MAN WITH A BRUSH--As a friend of his tells it, Sen. Edward Kennedy learned to paint the way the members of his family learned to do almost everything else--competitively.
Kennedy began painting in the early 1950s, when his brother Jack took it up as he was recuperating from back surgery. Day after day at the Palm Beach house, the two brothers would hold a painting contest--choose a subject, paint it and then have the family judge which painting was the better.
But when Ted Kennedy hands out serigraphs of one of his paintings at a party Nov. 20, it's no contest that the winner will be the Very Special Arts. That's the organization, spearheaded by his sister, Jean Kennedy Smith, that encourages participation by children and adults with disabilities. Founded in 1974, the Very Special Arts currently involves more than one million participating "artists," teachers and volunteers across the country.
The Kennedy artworks are part of a very special dinner hosted by Dr. Armand Hammer in his private gallery at Occidental Petroleum. One hundred couples will pay $1,000 to attend the evening event.