IV. Idyll In Holland, 1979 - 81

After living five years in the United States Bettie was eager to return to her native country and I was more than happy to join her in Amsterdam to live on a houseboat ideally situated on the Prinsengracht right opposite the Anne Frank House. 

Karen Kvernenes who ran the gallery and bookstore Art Something asked us to mount a small version of  “Punk Art.”  For money, Bettie and I sold instant Polaroid portraits in the city's bars and clubs. When Polaroid Corporation gave us free film to take second shots, Karen helped us organize the exhibition “Amsterdam Privé.”  A large spread of our bar photos in the popular weekly magazine Nieuwe Revu was the first of many articles they commissioned that allowed us to transform our art ventures into the format of popular journalism.