Seabury Residents Involved With The Arts

The active and engaging residents at Seabury are involved with creative and enduring artistic endeavors. Joy & Roger Floyd are two fine examples of our residents who refuse to let their artistic fire be extinguished.
Joy was recently invited to display her works of art at Artwalk Gallery at Hartford Public Library. The display, entitled The Good Earth, opened with a reception that drew more than 200 friends and family and art lovers, on Friday Oct. 7th, and will be on display through Nov. 13th. She was thrilled about the opportunity to have her art on display at such a prestigious and large gallery.
“Well, it’s basically a retrospective of work from almost twenty years back and new work as well. And the fact that the space is large and attractive,” Joy says when asked about her inspiration for The Good Earth, which includes art she created as far back as 1998. “When I was invited a year ago, I made the plan to include work from over the years. Because it’s very rare that one has the chance to have the space to do that, particularly with larger pieces.”
Joy strives to be “painterly” in her art without actually using paint; “I think its textures most and design also. For myself, I try to be painterly in the works. I don’t use paint, but I use color, shape… so I’m striving for something that has a painterly feel to it.” From something old came something new, she says, and adds that The Good Earth collection doesn’t have a particular theme.
“Well, when I used to walk to work every day, I’d pick up things in the gutter. I go to good will sometimes and go through scraps bins. I use old clothes. It’s basically the stuff that I use as my inspiration. I don’t try to make a house or a tree or a bouquet of flowers in my work.” Instead, her collages are more abstract, put together with the “stuff” she collects at her studio at Real Art Ways.
“In my studio I have a huge table, just from a slab of plywood. Under the table on shelves, I have milk crates full of scraps of material and bits of wood and rusty metal and just about anything you can think of because just about everything I use is old. It seems to work best for me that I use something that was used and discarded and I’ve been able to then use it again in a different way and make something new out of it. And sometimes there is something that develops, but I don’t set out to make a landscape, or a seascape or anything in particular. I just use the things and try to make a sort of puzzle with things that go together.”
Joy Floyd’s The Good Earth will be on display and for sale at Artwalk, at the Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St., Hartford CT 06103, through Nov. 13th.

To view photo's of Joy's art, visit Seabury's flicker stream of the photos.

Not to be outdone, Joy’s husband Roger is a self-published author of four books, including his latest, The Hiddens. A retired United Methodist Clergy member, his first three books centered around his life’s work, while the most recent is his first fictional novel. Roger says he thought it would be “…a fun experiment” to try to write a novel.
“I read a lot of mysteries myself, and it occurred to me…‘why not?’ Particularly, the mystery is very difficult to bury clues that aren’t obvious, so I figured it would be a good experiment to see if I could do it.” Consider the experiment a proven success.
His current living surroundings were certainly a small part of the inspiration for the plot, but, as he cautions in the forward of the book, all characters are completely fictional and not based on anyone at his current place of residence.
“So the plot theory behind the book is a place like Seabury, but I located it north of Boston,” he says. “And the federal government uses the retirement center as a place for hiding people in witness protection. This location has four folks that are under witness protection from four different Federal agencies and the various agencies don’t realize that other agencies are using the same site. And the administration of the facility had no idea people were there under witness protection.”
Roger goes on to explain the back story of the main characters and why they are “hidden” at The Triple Pines retirement community. He says he let the story write itself, unfolding one page after another, as it came to him, rather than as a carefully planned out and executed story. “I decided on the concept of hiding people in a place like Seabury. And I wrote the first chapter, which is the prologue, in which one of the people is killed. And I had no idea at that point who did it or why? But I just kept writing and it gradually unfolded until I got to the end and it was clear. That was my pattern writing sermons. I never knew when I started where I was going to end. I just wrote and it gradually unfolded.”
Interestingly, he choose a work of art from his wife’s collection as the cover art to adorn the book. “She had some of her collages here and I noticed that one and said, ‘Aha, I can work with that.’ There’s enough symbolism in there that it works fine. The Hiddens are four characters; two couples and two singles that were hidden and we’ve got four circles. The theme of the book, without telling you too much in advance, is very heavily based around race and racism, therefore the brown. And in many ways the reality of the retirement community is more progressive than conservative, therefore more blue than red,” he says of the collage on the cover.
The Hiddens is published by Dog Ears Publishing, A self-publishing company where everything is done via email. For more information on the book, or to order your own copy, please visit the book's website.

 

 

 

 


 

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