TSEE YOU AT THE TSETSE! on a balmy Wednesday, August 25, 2010 -- Did you know that the art galleries in New York City now receive a 70% commission on all of their artists' work? according to Chairman Mark G. Roberts of the TSETSE Gallery in downtown New London, CT.
Funding is courtesy of Malcolm and Elizabeth Chace. One of only two non-profit art galleries in New London, he says, the other is the Hygienic Art Gallery on Bank. The gallery, of which Therese Lavallee is Executive Director hosts a bevy of programs for challenged children and hosts exhibitions with socially conscious themes.
At five foot two and 75 pounds, the artist Joan Levy Hepburn led a privileged childhood, but in later years, suffered from a physically abusive relationship. Her partner, at six foot two was a "wife beater." She narrowly escaped his abuse to move and purchase "an undesirable piece of property" in Killingsworth -- now a Nature Preserve which hosts art classes, workshops and retreats. "Murray Pond" is a modern day "Walden." (Walden, by Henry David Thoreau took place in Concord, MA) I will write more on this topic tomorrow as the NL Public Library TIMES OUT....! Here I am at the GROTON LIBRARY where the Computer does NOT time out and where there is lots of SPACE and it is very RELAXING and the ACOUSTIC level of the place isn't so highly tuned (in me) as to hear and sense every reverberation, every thought pattern and emotion of those around you. Having lots of computers almost always available doesn't hurt, either. ONWARD!
"Murray Pond" in Killingsworth, CT is to Hepburn what the swamps and salt marshes are to Roberts. He digs "the creatures." (to you, Kelley & Brian!) I admitted that I don't like either the swamps or salt marshes, but I now understand what your own personal Zen spot means to you. For me, it is Ocean Beach, of course and My Spot and OASIS, at the Observation Deck, end of the Nature Walk, preferably when the sun is not so hot, when there is no humidity whatsoever, and preferably a cool, Zen breeze. Also, my Zen is here in Groton, the Garden outside the public library, the expanse of green pasture and lawn outside of here, and the stroll past the Burrows Farm to DQ. Another place that does it for me is Poquonnock Plains Park, the large green neatly mowed field, and the circular track. Circles, infinity. I have yet to re-visit the Poquonnock Riverwalk, which I probably will do in the Fall, in the morning or at lunch time when I feel is safe to do so. Mystic Village and downtown Mystic in Winter also do it for me. OK, ONWARD. Joan Levy Hepburn's latest show "Land Alive" opened at the TSETSE Gallery "concurrently" with the Union Railroad Station on Friday, August 6 -- as I celebrated my father's 72nd birthday on the Ocean Beach Boardwalk. Blessed with talent, as well as opportunity, Hepburn met the artist Willem de Kooning (1904-1997), Dutch-American abstract expressionist painter as a high school student at teh Buxton School in Williamsburg, MA (a private school for teh arts) in 1970 at age 15. He took her under his tutelage, and she visited his studio in East Hampton, CT. In 1984, she moved to Killingworth, where she invested in what, to others, ooked to be an undesirable piece of property, a swampland.When you go to the TSETSE, be sure to stand outside the door, at the edge of the sidewalk to view the large painting on the opposite wall (its name escapes me). See what you see. Roberts also enthusiastically informed me that Hepburn could "see" every color and recite the numerical code assigned by professional copy services for each color.
From Providence, Roberts searched for another city to start his Gallery. From Worcestor, Hartford, and Manchester -- a glut of New England factory towns -- he chose New London. "It's small," he admitted, with a population of 20,000. But we both agreed that, like Providence, it is about halfway between Boston and New York, "with just enough of a negative reputation" to attract publicity. Roberts' goal is to start a new TSETSE Gallery in as many cities in the United States as possible. For more info, go to: http://www.tsetsegallery.org/
From a priviledged childhood to an abusive adulthood, Joan Levy Hepburn has emerged as a prodigy of the 21st century. "Land Alive." currently on exhibit at TSETSE Gallery, 190 State Street, New London until Sept. 11 and Union Railroad Station, 35 Water Street, NL until October 13, 2010. Check it out! Please note: Opening Receptions and Gallery Exhibits are announnced in every Tuesday's edition of The Day.
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Up Next: My review of my visit today to The TSETSE Gallery, here on 190 State Street in downtown New London, CT. * * * Favorable! * * * But for now, I have to eeeeat! It's way past my normal dinner time of 3pm, 4pm the latest! Arrrrggggh! (P.S. I saw Larry Lewis and was able to congratulate him on his recent celeb-dom. I mean, WCTY Radio, CBS Eyewitness News and The Day. He's just as humble and quiet as ever!)
THANX, TO ALL OF YOU READERS, out there, of my Collective Blog... ("Denise Dances," "MAAP," and "Fool's Gold") -- 63 anon hits to my BLOG on Tuesday, August 24th. Name that Blog! I need a "Collective Name" for all three! (I don't think Facebook -- which I really don't like -- and Twitter -- which I do like -- count as "Collective Blog.") NEXT UP: My novel written in NYC in the late 1980s, "Fool's Gold" will be up in its entirety soon -- by Christmas, I hope. I feel that "Fool's Gold" lacks a fitting end -- and to this end, I plan to join the Bean & Leaf Writer's Group which meets every second Saturday -- by October. Be aware that this work already has a Copyright, 1993, with the Copyright Office in Washington, DC. I plan to take a long awaited voyage by Hi-Speed Ferry (Jessica W) to Block Island, on Fri., Sept. 10-Sun., Sept. 12th to photograph and sketch familiar scenes in autumn light for future oils...Do ya think I can get my Trek Mountain Bike and my red backpack down the hall on the 8th floor and into the elevator undetected??? and looking for a Christmas Bazaar in Groton-Mystic to hawk my notecards (think I have something there? What do you think?) Otherwise, see you at the beeeaaaach! Not much more of Summer left -- but Fall promises to be beautiful for swimming -- and I hope, cooler, as well -- for Nature Walks. For my latest works of art, please -- go to: http://sites.google.com/site/makingartaffordabletothepublic/
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW? at Williams Park Apartments, Corner Hempstead & Broad, downtown New London. Muy picante! Salsa caliente! Hot, Mommy! More tomatoes, chiles and green peppers coming up! Underground, carrots! When the time is right, the time is right!
DID YA GET THE MEMO? For more info, please visit the following links:
http://www.theday.com/article/20100813/NWS01/308139824 and -- http://www.theday.com/article/20100812/NWS01/308129503-- and watch Eyewitness News at: http://www.wfsb.com/video/24517527/index.html...Larry Lewis is the most recent owner of "Paula" at 190 Vauxhall Street in New London. HOUSE FOR SALE BY OWNER. Interiors in need of total renovation. "Have it your way." Community Outreach Office? (FOR SALE BY OWNER, 860-625-8846)
For more info on the Mystic Art Festival 2010 -- please visit these websites...http://firstname.lastname@example.org...http://www.petertytla.com ("One or two good customers can make your festival...in a tough economy, people are not as likely to buy...")...http://www.peterbarrettfineart.com...http://www.impressionsbyrobin.com...http://www.mysticcommunitybikes.org...http://email@example.com...http://www.bradleyjackson.com..http://wwww.brucelippincott.com...http://www.donnaelias.com...http://www.billweeksphoto.com...aaaand for next Summer 2011, please remember that THE WOKERY IN MYSTIC offers delivery service -- that's right -- to your very booth! The Wokery, 6 Greenmanville Avenue, 860-572-7964 or 572-8526. Across from Mystic Seaport. For PHOTOS of my booth and my family at the Mystic Art Festival, check me out at http://sites.google.com/site/makingartaffordabletothepublic/ check me out today! (Later, this afternoon)
ART FESTIVAL FACTS The Mystic Art Festival has evolved in many ways from its humble beginnings 52 years ago. In 1957, Milton Baline and several other art lovers proposed that Mystic pattern a festival after the famous Washington Square Festival in New York. That first show featured 105 artists & 500 paintings. Between 4000 and 6000 visitors came to admire and purchase art. In 50 years, the Mystic (Outdoor) Art Festival has grown to 275 artists who come from all corners of the United States and bring more than 100,000 works of art. Today the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival stretches over two miles and is the oldest of its kind in the Northeast. (See ya next year!)
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WAYLAID...WAYLAID. HIDDEN DANGER. DON'T BE A STRANGER. AT THE BEACH THIS SUMMER, HOT AND HUMID WEATHER SURE WAS A BUMMER. CAR WON'T START. STAYED PARKED. AT THE WILLIAMS PARK APARTMENTS PARKING LOT! SUMMER SURE WAS HOT. I FELT I WAS PROTECTED. BUT I WAS NOT, SURE WAS HOT. WAYLAID. HIDDEN DANGER. SOMEONE LAY IN WAIT. FOR ME AT THE BEACH THIS SUMMER. HOT AND HUMID WEATHER SURE WAS A BUMMER. CAR WON'T START, NO WONDER. SUMMER SUCH A BUMMER. WAYLAID. GOT POLICE PROTECTION. HIDDEN DANGER FROM ANOTHER DIRECTION. HOT AND HUMID WEATHER SURE WAS A BUMMER. AT THE BEACH THIS SUMMER. -- By Denise Hickey on August 23, 2010.
TRY A TOUCH OF NATURE Make kids' spats a thing of the past by putting some plants around or hanging up a landscape. "People are more caring when they see nature," says psychology professor Richard Ryan. In fact, in one study, folks who looked at nature photos were more likely to say family and relationships were important while those who saw urban photos chose fame and wealth! (Yeah...she'll have it all...)