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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

This Friday: Opening reception for Art In the Boutique: ELLEN MARTIN: The "a ban don ed" series

Please join us this Friday, July 10, 2015, from 6-8 PM for the opening reception of Art In the Boutique: ELLEN MARTIN: The "a ban don ed" series. In this series, Ellen Martin takes pictures of abandoned structures and things. “In truth, I have always been drawn to decrepitude. Age and neglect often bring wonderful textures, patinas and soft colors not always present in the shiny and new,” explains Martin. “Yes, I see rejection, loneliness, and sadness in these structures. But I also see beauty, dignity, and a certain sense of a useful life lived and completed. I see hope and potential. I hope some can survive instead of being destroyed.”




Poet Gwynneth Green perfectly captured Ellen's series in her poem "abandoned":

covered in graffiti
with no meaning
splashes of color
initialed hearts
of couples
that no longer exist
some call it art
most
look at it 
in a sketchy way 

what happened
to this once upon palace
where people gathered
in gaiety
it had a history
of family
it was a place
called home

deserted
when
why
what became
of them
now
most shy from this place
this space
left
to the ravages of time

this was the place to be seen
now it’s a place to fear
rodents
robbers
& drug dealers
are all that inhabit here

don’t drive down that street
stay far far away
time has not treated it well
looks better in black & white
not quite as frightening
not quite as forbearing 

if only to turn back time
maybe an answer 
to the reason why


poem copyright gwynneth green. poem may not be used, in any part,without the permission of gwynneth green. You can read more of Gwynneth's poetry by clicking here










images copyright ellen martin. images may not be used, in any part,without the permission of ellen martin. You can view more of ellen's art by clicking here

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