April 2, 2010
Press Release from Nellie Bly
Lyle Richardson in San Mateo is opening his home Friday afternoon, April 9, for a one-man show of Royce's Vaughn's watercolors from the California Collectors' Series. The paintings are California landscapes -- including quiet back roads, the church where Alfred Hitchcock filmed "The Birds" and a view of the San Francisco City Hall dome when it used to be green. A portion of the proceeds will go to "This Little Light of Mine," a project of The Salvation Army for babies living with HIV/AIDS in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Like lots of people, the Vaughns swept into San Francisco from the Midwest with lots of dreams and little else. We joined Saint Aidan’s in the Sixties and The Salvation Army through hurricanes, earthquakes and floods.
In the neighborhood that real estate agents used to call the Western Addition, Royce created Project ABLE for talented but uninspired young people.
In the beleaguered business community on Ocean Avenue, he created a two story mural celebrating community leaders and -- joining the San Francisco Council of District Merchants – wondered if the street between two universities would ever realize its worth.
If we had come west during frontier days Royce would certainly have been sheriff and I would have tried to pretend I was Nellie Bly. Should we ever have discovered an island in the Pacific, he would have unionized the natives. I would have planned the Intertribal Annual Meeting….
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