I received a call that one of the most important people who paid a pivotal moment in my life is not doing well. I immediately called her to chat and to thank her and tell her we will meet again...
Marietta Marguerite DuPont Sansone Alitz I knew her as Maggie!
We met in 1988 at a show in Seaside Park, NJ. This wonderful woman approached me and gushed over my work, made a broad announcement she was going to sponsor a big one man show AND she followed through! I was struggling, trying to show full-time and work a job to pay for the shows! Trying to decide at the end of each year if I wanted to keep going. She simply was my champion, she believed in me and loved my paintings.
Maggie arranged a big TV interview (I have a copy of the tape) and a newspaper article and lots of publicity. She knew people!!
Maggie provided this huge exhibit space and Linda had to hang the paintings. There was a pianist and a fabulous food spread. To be honest, I was shocked when the place filled up. I sold more than I had ever sold.
It was that point that I quit my other job and went fully full time. She helped me understand I could do this. She has been my champion for 33 years and she will forever be in my heart.