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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 4, 2011 Page 7 byJBlda M. Morrill Henry Lee, center, President and Founder of the Friends of the Public Garden, is pictured with Brian DeLorey and Elizabeth Thomson at the 40 th Anniversary Gala, held at the Taj Boston. (Photo by Roger Farrington) The Friends of the Public Garden is a non-profit citizens' advocacy group formed in 1970 to preserve and enhance the Boston Public Garden, the Boston Common, and the Common- wealth Avenue Mall in col- laboration with the Mayor and the Parks Department of the City of Boston. The Friends number more than 2500 members and many volunteers. The "40 th Anniversary of The Friends of the Public Garden Gala" was held at the Taj Boston in November. The anniversary gala was the culmination of a year celebrating four decades of stewardship of Boston's first Enjoying the Friends of the Public Garden Gala are Patricia Quinn, left, and Elizabeth "Liz" Vizza, Executive Director of the Friends of the Public Garden. (Photo by Roger Farringten) Show your love on Valentine's Day by posting a sentiment in the Post.Gazette For details call 617.227-8929 ptrblic parks -- the Boston Common, the Public Garden, and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. Co-Vice President Bill Clendaniel announced that the "Henry Lee Conserva- tion Fund" had raised more than S380,000. The fund was set up to honor Mr. Lee's 40 years of stewardship, and is dedicated to care for the parks' sculptures, fountains and other selected structural elements. Elizabeth Vizza is the Ex- ecutive Director of the Friends. For information about the organization, in- cluding an interesting blog, be sure to visit www.friends ofthepublicgarden.org. Congratulations and Best Wishes! ....... The Boston Ath- enaeum presents "Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey" from February 9 through June 4, in the Athenaeum's Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery, located at 10 1/2 Beacon Street on Beacon Hill near the State House. The exhibition is open to the public. The admission fee for this special exhibi- tion is at the visitor's discre- tion, but a donation is re- quired. Members are admit- ted at no charge. For more information, call 617-227- 0270 or visit www.boston athenaeum.org, where there is also information about the recent water leak. Edward Gorey's voracious consumption of literature, his love of the ballet, and his offbeat and wry view of the world resulted in a sardonic and witty oeuvre. This exhi- bition explores the diversity of Gorey's art through origi- nal pen-and-ink illustra- tions, preparatory sketches, unpublished drawings, and ephemera. Drawn from the holdings of the Gorey Charitable Trust, the exhibition in- cludes approximately 180 objects, including selections from The Gashlycrumb Tinies, The Unstrung Harp, The Gilded Bat, and other well- known Gorey publications. Carnivorous plants, falling masonry, and uninvited guests fill the imaginary world of Gorey. His stories and accompanying illustra- tions maintain a delicate balance between the hilari- ous and the horrific. Edward St. John Gorey (1925-2000) was born in Chicago, educated at Harvard, and lived in New I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 .... Frank Gilligan, Wendy Murphy and Mario Russo, left to right, smile for the camera at the Friends of the Public Garden Gala. York. He wrote more than 100 books, including The Doubtful Guest, The Loath- some Couple, and The Wuggly Ump; created prize-winning set and costume designs for productions for theaters from Cape Cod to Broadway; and published illustrations in publications such as the New Yorker and the New York Times and for books by authors such as Charles Dickens, Edward Lear, Samuel Beckett, John Updike, Virginia Woolf, and H.G. Wells. His animated credits for the PBS series Mystery intro- duced him to millions of television viewers. His mas- terful pen and ink illustra- tions and his ironic, offbeat humor have brought him critical acclaim and an avid following throughout the world. This exhibition is orga- nized by the Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and is accom- panied by a fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by curator and critic Karen Wilkin. The exhibition is organized at the Boston Athenaeum by David B. Dearinger, Curator of Paint- ings & Sculpture. The Boston Athenaeum, founded in 1807, is one of the oldest and most distin- guished independent librar- ies in the United States. The building's first-floor galleries (Photo by Roger Farrington) are always open to the public. The Library's Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery features new exhibitions two to three times a year, and works of art from the Athenaeum's permanent collection are on display on a rotating basis in the public areas. New members are always welcome. In addition to library borrowing privileges, members enjoy access to beautiful research rooms with wireless Internet access and many events, including concerts, lectures, book groups, children's story hours, and delightful bi- weekly Athenaeum after- noon teas. The Library offers fellow- ships and research opportu- nities for scholars who wish to make use of the Athenaeum's special collec- tions. For information about membership, including dis- counted membership for young people, please visit www. bos tonathenaeum, org. ....... The Roslindale Arts Alliance announces the "3 rd Annual LOVE Exhibit" during the months of February and March at the Bangkok Cafe, 25 Poplar Street, Roslindale. This exhibit was created to celebrate Bangkok Chef/ Owner Raungdet "Danny" Titisuttikul's birthday on Valentine's Day, February {Continued on Page 13) JUSTINE YANDLE PHOTOGRAPHY 781.589.7347 J USTINE.YANDLE@GMAILCOM WWWJUSTINEYANDLEPHOTOGRAPI-P,:COM