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Friday, January 29, 2010

Calling CT Artists!

CALL TO ARTISTS -- Norwich, CT. The prospectus for the 67th annual Connecticut Artists Exhibit is now available at: For more info, call (860)425-5563. THE SLATER MEMORIAL MUSEUM, Norwich Free Academy, 108 Crescent Street, Norwich, CT. Coming Soon: Glass Atrium to connect the rear art gallery to the museum and handicap accessible to the public. Open Sat. & Sun., Feb. 6 & 7, 1-4pm for submissions and fees. The show will run from Feb. 21 to April 2, 2010.

Hygienic Art XXXI

NEW LONDON, CT. The annual "HYGIENIC ART XXXI;" otherwise known as "Le Salon des Independants" started thirty one years ago comes to downtown New London this Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010 at 8pm and runs to Feb. 13, 2010. " art exhibition modeled after the Paris "Salon des Independants," an 1884 artist rebellion against The Establishment..." The first show featured works of art by the reknown artists including Cezanne, Gaugin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Vincent van Gogh, and Georges Seurat; to later include works by such French Impressionists as Chagall, Bracques, Matisse, Edvard Munch, Modigliani and Miro. CALL TO ARTISTS: The Hygienic Art Gallery will open at 8am until 6pm, in a "no restrictions" art show, where wire will be supplied for hanging ready art on a first come, first served basis. Name your price, to include 30% commission. For more info, go to: or call (860)443-8001 or (860)444-6855.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Rose of New England

YANTIC FALLS Indian Leap. Norwich, CT. Yantic Falls, known as Indian Leap was a favorite encampment of the Mohegan Indians. In 1643, Uncas, Sachem of the Mohegans, led his warriors in the famous battle against their rival tribe, the Narragansetts. During the Battle, the Narragansetts were pursued by the Mohegans. Legend has it that a band of Narragansetts, unfamiliar with the territory, unknowingly reached the high treacherous escarpment of the Yantic Falls. The Narragansetts, rather than surrender, attempted to leap the chasm. Unsuccessful, they plunged to their deaths into the abyss below. The Yantic Falls became the genesis for industrial development in Norwich. Industry and the use of waterpower dates back to the development of a grist mill in the 1600s by John Elderkin. Industrial development continued to grow until the early 1900s. Later, industries at the Falls included paper making, cotton and nails. The improvements to the Yantic Falls Park have been made, in part, through a grant by the CT-DEP and the City of Norwich. (Erected by the City of Norwich, 1992) "GERONIMO!"brought to you by more VOCAB! (Once a teacher, always a teacher!!!...* * * :) (1) manipulate: vt. [back-formation fr. manipulation, fr. F manipulate handful, fr. L. manipulus] 1: to treat or operate with the hands or by mechanical means esp. ina skillful manner 2a: to manage or utilize skillfully b: to control or play upon by artful, unfair, or insidious means esp. to one's own advantage 3: to change by artful or unfair means so as to serve one's own purpose. (2) familial: adj. [F, fr. L familia] 1: of, relating to, or characteristic of a family 2: tending to occur in more members of a family than expected by chance alone (a ~ disorder) (3) precipice: n [MF, fr. L. praecipitium, fr. praecipit - praeceps headlong, fr. prae - + caput head - more at HEAD] 1: a very steep or overhanging place 2: the brink of disaster. (4) Bacchus: n. [L. fr. Gk Bakchus]: the Greek God of wine - also called Dionysus. (5) Dionysia: n. pl. [L. fr., Gk, fr. pl. of dionysios of Dionysus fr. Dionyses]: ancient Greek festival observances held in seasonal cycles in honor of Dionysus; esp. such observances marked by dramatic performances....(Why don't youuuuuuuu step outside that lens, my friend? And capsize, with all the lies, that YOU'VE been living in???...* * * :)...Denise...Denise Dances...2010


WHALING DAYS Port o' New London, CT. Whaling has been associated with the Port of New London from its earliest days, but it wasn't until the early 1800s that large scale whaling endeavors took place as an alternative to the increasingly unprofitable West Indian trade. The period of 1820-1850 was one of great prosperity. Some 60 companies sent out over 260 vessels on more than 1000 voyages and about 3000 seamen were employed. "The City ate, drank, and breathed whaling." The downtown Waterfront was alive with activity. Agents were busy outfitting vessels and signing up crews. Docks and piers were crowded with barrels of whale and sperm oil, piles of whale bones and supplies. Many of the existing Bank Street buildings were constructed during this time to house businesses and families associated with whaling and shipping. New London -- along with New Bedford and Nantucket -- gained an international reputation as one of the three great whaling ports in the world. In 1845, New London had the second largest whaling fleet in the world with 81 ships, barques, brigs and schooners....Nantucket? Did someone say...NAN-TUCKET! (-- Moby Dick) (Been there! Summer of 1986, upon graduation from ECSU!) (Denise...Denise Dances...2010)


SHAW MANSION New London, CT. In 1756, Nathaniel Shaw began building what is now known as the Shaw Mansion. (Aside: In late February 2009, I had the pleasure of sitting in the den of the Shaw Mansion to view the play, "The Importance of Being Earnest" in a live presentation by the Flock Theater. Please see earlier post of Feburary 2009.) Nathaniel Shaw as a successful shipping merchant and became the Naval War Agent for Connecticut during the War for Independence. He hired Acadian exiles to quarry stone from the property to build this elegant home on a Georgian Central Hall plan. The New London County Historical Society purchased the home in 1907. It is open to the public and guided tours are given for a cost of $5. (Coming Soon! "A Long Awaited Tour of Shaw Mansion.")


A SUMMER RESORT New London, CT. During the second half of the 1800s, changes to the downtown waterfront were associated with improvements in rail operations. The shoreline was modified by the placement of fill to create more land area. Steamboat companies took over the whaling docks. New London had become a popular summer resort destination. Wealthy New Yorkers could board a train or steamboat and be in downtown New London within hours.


ON THE WATERFRONT, PART II New London, CT. In the summer of 2001, the New London Waterfront Park was complete. It is the result of over 25 years effort to reconnect the City with its historic waterfront. Designed by the Citizens of New London, the features of this 3 1/2 acre park are a 2000 foot long promenade and a series of piers and wharves that were designed to reflect the historic pattern of the City's waterfront. Such "finger" piers provided berth for a wide variety of merchant ships, whaling boats, ferries, steamships and other vessels of this bustling port in its heyday. (FUNDED BY THE LONG ISLAND SOUND LICENSE PLATE PROGRAM AND THE CT-DEP)

Put me on the MAAP!

COMING THIS AFTERNOON TO MAAP: "The Race," "Seeing the Light," and "Aplomb!" Yes, I finished it! "On the Rocks" has just begun. I hope to begin "Seagulls All Around" soon. The series, "Mural of Long Island Sound" in seven panels should be complete by Spring. At this particular moment in time, I would like to express thanks for the opportunity to begin my painting career at Westridge Road in New London, CT this past fall. The subdued natural lighting of the Northern exposure was conducive to painting in oils; before I had to flee the scene. The space was also helpful in conceiving my artistic ideas. However, I am not one to complain about the sun being too bright! I love my new residence closer to town and look forward to sketching the new scene in April.