Saturday 18 June 2022

Debut Flash: 'Beyond the Fringe' by Brenda Jacobsen

A twenty-something girl has been making deliveries to the Art District on the Lower Eastside of Manhattan. Every morning, she rides her bicycle downtown with colorful paintings in her wicker basket. The drawings are filled with cobalt  skies, canary yellow sunshine and insects that look like grasshoppers. She leaves the pictures at the Whitney Museum of Art. Every evening she cycles back to the museum, inserting  the same artwork in her basket. Then she pedals uptown towards her Harlem apartment on Tranquility Street.

The  Whitney museum rejects unsolicited work, including cheap art constructed with house paint and scraps of cardboard. The girl will not relinquish her artistic dreams. She believes the distinctive compositions will hold audiences spellbound.

To the twenty-something girl, rejection means nothing.

Her five-year-old daughter creates the abstract landscapes, averaging six a day, so there is always more forthcoming.


  1. LOVE this!!! Such a beautiful message!❤️

  2. Brenda, this is wonderful. Love the surprise ending!


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