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Last Night at Von’s

It’s been a while since I went out for a dinner that wasn’t work-related. Where you can just sit, and let your mind wander between conversations and whatever thoughts are poking around inside it.

A girlfriend was turning 40, and so eight of us gathered to enjoy a meal and drink some wine. I sat down in Von’s restaurant in the Glebe, and then I noticed the wall in front of me.

The entire wall was covered with portraits. Each face, brimming with his own history and life experience. I asked our server about these paintings and she explained that they were created by the artist Philip Craig. Some of the people are politicians, some are media personalities, and some are regulars at the restaurant. And if you look to the top right, second in from the right, the woman pictured there is the owner of Von’s.

Once every wall of the restaurant has been filled to capacity, there were be a special gala where the portraits will be sold or auctioned off and all proceeds will go to local charities.

I thought that was really cool. (When you’re 40, you’re allowed to use the word “cool” without irony.)


  1. That is very cool! I love when the art is local and/or relevant!

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