Painting Summer in New England
April 22 - September 4, 2006
Wall texts for the exhibition:
"Those old New England gardens could be marvelous, [Peter's mother] told him, especially in the seaports. You discovered rare plants and shrubs that ships' captains had brought home from the Orient. Flowers that were in Shakespeare and Keats and that must have traveled from England in the form of roots, slips, bulbs, and cuttings with the early settlers. Old-fashioned roses. White double narcissus and poppies that bloomed everyday on Memorial Day. Spicebush, lemon lilies, a kind of Persian lilac that smelled of Necco Wafers. . . . Hollyhocks, self-seeded, against white picket fences. A great deal of honeysuckle, privet, and box. Sundials, arbors, trellises, an occasional gazebo. . . . Something in the sea air or light brought out the colors of zinnias and pale lemon African marigolds."
From The Birds of America by Mary McCarthy (1971)
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