Beate Caspari-Rosen, MD
(1910 - 1995)
Craft Show, Mattatuck Museum
I do not know how many of you visited the craft show in Waterbury.
It is definitely worthwhile. Though the exhibit is small, and comfortably
fits into two rooms, I vividly recall certain art pieces, since one
is not overwhelmed with too many exhibits unlike shows where object
are so numerous that few if any are recalled after visiting the show.
The drive to Waterbury along route 63 in Connecticut meanders through a lovely
landscape of rolling hills, forests, and sparsely populated areas. The tree tops
were reddish, as if shrouded in a light red blanket: an early sign of spring.
The museum is situated on the town’s green. Waterbury once had factories;
these surround the commercial and residential area, but for the foremost are
now empty and the whole town has an air of neglect.
When I see an exhibit I often ask myself whether I would like to own and live
with any of the art works and many times my answer is NO. Though I may admire
al piece of art I would not like to possess it. This was not the case here. E.
McDonald’s relief composed of clay tiles was large scale, more than nine
by eleven feet, depicting moving clouds in semi-abstract forms on a bluish background.
Another of her wall reliefs consisted of a garish clay tiles. In the center was
a niche with a window through which a night sky was visible. However, when looked
at up close, you realize that the surface is flat, and your eye has been cleverly
deceived. I have often seen similar illusionistic trompe l’oeil effects
in older paintings, especially in ceiling paintings, I but have never seen it
made of tiles. I was glad to find out that this artist won the exhibition’s
Another artist who impressed me was Priscilla Porter, who worked in
glass. She too won a prize for her work. The piece I wished I could
own was a glass unicorn that measured about three by four feet. For
the most part it was clear glass but the artist fused the transparent
substance with color in certain areas. What was especially striking
was Porter’s skill—and imagination: her unicorn appeared
to float weightless in air.
There were other interesting and very original pieces. Among them
were Alexandra Friedman’s large tapestries; one depicted a view
of the Adirondacks, the other, the flower cyclamen on a sunny porch.
All in all there were 160 entries, a number that were quite small. Lovely
silver jewelry was also displayed. I really enjoyed this exhibit and
can highly recommend it.