Allison Newsome

The RainKeeps of Allison Newsome

The RainKeeps of Allison Newsome #39, July/August 2022 Allison Newsome’s RainKeep sculptures harvest the rain much as canopies of the redwood tree of her childhood home in the Santa Cruz Mountains catch coastal fog and direct condensed moisture downwards. The upper section is spread like the petals of a flower in hues of red, green…

Jonas Salk Vaccinating His Family During the Trial Stage

Remembering the Polio Pioneers

Remembering the Polio Pioneers #38, May/June 2022 In the 1950s, children lived in fear of contracting the disease poliomyelitis—polio for short—which could lead to paralysis and even death by paralyzing the muscles that help a person to breathe. This is the extraordinary story of two physicians—Thomas Francis Jr. and Jones Salk—whose collective research resulted in…

A Tribute to Mike Renzi

A Tribute to Mike Renzi #37, March/April 2022 Mike Renzi was a legendary jazz pianist and arranger who was regarded as the accompanist of choice for many of the finest popular singers of his generation. He was also music director of Sesame Street for twelve years. He grew up in Providence and although he later…