The Thinking Woman's Almanac 
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From Annie Shaver-Crandell's Studio 
April 2016  



Readers of some of my previous newsletters will be aware that I have developed a deep fondness for the Argentine tango (see February 2014 Newsletter, and, as things developed, for one of its practitioners in particular, Daniel Dillon, whom I married on Valentine's Day in 2015 (see newsletter for February 2015.

Now, however, I want to focus on how else the tango has changed me -- specifically, its role in my life, as the Santiago pilgrimage was at an earlier stage (see essay in Argentina) transmit from "generation to generation," and give "communities and groups a feeling of identity." It added that the dance "embodies and encourages diversity and cultural dialogue." 

And that it does. Here in New York where I live, I have met hundreds of people whose paths I would not otherwise have crossed, danced with dozens of them, chatted with others, been inspired by musicians from near and far. Traveling, I've been able to step into lessons and milongas in San Francisco, Santa Fe, Northampton, Berlin, Prague and Budapest. We don't always even learn one another's last names, much less our professions or passions other than the dances we do together. But that can be quite enough connection for most of us.

In pursuit of the Compostela pilgrimage, I made use of my traditional linguistic training in order to do research, travel, eat (and drink), proofread, and, in my postings at the pilgrims' hostel at Rabanal del Camino, offer basic hospitality and first aid to many travelers. Similarly, the language of tango has proved to handy as well, an entree to many places I have wanted to go. Knowledge of the music, the dance, its execution and etiquette, its dress codes (well, sort of, depending on time and location...) are truly a lingua franca for anyone traveling away from home who wants to discover tango in an unfamiliar locale.
Other gifts of the tango to me: motivation to become and remain as physically fit as possible, especially as I began dancing so late in life, and subject matter for works of art. Here's a post-milonga selfie that I plan to turn into a painting. Stay tuned for its transformation into paint in the next newsletter.
After the Ball, photograph, 2016 
And, in the meantime, if you'd like to meet us and enjoy tango at the Salmagundi Club, the next Salmagundi tango evenings are April 8 and May 6; lesson 6-7, dancing until 9:45. Located at 47 5th Avenue, at 12th street. Call (212) 255-7740;, or see
Bidwell House Suite
Part of my studio time this past winter went into creation of a suite of four paintings depicting aspects of the Bidwell House Museum, a 1750 Georgian saltbox built by the Reverend Adonijah Bidwell as his parsonage in what is now Monterey, Massachusetts. This is a historic treasure of the Western Berkshires, definitely worth visiting ( More about this in my next newsletter.
Bidwell House and Garden, acrylic, 18" x 24," 2015
Horse Barn, Bidwell House, acrylic, 18" x 24," 2015
Master Bedroom, Bidwell House, acrylic, 20" x 20," 2015

Table for Four, Bidwell House, acrylic, 20" x 20," 2016

Yew Hedge and Purple Salvia,
watercolor, 11" x 11,"

Hunters Pausing,
1/2, 6" x 7 3/4," 2015; 
winner of Martin Hannon Memorial Award,
SCNY Spring 2016 Auction Exhibition 
(and sold at Auction)
Another recent sale
Lavender Field,
oil, 16" x 20," 2014



Into the Garden: Plein Air Painting
at Planting Fields Foundation, Oyster Bay, Saturday, May 14, 10-am-3:00 pm.  Free with $8 parking fee to enter the grounds.  For more information contact Andrea Crivello, 516-922-8688; 


Space is currently available in my group painting classes, offered in my Bond Street studio. Class is in session three times a week, on a drop-in basis. All experience levels welcome. Email me for details about these and private lessons.

Current schedule:
Monday 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Wednesday 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Thursday 10:00am - 1:00pm

A typical workstation

Annie Shaver-Crandell: A Collection of Views Landscapes, Cityscapes and Interiors
36 page book, 8 3/8" x 10 7/8"

Carousel Mug
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Please visit my studio for a private viewing. Call me at 212-464-7519 to schedule. I am also available to discuss commissions.



Another look at how to rescue unsatisfactory work: monotype will appear in the next newsletter
To view Annie's past newsletters click below:
September 2015
June 2015
April 2015


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