Monday, November 4, 2013

the elephant house

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this weekend b and i drove to cape cod to make one of our longtime dreams come true: we visited the home (now museum) of one of our favorite illustrators - and personal hero - edward gorey.  photo gorey3_zpsc6c1d7ad.jpg
prolific artist, obsessive collector, voracious reader and TV-watcher, compulsive mail order catalog shopper, avid ballet patron, wearer of fur coats with white chuck taylors, playwright, puppeteer, cat hoarder and part-time recluse with a small group of well-loved friends, the man himself was as fascinating as his work.
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i'm grateful to have been able to explore "the elephant house," which has been preserved with care and special respect for his sense of humor. this year marks the 50th anniversary of the vinegar works and many of the original drawings are on display, but the exhibitions change - a good reason to return to the museum every once in a while, although if i lived on the cape i'd probably be a regular.


Judy Hartman said...

Oh, I love him too and didn't know this place existed! How wonderful! I'll have to plan a trip down from Wakefield, where I live.
Love your art work, Yelena!

Fourborne said...

How lucky you are. I love Edward Gorey. I have several of his books.

Jennifer said...

looks like a fasinating place to visit - i'd love to go. hopefully one day when i go to the eastside i can.