#83 “Long Live Art” Sita Gomez and Susie DeFord

Today I get to have a lively conversation with two friends about art and life and how the two intersect.

Sita Gomez de Kanelba is a distinguished Cuban American visual artist born in Paris 1932. She is daughter of the doctor Domingo Mauricio Gómez-Gimeranez and Else-Marie (Formo) Gómez. Her family fled the Nazi’s after Hitler’s request for her father to work for him. They were later exiled from Cuba and lived in New York. Sita received her Diploma in Art From Parsons School of Design in 1955. She has shown in exhibits and galleries all over the world, from the Cisneros Gallery in New York to the Museum of Modern art in Bogata, Columbia. She is a close friend and contemporary of the artist Carmen Herrera, and like Herrera is beginning to gain more recognition later in life. Sita continues to paint and show her work and now lives in Hudson, New York.

Susie DeFord studied poetry at Florida State University, and received her MFA from the New School University. Her work has appeared in BOMB, Poets and Artists, Mipoesias, Work Zine, Dog Fancy, Shampoo, the Anthology "Dogs Singing," amongst others. She has taught writing at Brooklyn Friends School, Berkeley Carroll, and the College of New Rochelle. Also a musician, in 2012 she started NEON GRLZ a collaborative musical experiment. Back in the day she played in the bands Terset and Wu Wei. She writes the blog Dog Poet Laureate. She teaches at The Kingston Writers Studio in Kingston, NY. Susie is a CPDT-KA dog trainer who lives in Catskill, NY where she runs Susie’s Pet Care, a dog boarding & training business. She is also a Licensed Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty in Kingston, NY.

The two fatefully met when Sita was looking to sell her home and Susie is in the business of selling them. They are now endeavoring to publically revive Sita’s impressive art collection with her first showing in decades this October 12th and 13th as a part of Hudson, NY’s open studios. Susie is also partnering with a local filmmaker to produce a documentary film on Sita’s colorful art and life and is actively pursuing funding to complete this project.

Today’s show was engineered by Ben Benton of Radio Kingston, http://www.radiokingston.org.

We heard music from our fave, Shana Falana, http://www.shanafalana.com/

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