Hillary Clinton came to Madison recently. Which is as close as I personally will ever get to the woman, being that the sum total of my professional achievements you are holding in your hand. Don’t get me wrong; we at Coastal Connecticut are immensely proud of our work and equally honored by its subsequent reception. But let’s be honest, Hillary’s Secret Service detail isn’t going to come do a bug sweep in our offices anytime soon.
Madison-based artist Marilyn Caldwell, on the other hand, is another story. Her glorious work, “Stars and Stripes in The East Room,” was selected among thousands of other portfolios and garnered Marilyn a meeting with the former First Lady herself in, you guessed it, The East Room. That same painting also hung in the U.S. Embassy in Budpest in 2006.
Space simply does not allow me to list the extraordinary length of Caldwell’s achievements. Nonetheless a few highlights include: Thomas Hoving, the former director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, purchased two of her watercolors for his own collection. One hung in his dining room, the other resided behind his desk at his next post after the Met, as Editor-In-Chief at Connoisseur Magazine.
Other notable accomplishments: Her works have been included in more than 300 public and private collections in the U.S and Europe. They are also in the permanent collections of The
National Arts Club in New York City, as well as The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Recently she has shifted from her noted watercolors to abstract and impressionist acrylics. She continues t.o work to this day and currently resides in Old Saybrook.
Visit www.caldwellgalleries.com for more information on the artist.
Image Credits: Photo courtesy of Caldwell Galleries