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Untitled #10, 40 in x 30 in, oil and acrylic on canvas, 2013 by Hannah Stahl Image from Stalh’s show Index: The Women of Auschwitz held at Vanderbilt’s Space 204 Gallery

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Impressions 10 Staying current—how we’ve improved your reading experience. Home 12 Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and Seal Rock in Marion rocks with perfection. Read 36 Visiting Athena: Boston’s Athenæum is the center of wisdom, reason, intellect, and much more.

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Travel 70 W here can you find 3,200 champions from 49 states? Only at the Westminster Kennel Club’s 141st Dog Show in New York City. Invest 76 Where does the election leave Fannie Mae and the mortgage market? Intimacy 78 It’s Valentine’s Day…how do I feel? Itinerary 80 It’s only a little snow. Events and places to get you out of the house this month. Be Seen 88 A rt, fun, and fashion—the Foundry Art Show’s opening night.


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ith each home review comes the challenge of distinguishing facts from fiction. In today’s blogosphere, anyone with an inkling of digital talent can shoot, describe, and post a property review from their cell phone. The effort is usually followed by the uploading of the content to a sell-it-yourself website, which promises millions of eyes casting interest on the property within minutes of its launch. Lacking in these boilerplate advertisements are the personal interest, labor, and expertise, expended by real estate agents and brokers, all of whom are working behind the scenes for the many clients crowded around your single electronic ad. Also missing from a professional sales effort is seasoned reviewer’s perspective of your property. Different than a homeowner writing about their home, a neutral third party can provide a unique perspective and focus; this includes piquing the interest of readers and sharing their house tour experience. Finally, tying these elements together is the act of staging the property and the capturing of images by a professional photographer. The point here is that the most important details will shine from the pages of a review, and entice readers to call or search for additional information. One of the more exciting features of full-color print is its ability to exceed the boundaries of traditional home reviews. Through creative angles and intricate lighting, the benefits of modern day features and conveniences—or even important elements of the property—are made to look illustrious and wildly inviting. As much of a cliché as it is, these words remain accurate: “A picture is worth a thousand words.”

Seal Rock, in Marion, Massachusetts, is the quintessential SouthCoast home that, if it had arms, would wrap around your body and lead you to believe you’ve entered paradise.

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It’s important to keep the review interesting by including key elements of the designing, building, and decorating of a home. The narrative should complement a property by connecting it to a theme, or at least tell a story which relates to the reasoning behind the presentation. Case in point. Seal Rock, in Marion, Massachusetts, is the quintessential SouthCoast home that, if it had arms, would wrap around your body and lead you to believe you’ve entered paradise. Its stately yet understated entrance at the end of Taunton Avenue, off of Converse Road, is the first indication that attention to aesthetics as well as workmanship went into the redesign and restoration of this tasteful eight-room, five-bedroom Gambrel/Dutch home on a double lot. The grounds of this seaside retreat include perennial gardens, privacy hedging, mature trees, decorative outdoor lighting, and a sprinkler system which keeps the lawn green all season long. The expanded parking area is made up of pea stone and is surrounded by an apron of manicured landscaping. There is a line of privacy growth which separates tranquility from the rest of the world, along with a detached garage that closely resembles a boathouse. The two main buildings on the property marry well into the footprint, connected by intricately-laid stonework steps and patio. The views from this home are believed to be some of the finest in the quaint seaside town. Contrasting with the pristine, gray shingled exterior is a generous, rolling green lawn that appears to connect to the blue water line—which in turn, meets a distant shoreline, bordering a beautiful sky. Adding to the appeal of this coastal property is its position on the harbor. Found in the lee of the trade winds, it enjoys gentle breezes allowing for anticipated spring, summer, and fall outdoor entertaining. The SouthCoast region is a sailing mecca; sprinkled with numerous yacht clubs and marinas—including the well-known Beverly Yacht Club (which hosts the Marion to Bermuda Race each year)—your boat will be only minutes away. 16 February 2017

Inside is picture-perfect—clean and turnkey, with all finishes made from the highest quality materials, and in near-showroom condition. The open-air floor plan is delightful and befitting an oceanside home, allowing an expansive view across the bay. The crystal-clear glass windows and doors enable the outdoors to become part of the living space. A focal point of the living room is the gas fireplace. With its header and trim plates created from sea glass, it is a one-of-a-kind, decorative element that boasts form and function all year long. The entire house is bright and cheerful with beautiful décor elements and creature comforts. When away, new owners will have peace of mind because of the electronic storm/security panel system (which is retractable when not in use), protecting the glass doors and windows on the sea side of the home. The kitchen is gleamingly bright, and has both a skylight and recessed lighting. The upscale custom cabinets, appliances, counters, and island offer both convenience and style for those looking for contemporary living in a traditional style home. There is a bedroom and bath located on the first floor, with the master bedroom suite on the second floor. This one-of-a-kind sleeping chamber is appointed with a floor-to-ceiling arched window, white-washed ash floors, thick crown moldings, wainscoting, and breathtaking views that seem to go on forever. This level of sophisticated living continues into the attached bathroom. Using top-ofthe-line, designer fixtures, the style of this upscale lavatory are both lavish and practical. This perfect, year-round home or summer retreat includes a two-zoned, forced (gas) heating and cooling system for complete control of the internal environment. A unique home, reserved for the most discriminating buyer, is offered by Milbury & Company Real Estate for $1,695,000, and is available for showing by appointment. H

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A Talented Vision– Hannah Stahl By Steven Chan

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Cutting Lessons, 5.5 ft x 7 ft, oil on canvas, 2015.

Untitled #5, 40 in x 30 in, oil and acrylic on canvas, 2013. From Index: The Women of Auschwitz at Vanderbilt’s Space 204 Gallery

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Untitled #1, 40 in x 30 in, oil and acrylic on canvas, 2013.

Stahl in her Brooklyn studio.


o be prepared, I studied her works— all I could find; I attended two of her recent exhibits, then immersed myself in pieces she sent over. Our meeting was scheduled for 11:45 a.m. (just after Christmas) at Newport’s Washington Square Cafe and Baking Company. While it was a cloudy day—with a steady drizzle—the setting was apt for such an engagement. Emails followed, along with more questions. Here are my impressions: When you meet Hannah Stahl you notice her piercing eyes; they’re friendly, but penetrating—even oddly familiar. Evident is her unconscious use of them, not only to observe her surroundings but also to study those who fall into her gaze. Stahl possesses a halcyon demeanor; her generous smile is easy to

Photo/Maxwell Enrique Bahamon.

tease out, but at the same time, she shares traits reminiscent of a mirror with provenance. Here lies evidence of a clouded reflection; there is a trace of allure which incites a longing to understand her creativity, but it appears blocked by a resistance to disclosure or unveil vulnerability. The conversation takes effort, even intellectual dueling, in an attempt to strip away the layers of social protocol. Only with time and trust is it possible to encourage Stahl to share details about herself so that the juxtaposition of her diverse painting styles and genres can be fully appreciated. For some artists, their creativity lies in the expression of beauty, while others root their aptitude in social or political messages. With Stahl’s we see evidence of her opting for an emotional exposé; the effort appears to be a personal quest, that of unloading the human spirit into a physical world. Her chorus of paintings possess intrigue and complexity— just as she presents herself. February 2017 25

Through experiences, deeds, and memories, Stahl’s “personal pieces,” as she calls them, confess to an ongoing self-analysis—causing some of her works to be considered an enigma and leading an appreciative audience to a quandary. Having only recently left the safety of an institutional art education, she is moving full speed ahead, to build upon her limited but eclectic body of work—and in doing so, is making a name for herself. With the desire and drive to become successful in the highly competitive art industry, Stahl’s efforts are a clear indication that she has the sensibility (and plan) which will allow her personal expression, while simultaneously financing her career as a professional artist. Stahl says that she found her talent when she was only 4 years old, and continued to develop this gift. Focusing on a subject close to many hearts, she has established herself as an in-demand painter of pets and, in some cases, their human companions. In unique fashion, she can capture the life and personality of dogs—like few others are able—making her a viable commodity to a select audience. The remainder of Stahl’s collection demonstrates her desire for introspection. From these canvases, she seems absorbed in thoughtful reflection. Their alt-reality appears to indicate that she has the desire to concentrate on both past and future, and to give up her current state of mind to complete commissioned work. Today, Stahl is enjoying a career as a professional artist, and notably, has scored some significant achievements during the last few years. As a student in 2012, she won Vanderbilt University’s Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award. The prize amounted to a $25,000 award to cover a year of study, travel, and participation in an artist in-residence program overseas. That same year, Stahl decided on a lifechanging voyage; with interest in

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Rembrandt and Caravaggio, she toured the Netherlands and Italy. But more than the appeal of museums or canals, she was pulled to visit the remains of the concentration camps of Germany and Poland. There, she found traces of her Jewish heritage and came face-to-face with life’s harshest realities. Stahl’s discovery morphed into inspiration and led to the re-creation of images of people she never knew, but connected with. She began bringing life to those forgotten; an unexpected interaction with faces of the past, which initiated a renewed discussion of the Holocaust and its victims. In 2014, in an interview before the opening of her show Index: The Women of Auschwitz held at Vanderbilt’s Space 204 Gallery, Stahl said, “I saw those photos [and] could not stop looking at them; it became an obsession.”

The exhibit included ten 30" x 40" works and would serve as the artist’s interpretation of each person’s essence, as captured from small black and white photographs. The images, ostensibly taken as a means of recording the camp’s population, are the only evidence of their existence— as they were all put to death shortly thereafter. Stahl describes the double meaning of the show’s title. The word

Winning artwork for the Westminster Dog Show poster titled Lucy.

“index” is typically reserved for cataloging and is forthright in this use. But more interesting is her focus on the look of the women, even mentioning that their eyes inspired her, as they are “the windows to the soul.”

Another award-winning endeavor of Stahl’s was securing the 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Poster Contest in 2016. More than a poster, her rendition of “Lucy” is an adorable painting of a Staffordshire bull terrier in full flight. The portrait illuminates the muscular composition and strength of the breed, while the subtle but dramatic lighting renders a technique indicative of Rembrandt. This success has brought Stahl both notoriety and a steady stream of work.

As for her personal art, it’s easy to see the magnitude of creativity and imagery conjured for what appears to be a crossover of “down the rabbit hole” and “wake me up, I’m dreaming.” These works allow Stahl to explore the depths of her childhood and that of an adult woman. In them, she shares a piece of emotional flesh. By offering her unprotected ego for consumption by a discerning audience of her peers and public, she displays a surprising—albeit, cathartic— amount of courage. Stahl’s collective works remain loosely tied, but there is clear evidence of an uninhibited creative pulse lurking in the private space of her mind, always in high gear. With a budding career, it is apparent that Stahl’s inner strength allows her the ability to toss aside personal fear and accept risk by experimenting with technique, materials, and an examination of her emotions. As Stahl continues on this path, the art community will keep their eyes following her rise and what appears to be an exciting journey of creative exploration. Hannah Stahl is the daughter of Jim and Mary Jane Stahl of Jamestown, Rhode Island. Stahl earned a B.A. in Studio Art from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2012; fulfilled an artist-in-residence commitment at the Leipzig International Art Program in Leipzig, Germany; and in 2014, she received an MFA at The New York Academy of Art in New York in 2015. She now works from her studio in Brooklyn, New York. H

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t was a couple of days after Christmas when I sat with artist Hannah Stahl who was visiting her parents in Jamestown, Rhode Island. Stahl delayed her trip back to Brooklyn to share her thoughts and inspirations. I recall the weather was gloomy, and the rain didn’t want to give up; but, I didn’t mind, it was the type of backdrop one would expect when interviewing an artist in a coffee shop. It was a month since she first introduced herself to me at a gallery on Bellevue Avenue—a place called Atelier Newport, where she has exhibited on a few occasions. Chan: Hello Hannah; pleased to meet you (turning on the recorder). Hannah, please confirm you don’t mind me taping our conversation. Stahl: (With a nervous laugh) I don’t mind (more laughing). Chan: Let’s see where should we begin? I noticed that you’re from Jamestown. Stahl: It’s home; I’ve lived here all my life.

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Chan: Tell me, what made you choose art as a career? Stahl: I don’t think it was a choice. Chan: Did your parents whip you? Stahl: (Big laugh) That’s hilarious…no, I think if you’re an artist, you don’t have a choice, you do it because you have to. It’s an impulse; I was publishing a children’s magazine called Humpty Dumpty when I was four years old—I think it was my princess drawings (laughing). I’ve always drawn and focused on art projects throughout my schooling. I’ve also been interested in science, and I thought that was going to be my career path. I went to Vanderbilt University and was going to become a biologist, but that didn’t work out—general chemistry is a weed-out class (smiling). You know, art was always there for me, but I never thought it was something I could make a career out of. I mean, it’s so difficult—that’s all you hear from people.

Stahl: Oh yes, absolutely.

Stahl: Well…you know we tend to do things that we believe we’re good at and I think that I have confidence in it. I had dabbled in so many things and did them well, but art began to become one of my strengths—I’m so glad that I decided to dive in and go to grad school and learn about the tools available.

Chan: What year was it? First? Second?

Chan: What was the first piece of art you sold?

Stahl: Second.

Stahl: Sold? Mmmm…does that mean commissions?

Chan: Sounds like high risk to me.

Chan: It doesn’t matter any time someone may have paid you for your work? Stahl: Well, I was commissioned by a football player at Vanderbilt—he’s now with the NFL. He wanted a picture of himself with a lion. So I did that. (Laughing)

It was at that time I took the leap. Chan: So, it was during college you made the decision to split off?

Stahl: (Laughing) Definitely. Chan: How did it feel?

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It was my first commission, and I did it for $300. Chan: Not a lot of money. Stahl: No, not at all, but I do have contacts with many sports figures, and that is how I make my living—portraits of people, portraits of dogs.

shot the image to get the light—just as you were talking about—to get that direct warm light and capture the dog doing whatever he likes—in this case, jumping. Chan: There is a mood of the work, do you agree? Stahl: Yes, I think that I take [subjects] out of their context; I do that with most of my work.

Chan: So, you do artwork of both people and dogs? Chan: Did you get any work as a result? Stahl: Yes, I’ve done executives—men will have me [paint] their wives. I’m still building my website but think I will expand the portraits of people—although dogs have been a real niche.

Stahl: Yes, quite a bit; there was a lot of press surrounding the piece.

Chan: What materials do you enjoy to work with the most?

Chan: It’s funny you smile a lot, and also laugh a great deal; you’re changing my preconception. I expected more darkness and mood to match the day.

Stahl: My favorite medium is oil painting; that’s what you’ll see on my sites. Chan: From what I’ve seen of your work with dogs, I noticed that you use light to your advantage and you also make the dogs look happy there’s a positive energy in them. Stahl: Awe, well, I try to paint from the dog’s point of view. I…

Stahl: Oh, that’s me too (laughing). Chan: From all that I’ve seen, you seem very confident. Are you confident? Stahl: I think it goes back to how I’ve always been. I am competitive, and I like to work hard when I like to do something. I don’t know how confident I am, but I am a perfectionist and work at whatever I attempt to do.

Chan: Do you get in their heads? (Smiling) Stahl: (Laughing) Oh, yeah, probably. I’ve always noticed a romantic style, the type of element found in some of the grand landscapes I’ve seen with dogs—usually hunters with their hounds. When I won the Westminster contest, I was a bit surprised. [The show] has a unique presentation, and my work, I think, is a bit more from the dog’s point of view than that of the owners.

Chan: Tell me about the “Take Home a Nude” event you recently participated in. Stahl: It’s just a name for an auction. It’s a fundraiser for the school I graduated from and is held at Sotheby’s in New York. I never submitted a nude to it, but I did put in one of my dog paintings. I guess if you think about it, the dog was nude (laughing).

Chan: How did you hook up with the Westminster show?

Chan: Did it sell?

Stahl: They had their yearly contest, and I entered with my painting of my friend’s dog, which was a pit bull. I thought I wouldn’t win—

Stahl: (Big smile) Yes, he did. It brings a lot of celebrities and donors together and is a pretty big event. Chan: You’ve exhibited in Newport too; tell me about that.

Chan: (Breaking in, jokingly) Do you hang with people who own pit bulls?

Chan: (Laughing) Yes?

Stahl: Newport has been great. [Atelier] has taken many of my earlier pieces and trusts my work. At the same time, I find I can’t keep loving my older pieces because I’m changing so rapidly. I feel that I’m saying what I want to say better now than ever before. Chan: Is there more to come?

Stahl: And this one’s name is Lucy. We went out at sunrise and

Stahl: I have a large piece hanging on the main wall now, and

Stahl: (Laughing) They are American Staffordshire Terriers, and they are really sweet dogs.

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Untitled, 40 in x 48 in, oil and acrylic on canvas, 2016

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The Walls Themselves, 5 ft x 6 ft, oil on canvas, 2015

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I’m working on some new things. It’s going to take me a couple of years to get a full body of work, but it’s been great to be able to be in three of their group shows. Chan: Tell me about your earlier works. Stahl: I spent time in Europe; I toured 16 cities in seven weeks, and besides working for a photographer, I painted. During that time, I decided to visit the concentration camps. I had family…my grandfather’s sisters perished at the camps, and I knew very little about it but want to understand better what took place. From that, came my work for a show in Tennessee— in the gallery—at Vanderbilt. I did ten pieces; they were of the women who had their heads sheared that all died. Two things came from this; I understood what happened, and I got the opportunity to individualize each one of the victims.

in his factory—but refused it. I decided to take a different route and do it for myself. I want to do it with my hands, put my name on it, and paint it the way I want to. I know that it sounds really risky, getting out of school and not taking a job, but… Chan: Hold on, I think I see something in my notes about risk from earlier. Stahl: (Burst of laughter) We have to take risks. It comes down to no risk, no reward. Chan: You’re very mature for a person at this point in your life; where does that come from? Stahl: It’s probably due to my mom who is intuitive and my dad, who is a writer, and always asked that I think and use my words wisely. Yet, I think I speak better through my paintings.

Chan: While there, what were your thoughts and feelings? Stahl: It was incomprehensible. It made me come to realize that I was alive because my grandfather had come to America—from Warsaw—and had he not made it, my father would not be here, and neither would I. It made me understand that I’ve survived. Not to sound too dramatic, but it made me come to realize my existence, and that is important to me.

Chan: Given all of this, there is still much unspoken about your personal work. I detect some avoidance or a defense to talk about the motivation behind them. You have good defense mechanisms. Stahl: (Laugher) Oh noooooo (laughter). I think we all have to. Probably our reptilian brain kicks in to protect us.

Chan: Where are the paintings now?

Chan: Let’s try this; what makes you happy?

Stahl: Five of them are in collections, and five I still have.

Stahl: Um...

Chan: Even though you are just building a career, I can’t help but to notice that you seem to be a step ahead of many in your peer group—I mean that you’re not wasting time.

Chan: You’re thinking too much.

Stahl: (Giggle and then silence) Chan: Moving on, let’s talk about the dichotomy of dogs and the Holocaust.

Stahl: Being in my studio and painting not being around people (big laugh). I enjoy not having to be on a computer or having to look at my phone—I enjoy the separation. I love to be quiet, not to hear others’ voices, not even my own; yeah it’s good. Chan: What does the solitude do for your creative process?

Stahl: Oh yeah it’s way better than having a restaurant job. When I left school, I did a dog painting as a wedding gift and word spread fast, and I ended up getting quite a few commissions. Even now, with each one I do, more seem to follow. What happened was, I found that I could make a living and still do the work that interests me. I didn’t have to find another job or to work painting for another artist. In fact, I had a job offer to work for Jeff Koons—

Stahl: You know, you might be right; maybe when you’re alone, you can let your guard down, you can be yourself—whatever that is. Maybe just being authentic—that’s the best art when you don’t care what other people are thinking. Those are the times when I’m not trying to impress anyone—parents, teachers, or other artists. It’s when I am truly being myself and painting what I want. I don’t have to care what it looks February 2017 33

like; it’s just there. Chan: Your guard is down.

Chan: Where is it heading?

Stahl: (Laughing) Great.

Stahl: (Laughing) On the surface, it’s a birthday party. It’s looking like I’ll be using some of the figures I used before; they’ll all be on a dramatic stage.

Chan: Do you feel pressured?

Chan: Will it be done by your birthday?

Stahl: No one is putting pressure on me; I think I’m putting it on myself. When I see someone younger than me with a solo show, I question how that could have happened and why I’m not doing it.

Stahl: That’s interesting; perhaps. Chan: It’s been great to speak with you, and while it’s been difficult to get to your deepest thoughts, your expressions are telling.

Chan: You did say you’re a perfectionist. Stahl: There are times when my competitiveness kicks in although, I have come to understand that there may be reasons why it’s not me there. Any pressure I feel is internal rather than external. Chan: What makes you sad? Stahl: It’s probably thinking about not being here anymore— when I think about my mortality. I feel like I woke up one day—after college—and realized I was alive. It was having a moment of awareness, and suddenly coming to realize that I may have been caught up in the superficial…

Stahl: That’s funny; I’ve been told that I have a “generous brow.” Chan: It hasn’t been a typical interview. Stahl: No, but I appreciate your approach; it’s been much better than what some people ask: “What’s your work about?” I don’t know how anyone can answer that; it’s almost like a slap. This has been like working from the ground up, and we do end up answering the question. Chan: From speaking with you, I know you enjoy laughing but are you a serious person?

Stahl: Yeah! Exactly. You end up in a bubble; you’re told what to do, and on weekends you paint and party. But then you’re released from that structure, and you suddenly understand that you only have so much time to do everything you want to do with your life—that’s where you end up in a dialogue with yourself about your death. So back to your question; I have so many ideas and so much to accomplish, that I get sad if I think that I won’t get it completed.

Stahl: Yes, very much. I can fill the room with my laughing, but I really am serious. I want to understand things deeply; that is my interest in science. I’m a very serious person; it’s just a façade, all the laughter. The seriousness is in my work. When I was younger, I could have very well used the façade in any one of many careers, but I’ve chosen to be more serious, and it is reflected in my work. That kind of world falls empty to me that physical thing…I’m more captivated by the depths. That is the person I am and who is found in my studio. I believe that I have balance; it’s the Ying and Yang as to who I am.

Chan: What are you working on these days?

Chan: It’s been a pleasure Hannah; thank you for your time.

Stahl: I have a six-by-eight-foot painting I’m working on now. Last year I worked on commissions constantly, then found a time to do three paintings—but this fourth one I want to be more than just another painting. This one is very challenging; there are a lot of places where it could go wrong. I want something that would take a very long time.

Stahl: Thank you.

Chan: Protected?

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A House of Wisdom and Art for the Generations By Amanda M. Grosvenor


he word “athenæum” derives from the Greek goddess Athena: goddess of wisdom, reason, intellect, arts, and literature. Accordingly, an athenæum is dictionarydefined as “an institution for the promotion of literary or scientific learning; a library”—a sanctuary for all things Athenian, essentially. Although somewhat of a relic in modern times, athenæums exist in the US that are still functional and thriving as cultural centers and protectors of knowledge, art, and artifacts. The Boston Athenæum is an example of such an institution, founded more than 200 years ago yet boasting strong membership and visitor attendance in 2016. Its stately structure resides on Beacon Street in Boston’s famous Beacon Hill neighborhood, erected in 1847–1849 and designed by Edward Clarke Cabot, with later additions by Henry Forbes Bigelow. The Athenæum as an entity was founded in 1807 by members of the Anthology Society, who had plans to start a reading room. It began in rented rooms and upgraded to more established quarters as time went on. It has been able to thrive into modern times, thanks to Bostonian appreciation and support for the timeless relevance of knowledge and art, as well as the organization’s ability to adapt to modern technologies and societal changes. “Members and visitors find a refuge from the ever-quickening pace of daily life within the Athenæum’s quiet spaces intended for work and reflection, as well as opportunities for intellectual discourse,” says Director of Education Hannah Weisman. “At the same time, our IT and Reader Services departments work diligently to ensure that the organization uses and makes available appropriate technologies to enable interested parties to conduct research, find materials, and access information.” When the Boston Athenæum was founded, books could not be removed or “lent” from the reading room; lending libraries were a 36 February 2017

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concept that developed later on, although the Athenæum does currently lend out materials. But it was a step that marked a form of transition from its original function. The institution is membership-based, which some might perceive negatively but which Hannah Gersten, Manager of Communications, believes promotes a sense of community: “We have an excellent team of docents and staff members who are constantly giving tours and taking new members under their wings,” she says. Every two months, the Athenæum hosts a reception for new members to meet and greet each other and be toured around the facilities. Athenæums typically house extensive collections of rare books, art, artifacts, records, and more. Boston’s holds a significant portion of George Washington’s private library which, because he was a farmer, is largely agriculture-focused and housed in a bespoke bookcase for visitor perusal. Author Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888) was a member during her lifetime, and many visitors come to peruse the list of books she checked out—some of which the Athenæum still possesses. David Dearinger, PhD, the Boston Athenæum’s Director of Exhibitions, notes that the Athenæum’s original “mission statement” included a plan to open a publiclyaccessible art gallery with its own permanent collection of American and European paintings and sculptures, both contemporary and historical. “The purpose was twofold: to edify the Athenæum’s members and (more importantly) 38 February 2017

to provide patronage for artists,” says Dearinger. “By the time of the Civil War, the Athenæum had one of the most important publicly-accessible art collections in the country, with a concentration on American art. In 1827, it began holding annual exhibitions dominated by contemporary art, becoming a mecca for the visual arts. These exhibitions and the Athenæum’s own growing, permanent collection provided much-needed sources of inspiration for visitors, including young artists. “In the 21st century, the Athenæum established professional curatorial positions and renewed its commitment to enhancing its special collections through carefully considered gifts and purchases,” Dearinger continues. “Between five and ten such objects are added to the fine art collection each year, with quality always being the deciding factor. As such, the institution’s art collection continues to reflect both its mission and the changing tastes, over time, of its professional curators, trustees and, by extension, society at large.” One former member whose legacy endures is Allan Crite (1910–2007), who famously painted the African-American experience in Boston’s South End and left much of his collection to the Athenæum; some pieces are publicly displayed, while others hang on office walls throughout the building. The Athenæum also recently received a donation of more than 200 authentic World War II posters, and is planning to exhibit them in 2020. Its collections of Civil War and both World War materials are quite significant.

Another notable member, Bostonian painter and pastel artist Polly Thayer Starr (1904– 2006), was a fierce advocate for women in the arts, and the Athenæum offers a postdoctoral fellowship thanks to a grant from her charitable trust. It also houses its own institutional archives of bylaws, letters, and other documents that date back to before its establishment. Like most museums and other nonprofits that have grown their collections over time, the Athenæum’s holdings are much larger than the space it has to display them, so exhibits rotate on a regular basis. Currently, visitors can see the work of Daniel Chester French (1850–1931) and his sculpture of women and use of the female form in particular, on display until February 19. The next show opens April 6 and is entitled “New England on Paper: Contemporary Artists in the Boston Athenæum.” Non-members have plenty of opportunities to engage with and explore the Athenæum. The first floor Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery is open to the public for a five-dollar fee per visit, and the other first floor spaces are free, including the Bayard Henry Long Room and G. d’Andelot Belin Bow Room. Art and Architecture tours are offered four times a week at no cost and allow visitors to see the entire building, but because they are so popular, Gersten recommends booking several weeks in advance. The 2016 annual fall open house drew in more than 1,200 attendees. Says Gersten, “We are always striving to become more visible and available to visitors, but it’s also a constant priority to maintain

the privacy and quiet that existing members cherish and seek out when they come here.” The Boston Athenæum boasts an impressive number of younger members, which Gersten credits to a reduced membership price of $200 for individuals under 35, a $225 young patron household group membership package for roommates, as well as youthful events such as a “Let’s Get Spirited” whiskey tasting in 2016, which had offerings from different distilleries. Others, like a Cook’s Science book presentation from America’s Test Kitchen, and a January Martini Movie Night, have also had strong turnouts, although Gersten notes that younger members are very much still present at many of the more traditional book talks and lectures that the organization continually offers on a variety of changing topics from the best and brightest speakers. The Athenæum’s long-standing endurance as an institution speaks to the fact that important knowledge and learning never go out of style, especially if the topics are being presented in new and refreshing ways. “We’re always discovering what speaks to people, and we try to be fun and contemporary while staying rooted in our historical holdings,” says Gersten, noting that

the staff presentations led by curators and directors tend to be among the best-attended out of any speaking events held. Recently, Hannah Weisman initiated a program of free popup events during lunchtime, tying them into special collections at the Athenæum. “Throughout its history, the Athenæum has served as a center for dialogue on issues of contemporary concern, as well as a place to study history, the arts, and other disciplines,” says Weisman. “This remains as true today as

at any other time in the organization’s history. We regularly present programming that explores contemporary cultural issues such as the impact of climate change, public policy, community building, and current research in disciplines across the humanities and arts.” On Election Day in 2016, the Athenæum held a Facebook Live event, talking about 19th-century ballets, women’s suffrage, and voting and democracy-related issues. The Boston Athenæum regularly collaborates with other institutions and nonprofits; Chesterwood in Stockbridge, Mass. was instrumental in the Daniel Chester French exhibit, for example. The Athenæum is also an executive partner of the Boston Literary District, a state-sponsored effort to gather literary resources and organizations and promote related activities. The Poets’ Theatre and GrubStreet will lead poetry readings and writing workshops from time to time, and the ECCE Ensemble is a musical group currently doing a residency at the Athenæum. The Friends of the Public Garden and the Harvard Bookstore are also regular collaborators. H To learn more about the Boston Athenæum, go to bostonathenaeum.org.

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RUN DEEP Dirty Water Distillery Crafts Delicious Spirits By Natalie Miller / photography by Lucki Schotz


epi Avizonis learned how to make traditional Krupnikas liquor when he was just 14 years old. A warmly spiced and thickly sweet honey liqueur, it’s a drink traditionally made at home and shared with family—and that’s exactly how the young Avizonis was introduced to the craft. He was taught by his grandfather, who brought the recipe with him in 1945 when he fled to America to escape the communists. Today, his grandfather’s Krupnikas is known as Velnias Honey Liquor, and it’s among the most popular offerings at his microdistillery, which he opened in Plymouth three years ago along with his brother-in-law, Steve Neidhardt.

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has to be juniper berries. This year it didn’t happen because of Located just a block from Plymouth Rock, Dirty Water the drought, but last fall the cedars around my house were just Distillery officially opened its doors in November 2013 as the first blowing up with berries, so I picked a whole bunch and I did some microdistillery on the South Shore and joined a small community experimental gin recipes.” of about 14 others in all of Massachusetts. Craft distilleries have been on the rise over the last 10 years, The proof is in the branding piggybacking off the success of the booming craft beer industry, In the spirit of keeping it fun, the duo wanted a certain style to and have grown from about 50 to nearly 800. Avizonis, a their liquors. They enlisted the help of a tattoo artist, Tony Ciavarro Hingham resident, says he and Neidhardt were also inspired by of Kingston, Mass., to do the artwork on the labels of the Bog Witch craft beer making. It was a mutual interest in home brewing that cranberry liqueur, the Bogmonster cranberry gin, the What Knot white got the wheels of entrepreneurship turning. They wanted to open rum, and the Better Knot amber rum, among others. up their own business, but felt there was a saturation of craft “We just wanted to have fun names,” says Avizonis. breweries in the area. For the flavored vodkas—appropriately named Clementine, “We decided just for fun we’d try to do something different,” Ginger, Chastity, Josie, Sue-E, and Woah Nelly—Weymouth’s he says. Loredana Sun modeled for the labels of the bottles. The partners spent a year researching and studying the craft of “It’s fun to work with local people,” he adds. “They bring spirit making; they learned how to ferment and distill and even different and new ideas.” attended a conference in Kentucky to take classes and learn about The brothers-in-law even leaned upon the local microdistillery the business. community for help when they first started, after they found With friends and family as their investors, they started out with other distilleries were friendly and helpful rather than what they a shoestring budget of a quarter million dollars and a plan to have expected—cutthroat and competitive. fun and bring something different to the industry. Once they had “One of my favorites is Maggie Campbell, who is the head their location, equipment, and had secured their federal permit, the distiller at Privateer Rum in Ipswich,” he says. “When we were duo celebrated by spending the summer playing with the equipment and testing out recipes—and then finally finished their first batch of first starting out we were having some problems and we called her because she is a master distiller. She actually invited us up and gave actual product, a white rum, in August 2013. us a quick tutorial on how to do certain things. We went back and They dubbed the spirit “What Knot Rum” and opened the applied what we learned, and like magic the problems were fixed.” location with this spirit, and the Velnias Honey Liquor. Since Campbell is also involved in lobbying for micro-distilleries on then, through a combination of market research, experimentation, the national level, along with many others across Massachusetts and and a little imagination, they have grown in operations, offering the country, and is something that Avizonis says is sorely needed everything from whiskey and gin to an array of flavored vodkas. in the business. “We didn’t really want to make vodka initially because you go In terms of federal and state taxes and regulations, distilling to the liquor store and it’s covered from here to the horizon with flavored vodka,” says Avizonis. But since vodka is the highest-selling is 15–20 years behind beer and wine, he says. Distilleries are still very heavily taxed compared to microbreweries and wineries, liquor, they decided to give it a try, especially since it’s so much fun which have had the federal taxes relaxed on them to experiment with flavors. significantly. In fact, the government pockets “I happened to have some ginger from another The proof is in the roughly $2.25 on every bottle of spirits in recipe sitting around, so I chopped it up and America. infused it in vodka overnight,” he says. “I then branding…Bog Witch “I would say the federal and state taxes are the distilled it and out came this perfectly-clear liquid cranberry liqueur, most expensive ingredient in a bottle of alcohol,” with a very clean, very crisp ginger flavor. So that the Bogmonster he adds with a chuckle. “The second most started our playing around with flavored vodkas.” cranberry gin, expensive is probably the bottle itself.” They also currently have clementine vodka, What Knot white Not only are the taxes high but the regulations, coffee vodka, bacon vodka, and horseradish vodka which were first set for the prohibition world, that is very popular, particularly with bars that rum, Better Knot haven’t changed significantly since that time. serve Bloody Marys. Avizonis is also working on amber rum… “We obviously aren’t living in 1920, but their cucumber lime vodka that will be available in the flavored vodkas— rule-book for distilleries hasn’t changed,” he says. spring. appropriately named What’s more, many of the rules were made Another experimentation he is working on is Clementine, Ginger, for large distilleries like Jack Daniel’s or Wild a berry gin using local berries from Eastern red Turkey; they weren’t written for a small microcedars. “It turns out that all the cedar trees in Chastity, Josie, Sue-E, operation, meaning a lot of the requirements are Massachusetts are actually junipers,” he says. and Woah Nelly… onerous and cumbersome, he adds. “When making gin, one of the ingredients February 2017 43

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part-time sales people and a full-time chemist with a passion for distilling. Avizonis, who has a PhD in physics, continues to experiment Keeping up with demand with new flavors and invest in deeper product lines in order to From the mixing of the molasses and sugar cane to the keep growing the business from its bootstraps beginnings into fermentation, stripping, and cuts, it’s all done in their 5,000-squarea staple brand. “We most recently started doing aged products. foot Plymouth location that hosts a 200-gallon still and a 10-gallon We have two whiskeys and an aged rum,” he says. “Those are still that were made in St. Albans, Maine, and several fermenters significant investments because you have to take $1,000 of made out of repurposed dairy tanks. ingredients and put it on a shelf for a year. And you can’t just The distillery is open to the public on the weekend for retail do it once, you have to do it every month, so in 12 months as well as tastings and tours. “Tastings are free and when you sell all of barrel one, you can go tours are really informal,” says Avizonis. to barrel two.” …with a shoestring During the week there are no business hours; As someone who has always worked in budget of a quarter however, Avizonis’s philosophy is, “If the door’s engineering and science and who has been million dollars, and not padlocked, then come on in.” involved in making alcohol, whether it was his Keeping up with demand is tricky, especially grandfather’s honey liquor or home-brewed beer, a plan to have fun with a small operation that is catering to in-house Avizonis says he never thought of it as a career. and bring something retail as well as liquor stores and is always looking But it’s fun and challenging, especially the sales different to the to get out into more local bars. Last summer, end of the business, and he hopes to continue to industry. Neidhardt moved to Seattle and Avizonis bought make products and do well enough to keep the him out, hiring a few extra people—namely, a few momentum going for as long as he can. H

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n the personal and evolving world of nutrition, one area seems to weigh especially heavy on the heart. With the advent of low-fat eating in the late 1970s, what was once a dietary staple suddenly became an enemy of good health. Ironically, however, all-ages incidence of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease has risen sharply since that time, to the befuddlement of consumers and researchers.1 As sugars of all sorts have replaced much of the fat in America’s food, mainstream medicine is now finally beginning to recognize that it’s not fat per se, but excessive sweeteners such as high fructose corn syrup and sucrose which bear much of the blame for bad health.2 Nevertheless, while more consumers may begin protesting the “war on fat” with their dollars, it’s important to remember that not all lipids are desirable. Moreover, fats considered bad for decades may ultimately prove beneficial—and vice versa. Hence, the topic is becoming a hair trigger for debate. IDENTIFYING REAL ENEMIES

Analysis by the Centers for Disease Control shows that from 2009– 2012, US men and women each averaged roughly 33 percent of daily calories from fat, falling within the recommended range.3 Examined further, on April 15, 2014, the British Medical Journal published the first-ever report on global dietary fat consumption, breaking down intake of saturated fat, cholesterol, trans fats, omega-3 essential fatty acids, and other fats and oils, for 2010.4 Of more than 1.6 million adults surveyed (aged 20 and up), representing 187 countries, US citizens averaged the following percentages of total daily calories: 11.8 from saturated fat, 6.7 from polyunsaturated omega 6 fat, and 2.8 percent from trans fat. Further, Americans consumed about 296 mg. per day of cholesterol, 141 mg. of omega 3 fats

from seafood, and roughly 1,527 mg. of omega 3 from plant sources. As a percentage of total daily calories, the US ranked inside the third highest trans fat consumption range among 10 intake categories—a grave problem in light of the World Health Organization’s advisement of not more than two grams of trans fatty acids per day (ideally, no grams4). By comparison, 2.8 percent equals roughly 6.2 grams per day based on 2,000 total calories and nine calories per fat gram. (A 2012 study by Doell et al. estimated Americans average 1.3 grams daily or .6 percent of 2,000.5) It could be said that artificial trans fat illustrates man as his own worst enemy. Synthetic hydrogenation was discovered in the late 19th century as a way of stabilizing liquid fats/oils by making them solid at room temperature, as in margarine. Upsetting healthy cholesterol balance, the CDC blames trans fats for some 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths each year, while Harvard public health researchers estimate seven times these numbers.6, 7 Harmful trans fats remain hidden in ingredients lists due to a 1991 legislative loophole. As explained by nutritionist Dawn Undurraga, RD, a consultant to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) consumer watchdog, the technology didn’t exist 25 years ago to detect trans fat below one-half gram. Thus, for trans fat at or below this weight, manufacturers retain the right to round down to zero on labels. According to the FDA, highly refined polyunsaturated omega6 oils such as soybean, canola, corn, and cottonseed (mostly genetically modified) contribute roughly .6 grams of trans fats to Americans’ diet each day. Dr. Frank Lipman, for example, has been outspoken about the “wildly controversial” canola oil (short for Canadian low acid oil), derived from extensive high temperature processing of grapeseed. Along

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Another growing disagreement lies in traditional guidelines for natural saturated fat. Though the traditional recommendation has been limiting saturated fat to seven percent of daily calories, European research by R. Hoenselaar in the 2012 British Journal of Nutrition, for instance, shows the lowest coronary heart disease rate per 100,000 adult males in nations with the highest saturated fat consumption.8 Taken at face value, lowest CHD incidence was seen in Western European countries such as Italy, France, and Switzerland, where saturated fat intake was between 12 and 16 percent of total calories; conversely, the highest rate of CHD was seen at 11 percent or less, in

Though their 2006 legal battle with KFC forced Kentucky Fried “Coronary” to switch to canola oil, as have many other businesses for canola’s neutral flavor, we can see that this may not necessarily be in the public’s best interest. Eastern European nations such as Belarus and Ukraine. Overall, trans fat intake is very low in Europe—less than one percent of total calories in Italy and Malta, with Switzerland at 1.6 percent. Western Europe also ranks as one of the highest consumers of healthful omega-3 fats from seafood, while averaging significantly less omega-6 fat consumption than the US.4 Supported by further research, this would seem to add more uncertainty to the decades-old rationale for US consumers and businesses moving from animal fats to refined vegetable oils—with heart disease rising. RESTAURANTS UNDER FIRE

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has always targeted businesses that place profit over individual welfare.7 Though their 2006 legal battle with KFC forced Kentucky Fried “Coronary” to switch to canola oil, as have many other businesses for canola’s neutral flavor, we can see that this may not necessarily be in the public’s best interest. Still, many restaurants maintain the safety and use of vegetable oils since they are comparatively inexpensive, explains biologist and nutrition consultant Craig Fear who has an extensive background in the restaurant industry.

As of 2008, trans fat has been banned in California and in various cities including New York, Philadelphia, and Seattle. With everything from egg rolls and French fries to fried calamari, both to the consumer and preparer, exists another issue: deep frying. Not only are there toxic fumes created in the kitchen, but research has linked high-heat cooking and deep frying to increased prostate cancer risk, elevated LDL cholesterol, obesity, heart attacks, and diabetes. Also, deep frying produces carcinogenic acrylamide and reduces nutritional content through fat degradation.9–11 Moreover, yet another issue concerns infrequent filtering and/or changing of frying oil. Providing oil is filtered of solids, it can be reused several times but must then be discarded to avoid possible elevated blood pressure and vascular hypertrophy.12





As scientific knowledge is acquired, it’s important for consumers to remain as flexible as the researchers themselves. That said, consumers should be aware of their own and favorite restaurants’ cooking methods. Examples of good fats/oils suitable for cooking include butter instead of margarine; extra virgin olive oil, especially for deep frying; and coconut oil, containing healthy medium-chain triglycerides. Consuming more omega-3 essential fatty acids from seafood such as salmon is prudent (250 mg. per day optimal4), as seafood provides long-chain EFAs that are more bioavailable versus plant-source. Similarly, eating other sources of omega-9 monounsaturated fats besides olive oil (ex., avocado and almonds) is wise. At the same time, it is vital to minimize added sugars, as by eliminating sugar-sweetened beverages. EWG’s website offers a convenient food scoring database for tracking foods high in hidden trans fats and other harmful ingredients, where their motto is “less is more.” Though not always easy to follow, knowing that diet and other lifestyle factors have a significant role in disease prevention makes fats and oils no lite matter. H Rob Saint Laurent, MEd is a health writer and editor.

National Center for Health Statistics (US). Health, United States, 2008: With Special Feature on the Health of Young Adults. Hyattsville (MD): National Center for Health Statistics (US); 2009, March Chartbook. 2. Yang, Q., Zhang, Z., Gregg, E.W., Flanders, W.D., Merritt, R., Hu, F.B. (2014, April). Added Sugar and Cardiovascular Diseases Mortality among US Adults. JAMA Internal Medicine, 174(4), 516–24. 3. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/diet.htm 4. BMJ 2014;348:g2272. 5. Doell, D., Folmer, D., Lee, H., Honigfort, M., Carberry, S. (2012, March 23). Updated estimate of trans fat intake by the US population. Food Additives & Contaminants, 29(6), 861–74. 6. https://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/downloads/trans_fat_final.pdf 7. https://cspinet.org/eating-healthy/foods-avoid/trans-fats 8. https://authoritynutrition.com/6-graphs-the-war-on-fat-was-a-mistake/ 9. Press Release (2013, January 28). Study finds eating deep-fried food is associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. 10. Eating fried foods tied to increased risk of diabetes, heart disease. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (News). 11. Ng, C., Kamisah, Y., Faizah, O., Jaarin, K. (2013, September 1). Recycled Deep-frying Oil Causes Blood Pressure Elevation and Vascular Hypertrophy in Sprague-Dawley Rats. Research Updates in Medical Sciences, 1(1), 2–6. 12. Orozco-Solano, M. I., Priego-Capote, F., Luque de Castro, M. D. (2013, May 10). Analysis of esterified and nonesterified fatty acids in serum from obese individuals after intake of breakfasts prepared with oils heated at frying temperature. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, Springer, 405(18), 6117–129. 1.

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Photo/Kerrin Winter Churchill/Westminster KC. 2016 Reserve Best In Show was awarded to My Sassy Girl, A Borzoi.

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The 141 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Arrives in New York st

By Amanda M. Grosvenor


ach year, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is a spectacle greatly anticipated by dog owners and fans worldwide, ranging from the casually interested to expert breeders. Second in longevity only to the Kentucky Derby for continuously held American sporting events, the Dog Show celebrates its 141st year in 2017, welcoming roughly 2,600 canines representing over 200 breeds and varieties from all 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. Of these, 275 contestants—more than 10 percent—will be traveling from New England, with 116 coming from Connecticut, seven from Maine, 102 from Massachusetts, 23 from New Hampshire, 14 from Rhode Island, and 13 from Vermont. The show brings in crowds of tens of thousands from all across the country, appealing almost equally to young, middle-aged, and senior adults. It comes as no surprise that two-thirds of attendees are dog owners themselves who enjoy watching canine participants show and compete throughout a series of major events—including Meet the Breeds, Masters Agility Championships, and judging sessions for various groups of breeds. Where the show makes the biggest audience impact, of course, is through its televised broadcasts on USA and CNBC, with 2016 bringing in 8.45 million total viewers.

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Photo/Steve Surfman/Westminster KC. 16 inch division: Bolt, Shetland Sheep Dog, Meghan McCarthy, E. Bridgewater, MA.

Anyone familiar with the Dog Show knows that breeds are separated into seven major categories of Herding, Hound, NonSporting, Sporting, Terrier, Toy, and Working. What they may not know is that each year the American Kennel Club (AKC) can choose to officially recognize new breeds of dogs, who then are able to compete at Westminster the following year. The AKC’s Foundation Stock Service (FSS) works to serve the needs of rare breed fanciers who want their favorite breeds to Since 1877, the role receive full official recognition. of dogs has changed in Because the AKC’s standards for America, but our love integrity of pedigree are extremely high, the process can be rigorous of dogs and the and time-consuming. For 2017, companionship they there will be three newly-recognized bring has not. breeds competing in Westminster: Preserving breeds and the American Hairless Terrier—a celebrating their small- to medium-sized active, intelligent, and smoothly-muscled heritage is at the terrier lacking a coat; the Pumi—a heart of a dog show. medium-small herding breed with high energy and 50 percent soft hair, 50 percent coarser hair, also known as the Hungarian herding terrier (although there is no terrier blood in the breed, just a few similar attributes); and the Sloughi—a medium-large, short-haired, smooth-coated, graceful and elegant sighthound developed in North Africa to hunt game. 72 February 2017

In 2016, the Westminster Kennel Club introduced Obedience as a new competition category, making the show more inclusive for mixed-breed competitors, and 2017 brings other exciting new developments to Dog Show operations and features. Director of Communications Gail Miller Bisher notes, “Over the past six years, there have been many enhancements to the show. The first was moving the daytime judging to Piers 92 and 94, which allowed for much more space, making it more comfortable for the dogs, handlers, and spectators. It also made it possible to add new competitions, such as the Masters Agility Championship in 2013 and the Masters Obedience Championship in 2016.” The club welcomes a new broadcast partner and team for 2017, signing a 10-year agreement with FOX Sports to telecast the dog show on FS1. Bisher has joined the broadcasting crew and will be serving as the new face and voice of the famous evening Group and Best in Show competitions held at Madison Square Garden. The Westminster Kennel Club has been able to strike that delicate balance of adapting to modern times and technologies while still embodying its rich historical legacy and origins. The club began in 1877, when a group of sporting gentlemen in New York City decided that Manhattan was becoming such a cultured, important city that it needed a dog show to match its growing esteem. “Westminster” was chosen because it was the name of a now-gone hotel in whose bar the sporting gentlemen would meet to boast about their shooting accomplishments (both true and fabricated). The show’s beginnings were small compared to what it has become today; it was originally named The First Annual New

Photo/Jack Grassa/Westminster KC. The 2016 Best In Show was awarded to California Journey a.k.a “CJ” a pointer (German Shorthaired).

York Bench Show of Dogs and staged at Gilmore’s Garden (later to become Madison Square Garden). With 1,201 dogs participating, however, it was by no means a minor event. In fact, it made such an immediate and electrifying splash among New York society that the event had to be extended to four days from its originallyscheduled three. The Westminster Kennel Show would go on to grow exponentially bigger in the following years, quickly establishing Westminster Kennel Club as the definitive arbiter for purebred dog culture and showmanship, influencing show rings in other cities and countries. It is one of only four events to have been held in all four incarnations of what is now Madison Square Garden, and its longevity as an American sporting event is trounced by only the Kentucky Derby—and only by one year. Even the AKC was not founded until seven years later, in 1884. Early catalogs show participating dogs attributed to such legendary individuals as General George Custer, the Queen of England, the Czar of Russia, the Emperor of Germany, J.P. Morgan, and Nelly Bly. Each canine is judged in-show according to the AKC Parent Club’s very specific guidelines describing the ideal criteria for its particular breed, which the judges study and then apply accordingly. When determining the winners for the coveted Best in Show prize, it is not about judging the dogs against each other, but rather judging each individual competitor against the idealized version and standards for the breed as depicted in those written criteria, which can include balance, weight, size, eyes, ears, head, muzzle, whiskers, teeth, tail, shoulders, legs, coat, and color—as

well as gait and attitude, depending on the breed. The dog that the judges feel possesses the attributes most closely matching its own breed’s ideal version wins the competition. Despite more than a century of judging, these written qualifiers have changed very negligibly over time, helping to preserve the integrity of the breeds—although occasional edits have happened for clarification, Bisher notes. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show has certainly established its own sacred place within American culture and history, maintaining a widespread appeal to viewers of all ages and backgrounds. This longevity could be a reflection of the event’s legacy and high standards, a testimony to the importance of dogs in human life overall, an indicator of American appreciation for sporting competition, and any number of additional factors. Bisher has her own theory: “Since 1877, the role of dogs has changed in America, but our love of dogs and the companionship they bring has not. Preserving breeds and celebrating their heritage is at the heart of a dog show. Additional competitions such as Agility and Obedience are simply alternate ways to enjoy being with your pet. Training and practicing for any of the different competitions at Westminster allows owners to have an even more rewarding relationship with their dog.” H The 2017 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show takes place Saturday, February 11 through Tuesday, February 14 in New York City, New York. For information, visit westminsterkennelclub.org. February 2017 73


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invest to use the company’s profits to reduce the government’s budget deficit.3 This failure has left an important part of our economy in limbo and without a long-term solution. The Trump Plan?

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ince the election of President Trump, the stock market has been on a roll—up around 10 percent. You might be surprised, however, to learn that the biggest post-election winner has been the Federal National Mortgage Association, aka Fannie Mae. Yes, this is the same Fannie Mae that was knee-deep in the housing crisis when the US Treasury Department had to take over the mortgagebacked securities enterprise and place it into conservatorship in September 2008. 79.9 Percent

You may ask: How can a company taken over by the government still be trading on an exchange or market? The reason: the US took over only 80 percent of Fannie Mae. The thinking was, if the US Treasury didn’t own all of Fannie Mae, it did not have to add the company’s trillions of dollars of debt to the government’s already expanding debt, thus giving the government time to figure out what to do with the behemoth of an enterprise so intertwined with the housing market. Fannie Mae and the Mortgage Market

The Federal National Mortgage Association was created in 1938 as part of the New Deal in response to the housing disaster caused by the Great Depression, when almost a quarter 76 February 2017

of all mortgages were in default. Fannie Mae’s mission was to create a secondary market for mortgages by buying mortgages from banks, thus freeing up those banks to make new mortgages. Over the years, Fannie Mae went through many incarnations, eventually becoming a “blue chip” public company traded on the New York Stock Exchange.1 The association’s main roles were to buy, securitize, and insure mortgages. Before the 2008 housing crisis, critics of Fannie Mae pointed out that the dichotomy of a public company providing implicit government guarantees creates2 a moral hazard for the government by forcing it to guarantee risks it was not underwriting. The guarantee was implicit, because the US Treasury never said it was guaranteeing Fannie Mae’s promises. Most investors thought otherwise, believing that if push came to shove, the government would end up doing what it did during the 2008 crisis—guarantee the holders of Fannie Mae’s securities and commitments.

Many investors believe President Trump will bring Fannie Mae back from the dead. One of those investors is John Paulson, who made billions betting against the sub-prime mortgage market. He was also an early supporter of now-President Trump. They predict he will sell the governmentowned 80 percent back to the public and in theory make lots of money for the government and the 20 percent who already own the stock.4 If this happens, no one is sure what a new Fannie Mae might look like. In fact, most Republican legislators are against bringing it back, as they were never happy with the previous public/private nature. A bigger question is: Does the housing market need a public/private guarantee? Some say yes, claiming that without such a guarantee banks would hesitate to provide 30-year mortgages, and the cost of borrowing would go up for everyone. Others fear a repeat of the 2008 crisis, in the form of a public/private alliance creating a moral hazard that would reward the few by privatizing gains and publicizing losses. Given the uncertainty, during the early days of the transition of our leadership, it may be time to hold your cards and wait for some indication of how housing finance plays out. H These are the opinions of Tim Hayes and not necessarily those of Cambridge Investment Research. They are for informational purposes only, and should not be construed or acted upon as individualized investment advice. Securities offered through Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., a broker/dealer, member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc., a Federally registered investment advisor, 39 Braddock Park #5, Boston, MA 02116 126 Horseneck Road, S. Dartmouth, MA 02748.


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ozens of red hearts adorn walls in kids’ classrooms; the pharmacies are filled with Valentine’s cards and candies. Valentine’s Day requires action. Soon most people will express their holiday-imposed love for their lovers and important others who fill their lives. In unison, many will do their best to avoid the hurt and relationship complications that forgetting to do their Valentine-duty could cause. Even when the romantic connection has been polluted with resentment, anger, and disappointment, expressing love is still necessary. From the deepest place within our hearts, love can never be insincere; but on the surface, inauthentic love acts as a non-nutritious placeholder for the real thing. How many partners long for the sense of real closeness and intimacy when daily life is enduring a cool standoff? Valentine’s Day can be a painful reminder of what is missing. It captures dissatisfied partners in a bind; either make gestures of love to keep the peace while being inauthentic, or do nothing and make the loudest silent statement that the feeling for the partner isn’t what it should be, while also risking hurt and conflict. How many Valentine’s Days have been damaged by the failure to adequately live up to Valentine expectations? Love relationships are difficult, especially lengthy marriages in which the marathon of decades severely tests warmth and passion. The awkward discomfort is raised into awareness on Valentine’s Day when the expected love expressions must coincide with resentment, disappointment, and anger, which block access to real love felt deeper in the heart. The longer two people have been in a relationship, the more time has allowed for irritating behaviors, habits, and personality differences to accumulate into large amounts of resentment and bitterness. Most couples possess a handful of intractable difficulties that could 78 February 2017

be accurately called “perpetual problems.” Through the decades, perpetual problems defy every attempt at solution, usually because their source is from deeply-formed personality characteristics. Relationship connections get tested regularly by the frustration that perpetual problems create. Loving connections devolve into unromantic roommates as passionate feelings are doused with the poison of bitterness. Hopelessness swells as the saying “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” paints a bleak picture of future unhappiness; it’s not the situation in which a Valentine can be shared authentically. Change, and even dramatic change, happens every day. Unfortunately, such a change usually develops in sudden response to an emergency in which normal routine and security are deeply threatened. Amazing results become possible when a person dives deep into his or her being when what is most important is risked. It is said that a problem cannot be solved on the same level on which it was first created, but requires a paradigm shift in which a jump occurs onto a new and higher level. From the perspective of personality and love, a paradigm shift represents an expansion of personality and the expansion of the capacity to love. Each one of us is capable of spontaneously creating such a shift if the quality of our life, relationship, and love are important enough. Each one of us may avoid the need for abrupt and catastrophic change if we use our strength to make many small, incremental adjustments. If partners practice a willingness to make minor changes by adjusting to love a little bit each day, large painful changes are unnecessary. Practicing to give love regularly allows each Valentine’s Day to be an opportunity to express love that is genuine and feels good. H Andrew Aaron, LICSW is a sex and relationship therapist who practices in the New Bedford Seaport.

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gala events Boston Winter Ball Feb. 4 Fairmont Copley Plaza Grand Ballroom Boston, MA bostonwinterball.com Supports the Corey C. Griffin Charitable Foundation Boyd Metcalf Duo Feb. 10 Saint Matthew’s Church Jamestown, RI newportmusic.org Laura Metcalf, cello, and Rupert Boyd, guitar.

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Reception precedes concert. 5th Annual Frostbite Bash Feb. 11 Herreshoff Marine Museum/ America’s Cup Hall of Fame 1 Burnside St. Bristol, RI; herreshoff.org Black & White Masquerade Ball Feb. 11 Ocean House 1 Bluff Ave. Watch Hill, RI oceanhouseevents.com Reservations required. Benefits the Ocean Community

Chamber Foundation. Black and/or white attire. Masks are encouraged. A Feast of Music Feb. 25 Fairmont Copley Plaza 138 Saint James Ave. Boston, MA necmusic.edu Gala celebration of Russian music and cuisine. Benefits the NEC general scholarship fund.

Concerts at the Point Feb. 26 | Claremont Trio March 26 | Singers and Musicians from Handel & Haydn Society Westport Point United Methodist Church 1912 Main Rd. Westport Point, MA concertsatthepoint.org


The Muir String Quartet Feb. 20 Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center Rhode Island College 600 Mount Pleasant Ave. Providence, RI; ric.edu

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MUSEUMS Fuller Craft Museum Opens: Feb. 11 Playa Made: Burning Man Jewelry 455 Oak St. Brockton, MA; fullercraft.org

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The Art Complex Museum Through Feb. 19 Full Tilt Print Studio Members Print Portfolios on exhibit. The Art Complex Museum 189 Alden St. Duxbury, MA; artcomplex.org Firearms of Famous People: From Target Shooters to Presidents Through April 23 Springfield Museums 21 Edwards St. Springfield, MA Exhibit includes pistols owned by Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy. springfieldmuseums.org Harvard Museum of Natural History 26 Oxford St. Cambridge, MA; hmnh.harvard.edu Hood Museum of Art Through March 12 | Bahar Behbahani Let the Garden Eram Flourish March 24–June 18 | Ingo Günther World Processor March 24–April 30 | Mining Big Data Artists’ Global Concerns February 2017 83

itinerary 53 Main St., Hanover, NH hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu Bristol Art Museum 10 Wardwell St. Bristol, RI bristolartmuseum.org WOW® World of WearableArt™ Feb. 18, through June 11 Special Exhibition Galleries Peabody Essex Museum East India Square 161 Essex St. Salem, MA; pem.org RISD Museum Exhibition: Inventing Impressionism, through June 11 Collection: Intermission through June 30, 2017 20 North Main St. Providence, RI; risdmuseum.org

ANTIQUES Skinner Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers Feb. 9–17 | Discovery online** Feb. 10 | The Philip & Patricia Marco Collection*

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DELICIOUS 2017 Winter Wine Festival Through Feb. 26 Wentworth by the Sea 588 Wentworth Rd. New Castle, NH winterwinefestival.com Boston Wine Festival Through March Boston Harbor Hotel 70 Rowes Wharf Boston, MA bostonwinefestival.net 10th Annual SEMAP Ag & Food Conference

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Feb. 26 Bristol Aggie 135 Center St. Dighton, MA; semaponline.org Farmers, gardeners, foodies, and children please register.

SPECIAL EVENTS Auto Show Philadelphia Through February 5 The Pennsylvania Convention Center 1101 Arch St. Philadelphia, PA 19107 phillyautoshow.com National Wear Red Day ® Feb. 3 honor.americanheart.org Show your support for women with heart disease and stroke. Valentine’s Dinner Dance Feb. 11 The Wharf Room Boston Harbor Hotel Boston, MA; bostonwinefestival.net

Newport Winter Festival Feb. 17–26 Newport Mansions Newport, RI newportmansions.org Admission discount to The Breakers, The Elms, and Marble House with a Winter Festival button. Children accompanied by an adult with button free. Southern New England Go Red for Women® Luncheon Feb. 17 Rhode Island Convention Center 1 Sabin St. Providence, RI; heart.org Landscape Lectures March 9 | Adriaan Geuze May 11 | Mia Lehrer Calderwood Hall Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 25 Evans Way Boston, MA gardnermuseum.org

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Past Is Present: Revival Jewelry Feb. 14–Aug. 19 Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation Gallery Museum of Fine Arts Avenue of the Arts 465 Huntington Ave. Boston, MA; mfa.org

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Boston Flower & Garden Show March 22–26 Seaport World Trade Center Boston, MA; bostonflowershow.com

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