McDaris Fine Art is exhibiting a selection of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s personal effects, manuscripts, and artifacts from Millay’s home, Steepletop, in nearby Austerlitz, on loan from the site for the first time.
Millay devotees and admirers filled the gallery on Warren Street for the opening reception on Saturday, February 22. Millay scholar Holly Peppe’s vibrant and moving reading and recitation of several of Millay’s poems delighted the celebrants.
All agreed that Edna’s spirit was present and happy to welcome her guests at her 122nd birthday party in Hudson.
Internationally acclaimed fine-art photographer Glynnis McDaris has donated a limited edition photograph of Steepletop for silent auction to benefit the restoration of Millay’s home. The bidding continues to be lively.
Beyond the Poetry: Treasures from Steepletop, February 22-March 2 at McDaris Fine Art, 623 Warren Street (at 7th) McDarisFineArtHudson@gmail.com
Some of Edna’s personal effects, including Halloween Theme dinnerware by Royal Doulton; an opium pipe; felt beret with military emblem; evening bag and contents including lipstick, gold-tone metal compact with cabochon stones and fabric case, gold-tone metal rouge compact, a well-used pencil, and her perfume, Mumtaz Thrill; a lace-trimmed handkerchief monogrammed EStVM; white kid gloves; sequined scarf; Eugen’s silver flask monogrammed EFB; and wine bottled from Steepletop grapes, Hudson, NY February 2014
Millay manuscript pages with her handwritten notes and Remington typewriter, Hudson, NY February 2014
Miss Millay requests the pleasure of your company at dinner, Steepletop; formal place setting with Georg Jensen Acorn silver flatware and ivory cigarette holder, Hudson, NY February 2014