Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Puzzling out some grand masters--My mad, paper-hanging ladies
Query letter to the Newmarket ERA, Ontario
Good morning ERA ladies.
I am still up to here, mobbed by my busy, painting-hanging lady neighbours..
They have gone nuts. I go to check my mail and find completed paintings not only all along the wall here, but even fringing the mail pigeon holes. Some recently- hung completed paintings almost overlap my mail slot. These nutty girls are hanging finished puzzle paintings on all nine floors of this Senior apartment,and for some tenants with nothing to do--home of the blues.
I guess they hang paintings to get away from the pigeon- grey, to add colour and light to walls, to avoid that "What's on TV?--Aw why bother feeling."
Gloria Burgess, who surely doesn't want to be compared to another paper hanger, is asking me, When is the Newmarket Era going to call?
So here is what I've got, ERA lady editors:
Vibrant pictures and pieced-together puzzles featuring occasionally, great masters, are lovingly hung on all nine stories of the big seniors' apartment, Founders' Place at 540 Timothy, Newmarket.
Daily essentials—such as muffins, coffee, Sweet’N Low, napkins, —sit out on a formica table.
The girls are busy, June, Shirley, Marg, Gloria Emmy, Barb, Eileen--and one male--Chris.
"Lucky guy," says Gloria Burgess, who over the past four months has been on a quest to turn not only the flat-grey walls of of the tall building not necessarily into displays of fine art--the pictures are largel pastoral-- but instigating and financing the project, sizing the frames, getting glue to hold the completed jigsaw work together, placing each picture squarely on the matte. You can hardly see the seams of what had once been a puzzle.
All nine floors have three our four pictures on the walls....
I think "art" has its own reward. And Gloria is a trooper. And a leader.
Keeps the ladies from quietly going mad these going mad these cool spring nights.
Aw, what the hell. Keep busy or go mad, says Hegel.
I myself am trying to keep busy...at anything.