May 29, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Thanks from Lyme Library for Book Sale Help

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Friends of the Lyme Library, I’d like to thank everyone who came to our Book Sale the weekend of May 16-17. A very special thank you to our incredible volunteers who sorted books all year in the new library basement and helped out during and after the sale.

As always, this year’s event would not have happened without the assistance of several key people and organizations here in town—the Lyme Garden Club; the Lyme Public Hall for the use of their tables; the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Community Service students and their amazing advisor, Heather Fried, for carrying countless boxes of books up from the basement; the Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Food Pantries for the use of their carts for ferrying boxes of books out to the tent; and, of course, the wonderful staff at the Lyme Public Library, who were (and are) always ready to help in any way.


Anne Clement,
Editor’s Note: The author is the 2015 Book Sale Chair.


Letter to the Editor: The Reign of the Nuancers

To the Editor:

The Kings and Queens of nuance have deluded themselves into believing that the delicate difference perceived by any of the senses (nuance) gives them a superior ability to make decisions. It appears, however, that nuance is running rough-shod over any semblance of wisdom coming from the Obama administration.

The nuancers are deflecting the reality that worldwide murderous Islamic jihadists are intent on killing all who do not believe in their revolutionary ideology; they are bound by an imperative to fight to kill infidels till death.

This administration’s tag-team of haughty wizards have offered nothing of value. Their fanciful ideas and statements are alarming and devoid of intellectual honesty. Deputy spokesperson for the Department of State, Marie Harf, posits that the extremists are driven by economic deprivation and need jobs — really?

John Kerry, the emperor of nuance, offers the ludicrous statement that the world is “safer than ever.” Kerry hardly inspires confidence in those of us who hear direct threats, witness barbarous immolation and beheadings and understand what is motivating the slaughter. Does Kerry even know that 2014 was the deadliest year for terror attacks in forty-five years?

All of this nonsense is coming from the same administration who made the incogitable decision to trade Bowe Bergdahl, the deserter, for five high-value Taliban prisoners. And why does this administration continue to cuddle-up to Foreign Nationals who continue to break immigration laws. One can only imagine, because we just do not know, how many jihadists are slipping through the borders.

Is the current accommodates approach to Iran another decision influenced by nuance? The last time I checked, Iran was the leading sponsor of State Terrorism and too close to having nuclear capabilities. They would love the “deal” being contemplated by this White House. The “geniuses” are beginning to scare me. They believe that the just war is the war against “global warming” (the biggest hoax ever perpetrated on humankind) and refuse to accept that radical Islamists are driven to wipe out Christians, Jews and moderate Muslims who are, in their minds, infidels.

There are no shades of gray here. The nuancers need to get off their high horse, stop the verbal acrobatics, get a grip and LEAD.


Alison Nichols,
Essex, CT


Letter to the Editor: Linares Pleased with State Funding, Thanks Those Who Have Helped Preserve ‘The Preserve’

To the Editor:

Jan. 12 was a good day for Essex, Old Saybrook and Westbrook.

On Jan. 12, I was pleased to join with area legislators and environmental advocates to applaud the approval of $2 million in state funding to help finalize and secure the purchase of The Preserve.

A huge amount of credit for this funding goes to Chris Cryder, who has been working to prevent the development of The Preserve for the past decade.

The Trust for Public Land has played a major role, as have Rep. Phil Miller and former Rep. Marilyn Giuliano.

Old Saybrook First Selectman Carl Fortuna, Westbrook First Selectman Noel Bishop and Essex First Selectman Norm Needleman also have been strong advocates for this funding

Thanks to the hard work and determination of so many environmental champions in our region, a 1,000-acre plot of forest and swamp land will be protected for future generations to enjoy.


Art Linares,

Editor’s Note: The author is the State Senator (R) representing the 33rd Senatorial District, which includes Essex, Old Saybrook and Westbrook (


Letter to the Editor: Rumors Linares Might Run Against Courtney Understandable, Justified

To the Editor:

You cannot blame people for wondering whether State Senator Art Linares might consider a challenge to Congressman Joe Courtney in the 2016 elections. [“Linares Denies Rumors of Challenge to Courtney in Next Election” Dec. 30]

Consider the following:

·         Linares had a strong showing in the recent election, soundly defeating his Democratic challenger.

·         Linares is young, bright, and a successful business owner.

·         He is active and vocal on issues which affect consumers, such as the recent energy rate hikes.

·         He connects well with people of all ages and backgrounds.

·         He has shown himself to be extremely responsive to his constituents.

Art Linares represents the future of Connecticut Republicans, and it is a bright future.

I hope he remains our State Senator for a long time, but I wish him success in whatever path he chooses.


Tom Lindner,
Deep River


Letter to the Editor: A Thanksgiving Thank You to Townspeople for Help Finding Lost Dog

To the Editor:

I wanted to post a thank you to all the residents in your town for their help finding my lost dog Lily.  Moreover, I want to let everyone know she has been found and is doing well.

I saw so many people, but didn’t know their name, or where they live.  There were police officers, town highway workers etc.

I want to let them know how much they touched our hearts.


Cathleen Andrew,


Letter to the Editor: LOLJWC Expresses Appreciation to Old Lyme Inn for New Member Social

To the Editor:

On behalf of everyone at LOLJWC, we thank the Old Lyme Inn and its fabulous staff for hosting our New Member Social on October 29, 2014.  Because of them, we were able to highlight and share our club’s goals and missions, from social events and camaraderie to community support and the much anticipated spring fundraiser.  These fantastic women were treated to the Inn’s generous offering of appetizing bites and divine libations.  And from the sounds of laughter echoing through the restaurant, a great time was surely accomplished.
It is the support and contributions of local businesses such as the Old Lyme Inn that lead to our club’s success, thereby benefiting our community.  We thank you.
Stacy Winchell,
Old Lyme.

Letter to the Editor: Carney Will Help Bring Hartford Back to Reality

To the Editor:

This fall, the voters in Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Old Lyme and Lyme will have an opportunity to maintain a strong voice in the Connecticut Legislature.  Devin Carney is seeking to be your representative for the 23rd House seat previously held by Marilyn Giuliano.  I have come to know Devin well over the last year and I am confident he will be the voice our towns need in Hartford.

As First Selectman, I can tell you how important responsiveness is.  I know Devin will be the representative who answers your email immediately, returns your call quickly or shows up on your doorstep due to a concern you have.  He will champion legislation that promotes Connecticut and our area as business friendly, and will block our legislature from passing unnecessary and burdensome legislation.

Hartford needs get back in touch with reality.  Electing Devin this November will go a long way towards that goal.

Join me in voting for Devin Carney on Nov. 4.


Carl P. Fortuna, Jr.,
Old Saybrook.

Editor’s Note: The writer is the First Selectman of Old Saybrook.


Letter to the Editor: Linares Ranked Low by League of Conservation Voters

To the Editor:

When my husband and I moved to Essex, one of the compelling reasons for doing so was the natural beauty of the Lower Connecticut River Valley.  We are fortunate that this area has been protected from major development.  In the upcoming election you have an opportunity to choose between two candidates for state senator who share very different views on conservation:  the incumbent Art Linares and his challenger Emily Bjornberg.

Mr. Linares received a lifetime score for his voting record by the independent group League of Conservation Voters that ranks the second lowest in the entire state senate.  Art may work at a solar energy company, but as an intern to Tea Party Senator Marco Rubio in 2010, he must have picked up some very bad ideas on the role of government in protecting the environment.  I cannot believe his voting record on these issues is representative of the people of his district.

Emily has not been ranked by the League as she is not a sitting legislator. However, she is a very committed environmentalist who has served as a member of the Lyme Land Trust for many years. She has been endorsed by State Rep. Phil Miller of Essex, a leading environmental legislator, as well as by Melissa Schlag, now the First Selectman of Haddam and a former Green Party Candidate for the State Senate.

If you appreciate the beauty of our state’s environment, please vote with me for Emily Bjornberg.


Jane Piro,


Letter to the Editor: Bjornberg’s criticism of Sen. Linares is hypocritical

To the Editor:

As a lifelong Democrat, a former legislator and a former Selectman representing shoreline towns and a partner with State Sen. Art Linares, Jr. at Greenskies Renewable Energy, I was shocked and quite frankly embarrassed for my party to receive the recent mailer from Emily Bjornberg on Sen. Linares’ track record on the environment and the economy.

Her false and hypocritical statements regarding our business seems to be representative of her “win-at-all-costs” mantra, and her criticism of one of Connecticut’s most dynamic and environmentally responsible upstart companies clearly displays her basic lack of understanding about both the environment and the economy.

A puzzling and disturbing fact regarding Bjornberg’s criticisms regarding Sen. Linares’s lack of concern for the environment centers around her family business, which has enjoyed millions of dollars of profits for generations selling automobiles, the single largest contributor to carbon monoxide pollution in the atmosphere.

Greenskies’ sole mission is to reduce carbon footprint throughout Eastern United States through development of photo-voltaic solar systems.  Even more disturbing (and hypocritical) is the automobile that her family business sells are Subaru!

These vehicles are entirely manufactured in Japan by Fuji Heavy Industries.

Yet the most outlandish statement in her mailer is that Sen. Linares does not care about Connecticut jobs.  Without political fanfare, without beating his chest, but simply because it was the right thing to do, Sen. Linares supported consummating a relationship with the electrical union, and today Greenskies currently employees over 300 IBEW electricians in four states, including Connecticut.

If she cared so much about Connecticut jobs, perhaps, Bjornberg should consider unionizing her automobile dealership.

In today’s world economy, we enjoy an international platform of business opportunity to benefit all.  Greenskies has purchased products from both U.S. manufacturers and from overseas, and we embrace and are extremely proud of our track record.

I personally appreciate the success of Bjornberg’s family business as well, which has proudly served the shoreline for generations.  Bjornberg’s attempt to malign Sen. Linares’ record on the environment and on the economy clearly indicates that she does not possess the balance or the intellectual maturity to represent our district.

She should focus on the issues that separate her and her opponent, and their respective parties, and let voters elect the right candidate for the right reasons.


Robert A. Landino,


Letter: Judge Terrance Lomme Asks for Your Vote

To the Editor:

I am Terrance D. Lomme, your Judge of Probate and believe I am the best candidate for this office due to my compassion and experience. These two qualities are essential to being an effective Judge. I am very concerned about all of the people who appear before me. I fully understand that there are difficult circumstances that bring people to the Court. As a Veteran, I am sensitive to the Veteran’s issues that are presented to me.

Before being elected Judge, I practiced probate law for over 30 years in the towns that now constitute the 33rd District Court. This experience, combined with being the East Haddam Probate Judge for three years was invaluable to me when, shortly after my election in 2010, I was given the task of merging nine individual courts into the new Saybrook District Probate Court. This was the largest merger of individual Courts in the State.

I am aware my decisions have a major affect on people’s lives, whether it is a decision to conserve an elderly person, to award custody of a child to a grandparent or the loss of a loved one.

As a probate lawyer for 30 years, and seven years as a Judge presiding over three thousand five hundred hearings, I have assisted thousands of families through the probate process. The Court and my clerks have received exemplary ratings from Probate Administration in each of its three reviews. Additionally, the Court budget has not increased since my election.

Further, as a member of the Executive Committee of the Probate Assembly and a member of the National College of Probate Judges, I keep current on State and National trends that may affect the Court.

For the above reasons I ask you to vote for me on November 4th.


Terrance D. Lomme,


Letter to the Editor: Linares’s Business Experience:  What Is It Exactly? 

To the Editor:

The suggestion that voters should support Art Linares for state senator due to his “business experience” deserves closer examination.  So does Linares’s portrayal of himself as a champion of free enterprise.

Linares’s company, “Greenskies”, installs solar panels. It is undoubtedly among the most heavily subsidized companies in Connecticut.  In 2012, the Hartford Courant reported that “the biggest impact on Greenskies’ potential for growth by far is how successful it is in capturing state subsidies.”  In a lobbying paper to the Connecticut legislature, Greenskies president called such support  “critical”.

How many Connecticut companies depend for growth “by far” mainly on state subsidies?  Most companies, like the successful car dealership run by the family of Emily Bjornberg  (Linares’s opponent) must compete on their own merits.  Given the extensive state aid propping up Greenskies, how relevant is Linares’s experience to most businesses ?

Tea Party politicians like Linares usually revile such support as “corporate hand outs” and a bone-headed effort by government to “pick winners and losers”.  We’re not hearing that here, however.

Meanwhile – and this is a key point — Linares wants to cut many other state programs supporting equally worthy causes and opposes increasing the minimum wage.  For others, Linares believes the free market should set wages and prices – just not in the sector where he does business.

Greenskies use of Chinese solar panels takes this double standard to a new level.  In 2012, the U.S. Government found that factories controlled by the Chinese government were selling the panels at prices below their cost of production.  This is an unfair trade practice under U.S. law, known as “dumping”.  Our government imposed tariffs on the panels.

Greenskies liked the artificially cheap panels dumped by the Chinese because they hurt its competitors, who, unlike Greenskies, make their panels in the U.S.  Greenskies president bluntly told the press “When we go to toe to toe, we enjoy an advantage. We were perfectly happy with low-cost equipment from China.”

It did not seem to bother Greenskies or Linares that, according to our own government, this “advantage” resulted from Chinese market manipulation.  The matter is now before the World Trade Organization.

So I am trying to understand this.  It appears that Linares’s business experience is with a company that enjoys state subsidies on a huge scale not available to virtually anyone else, which enable it to distribute panels dumped by Chinese communists at artificially low prices, damaging American companies and destroying U.S. jobs.

That’s quite a business model for a champion of free enterprise.


David Harfst,


Letter to the Editor: Bjornberg Has Life Experience, Intellectual Capacity for State Senator’s Job

To the Editor:

After review of the candidates’ backgrounds I am choosing to vote for Emily Bjornberg as our next State Senator.    I need to know my elected representative has the brain power to think on her feet, the intellectual curiosity to dig deeply into issues, the personal skills to listen to and interact with a wide range of people, the leadership skills to influence legislation on issues relevant to our area, and the heart to care.

Emily has real-life experience volunteering and caring for others including aiding the sick in South Africa and working to engage local young people in community service and social justice.    She has real-life experience supporting veterans, including her own husband, who served with the Connecticut National Guard in Iraq.
Emily also has real-life experience as a mother who knows that quality education and protecting children from toxins are important issues if we care about future generations.   She has real-life experience working on behalf of our local environment.   And she has real-life experience with business deeply rooted in the community.  Her family’s business has helped people get where they need to go for generations, from wagon wheels to automobiles, and now Emily is dedicated to helping our constituents go where they want to go…whether they dream of education, a good job , a clean forest for hiking, or a comfortable retirement.
At one of the debates Emily’s opponent decided to attend, our sitting senator said “anyone who is running on social issues doesn’t have anything important to run on.”  He also refused to participate in local debates where he was not provided with questions in advance.
I served on local boards of education for 10 years and know first-hand that balancing budgets with the needs of all of our citizens is difficult.  No decision can be made without considering the impact on all constituents.  This requires analysis and showing up for community dialogues.  “Social issues” do not exist separately from financial issues.
Emily Bjornberg has the maturity, intellectual capacity, and diplomatic skills to make a difference for our region.    She will represent us well and will show up on behalf of all of us.  That’s why she is getting my vote.
Lynne Pease,

Letter to the Editor: Independent Thinking Enables Carney To Understand Needs of Lower CT River Valley

To the Editor:

The lower Connecticut River valley – and all of our state – needs a strong advocate for retaining jobs on the shoreline, and for promoting a responsible and honest state budget. That’s what Devin Carney is running to accomplish as our next state representative.

Devin Carney understands that Connecticut needs a business plan to improve its business climate.  This business plan must give employers predictability and stable footing to create a business environment where companies would want to remain in and relocate to Connecticut.

Carney is an independent thinker, understands the value of our regional natural resources, and believes in small government.  As a voter and a citizen, I’m voting to end the one party majority rule in Hartford that only knows how to overtax and over-regulate my life and yours.  I’m supporting Devin Carney for smart, decisive leadership, and for his willingness to step up and work hard for all of us.


Judy Davies,


Letter to the Editor: An Open Letter to Republican Women

To the Editor:

I am a fellow Republican woman who always wanted to be married, but I wanted a career instead of children. Thankfully, when I headed off to college in 1974, I had access to birth control and thanks to Roe v. Wade I also had access to what could be a very excruciating choice. [Thankfully I never had to make that choice.] So it was time travel for me to hear Art Linares’ answer to this question at the debate held on October 8 at the Valley Regional High School: “Where do you stand on the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby decision?” Linares only stated that “he was raised Catholic and isn’t up for appointment as a Supreme Court Justice.” In other words, he is againsta woman’s right to choose even birth control!

Haven’t we already dealt with this issue 40 years ago? This extremely right-wing view could have totally changed my life and taken my choice to have a career away from me. Also, I would note that extremist views such as Linares’ are not a fit with his own district’s constituency.

Birthing a child sometimes can be life-threatening. Linares doesn’t care: “No exceptions.” I have had a colleague who died from a brain hemorrhage while she was trying to have a child.

I may have wanted to hear more on Linares’ stances, but it seems he doesn’t like to show up to debates.

Please, if you value your choices as a woman, do not vote for Art Linares.


Sue Huybensz,
Deep River


Letter to the Editor: Linares Understands Budget Challenges

To the Editor:

I support Art Linares for State Senate. He understands that we need to balance our State Budget and voted down the Budget that the General Assembly adopted. The Republicans did offer an alternative budget, but in a one party state there is no recognition of any ideas from the other party.

According to a Gallup Poll 49% want to leave CT, if they could, second only to Illinois at 50%. From About Money website, CT residents are taxed at 11.1% of their income, third highest. As to a regressive tax, CT pays 67.7 cents per gallon again 3rd highest in Nation.

Art understands that in CT the General Assembly is presented with a Budget Package. There is no chance to eliminate a regressive tax here and there. There may be discussion, but that is grandstanding. Make no mistake, the Governor’s Budget is accepted. The Governor’s last Budget had the highest amount of taxes in our state history, with no sign of balancing the budget yet or paying anything towards our Pension Fund. Do you State workers know that?

I am tired of people who run for office and think that as a Freshman legislator they can single handedly reduce regressive taxes from the Budget. What other loyal soldiers in your party will work to reduce these regressive taxes? Art Linares knows the only way to register disdain for the buget is to vote the whole Budget down.

I leave you with one more question. Will the last taxpaying citizen in CT please leave the light on? Please vote for Art Linares on Election Day.


Lynn Herlihy


Letter to the Editor: Essex First Selectman Endorses Bjornberg

To The Editor:

As a business owner and the First Selectman of Essex, I am keenly aware of the difficulties companies and municipalities face here in Connecticut. Small towns like are taking on an unfair share of the burden and are feeling the weight of an increasing number of unfunded mandates from the state.

We need a stronger voice in Hartford, and that’s why I am endorsing Emily Bjornberg for State Senate in the 33rd District. She has the life experience, tenacity and drive to effect real change in Hartford.

Representing our region in Hartford needs to be more than casting a partisan protest vote against the state budget and then blaming the state’s problem on others. What our region needs is someone who will be at the table as important decisions are being made to represent the needs of our towns.

She understands the needs of small business, having grown up working with her family who owns Reynolds Subaru in Lyme. It’s through that family, made up of prominent local Republicans and Democrats, who have instilled in her the ability to find the common ground necessary to bring about constructive and positive change.

I ask that you join me in voting for Emily on November 4.


Norman Needleman,

Editor’s Note: The writer is the First Selectman of Essex.


Letter to the Editor: Linares Truly Cares About You and Our State

To the Editor:

It is an honor and privilege for me to wholeheartedly endorse the re-election of our 33rd State Senator Art Linares.   During his two year tenure as State Senator, Art has worked tirelessly to serve you, his constituents.  He has been visible, available and listens to all, regardless of party affiliation.

Art Linares has taken the “high road” in this campaign.  Instead of criticizing his opponents, he has emphasized his many accomplishments as your State Senator.  As a business owner, growing jobs and improving the economy has been a priority.  Whether it’s supporting legislation that allows manufacturers to hire apprentices or fighting for a tax structure that will help businesses and working families, Art Linares has been there for us.  He has held town meetings throughout the 12 towns in the district welcoming your input and ideas.

Art truly cares about you and improving the State of Connecticut.  Art Linares is a breath of fresh air.  As the old adage goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.  On Tuesday, November 4th, re-elect a caring, pro-active public servant.  Thank you Senator Linares for your compassion, devotion and commitment to all of us.


Tom Lindner,
Deep River 


Letter to the Editor: Boathouse Project Moving Too Fast, Costs Too Much, Benefits Too Few

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Old Lyme

On Oct. 1, a special meeting was held by the Town to present new boathouse plans for rowers at Rogers Lake.  Construction costs are estimated to be $883,000: with $478,000 being a CT STEEP grant, and the remaining $405,000 to be contributed by the town of Old Lyme from its rainy day account.

The Town is in a hurry to move this project forward in a very short time so that construction can begin.  Some would say the Town is in too much of a hurry.

While a boon for the approximate 100 rowers in Old Lyme (50 students and 50 adult rowers), there is next to nothing in this project for the other citizens who are being asked to pay for this effort.

Several areas of concern are:

  • The scope has changed so much from the original grant proposal, the Town will have to resubmit scope to ensure the grant is still valid. For example, the existing boathouse will be torn down, not renovated, and construction of new docks will not be included.  We are being asked to approve funding of $405,000 to support a grant we aren’t sure will be re-approved by the state.  Isn’t that putting the cart before the horse?
  • The President of the rower’s association anticipates program growth to be no more than 10 to 20%. Whether that growth is measured in participants or boats, the proposed boathouse appears substantially over designed.  The current program is supported by approximately 35 boats, whereas the new boathouse is designed to house 53 boats.
  • A scant 1 week of public discussion has been allowed before a vote. Don’t you believe more time and consideration is warranted to make an informed decision on such a large expenditure?
  • As a community, we are proud of the success and accomplishments of our rowers. However, since the boathouse stores boats donated by the rower’s association to Region 18, wouldn’t it make sense to have Region 18 pay rent until the costs to Old Lyme are offset?

As with any project being rushed, too many questions remain unanswered to request the good people of Old Lyme to approve spending over $400,000 of its $4.9 million rainy day fund for so few citizens  Some would even question whether this is a proper use of a rainy day fund.

Not allowing proper consideration for other potentially-interested parties to comment on how to broaden the public interest in the project would be a mistake … politically and possibly economically.  For instance, why not renovate and heat the existing bathrooms for everyone’s use, in lieu of constructing new bathrooms for rowers only for an estimated cost of $130,000? (9/15/2014 Committee minutes)

This project should be delayed to allow ample time to improve the project in the interests of the Town as a whole.  Even if, in the event, there are no other interested parties, at least everyone would have been given a chance to respond.  Please attend the Town Meeting and vote for what is best for the community.

See you at the Middle School at 7:30, Oct. 6!


Steve Cinami,
Old Lyme.


Letter to the Editor: Bjornberg has the Skills

To the Editor:

Every now and then a candidate who represents the best goals of all parties appears. Fortunately we have this candidate in Emily Bjornberg who is running for the 33rd State Senate District. She is energetic, smart, can negotiate, and is a great communicator. Unlike some who run, her desire in doing so is just to make Connecticut a better place. Emily has the skills to do that. A member of the Reynolds Garage family in Lyme, she is a working mother of two children. Her husband, Jason, is an Iraq War Veteran.

Among other issues, Emily is strong on the environment, education, woman’s issues, gun control, and improving benefits for veterans. Please take the opportunity to hear Emily speak at a candidate’s forum or “meet and greet” session. You will be sold on her ability to get things done in a thoughtful and positive manner.

Please join me on November 4 in supporting Emily Bjornberg for State Senate.

I believe her to be the best qualified candidate.


Mary Ann Pleva


An Open Letter to our Readers from Diane Birdsall

An Open Letter to Friends and Patrons of the Diane Birdsall Gallery

I have taken on a job that will take me outside of the gallery in Old Lyme and into another phase of exhibiting.

I will be working with a hotel developer, Charles Mallory — he operates several beautiful and viable hotels in Greenwich, Southport, Stamford, Aspen [Marfa] Texas and a Vermont inn to be completely revamped, as well as a new hotel project on the boards to open in 2016.

I closed the Old Lyme, 16 Lyme Street address gallery at the end of this past show on Aug. 22. The walk-in traffic has always been slow and having a presence outside of the brick and mortar space is more viable.

After SCOPE in Basel and Cutlog in New York, I am now receiving request regarding sales and just recently sold a work to the largest art collector in Turkey.

Funny how art sales work — it sometimes takes years or minutes for people to make a move.

I do conceive a pop-up show here in Connecticut in a completely different sort of space.  You as patrons and clients are important to me and bringing the work of artists out into exhibition is my passion, so I do not want to lose this side of the art world that I truly enjoy.

My website will remain active and I have planned exhibits for 2015 – they will take place in new locations and expanding worlds.

I have always felt honored to work with talented artists and to be a part of their world.  And encouraging others to bring art into their life is like food for me — an absolute necessity — how can you live without it?

I could not have enjoyed the success of these past eight years without your help and belief and I thank you for your patronage and friendship.  See you soon under a different tent, but assuredly an exciting format.

With heartfelt thanks to you.


Diane Birdsall