Art: Picnic Time

For the swank galleries on Manhattan's East 57th Street, the art season was almost over, but across the U.S. it was just beginning. Three U.S. cities were staging big spring exhibits—gay art picnics for all the folks.

¶ Los Angeles opened its huge (102,000 seats) Memorial Coliseum for its third annual Art Festival, asked artists for 50 miles around to enter their work. More than 1,000 professionals and amateurs, ranging from Muralist Rico Lebrun to TV Star Lucille Ball, accepted the invitation. Among the standouts: a skillful, grey still life of a jug and grapes by Marion Olds, and a tense study...

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