William Meredith Center for the Arts
The Meredith Center for the Arts will keep the flame of
generosity and artistic camaraderie burning at Riverrun, William's home
on the Thames River in Connecticut where he lived and worked for 60 years
and which has recently been added to the State
Registry of Historic Landmarks.
Limited residencies are available in 2010. We have high hopes of
constructing a two-bedroom annex to the William Meredith Center to
house visiting artists and provide studio space in which to work.
Currently, the facilities are limited to a small studio apartment
for visiting artists who must rely on off campus studio space. The
fine local architect, Mark Comeau has volunteered his services to
help construct this annex. Until the annex is completed, the guest
apartment is available at Riverrun and additional housing may be
arranged in the area. Artists and writers wishing to visit should
contact the Foundation at the following address to discuss what they
have in mind and what their needs may be.
here to view conceptual drawings
and plans for the future annex building.
The William Meredith Foundation, Inc.
SUMMER RESIDENCIES 2009
This summer the William Meredith
Center for the Arts was pleased to welcome five artists for short residencies
with additional visits scheduled for the month of August. We wish to
thank the Griffis Arts Center and Fran Tripp for their extremely kind
reception for several of these artists who have been accommodated at
LUCIEN DIMITROV (www.lusienliko.hit.bg)
I was pleased to greet Lucien at the Boston Airport this July
and house him at the Meredith Center's guest apartment. Lucien has generously
offered to create a portrait for the sculpture garden at Riverrun and began initial
work on the project before continuing on to Chicago. He returns in August with
Boiko Dimitrov to continue this work and connect with friends and galleries in
the community. William Meredith first introduced Lucien's work to the United
States for an exhibition of Bulgarian artists at the Von Schlippe Gallery at
the University of Connecticut as well as two exhibitions at the York Square Gallery
in New Haven.
Lucien works in monumental plastic art & wood sculpture, and does colored
wood cuts and watercolors. He graduated from the National College of Applied
Arts, Sofia, and the National Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia. His works are in the
permanent collection of the National Art Gallery in Sofia, as well as galleries
and private collections in Georgia, Greece, Yugoslavia, and many countries of
Western Europe and the US. Marine motifs appear in his watercolor compositions.
His process of form and deformation accents both the immaculately homogeneous
and the weird and gaudy. Folk inspiration results in works of great charm such
as the following sculpture titled "Balance."
BIJU VISWANATH (www.Bijuviswanath.com)
In July, the Meredith Center welcomed Biju Viswanath for a
short visit to investigate the potential for a second film to follow MARATHON
(www.MarathonTheMovie.com), a sequel
to the E.M Forster novel MAURICE. MARATHON is a tale of courage, endurance,
and finally, the triumph of love. Profits from both films will help endow
the Center. The press release for MARATHON reads in part:
The power to overcome illness with dignity becomes a lesson in physical
and spiritual endurance, hard won knowledge indeed. MARATHON displays the
resolve, discipline and courage of two human beings running for their lives,
qualities that can sustain us all in life's marathon. In this moving
account, we see how two fellow runners have joined the course, and just
how far our dreams can take us before we cross the finish line.
Biju Viswanath: Cinematographer/DP,
Director. Biju Viswanath is an award-winning international film maker.
The critically acclaimed feature film dejá vj,(2001)
with British actors, was his first international feature. His films have been
screened at several international film festivals, including: Pusan, Locarno,
Greece , New York, New Jersey, and Indian Panorama.
Marathon is his fifth feature film. (More about MARATHON).
CELIA DE FREINE (www.celiadefreine.com)
During her month long visit, Celia de Freine and Mr. Viswanath were
accommodated at the Griffis Arts Center in New London where Sharon Griffis
gave them an extraordinary welcome, including them in a number of social
activities. Celia and Richard worked extremely well (and hard!) on the first
draught for a screenplay titled, LEAVING THE GREENWOOD. Previously, she wrote
the screenplay for MARATHON. She and her husband, the novelist Jack Harte,
visited in the spring of 2007 often visiting the hospital in the final months
of Mr. Meredith's life.
Ms. de Fréine returned to Riverrun in the fall of 2009 to continue
work on a new screenplay and to attend the world premiere of MARATHON as
part of the New York International Film Festival.
Celia de Freine is a poet and playwright who writes in both Irish and English.
She was born in Northern Ireland and now lives in Dublin and Connemara.
Many of her plays have been produced, including most recently ‘Anraith
Neantoige' by Aisling Ghear in 2004. She won the Oireachtas Award for best play
in 2003, 2004, and 2006.
She has published three volumes of poetry, ‘Faoi Chabaisti is Rionacha'
and ‘Fiacha Fola', both in the Irish language, and ‘Scarecrows at
Newtownards' in English. Her poetry has won numerous awards, including the Patrick
Kavanagh Award (1994), Duais Chomortas Litriochta Dhun Laoghaire (1996), Duais
Smurfit / La (2003) and Gradam Litriochta Chlo Iar-Chonnachta (2004), and the
Translation Award of the British Comparative Literature Association (1999).
"The stark simplicity of the language heightens the powerful range of emotions … In
this incredibly powerful collection, Celia de Freine has given us an absolute
page-turner. ‘Fiacha Fola' is the best collection of poetry I have read
this year" – Irish Times
NANCY FRANKEL (http://www.nancyfrankel.com)
Nancy Frankel has been William Meredith's friend since the
days she first taught him sculpture after his stroke. She serves as the
Treasurer for the foundation and several of her works have been donated
for the sculpture park at Riverrun. She has created the moquette for "Guardian
Angel," an eight-foot
sculpture of an angel to be formed in steel for the memorial section of
the garden under the "two trees" where William's ashes lie. The two trees
are the subject of his poem, "A Couple of Trees." Nancy says of her
work, "I use "organic
geometry" to give form to my love of nature and architecture. Space, either
encapsulated or activated, and a sense of balance, precarious yet centered,
are integral to my work. My sculptures range in size from small maquettes
and table-top interior works to large exterior pieces. The sundials and
fountains, seamlessly merging form and function, reflect their environmental
settings. The outdoor sculptures are made of design-cast (a man-made stone),
steel and bronze. These materials can be found in my interior works in
addition to plexiglas, fired clay, plaster and wood.
Boiko Dimitrov, though not related to Lucien is a brother
in the arts who has visited New London under William's sponsorship on
a number of occasions and has participated in the exhibitions arranged
for Bulgarian artists over the years. He will be in residence in the
month of August upon his return from Bulgaria.
Boiko Dimitrov was born in Blagoevgrad in 1967, and graduated
from the College St. Ivan Risky in Dupnitsa. He has had four solo exhibitions,
in Sofia and at Alexey von Schlippe Gallery, UCONN at Avery Point, Groton,
CT. Boiko's icon paintings depict religious imagery and symbols which
hold in balance a division of the principles of the divine and the real,
dissecting the architectural view of a field around a focal area, creating
an enigmatic transfiguration of time.