Sometimes nice things happen to nice guys. Such is what happened yesterday for a 20-year veteran volunteer and friend of WFMU, painter James Siena. Roberta Smith of The New York Times basically reserved a place in art history for James with this insanely glowing review [ Download siena_nyt.pdf] of his paintings at the blue-chip Pace Wildenstein Gallery in Chelsea.
Siena is very much a part of our FMU family. Every year, James comes down to WFMU to cook a sumptuous marathon feast for volunteers and staffers; he also designed a coupla etched glass windows for our Jersey City house, which happily reside in WFMU's studio C. Click to enlarge:
And genius, it seems, runs in the family: when he was just 5 years old, James' son Joe (now 17) designed this classic Radio Space Dummy WFMU t-shirt. Congratulations, James!