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On receiving a gift of art

Erastus Granger, AncestorMeet the great-great-great-grandparents. This is Erastus Granger, and his gloomy visage, in its battered frame, has reigned over the front hallway of the Crazy Stable for ages. I first propped him up there as a Lemony-Snickety Hallowe'en goof. I also confess to a shameful whiff of preppie pride at having such an obviously ancient glowering ancestor, and one who was Protestant and English to boot. (He's from my Dad's side, long before popery spread like wildfire through the clan via my Irish-American mother.)

 "Brilliant Bouquet," acrylic, Karen FriedlandOver the weekend, however, an artist friend in a rush of generosity gave me this beautiful painting. Karen Friedland, its creator, is an accomplished painter whose work hangs in collectors' homes, galleries and, now, here. (Well, it will be hung.) On a whim, I swapped out this flamboyant acrylic bouquet for old Erastus, and lo, the hallway was transfigured. The painting serendipitously echoed the faux Easter posies I'd tossed in the dough-bowl thingie. It bounced light around instead of sucking it into a gothic abyss. The brushstrokes even manage to party happily with the rather ghastly colors we painted the hall and its trim (respectively, peach and a hue I've dubbed "Shrimp Bisque Bordello." This photo doesn't show the walls' true color, for which you should be grateful.)

A gift of art from a friend is magical on many levels. Creativity is an absolute mystery, and it's a share of that mystery. Karen's work ranges from riotously color-drenched landscapes to vibrant abstractions, but all of them spring straight from her vision; thus, in a sense, they are all gifts. To see more of them (along with nifty homes), come this weekend to the Flatbush Artists Spring Studio Tour, which Karen founded to showcase, not just her own work, but that of many other talented artists in our neck of the woods. It's this weekend, May 19 and 20, from noon to 6 p.m., and it's free. Like a gift.

Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 01:30AM by Registered CommenterBrenda from Brooklyn in , | Comments2 Comments

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I'm glad you like it and have placed in such a place of honor. You see, the gift of friendship is even better that a gift of art.
May 9, 2012 at 10:46PM | Unregistered Commenterartist Karen
I came across the portrait you show here as Erastus Granger. I am a researcher working on a thesis project and am hoping the Erastus Granger here is the same man I am studying. I am looking for the cousin of Gideon Granger who was Indian agent and postmaster at Buffalo NY beginning in 1802. He married Elizabeth Sanburn of Canandaigua, NY. If you could reply to let me know either way I would be greatly indebted. There a no known images of this man and he was very important to Buffalo/ western NY State history.

Thanks, in advance.
September 13, 2016 at 12:54AM | Unregistered CommenterKris Nielson-Key

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