Over The Moon About Matisse, A Path Appears & Beautiful Letterpress

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Here is another installment in my Over the Moon About series — three very different things that caught my eye this week! The Museum of Modern Art has Henri Matisse’s “The Cut-Outs” on display. If you can, go see them. Saltbox Press makes such creative and tasteful letterpress products, and if you have an interest in making our world a better place, please check out A Path Appears.

Henri Matisse “The Cut-Outs”


“Only what I created after the illness constitutes my real self: free, liberated.” – Henri Matisse

Did you know that artist Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was diagnosed with cancer in 1941? He underwent a few risky surgeries, sure he would die. But he didn’t. He called the last fourteen years of his life, “une seconde vie.” His new lease on life led to a burst of creativity that included his cutouts which he called painting with scissors. They are on view at the New York City’s MOMA right now and if you can, I highly recommend you go see them.

I had not been to New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in a few years. And yet, my office is only two blocks away. My college friend Mindy came to town from Santa Monica and suggested we go to the MOMA. Walking through the exhibition brought back memories of our time in college when she majored in Art History and I minored in the same. Isn’t it funny how visitors can open your eyes to attractions right around you, and often ignored? I feel grateful to Mindy for helping me see this cherished city through her tourist eyes.

The Henri Matisse exhibition “The Cut-Outs” opened a few weeks ago and runs through February 8, 2015. I hope you have time to take in this spectacular show, if you find yourself in NYC. If not, their online presence is really great.

The exhibition includes 100 cut-outs, showing his methods using scissors and paper.


I couldn’t resist this painting. From the MoMA regular collection: Dance, Paris, Boulevard des Invalides early 1909. By Henri Matisse.



Henri Matisse MoMA. Cut-Outs.

You can check out their MoMAMatisse tagboard to see all of the Twitter activity. Funny how many fans took images in this special exhibit. They banned taking photos. Oh well. I took some crooked images on the fly as well.


Henri Matisse MoMA. Cut-Outs.



A Path Appears

I had the opportunity to hear Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, co-authors of A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity speak at a book club in Greenwich, Connecticut last week.

You may read his columns in the New York Times. You may have seen them appear together on Oprah! about their other book, Half the Sky. I was interested in hearing them speak about A Path Appears and the non-profit world where I often work.  In a nutshell, Kristof  tells us how “individuals can contribute to positive change and the remarkable people behind the organizations that make that happen.” – Angelina Jolie.

The book is giving me useful information on giving, why we do it, perhaps assessing where our help is most useful, and how to be more effective as both a philanthropist and a public relations professional for non-profits.

I have a few chapters left, but right now I find the advice to be insightful and powerful….and bound to energize me for my next non-profit client.

A Path Appears

Sheryl WuDunn, co-author of A Path Appears.


A Path Appears

Co-authors of A Path Appears, Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof.


Saltbox Press


Letterpress is a hands-on craft, one print at a time. It’s truly an old world art. — Lynda Campbell

Recently, I spent some time with my friend Lynda Campbell, who is the letterpress artist behind Saltbox Press.  I always find an excuse to go to her Connecticut country home because being around such a creative person is good for the soul! My excuse this time was that I wanted to buy holiday calendars and among the variety of letterpress products she produces, are these beautiful Africa-centric cards which you can see below.

Letterpress, is “a technique of relief printing using a printing press,” that produces cards with a soft, lush feel.


Lynda Campbell

Lynda Campbell’s cards for Saltbox Press.

Lynda’s press is a Vandercook #4 from 1953. It is a proofing press which has a tight registration.


Lynda’s press.

Lynda owns numerous “cuts” and type fonts. This elephant is a vintage image, perhaps from the 19th Century. Victorians were enamored with illustrations of exotic animals, birds and plants.


The elephant used to make SaltBox Press letterpress cards.



Lynda Campbell.


And one more thing I’m over the moon about is this: I mentioned how great it is seeing New York City through the eyes of a visiting friend. I was so excited to FINALLY see the Broadway show, Beautiful. If you love Carole King music, this is a must.


Beautiful: The Carole King Musical


By Nancy Moon

Beautiful — Carole King Musical

Most images in this particular post are taken with the iPhone 5s.

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  • Susan Baker

    Inspiring collection of observations Nancy – thank you! This was a wonderful chance to jump start what I hope will be a creative day.

    • Good Morning, Susan …. thanks for commenting so early in the morning! Glad it can all add to your day.

  • Nicole’ Eaddy-Mullings

    I agree with Susan. You are so inspiring! xoxo

    • Good morning, Nicole’ AND THANK YOU so much for reading and enjoying!

  • You have me here, Moon. Everything I like too- letterpress, Nicholas and Sheryl, Broadway and Carole King and Matisse! Hugs and love to you, S

    • Why am I not at all surprised. 🙂 We still have to catch up about the Social Good Conference take-away.

  • Bonnie Pfeifer Evans

    Hi Nancy! Thx for a great morning read! I am going to see Beautiful tomorrow night, also with friends & one of my sisters who are visiting from MD. Can’t wait! Xoxoxo

    • Bonnie, perfect timing! You will love it! Like I said above, I’ve now set my ring tone on iPhone to “Beautiful” by Carole King. Makes me smile!

  • Karen Nedler Quinn

    Thanks Nancy. I love Matisse, too! And now you’ve inspired me to get tickets to see Beautiful next time I’m in NYC! Love you!

    • Karen, oh you will love it. Trust me, you will know all of the words! My ringtone on my iPhone is set to “Beautiful” by Carole King. Too much.

  • Jaclynn Fischman Shweky

    Wonderful post. Miss you. Miss NY. Love that I can be a voyeur of your diverse array of pleasures and adventures.

  • Lisa Feistel

    I’m so inspired to see this Exhibition Nancy! Thank you. I was just thinking about taking a friend to NYC and wanted to do something special. I saw Beautiful in May to celebrate my 50th and continue to reflect on the incredible story and how it lifts me up on my journey today. I’m not one to see shows more than once but would definitly see this one again.

    • Hi Lisa! I’m so glad you will go the Matisee exhibit. I’m a member so went in with a guest easily. Check website, they have timed entry tix. So many perks being a member! And my new ring tone on iPhone is Carole King. Oh my 🙂

  • I love the letterpress! And Matisse, must take my daughter. Stunning. Of course you minored in Art History, makes so much sense. You are such a visual and vibrant person Nancy. Love your insight into all things. xx

    • Hi Mara! Your daughter will love this exhibit, it really speaks to children! Thanks for supporting me in everything.

  • Julie Berry

    Love the Saltbox Press cards!

    • Hi Julie, they are a dream to write on and everyone loves them. Great new profile image on Disqus.