Diane Cadrain

Under the Charter Oak Bridge

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If there were ever a Connecticut story, it would be the story of the river that gave the State its name, the Quinnehtukqut. The name means“long tidal river”, and this waterway has transported, amused, and fed people of Connecticut since time out of mind. In this image, a photograph taken in May 2015 by photographer Stephen Dunn, a young man casts his line into the river under the Charter Oak Bridge. But contrasting with his supple figure in motion, behind him in the arching, cathedral-like supports of the bridge, with their austere geometry, offer a feeling of timelessness. This image, a whole-cloth quilt painted with Jacquard Lumiére colors, suits one of my overall artistic goals, which is to contemplate the boundary of timelessness with time, connecting the evanescent with the eternal

Jack O’Lantern Mushrooms

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Penwood State Park, occupying a forested trap rock ridge in the towns of Bloomfield and Simsbury, is part of the Metacomet Ridge, which extends from Long Island Sound northward to Vermont. As a native of New Haven, I grew up climbing Connecticut’s trap rock ridges, with their unique ecosystems and stunning views, starting with New haven’s East and West Rocks and Hamden’s Sleeping Giant. Now that I live in West Harford, the Metacomet Ridge and Penwood State Park have become my pieces of wild eternity in the middle of the exurbs. This felted, knitted, quilted piece is based on a photograph of a clump of poisonous but beautiful Jack O’Lantern mushrooms (omphalotus olearius) growing along the trunk of a tree on the Metacomet Trail in Penwood State Park.

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