Painting reenactment set for Old Woman Creek

Charles Courtney Curran is a famous American Impressionist painter who once lived in Sandusky and who married a Norwalk woman.
Tom Jackson
Jul 26, 2013


He certainly made a big impression on members of Friends of Old Women Creek and the staff of the Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve. On Saturday, they plan to stage a re-enactment of his famous painting, “Lotus Lillies.” The painting shows two women sitting in a boat.

As the website for the New York Public Library explains: “Lotus Lilies is a painting of Curran’s new wife and her cousin on a creek in Ohio, where the family owned a summer cottage.  Grace, his wife, is holding a bouquet of water lilies, as she did on her wedding day.”

Members of Friends of Old Woman Creek can fill in the other details.

The woman in the brown dress in the painting is Curran’s wife. Her maiden name was Wickam and she came from Norwalk, said Barbara Berg, a member of the volunteer group. The painting shows the women at the Old Woman Creek estuary.

An re-enactment of the painting will be staged from 1-3 p.m. Saturday. The reenactment can be viewed from the observation deck of the first trail at Old Woman Creek, said Marian Hancy, another member of the Friends.

Michelle Bock, a member of the Friends, will portray Curran’s wife, while Kristin Arend, a staffer at the reserve, will portray Mrs. Curran’s cousin, Berg said.

The Curran celebration is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Old Woman Creek Estuarine Reserve is at 2514 Cleveland Road E. in Huron.


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The Hero Zone

This is a neat idea!