Marin Arts & Culture MAC_Feb_Mar-18 | Page 3

arts culture for Marinites O Written and their friends who love the arts k, so I believe in nepotism (but only if the relative is supremely talented.) Which brings me to my husband, Noah Griffin. Starting with the Boy’s Chorus of San Francisco at the ripe old age of 7, Noah spent his childhood as a performer. After high school, he was derailed from his dream of a singing career by the “practical” advice of a college professor. “Noah, not many people can walk into Columbia Records and walk out with a contract, why don’t you minor in music and major in something else.” That something else was history, which led him to a law degree which led him to the law firm which represented Cole Porter. His journey is fascinating and took a stroke to bring him back to his original path and the formation of The Cole Porter Society. Now, instead of singing on the side as he has done his whole life, his 35- year career in media, government, and politics is his sideline. A fascinating journey. A few months ago, at a performance at Marin Theatre Company, a woman seated next to me introduced herself to me…turns out it was Irene Belknap. Her husband Dr. Robert Belknap had been our family doctor before he transitioned into a concierge model. I marveled at the exquisite artwork in the waiting room. Irene Belknap’s paintings. So unique! It is a pleasure to feature her in this issue. Exciting news is coming out of San Rafael! The California Arts Council has designated San Rafael as one of 14 cities in the state to receive the designation of a new pilot program bringing together the San Rafael Arts community as a cultural arts district. I love Jeff Burkhart’s Barfly column in the IJ. I got to know him through a fan letter I mailed to him 10 years ago admiring his lively and literate column about the bar scene with all the ups and downs, joys and challenges; with his extensive knowledge of spirits and wine and with his witty quotes from philosophers about the human condition, especially while sitting at his bar. Meredith Griffin, Founder and Publisher Beautiful photo by my friend Keven Seaver below. Stay tuned for the April/May issue! San Quentin is a marvel. The focus on rehabilitation gives hope to lost lives and voice to the human spirit that lives in us all. I hope that the prison is a role model for the prison programs across the country to provide the opportunity to rebuild and recast the path for those who choose to take advantage of the opportunities offered to them. Even those on death row, with no possibility of freedom, are given an outlet for expression and reflection. We write about one such inmate who found art and some beauty within the walls of confinement. Out of the ashes, Paradise Ridge Winery, which burned to the ground in the Tubbs fire has risen. Their four-acre sculpture garden survived as the pieces were surrounded by gravel, which saved them. Spring is coming; the black is starting to turn green. Plan a visit to see all unfold. Music! We always have a musical feature. This issue brings us to Daniel Canosa and his story of his journey from a tough neighborhood in Argentina to Marin County as director of Marin Baroque, an ensemble 4 MARIN and ARTS instrumentalists & CULTURE of singers devoted to baroque music. Super Blue Moon ©2018 Keven A. Seaver Photography 3 Marin Arts & Culture