It's not everyday that I get to sit and write about something that will benefit everyone who reads it, but today is one of those days.
I love the Greater Danbury area in a way that is indescribable. Trying to gather up the words to explain your love for something or someone can be difficult and frustrating. But I don't really have to search for the verbal tags anymore, I can advertise my love by hanging some of Betty Ann Medeiros' paintings.
Just a handful of her beautiful pieces will tell anyone who passes by them that I love where I live and celebrate it. I found a slideshow of her work recently on Youtube and reached out to her right away.
I wanted to know when she started painting, what her family thinks, does she sell them? I had to slow myself down and start with the basics, where do you live? I said. I hit her with rapid fire questions, barely any formal introduction, and "where do you live?" Frankly, I'm surprised she didn't call the police. This was my excited way of saying hello, I'm Lou, I love your work and would like to write about it.
In spite of my awkward introduction, Betty Ann did take some time to talk to me and answer my questions.
Danbury’s Betty Ann Medeiros Idealizes Local Area with Paint and Nostalgia
Her name is Betty Ann Medeiros, she is from Danbury, CT and she’s extremely gifted. Betty Ann has been painting since her college days at Western Connecticut State University and it’s her passion.
After I saw her work, I introduced myself and asked a lot of questions. I wanted to know why she paints the subject matter she does, and what inspires her? Betty Ann explained it in more detail saying:
“I love where I live and what this whole greater Danbury area has to offer. I am inspired to paint the beautiful landscape that I see around me and capture them in paint which cements these images in my mind. I love being outdoors on a gorgeous day and am attracted to the ponds, lakes, rivers, paths, trees, and rocks that are abundant. With all the craziness in the world right now people just want to remember the good times, where they hung out as kids, fun times with friends, perfect days on the lake, etc. Many of my paintings have an idyllic look and people like them because they are more of a nostalgic version of the past.”
Her agenda is effective, she has the talent to get people to look, and presents a purity that nostalgic folks like myself, look for. Below are pictures of just some of Betty Ann’s amazing work. I hope you like it as much as I do.
Thomas Merton was a famous theologian and poet, who said "art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." I think Betty Ann's work can accomplish that for anyone looking at it.
P.S. Betty Ann does sell some of her work, including affordable prints that she says are very popular.
8 Fun Facts About Danbury Airport
I think there are a handful of places in Danbury that residents are really curious about but never bother to look into, one of those places is the Danbury Airport. We pass it on the way to the mall, or leaving after a day of shopping. We look down on it from Route 7 and wonder about it, but most of us simply don’t know.
Thankfully, we have Mike Allen who made the airport the subject of the most recent episode of “The Place You Live”. On Tuesday (2/1/22), Allen shared his research with us and these are 8 fun facts we learned about Danbury Airport.
CT Man Overcomes Emotional Trauma With Wildlife Photography
Tim Kaiser is a former I-95 radio personality that I lost touch with some years ago. Tim reappeared in my Instagram direct messages with photos and a story I had to share with you. His story, is one of overcoming life’s obstacles and finding beauty in a world with so much pain.
I asked for Tim’s permission to share a letter he wrote me and he said yes. The words below are his, they reflect his emotional suffering and his brave journey to combat life’s challenges with the beauty of nature. This is the story of how a CT man has overcome emotional trauma with photography and nature. The pictures below were all taken in Washington and Woodbury, CT.
Danbury Father + Son Make Memorable Trek Lambeau Field for Packers Playoff Game
Juan, JJ and Javier are Danbury residents with a love for football, the Packers and family. The trio made a memorable trek to the “Frozen Tundra” on Saturday (1/22/22) and watched their favorite team lose to the 49ers but they will not look back and see a loss, instead they gained a moment in time that can never be erased. Juan is my wife’s cousin, JJ is his son, Javier is Juan’s brother and they are just three of my many “in-laws.”