Ted Merritt at the Spring Street Gallery

Ted Merritt will be introducing his new book “Ocean Attitudes” and showing related paintings at a reception at the Spring Street Gallery on August 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. The show will remain up until Sunday, September 5.
The book, an 80-page collection of lyrical poems and marine art, was written during the 2020 Covid sequester year. It reflects both his and his and his wife Janet’s Block Island experience.Ted came to Block Island as a baby on his parents’ sailboat and has been an island visitor, and both a full and part time resident since. He and Janet currently winter in Arizona and summer in their house on the island.He has been an observer of island resilience and island caring.
Merritt contends that Block Island’s location fifteen miles out in the ocean is instrumental in helping people learn to live together.
His father used to call Block Island the “poor man’s island.” He liked to vacation on an island where people had to work hard to insure survival. His father singled out the “Double Ender” sailboat as a symbol of island effort to survive. This fishing boat, popular until up to three decades ago, could sail

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