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Apr. 28, 2011

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"I’m making lemons out of lemonade," exclaimed the irrepressible American artist Cindy Tower, who some remember from her 1993 show at a SoHo gallery that featured a gargantuan necklace of old boyfriend’s heads made from chain-sawed and painted sections of tree trunks. Since then, Tower has been living and working in St. Louis, where she shows her vast, ADD portrayals of abandoned warehouse interiors with Bruno David Gallery, and storing her massive output in an old tobacco barn on a friend’s Connecticut farm. The recession has put the kibosh on all that, forcing the friend to sell her property, and Tower to find a new home for the hundreds of works she’s made over the last 30 years.

Thus, we have Cindy Tower’s "Art into Land" Branford Land Trust Benefit, Apr. 30-May 1, 2011, at the Hammer Estate in Branford, Conn. (on the coast past New Haven), in which Tower is offering for sale hundreds of her paintings, sculptures and installations. Prices for the works range from $50 to $5,000, and Tower has earmarked 50 percent of the proceeds for the land trust. The works are displayed in the estate’s Gardner’s Cottage, former foundry and bowling alley, as well as on the surrounding 20 acres. Tower’s philanthropy, such as it is -- "I probably won’t sell anything," she says -- is prompted by the fact that her great-great-grandfather wrote a letter that helped convince Abraham Lincoln to establish Yosemite National Park. The event runs 2-6 pm at the Hammer Estate, 591 Main Street, Branford, Conn. 06405.

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