Celia Thaxter’s Garden Project Update

As you may remember,  EAGC helped fund this Kickstarter project last summer. Here is the latest from Peter Randall on how the film is coming.

Dear Supporters,

Peter Randall

Peter Randall

In the last few months, I have filmed interviews with a number of  experts in one or several aspects  related to Celia Thaxter and her garden. A Hassam scholar, a Thaxter biographer, and several experienced folks who work with historical gardens  have added important details and background to the film.  One important interview remains.

Celia and some of her friends commented on various pieces of music that were performed in Celia’s salon. Classical piano and violin compositions by Beethoven and others were regularly played during the day when Celia was working in her cottage and evenings when friends gathered for readings and music. I’ll be recording music by local performers  to give the film an atmosphere that evokes those days when famous artists, musicians, and authors  gathered on an off-shore island to relax, form friendships, and work on their craft.

And now some news: In cooperation with the Discover Portsmouth Center, I’ll be curating an exhibit related to Celia Thaxter’s garden, opening December 6 and running through early March. More details to follow, but I wanted  you all to have the first notice of the exhibit. On display will be my photos of the garden and and reproductions of Childe Hassam’s garden paintings. We are still working on other aspects of the exhibit and a related speaker series. Local artist Christopher Volpe will be showing  recent  work related to the garden. And of course we’ll have the first public showing of the film!

Save the date! Meanwhile I’ll be finishing the film, making prints, and getting the exhibit ready.

Thanks again for your support. Looking forward to seeing many of you at the opening.

Peter Randall

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