The Southbury Public Library Presents
In the Gloria Cachion Gallery and Brown Room
Tuesday, January 2 – Monday, January 29, 2018
Born in 1923 a stone’s throw from the Brooklyn Bridge, Mr. Tracy grew up in New Jersey and New Canaan, Connecticut, where he studied drawing and painting. He received his formal training at Ohio State University.
Mr. Tracy’s university training was interrupted by WWII, when he enlisted in the Navy and served as Lt. J.G. pilot, flying Corsairs off of aircraft carriers including the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr. built in the Brooklyn Navy Yard blocks from his birthplace.
After the war, Mr. Tracy returned to OSU to complete his B.A. and M.F.A. degrees. He spent the subsequent two years completing post-graduate studies in Florence with his family, and returned to teach design and sculpture at Uconn.
On retirement, he continued to paint for 30 years, and at the age of 92, returned to Connecticut to complete many of the paintings included in the upcoming exhibit, which reflect some of the events and influences in his life.
Thursday, February 1 – Tuesday, February 27
Hank Meirowitz’s recent passion for travel finds him in exotic places. He documents faraway lands and indigenous wildlife that many people have seen but not photographed. In the last fifteen years, his travels have included Poland, Russia, Australia, France, India, China,Vietnam, Cambodia, Holland, Belgium, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Antarctica.
During his trip two years ago to Avignon, Aix-en-Provence and Arles in Provence, France, he became so fascinated with the French countryside and small towns outside of Paris that he returned in October 2017 to re-visit the Loire Valley and some of their most famous chateaux. Hank’s exhibit represents his impressions of their beauty in the autumn, the most pleasant season when forests gleam red and gold in the mild sunshine, the restaurants serve succulent local game and wild mushrooms, and the grape harvest is celebrated in towns and villages with many colorful festivals. The opportunity to stay in a private chateau is one of the main treats for visitors; hospitality is a serious business.