Awards and Honors won with the Artwork
NEWS overview here and links above, as well - the latest - always feel welcome to contact for comment and questions and purchase.
September 22 One-Woman Show and Sale at MSOC in Glastonbury Center. Stay tuned for details.
Summer Farmer's Market items added to artwork and NEW Office space get things back to work
2018 - Art to Red Cross benefit earned cash for these worthy responders, and en plein aire, as Elle Fagan art comes out of hiatus
End 2017 - BEST WISHES FOR A FINE HOLIDAY AND WONDERFUL 2018
Elle Smith Fagan stories about family- recently, Mother Blog Stories about her here - she is with us forever!
Completed half dozen shows and first small sales are happening - much much better to come - restart after a disability is work. Doing it - thrilled that I can!
NOTE: new artworks. See them at the Fine Art link on the home page.
"Sidewalk Artist" - I am 'just doing this' when weather and weekend match up - and visitors. Please be one of them. 'Events' link at the header for details.
Click to earlier news items at the NEWS ARCHIVE - engaging in steady work in my artslife keeps me in top spirits and with honors, at "upper midlife".
Artist Personal Overview: details on request
50s- 60s Born and raised in Fairfield Connecticut with honors in work and love and Norman Rockwell sunshiny days, and super parents, but not without challenge. Met my late husband at Fairfield University helping in arts, accelerated from my Nancy Drew high school chums to the all male university to help with girl things in arts.
60s Then on to Fort Knox Kentucky, with my proud new husband, a man who made medicine and hated chem warfare, "the Lieutenant", eldest son of a seminarian- turned - Treasury agent, after graduation, descended from diplomats and old railroad money, to wedding , and briefly American Red Cross and birth of our son, a year later, at Ireland Army Hospital, until his deployment to his USACE Black Diamonds in VietNam [Bronze Star].
70s After his service, back to Connecticut briefly: I was prepared in my girlhood family circle, to be pioneer Birthing room mother and then with son and daughter happily along, from Connecticut after the war, with Wellcome to Raleigh/Greenville NC where I was charter member of a dozen crews paid an volunteer in the southern boomtown and "Miz Fagan' to many children some of whom remember me when they find me online.
Blessed with so many Joyful years of work and play with Wellcome and my own work in the schools and community, I was also able to continue college at their famous East Carolina University, and its $3M arts complex at the time, drawing top professors and opportunity for me , once more, with honors. Just being able to continue studies I needed, WITHOUT breaking up the marriage was a bit remarkable, but they didn't know my husband, so they could not know how easy it was! Health and fitness paired with Swim Club and children's Olympics and Social events and clubs for the grownups for fun and civic and spiritual and financial gain abounded and most contributed to the community as well. So special the things we got to do, back then, and we were always a pair and never bored. Our children grew up with good example in their lives - a lot....and fun.
80s Then tragedy and recession force play: sudden death to aneurysm of the brain of my beloved spouse at a time in our lives of major changes, and the children in their early teens and myself pretty pathetic for bit; and then , virtually on the way home from the funeral, the recession hurting the money. HOME. Connecticut roots could not be more appealing!
Like Scarlett O'Hara rejoicing that Tara was still standing after the war overran the area, coming home to Connecticut lifted my spirits for the first time in three years...HOME! And I knew we 'd be okay , as long as one has the spirit to make that effort, most will win thru it all - and now I had it. Leaving North Carolina was awful and we were nearly broke - money issues for the first time in my life , with the children in the teens and needing more, not less, money. Yet was a non-event after sudden widowhood from the real life handsome prince, and now home was empowering again. The story won a prize and meeting with the Governor for a moment, some years later - It's about life: my advice? Genuine is a great keyword.
90s Children off with college and career! Normal breathing for me finally, seeing they were okay. Back to work: "off the cuff" jobs with agencies and get back to my arts/ redcross sci-tech things and did, and even got some money back in the bank, when an accident stopped my life again - online work saved my life - so do not pick on your living-online friends and family too much - it may be the best path for the moment - though balance in virtual and actual world is really important. My art at the White House and lots of new art and sales.
Y2K Not so badly disabled any longer, I helped Red Cross again , volunteer, as I could - ART WITH HEART was born and thrives and I LOVE it - should have gotten into it sooner and it if you go to the page the PARTIAL list of events and reipients of its goodness is one of which I can be proud. Visit and see all the good it has done thru the years...link in footer.
Of course, Nineleven found me on a campaign - my Dad's Sci Tech DuPont/NASA and Sikorsky work and friends had begged for updates in OCCUPANT SAFETY AND ESCAPE TECHNOLOGY - Art with Heart helped responders with cash and I enjoyed healing to the point of participation in the Manchester Road Race on my own two feet and not in a wheelchair.
2010 to present:
Daring to become UNdisabled, it seems, was the way of it and so it was not till 2013 that I was finally in a private rent again and restarting my business and working at my art and skills and earnings recuperation. But in the shows regularly in Hartford and New York, Southport and more. New office, new work and normal sales now.
Set backs and age slowed this down but then I look around me and see I do very well and I realize that I should be grateful for so much and especially the longevity in my family on both my parent's lines. I live my days , usually jumping to get at it and staying objective: I do what I can do and not what "the talkers of old old, old" try to sell. I am aiming to make 100 years as the statistics tell me is the way of things, and so I do with the old Polish "STO LAT" from mother and " Fad saol duit ! " from Father's side and all of them wishing "Live 100 years !" in our proud American way!
May it be so for you as well! elle