___________________________________________ 'My name is Chas. Brown. I was born to Curtis and Mary Brown in Kingston, New York. I moved to the Connecticut colony as soon as I could escape the farm but found no ready work. Traveling here and about, I somehow made my way until several weeks passed with no one to hire me.
I crept into a chicken house one night and stole two birds for my supper, having had no food for three days. As I tryed to make my escape the farmer's dog awoke, as did the farmer. He gave chase and peppered me with small-shot in the calf; I fell, the chickens escaped, and I spent two years in the hellhole that was New-gate.'_______________________________________ The ruins of the first state prison in the United States still stand, as do the tunnels of the copper mine that was the first use of this land. Deemed a place of inhumane punishment (shades of Gitmo? Abu Ghraib?) in 1827, the state closed the prison. An enterprising group of Yankees attempted to revive the copper mine, but all their efforts were for naught._______________________________________ Charles Brown was an actual Newgate prisoner born in Kingston, New York and arrested in Hartford at age 25 for burglary, but I have fabricated the rest of his story. He was imprisoned in 1823 and, upon his release, was described in the 1825 Overseer's Report as 'tall and being of black complexion'._______________________________________ Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976, what remains of Old Newgate Prison and Copper Mine is one of the top tourist destinations in Connecticut; it is closed all of this year for further restoration._______________________________________ Digital oil painting from an original photograph shot May 15, 2008.
February 26, 2013: An amazing thing happened today - I have been announced as one of the five finalists for a Shorty Award in Art. The Shorty Awards are given to the producers of the best of online social media in a variety of categories and I am honored to be in the running.
August 2, 2012: I am honored to have been showcased in Official Feature Online Entertainment New Magazine in the article "Connecticut’s Artist Expressionist: RC deWinter" highlighting my work in the arts. My thanks to the editors and staff. You can read it here: http://bit.ly/N6z4Yl
May 1, 2012: I am proud and also humbled to have several poems and paintings prominently featured in the First Anniversary Issue of Pink Panther Magazine. See my work on pp 52-57: http://bit.ly/KoMryO Purchase this beautifully produced magazine of women's art and writing here: http://bit.ly/In88Eg Thanks and bright blessings to the marvellous editors of Pink Panther for this extraordinary validation of my work.
April 6, 2012: Thanks to editor/writer Dominic Richardson at ARTbracket for this article on me and my work. http://bit.ly/HrZmDd
January 21, 2012: I am honored to have two of my poems, imprecation and WomanRoots, published in the latest issue of Pink Panther Magazine. The magazine can be purchased here: http://bit.ly/yUcPOM
My October 2011 solo show at the Arts of Tolland Gallery in Connecticut was a great success. I am greatly honored to be the first digital artist invited to exhibit there. My thanks to the Board for all their help before, during and after the 5-week show.
April 29, 2011: I am proud to announce that ABC has licensed four more of my works for use as set decoration on the TV show Desperate Housewives.
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