I am very fortunate to have two sisters who share my love of creativity. My sister Margaret who lives in Philadelphia is surrounded by so much diverse arts and culture. I have frequent flyer miles to the city of Brotherly Love. We mirror each other with our passion for writing.
Several years ago we visited south Philadelphia to see the Magical Gardens. When Margaret described the Gardens I was intrigued that it covered most of South St. and filtered out to other parts of the neighborhood. Established in the 1960’s by Isaiah Zager and his wife to slowly reclaim dilapidated buildings into works of art. Through eclectic mixed media of pottery, tile, bottles, broken mirrors,reclaimed junk and so on. It is “Disneyland” for the optical senses.
Margaret and I had the opportunity to meet Isaiah, as he was strolling with his dog in his pajamas through the art gallery. He just came up to us asking how we liked his creations. Stunned never expecting to meet such a famous artist in person. But we had a very short lovely conversation about art preservation and the importance for involving children in art. I still have Isaiah’s book on tiling and signed piece of his tile work. It was truly another remarkable adventure with my sister.