Art by Larry Connatser and Joan Cobitz for sale this weekend at Betsy Cain’s studio

Savannah painter Betsy Cain has announced a “pop-up show” of works by Larry Connatser and Joan Cobitz this coming Friday through Sunday, July 19th-21st, from 9 a.m. to noon at her studio at 2222 Bonaventure Road.

Cain will be selling the last of Connatser’s work from Cobitz’s private collection and also showcasing some of Cobitz’s prints, paintings, and drawings that Cain has stewarded since Joan’s 2005 death.

In email, Cain noted that all the works are being offered at “exceptional” prices.

When I moved to Savannah in 1995, I was Joan’s neighbor on East Gwinnett Street, but I didn’t see much of her those first months. Her longtime partner Larry Connatser was ill and dying. After his death in 1996, I saw a lot more of Joan and have many good memories of her, including the fascinating stories she told me of her life while I helped paint the edges of her living room ceiling. Sometime during this period, I first met Betsy as well.

When I bought my current house in late ’96, Joan gave me a housewarming gift: a particularly nice rock. I have it on the floor in the living room to this day.

joan and larry9 warmerI continued to see Joan regularly, especially in the early years of The Sentient Bean.

In 2002, Joan co-curated a retrospective of Larry’s work: sSouthern Melodies at the Telfair Museum of Art. Check out this 2002 feature piece in the Savannah Morning News. Click here to read Joan’s reflections on Larry’s work.

All the contact info is on the postcard embedded here (again, please note that the hours are from 9 a.m. till noon, not till midnight).

I’m sure I’ll be dropping by Cain’s studio one morning this weekend.