Hanoch Piven
USA Photo Album.
posted: September 30, 2008
So of course I didn't manage to post pictures every day from my USA trip. I was way too tired.  Came back yesterday and am still processing all these fun and great experiences.
The trip was just great and so many people took care of me on the way: a very partial list of acknowledments and thanks would include Liran Golod from the Culture section at the Israeli NY Consulate who coordinated the whole thingy, Mary Jo and Loren, The Bleich Hermoni family, Sheri and Stacy (the two wacky Texas Librarians), Carla the art teacher who got me back healthy with the greatest breakfast ever before a workshop, Marc and Janice who provided a great place to rest (and eat) in Austin and Galit Dayan for the great LA for beginners class. 
The Cultural Attaches at the various Israeli Consulates along the way (Sharon, Deborah, Deborah, Udi) made great connections to the Schools, Hospitals and organizations, and without them, nothing would have happened. Thanks again.
(I just want to make clear that the fact that the American Economy was sort of ruined during my USA trip does not have anything to do with it.. "I didn't do it!")
Here are some pictures of the trip, of some of the workshops from which I had pics and of some of the lovely people I have met.
Arts High School kids in Newark choosing objects. That is one of the most fun parts of the workshop. Love the T shirt of the guy on the left. "The last thing I would do is hurt you. (but it is still on the list)"
Ground Zero from the Path coming back from Newark.
Getting of the Path up to WTC Station.
Proud kids showing of their work in the Ocean County Library in New Jersey.
Some pictures from the Boys and Girls Club workshop in Charlestown, Boston
In Boston I had the opportunity to visit with Mark Peter Hughes whose book cover Lemonade Mouth I have illustrated. (thanks Leo for this picture)
and of course if you are in Boston you hang out with the Espinosas. Here we are in front of my favorite painting in Leo's cool exhibition.
An interesting workshop was in the LIFE (Independent Center for the Elderly) in Philadelphia. It was the first time ever I worked with elderly people. It was a different experience. The pace of work and the energy were different to what usually happens in the workshop. Some adjusting was needed but at the end we had a great time.
Mural across the street from the Life Center in Philly.
The visit to the Commonwealth Academy in Alexandria, VA was one of the highlights of the two weeks. Such fun students.
Self portrait at the CWA
Black cat at the CWA
Parker explaining her image of the dangerous Dragon lurking behind the innocent black horse. It hangs now in my studio.
fun kids
Deer walking around the house of Yonina and Yossi in Rockville MD.
Love this portrait of Michael Jordan made at the Sixth and I workshop in Downtown DC.
The opening of my show at The Sixth and I Hystoric Synagogue in DC was on Sunday the 21st. Here I am with the two "original" candidates.
My Low Cholesterol diet was suspended once I arrived to Austin and Marc and Janice Burckhardt started to show me the stuff you eat in Texas.
Wouldn't you suspend yours?
Deep in Texas with the lovely ladies, librarian Sheri Wersterfer and the fifth great teacher Cec Pearson who got a Grant to get me to their School, the Startzville Elementary and to the Hoffmann Lane Elementary, another school in the area. I love Texas.
Working in Startzville
Ok I don't think I'll ever top this one. My dinner with six women. (Inner Drawger comment: Take that Edel!)
Stacy and Sheri, the two smart Librarians who brought me to Texas with their School Principals and Arts and Fifth grade teacher.
Sheri got really good at finding faces. Here's one she found.
The last stop on the trip was Los Angeles where I did a workshop for LA's Best, an afterschool education program.
It was a small and calm workshop to finish two packed fullfilling weeks.
The trip was a trip. The only problem I encountered was that my eyeglasses broke in DC. That same day I found this face on the DC streets.
That's it, hope somebody made it through so many pics...
Mark Fisher September 30, 2008
Hanoch, I can only imagine the giggles and fun you and the kids must have had. When is the world tour?
Tim OBrien September 30, 2008
The photograph of the woman in a wheelchair holding a piece she made of a face with a red bow is breathtaking. I could cry looking at that and THAT image is a sliver of what your art brings to our world. BRAVO my friend. Cassius' second favorite illustrator!
Marc September 30, 2008
What a great travelogue, Hanoch. Texas returns the complimentówe loved having you here! A terrific post.
Paul Rogers September 30, 2008
Wonderful pictures from a fantastic trip! The kid holding up the lifesize robot with his feet at one end and his proud smile at the other shows the impact you had on so many. It was great to see you in LA and your stories are an inspiration!
Nancy Stahl September 30, 2008
Beautiful post, Hanoch. Thank you, from all of us sequestered in our studios.
Leo Espinosa September 30, 2008
You are an amazing illustrator but I think the work you do with people is Hanoch at his best! Mi casa es tu casa and will always have the doors open for you, Pibe!
Hanoch Piven October 1, 2008
wow! Melatonine is great. It gets you of jetlag in no time. Thanks Mark for the comment. It is indeed a lot of fun. So now I'm not going to have any for a while to compensate. (I have DEADLINES) Tim meeting Cassius was great! I think I know who is his favorite one... Paul the dinner with Jill and you and the great group we had was the perfect ending to the trip. Thanks for it. Nancy I wanted to meet you!! Did you boicot the Politics show? Marc we had Texas style chicken last night here.. Leoncito tu familia es tan simpatica que ya me vas a ver pronto ahi de vuelta.
Harry Campbell October 1, 2008
Hanoch, You're an inspiration. I wish I had met you when you came to Port Discovery in Baltimore on one of your past tours. I would love for my children to meet you and participate in one of your workshops. Love looking at travel blogs and travelogues. I enjoyed it very much. Bravo. Harry
Scott Bakal October 1, 2008
What a great trip! You know how to make use of your time! Thank you for sharing. Sorry we didn't get to meet...one day...