Friday, July 1, 2016

A Tribute to Elise Caswell

by Kathleen DeVore and Diane McMahon

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Elise Caswell, poet, artist, and WMSC member. Elise was a regular member of the Drawing and Painting class, where her fun-loving spirit and creative energy captivated us all. Elise facilitated two writing classes for WMSC, “Wild Writes” and “Cut and Paste Poetry,” both of which were well received. She was a passionate lover of Earth and Mother Nature, as evidenced in her life and poetry. Last summer a dozen or so of us attended Elise's first (and only) poetry reading in Bethel, where we were deeply moved by the beauty, sensitivity and depth of her words.

Elise had just dropped off her "Parliament of Owls" series of paintings for the Shy, Novice and Closeted Art Show when she died suddenly. To honor Elise's life and creative force, Janet Willie is dedicating this year's show to her. You can visit the show on Saturday, July 2 from 9:00 – 4:00 at 18 High Street, Bethel.

A celebration of her life is being planned by her husband, Steve, and their sons Will and Sam. We will announce details when they become available.

Elise was truly a free spirit, and we will miss her terribly.