Monday, July 13, 2009

Visiting Crab Orchard Cemetary

Yesterday I went to the opening reception of Crab Orchard Cemetary Revisited at the Peninsula Art Museum. This exhibition of the late Jo Hanson's installation was curated by NCWCA artist Eleanor Dickinson, a good friend of Jo's. As soon as one enters the gallery, one steps into a different world. Recorded birdsong and other ambient sounds plus the black and white photographs of cemetary vegetation printed on clear plastic sheets form the backdrop for these tombstones carved out of styrofoam. Jo returned to the actual cemetary in Illinois several times to capture the feeling of this solitary and creepy place.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Sweet July 4

Each year our neighborhood has a July 4 celebration. There's a small parade, the declaration of independence is read, then all make a mad dash for free hotdogs, chips, cupcakes and lemonade.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Some New England Vignettes

Selecting tomatoes at Boston's Copley Square farmer's market

Portuguese parade in Provincetown

Children's games at Hartwell Tavern

Men line up and wait for George Washington at Hartwell Tavern

The desk where Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women