Support the Arts

The drawing depicts Mrs. Vera Newman, a beloved character created by San Francisco residents, David Faulk, Mrs. Vera’s alter ego, and Michael Johnstone.


Faulk and Johnstone are artist members of Visual Aid, an organization founded in 1989 to help support artists affected by HIV/AIDS.

A sad truth from my own life is that my own father has never supported the arts, and did not approve of the government “wasting their money” on the arts, this despite the fact that his mother and daughter were artists.  He felt that “it’s up to those who want art to support art.”  While I do not agree with his opinion he is now 93 and I forgive him.  But I strongly support the arts, and hope you will too.


Mrs. Vera on a Billboard


~ For more of Mrs. Vera, visit two Facebook pages: here and here

~ Michael Johnstone’s Facebook page can be found here.

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Art-itorial by Barbara Broido. Visit Barbara’s Doodle Blog for more of her art, design work and socio-political commentary.