As I stepped into the Joselyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska I felt like I was visiting some old friends. It has always thrilled me with my visits to enjoy this "Fourteen Old Dancer", one of the few statues Degas ever created. She has a hidden charm that offers me serenity when viewing. I have always swayed toward many Impressionist painters, and often pursue this with my photographs. She stands in a room of many notable painters, but I always spend a long time reviewing my thoughts of previous visits. I was there when she was first installed and she has been part of my life ever since.
Many may be surprised that this rough and tumble naturalist enjoys ballet. I started with my first time watching "The Nutcracker" and have attended it as a holiday tradition for many years. I have served as an extra in a few productions and at an early age it was suggested I maybe dance with a younger sister. This wasn't going to happen to a teen, but in later years I wondered if maybe I had made a poor decision watching her attain lots of glory with her dance, as well as becoming very much more coordinated for playing sports I felt I wanted to. I still think of her when I go to a production and laugh a bit of my grumpy reply to my mother when she suggested my taking it up. Both always are smiling at me from offstage, from within my heart, out on the prairie.
A sketch he made of the dancer.
After leaving the museum I took a short hike along the Missouri River and found a number of other treasures. The Loess Hills are in the background.
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