A few weeks ago I met a friend at the newly opened San Mateo Antiques and Collectibles fair, where a metal sculpture of a castle caught my eye.

I imagined it having some sort of hidden lighting, but was disappointed. The friend I was with asked how much it was anyway, which launched the vendor into an in-depth description of the artist. In typical form I start to only smile and nod as my mind starts wondering when he says, “These are sold on ebay for six or seven hundred bucks, I’m not lying…look it up! Curtis Jere“. Since I don’t spend more than $40 on anything at antique fairs (or in life for that matter), I walked away.

Once I returned home, my ever increasing curiosity and seemingly unavoidable too-late-now nature led me to do some research on the artist. As luck would have it, one of the first pieces of art that appeared used to hang above my Nana and Boppa’s fireplace! They had a lot of good artwork in their house, and I always loved this piece because as a child it reminded me of Mary Poppins.

As I sit down to type up this post, and I look for photos of the bandstand…I notice another piece of Curtis Jere artwork…which is coincidentally also hanging above my computer!

I don’t know if it’s a sign or a message of some sort, but I think someone is trying to tell me something…if only I knew what…

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