Redwood Garden Party Highlights Collection and Artist John Mecray

"Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it."   --Rumi
 

Carolyn duPont, Molly Sabin, Lisa White, Alyssa Gaudreau & Gretchen Markert

Inside the cool, quiet Van Alen Gallery at Redwood Library, a brilliantly lighted collection of paintings and drawings of majestic and historic ships by renowned marine artist John Mecray awaited the next day’s visitors. Outside, on the lawn, the artist himself, a Jamestown resident, posed for a photo with guests at Redwood’s end-of-summer delightful Garden Party. The annual event drew over a hundred supporters of the Redwood who enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live jazz on the lawn of the oldest lending library in the United States, celebrating  the works of Mr. Mecray and bidding farewell to the last days of summer.

 

At cocktail hour, guests mingled on the lawn and sat at tables topped with floral linens while a saxophonist with the Lois Vaughan Jazz Trio performed at the top of the stairs. Among the be-hatted and blue blazered crowd was Redwood’s new Executive Director, Benedict Leca, who was on hand with his wife Leora and two children. Carolyn duPont, Molly Sabin, Lisa White, Alyssa Gaudreau and Gretchen Markert welcomed guests upon entering.

 

The evening’s invitation featured an image by Louise Clarkson Whitelock entitled “Fly-away Fairies and Baby-blossoms,” and the fanciful illustration perfectly captured the essence of the garden party setting. Old friends and new took pleasure in catching up, and saying hello.

 


As part of the evening’s program, Earl McMillen announced that the library would offer a limited number of shares for sale. Those interested would become a part of Redwood's history along with its many treasures, which also include a replica of Gilbert Stuart’s famed portrait of George Washington, attributed to Stuart’s daughter, Jane, who lived on Mill Street in Newport.

 

The sporty crowd

All proceeds from the evening’s festivities go toward the maintenance and beautification of Redwood Library grounds. And as the sun lowered on the horizon, a guest looking down the slope of Church Street could glimpse the masts of the ships that no doubt contributed to Mr. Mecray’s inspiration to capture the Newport Harbor.

 

 

Seen were Federico Santi, Paul Szapary, Nancy Parker Wilson, Holly Bannister, Sid and Jean Gorham,  Caroline Considine, Director of Institutional Advancement at Redwood, Frank and Betsy Ray, Diana Sylvaria, Dr. Holly Bannister, Christine McDonald and Tom Fair.

 

 

                                                               --Ali Gainor

 

 

Mary & Bill Stevens

 

Michael & Diane Rabinowitz

 

Christine MacDonald, Steven Fielding & Nicole Drescher

 

Carol & Miles Bidwell, John Mecray

 

Anne Collins & Dennis Taber

 

Linda Gordon, Donald Christ & Jennifer Booth

 

Tom Fair, Redwood Library Director Benedict Leca with children, & artist John Mecray

 

Gary Dion offering bubbly & libations

 

Donna & Paul Gricus

 

Sally Ryan

 

Sally & David Ryan

 

Doris Nigro & Rob Nigro

 

Mark Nunes & Mary Nunes

 

Sid Gorham & Charles Wharton

 
 

 

The Garden Gazebo

 

Federico Santi & Paul Szapary

 

Angela Fischer & Margaret Jefferys

 

 

Patricia & David Wendell with George Clark

 

Virginia Smith & friend

 

David Reed, Whitney Overocker & Kevin Hegarty

 

Betsy & Frank Ray

 

Nancy Parker Wilson, Eulah Sheffield & Mrs. Richard Sheffield

 

Diana Sylvaria & Dr. Holly Bannister

 

Redwood Library Director of Institutional Advancement Caroline Considine & Smudge McVickar

 

Sophie Fair & Nicole Drescher

 

 

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