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Last updated: 10/07/05

What’s New:
Kate Sullivan’s
Theatre Paintings: A Season at the Second Story

Library Gallery Exhibit

This month in the University Library Gallery hosts an exhibit by artist Kate Sullivan entitled “Theatre Paintings: A Season at The Second Story.”

Sullivan writes, ”Good theatre offers the magic of transformation. We suspend our own reality for however brief a moment and are thrust into a world which envelops us, massages us with thought, pummels us with conflict, releases us with humor. We emerge cleansed with ideas larger than our own.

“I have had the special privilege of sitting in on rehearsals at The Second Story Theatre in Warren, where Ed Shea weaves magic week after week. I watch words on a page become emotion on the stage. Then I must go home and paint, hoping to capture even a glimpse of what I felt.

“These paintings represent a season of theater, from Moliere’s TARTUFFE to Christopher Durang’s THE MARRIAGE OF BETTE AND BOO to Oscar Wilde’s THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST and back! I have enjoyed the trip.”

Kate Sullivan’s art runs the gamut from visual to performing. She has written, produced and performed several CDs, including Lettres de Paris, an internationally acclaimed collection of French popular songs, Bolling with Words, which feature her lyrics to Claude Bolling’s Suite for Flute and Jazz Trio, and Nine Lives, a collection of original songs. She has written and produced two one-woman shows, the award winning “LENYA The Love of Kurt Weill” and “PIAF The Little Sparrow”. Sullivan also wrote and directed a musical adaptation of portions of the epic poem, “Sweeney Astray” with translation from the old Irish by Nobel prize winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney, which featured The Essex Chamber Players and the Sight-Singers of Boston.

Her setting of the story of Pinocchio for narrator, hammer, chisel and musical saw will be performed by The Providence String Quartet as a part of their work with the Providence Schools.

She has been painting for many years, with portraits always having a special spot in her repertoire. She has had solo exhibitions at New Art on Newbury Street in Boston, The Café in Brookline, MA, and The McDonough Gallery, New Haven, Ct.

To purchase her music, go to Grano Salis Music

To purchase a painting or to commission work, contact Taunton River Studios, 2512 Pleasant Street, Dighton, MA 02715 / or call or email Kate at or 508-669-6565.

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