Although Hank O’Neal (writer, archivist, photographer, record and concert producer) and I agreed that out of a thousand people in New York City, few if any would recognize the name George Wettling, this is how the few would most likely know him:
or this 1940 side:
But how many know George as an artist? Here’s a sketch he mailed himself:
Signed, sealed, delivered:
and what we used to call a “mash note” to his wife:
On October 27, I visited Hank at his studio and he gave me a personal and wonderful tour of George’s art world, a world that Hank has plans to document in a book. And Hank sat patiently for my camera, which is no small graciousness.
First, how Hank came to be an unplanned rescuer and archivist of Wettling’s art, including photographs, sketches, and more:
George the photographer and his relationship with painter Stuart Davis:
and, finally, the sad but perhaps not surprising end:
I look forward to Hank’s book, and hope that others do too.
May your happiness increase!