics and changing family structures make the future bright for these nurturing franchises. Excerpted from, click here for whole article.

Franchises are capitalizing on the growing demand for businesses that offer a little extra to children, whether it be physical, artistic, musical or even scientific. Entrepreneurs are finding a captive audience in children and willing backers in parents.

. . . Because schools are cutting funding for art programs from their budgets, parents are happy to send their kids to classes at Odyssey Art Centers or to Young Rembrandts, a franchise that teaches drawing. Again, the satisfaction of owning such a franchise has to do with more than just the bottom line. "Art is one of the most important things you can teach because it really is a window into a culture," explains Linda Perlmutter, an art supervisor who started Odyssey Art Centers in 1973.

Worth a Lk
American Museum of Natural History
Pearls Through April 14, 2002. This exhibit examines the natural history of pearls, the animals that produce them, and the role that pearls have played in human culture.

Meeting God: Elements of Hindu Devotion Through February 24, 2002. An intimate portrait of Hinduism's rituals, prayers, customs and festivals in India.

At the Met, New York
Splendid Isolation: Art of Easter Island.
Through August 4, 2002. This is the first American exhibition devoted to the art of Easter Island and presents some 50 works depicting the gods, spirits, and ancestral chiefs of this enigmatic island. Male figure, 19th century, Rapa Nui peoples, Easter Island. Collection of Mark and Carolyn Blackburn

rt History
Barbara Glassman, Dennis Gage and others who were trained at Odyssey Art worked in clay with a group of autistic children. This took place as part of our ongoing volunteer effort in the community.

The Perlmutters'
Chocolate Chip Biscotti
2 cups all-purpose flour
11/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 c. unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tblsp. instant espresso powder
2 eggs
1 c. coarsely chopped walnuts
1 c. semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat Oven 325º. Butter two baking sheets, or line with parchment paper. Sift together first four ingredients. In a large bowl, combine next four ingredients. Using an electric mixer set on high speed, add eggs one at a time and beat until light and fluffy. Reduce to low speed and add walnuts and chocolate chips. Add flour to mixture and mix to incorporate. Divide the dough in half and place each half on a baking sheet. Using lightly floured hands, shape into a rectangle, three inches wide and 3/4 inches high. Bake until firm, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for five minutes. Leave oven at 325. Cut logs into 1inch slices with a serrated knife and place on edge on baking sheet. Bake for about ten minutes on each side. Cool and store for up to two weeks in a tin.

dyssey Interactive
Comments received by Aimee Mekul on board QE2:
The instructor made it appear I have some talent....Art class is a must in your cruise....

Comments received by Michael Love and Louise Waters on board QE2:
Thoroughly enjoyable. Could open up new horizons!…Very enjoyable, good fun, therapeutic....It was fun and interesting. I enjoy the people, too....

Comments received by Betsy Leitzes on board Crystal Symphony:
...This course is the most rewarding and practical for me during the whole cruise. It just makes me want to come to this cruise again!…One of the best on board artsites I've ever had-keep it up!…I enjoyed the variety Betsy used - different type of water color, materials and techniques....Sorry I missed the first two classes.…What a fun activity for non-creative artists, I loved it!...

Odyssey Art on the Move

Crystal Symphony
Alicia Landon
January 4 to January 17, 2002
Carol McDonald
January 17 to February 4, 2002
Linda Perlmutter
February 4 to March 2, 2002

Radisson Navigator
Jan Brasier
January 20 to February 12, 2002
Louise Waters
February 12 to March 7, 2002

Radisson Seven Seas
Carole Hickey
December 27, 2001 to February 19, 2002
Crystal Harmony
Ann Marie Leone
January 5 to January 18, 2002
Ti Bu Grieve
January 18 to February 15, 2002
Patricia Christie
January 29 to February 15, 2002
Sonja Lehman
March 11 to March 24, 2002

Students on the Crystal Symphony
Radisson Seven Seas Cruises ventures into new territory this January, when the Seven Seas Navigator sets sail on the line's first-ever world cruise. The 105 night voyage starts in Los Angeles On January 19, 2002 and takes in 41 ports of call in 25 countries. Odyssey Art will be on board!

Odyssey Art T-Shirt Sale Adult: Med, XL, XXL
Navy blue @ $10.50 each
Kids: Sm, Med, Lg
Navy blue @ $9.50
We at Odyssey Art Centers applaud and thank the Mayor of NY City, the Governor of NY State and all the federal, state and city officials who have worked so tirelessly during this difficult time. We join in expressing our heartfelt condolences to everyone who has lost friends and relatives in this horrific tragedy. We join in mourning the brave men and women of our uniformed services who sacrificed their lives that others might live.

We are donating all proceeds to the NY Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund
click here for a form you can print out and mail in

Get a supply of real leaves. Use interesting shapes. Paint the underside with fabric paint using a sponge type brush. (The underside has more texture.) Press leaves on fabric to create a design. Rub with heel of hand or spoon, being sure to cover leaf with paper towel first. Voila! A beautiful placemat, pillow cover, wall hanging, or whatever!

    ¤  Katherine Petitti, student in adult watercolor class, Sleepy Hollow, had a show at Club Fit, Briarcliff, NY in November and is currently showing at Prescriptions for Fitness in Chappaqua, NY.
¤  Peter Joselow, student in adult Odyssey Art watercolor class, Sleepy Hollow, is currently showing at the Ardsley Public Library, Ardsley, NY.
¤  Cary Leitzes, former Odyssey Art artisan and master, Sleepy Hollow, is now the director of photography at Harper's Bazaar and was recently featured in the Very Styleguide New York.
¤  Sarah Cassar, former Odyssey Art artisan was accepted early decision into the Cornell School of Art, Architecture and Planning.
Please let us know of other awards or items of interest!
Send to Odyssey Artifacts, Box 512, Tarrytown, New York 10591

We'd Love to Hear From You!
E-mail or write us at: P.O. Box 512 Tarrytown, NY 10591
Sleepy Hollow - (914) 631-7148
Fleetwood - (914) 669-3584
Ossining (914) 923-1669

What are these black symbols?
"When I begin painting I am in a state of unconsciousness; I suddenly forget that I am holding a brush in my hand"
Thank You
... to the following students for this issue's "Artifacts" illuminated letters: Jackie Kleinman, Caroline O'Rourke, Hannah Weber, all of Ossining Odyssey Art Center

Also to: Binney & Smith for continuing to supply Model Magic for our Odyssey Art at Sea program. Ampersand Art Supply for the wonderful "clayboard" we use at sea. Magi Wilson and Linda Mattera for doing the labels. Loew-Cornell for the new "comfort" brushes for our Odyssey Art at Sea program. Baskin-Robbins for supplying the ice cream containers, which we turned into amazing drums.