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Finally, after about an hour, and rumors of another storm approaching, we trooped outside to assess the damage. It was extensive in some areas of the show, with a great many artists losing weeks or months of work. Tent poles were twisted and display panels collapsed and tents torn up and artwork soggy and broken. It was so sad.

Edward Hopper is among my favorite artists, and his paintings influenced my photography of classic old buildings. He is most famous for his painting “Nighthawks,” in which late night patrons of a lonely urban diner are playing out some vague drama.