Maureen Ann Milligan: Children are perceptive when viewing artwork

The best thing I did, after returning home from 36 years in Texas, was to become a docent at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

While growing up in Tonawanda, off Delaware Avenue two short blocks from the City of Tonawanda border, I took the bus from Delaware to Sheridan Drive, walked the long residential block to Elmwood Avenue, then rode another bus into Buffalo and the gallery.

At the time I didn’t think of myself as an artist. But during a summer school painting class at Herbert Hoover Junior High in the early ’60s, I produced an abstract expressionism oil painting judged as “best in class” at summer’s end and worthy of hanging in the district’s administration building. I remember walking from Hoover across the field, entering that building and standing in the hall in front of my painting. Wow!

When Seymour H. Knox Jr. purchased Jackson Pollack’s “Convergence” in 1956, there was

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