Painted Journey

Two colleagues Debbie Hesse and Melanie Carr have curated a new art show at Whitney Center, the neighborhood, artsy CCRC.  Their show “Shared Resources” balances the resident’s show, and today, two residents and two ‘community’ artists spoke at the opening.


Spencer Luckey, calling himself a “kid architect,” talked about these whimsical jungle gyms he creates around the world.  A model is in the show.  Most of what he said was hard for me to track, although this is not unusual for me with contemporary artists and architects.


Of the talks, which covered careers and visions, I was most touched by Georgia Jennings’ presentation.  She loves the “luxuriousness” of working with “creamy” paints.  She plays and experiments with paint and technique, with naturalism and abstraction.

The series she has hung in the gallery focuses on the five-month journey transitioning from her home to living in Whitney Center.  The works are small scale and so large in feeling.

2015-09-19 15.04.47The terror of it all, of realizing she was no longer middle-aged, leaving a home of 25 years and the 3 rambunctious boys next door.

2015-09-19 15.04.52Organizing, Sorting, Packing, Moving

2015-09-19 15.04.58Overwhelmed by stuff, even after giving so much away.

2015-09-19 15.05.14Making connections.  The blanks, the mysteries.

2015-09-19 15.05.11Harmonies, with darks and lights.

We’ve all been there and know the feeling.  This is likely Georgia’s last move.  I think of that, too.  Taking in those feelings in the luxuriousness of her paint brought it all home, in my body and heart.

2 thoughts on “Painted Journey

  1. does she have space to pain t there? One dear artist friend who just moved to retirement living has trimmed down her bedroom to make room for a long table desk facing a window. There she can sit and draw and paint. Her be is a daybed against the wall. Great idea. I like the simplicity of expression in your new friends work.

    • She doesn’t paint there from what I can tell. She has a studio in a converted factory in New Haven, now dedicated to artists of all kinds.

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