Eye of the Archive: “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?”
Ahhh sweet summer, always a stunner…
This season brings out the poet in me, and I couldn’t agree more with fellow poet William Carlos Williams who said “in summer, the song sings itself…” It’s been a sweet, sweet song for me this summer, with much to celebrate and enjoy during this beautiful season in Aspen, Colorado’s West End. Have you seen the glorious flower gardens garnishing the grounds of this neighborhood’s stately homes? Much to my delight, the talented Travis and Lena have been hard at work cultivating a spectacular garden outside my very own windows, throughout the Wheeler/Stallard Museum grounds. The result is a property suited for a queen, and just in time too, since the portrait of my beloved history crush Mrs. Ella Stallard has finally returned from restoration!
After a brief sojourn (though it felt like an eternity of separation) at the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) in Philadeliphia, Ella has returned more beautiful than even I could have imaged. The expert conservators took special care to restore Ella to her natural glory. From blotter washing and inpainting to frame work and environmental protections, the restored piece shines. Yesterday the AHS team re-hung Ella above her dining room table in the Wheeler/Stallard Museum, her home for over 40 years.