Friends of Aesthetic Realism
       Countering the Lies
“It’s a lie, and not a well told one at that.
  It grins out like a copper dollar.”

                  —Abraham Lincoln

Statement by Allan Michael, Maritime Captain & Fine Art Photographer

Aesthetic Realism has encouraged me to see more richly the value of my African-American heritage and in turn I care more for all people, including people of my own race. I now have even greater pride in being an African-American man. As a wonderful result, my wife, 4 of my colleagues, and I have spoken at colleges and learning institutions across New York City on how racism can end through the study of Aesthetic Realism. In addition, I have been published on the subject in journals across the country.

As to education and interests other than at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation:

Well, to say Aesthetic Realism does not encourage study outside of the Aesthetic Realism Foundation is pure hogwash. In fact, in Aesthetic Realism consultations I was encouraged to go to Maritime school so that I could go from a job as a deckhand to my present job as a captain. Proudly, I have been a maritime captain for the past 18 years. On the subject of not being "allowed" to participate in things outside of Aesthetic Realism: I belong to 3 car clubs, in which I participate in club outings; a golf club; a home theatre group; and art organizations. I am a member of the Organization of Independent Artists (OIA), and have had my photographs shown at many venues. I am extremely grateful to the late Aesthetic Realism Consultant and great photographer Nancy Starrels because through her class, The Honoring Eye, my respect for my subjects and photography got deeper, and continues to today.

As to the Family:

My earlier sullen relationship with my father now actually is a very good relationship—where when we talk we try to have a good effect on each other and question each other with kindness. To say persons who study Aesthetic Realism are not ‘allowed’ to travel is so far from the truth. My wife and I annually travel to Florida to visit her parents. We also like to travel, at times with friends, to many places in eastern America. My life has changed so much and I feel everyone should have the right to the truth about Aesthetic Realism.

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  • What is learned in classes taught by Ellen Reiss

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    Statements by Friends of Aesthetic Realism

    Barbara Allen
    Frances Amello
    Jerry Amello
    Christopher Balchin
    Mara Bennici
    David Berger
    Alice Bernstein
    Rachel J. Bernstein
    Barbara Buehler
    Gina Buffone
    Beverly Sue Burk
    Maureen Butler
    Jeffrey Carduner
    Margot Carpenter
    Lori & Robert Colavito
    Albert Corvino
    Nicholas Corvino
    Henry D'Amico
    Matthew D’Amico
    Ernest DeFilippis
    Vincent DiPietro
    Carol Driscoll
    Donita Ellison
    Anne Fielding
    Lorraine Galkowski, RN
    Pamela Goren
    Edward Green
    Avi Gvili
    Ames Huntting
    Mark Lale
    Dale Laurin
    Rose Levy
    Timothy Lynch
    Lorraine Mahoney, RN
    Derek Mali
    Glenn Mariano
    Haroldo Mauro Jr.
    Joseph Meglino
    Pauline Meglino
    Allan Michael
    Marvin Mondlin
    Robert Murphy
    Michael J. Nadeau
    Meryl Nietsch-Cooperman
    Ruth Oron
    Arnold Perey, PhD
    Lauren Phillips
    Jack Plumstead
    Maria Plumstead
    Rosemary Plumstead
    Rev. Wayne Plumstead
    Marcia Rackow
    Zvia Ratz
    Ann Richards
    Anthony C. Romeo
    Leila Rosen
    Rhonda Rosenthal
    Sally Ross
    Claudia Senatore
    Sheldon Silverman
    Jeffrey Sosinsky, MD
    Barbara Spetly McClung
    Joseph Spetly
    Faith K. Stern
    John Stern
    Arlene Sulkis
    Devorah Tarrow
    Jaime R. Torres, DPM
    Dennis L. Tucker
    Francine Weber
    Steve Weiner
    Miriam Weiss
    Carrie Wilson

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