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In Memoriam - A Tribute to Arte Phillips - Feb. 13, 1959 - Nov. 12, 2008

On November 12, 2008, the dance community suffered a most terrible loss with the untimely passing of "The Master", Arte Phillips.

Always the ultimate showman, without his really trying to be, and with his constant flair for animation, style, and down to earth fun on the dance floor, Arte lately became one of my favorite subjects. Not only did he provide wonderful visuals during his normal course of dancing, but to my delight, when he saw my camera, he would "turn it on" just a little more for me. Since I have never had the opportunity to photograph Arte during a birthday dance or such, I have been taking shots of him whenever he is in attendance, in hopes of building a portfolio of images of him, and planning to surprise him with an album of his own sometime soon. Sadly, it will remain an unfinished work. Here, I have collected some of my more favorite images of Arte, in which I feel I captured that spirit within him, as well as the spirit he projected onto others. My wish is for all who view these images to remember the man, and if you were there, the moment, that the memory of Arte, as he was, may live for as long as we all.

If ever there was someone who seemed perpetually energenic, full of life, and who always had an uplifting word when he sensed you needed it, it was Arte. He will be deeply missed, but our loss is Heaven's gain, as I am sure he is already teaching the angels to dance. Rest in Peace Sir.

If any of these images bring to mind a favorite story, or moment, involving Arte, I encourage you to use the "Comment" button below each image, or the "Guestbook" link, to share your remembrances.

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Arte & Carole - My most recent shot, taken just three weeks ago on October 22, 2008
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Arte & Evie
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Arte & Evie
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Arte & Sue September 10, 2008
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Arte & Sue September 10, 2008
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"Mugging" for my camera
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"Mugging" for my camera
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Getting things started at Donna's Pool Party September 7, 2008
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Getting things started at Donna's Po…
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Having too much fun
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Having too much fun
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He could make anyone happy
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He could make anyone happy
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Arte is out as his balloon breaks during the balloon toss
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Arte is out as his balloon breaks du…
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Arte & Audrey
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Arte & Audrey
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Getting down with Donna
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Getting down with Donna
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A true work of Art(e) with Terri during her birthday dance August 27, 2008
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A true work of Art(e) with Terri dur…
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With a delighted Evie, July 9, 2008
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With a delighted Evie, July 9, 2008
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A moment with Evie during her birthday dance March 18, 2008
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A moment with Evie during her birthd…
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What a joy!
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What a joy!
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Arte & Sheryl on March 18, 2008
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Arte & Sheryl on March 18, 2008
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My all-time favorite shot of Arte - with Donna on Halloween Hustle Night October 30, 2007
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Luv this one also - Matching smiles with Susan during her birthday dance September 25, 2007
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Luv this one also - Matching smiles …
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With Steve during his birthday dance, August 29, 2007
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With Steve during his birthday dance…
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With Silvana during her birthday dance, March 13, 2007
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With Silvana during her birthday dan…
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I believe this to be my earliest image of Arte, sharing a laugh with Jeff, Andre, & Carole, during her birthday dance, November 21, 2006
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At Michael's
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At Michael's
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At the Starlight in Nutley -  Photo by Claudia
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At the Starlight in Nutley - Photo …
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At the Starlight in Nutley -  Photo by Claudia
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At the Starlight in Nutley -  Photo by Claudia
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At Donna's Halloween Dance October 25, 2008 - Photo by Diane
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At Donna's Halloween Dance October 2…
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