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Circus Day in America new art by Patt Kelley

For the past few months I've been working on nine pieces for The Shelburne Museum in Vermont. The exhibit, entitled "Circus Day in America" showcases the sights, sounds and smells during the heyday of the circus 1870-1950. On display will be objects from the museum's own collection as well as from The John and Mable Ringling Museum. I've seen some of the posters and photographs that will be on display, and they're amazing.

For my part in the exhibit I created seven posters of noteable sideshow freaks throughout history. Serpentina, Grady Stiles the Lobster Boy, and siamese twins Millie Christine to name a few. Not to mention a nearly four foot tall poster of four legged woman Myrtle Corbin. Along with the posters I made two sculptures. One of armless lady Frances O'Connor holding a smouldering cigarette inbetween her toes, and the other of JoJo the Dog Faced Boy (using my wife's haircut clippings to cover his face and hands.)


The exhibit will be open for the museum's entire 2010 season.

May 16 - October 24

If you happen to be in Vermont stop in and check it out.



For more info...


www.shelburnemuseum.org


www.pattkelley.com


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