After a series of unfortunate, and demoralizing, rejections in my home town of Mystic I was invited to join the fledgling Artists’ Cooperative Gallery in the town of Westerly, Rhode Island which was just over the Pawcatuck River from Connecticut - only about 10 miles from home. It was a lucky association because I found compatriots there, and we quickly formed a small artist community where we were offered studio space in the many empty buildings in that deserted town. Soon there were galleries and studios open on the first Wednesday of the month on the Gallery Stroll. The photo above shows the studio I shared with my artist friend, Sandi Gold. What a space!
McCormick’s Department store was a booming enterprise well known to me in my youth as it was frequently the place where a shopping trip for clothes and other household items was a mandatory yearly event. Little did I know that eventually I would occupy the 3rd floor and be making paintings there, many years later!
After a few years we had to move to a new building only a few doors away, which offered new adventures, more space, and a glamorous entrance to the catwalk along the river. We had a Gallery and Teaching space there. I found a separate studio in an industrial building on the other side of the tracks!