Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Art of Collecting

By Annie Keefe, Bill Scheffler
& Bud Siegel

During Art/Red in rep, the Playhouse lobby featured collections from WCP staff, supporters & friends.

Art is more than paintings or sculpture. The act of curating a personal collection is itself an art. The art of collecting takes centerstage in our upcoming production of Buyer & Cellar as we peek into a basement mall built to house a certain celebrity's collection.

Take a look!

Bud Siegel's Lego Masterpieces
This is what happens when you retire and you have no hobbies. Roz always called it the dreaded “R” word, and I thought I better quickly find something to do with my time besides walking, biking, skiing, being on a couple of Boards and just lying by the pool. So, Lego seemed like a good idea: not too expensive and you have some neat stuff when you finish.

Unfortunately this has grown into a bit of a monster as what started out as a relatively inexpensive hobby has become a beast and once our renovation is finished, the Legos will have a 1,200 sq. ft. area for a workplace and for display. The good news for Roz is it will be on the fourth floor so it will be almost as if I was still traveling for work.

William Scheffler's Historic Westport Postcards
Postcards capture the essence of a place, to save or show a friend. And when mail delivery was more frequent, up to five times a day, postcards took the place of telephone calls for quick messages – for only a penny!

I’ve collected postcards of Westport (where I live) and Weston (where I grew up) for many years, finding them at tag sales and antique fairs where dealers sit with musty shoeboxes sorted by place. Then, in the spring of 1998, when I offered to mount an exhibit for the Westport Historical Society, I discovered that there were other serious postcard collectors in Westport, as well as many “old timers” who could tell me details of where long-gone buildings had stood or what was now on the same site.

- from the introduction of “Westport and Weston in Vintage Postcards” by William L. Scheffler

Annie Keefe's Opening Night Memories
I’ve had almost 50 years of opening nights in the course of my career, and an equal number of closing nights. Both events often elicit card and/or gifts. Sometimes there are little presents which relate to the show - for opening night of Death and the Maiden, which takes place at a beach house in Argentina, the producers gave everyone beach towels with the show’s logo on them.

Here at the Playhouse we initiated opening night cards given to every cast and crew member with a memorable line from the show. To save all of these cards and gifts would mean a collection that would fill a lot of boxes. What you see here are a few reminders of shows that where important to me, from people who I came to cherish.

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