The Seaport Store

Text Box: Gerry got me an exhibit in The Seaport Store at South Street Seaport in New York in July of 1979. The  Seaport was happy to have me partly because it was very slow in July and they felt that anything new was good. I loved having the show and we all parted with a verbal promise of a two week show every July.

As might have been expected that was the year that the Seaport was entirely reorganized and, when the dust settled, The Seaport Store no longer existed. I think the location became a soap shop.

All material copyright 2008 Neil Borrell

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The Vineyard Gazette, on Martha’s Vineyard had published my Vineyard Drawings in the paper so I sent them an announcement in hopes of some publicity. I had signed a release for the drawings that they used but had not signed anything for this one, which was drawn on Cape Cod anyway. When the drawing of the three derelict boats from Wellfleet appeared with no mention of the show I sent the editor a letter saying that I was pleased to have my drawings printed in the Vineyard Gazette but only the ones from Martha’s Vineyard that I had agreed to.  I got a pretty nasty call from the publisher about ten minutes before a Noon News I was working on. He thought I had a lot of nerve to complain. I had no time to talk so that avenue disappeared.

This is the scene about ten minutes before the Noon News. I was the Associate Director at the time.

I was the only man in 10 Uptown, a group of 11 artists who exhibited in alternative spaces. You’ll notice there are 10 people in the photograph but 11 names.

Amy and Nana, my mother, at the Seaport Store opening.

It looks pretty quiet. I guess that’s what you get on a Tuesday night in July.

Seaport Store Photo courtesy Jeff Mitchell