I received a message a couple of days ago from Kit De Garimore asking if I come across a photograph of an art piece by Ellie Bogardus titled: Kiss in the Moonlight, she would be relieved to know that the painting has survived her move as a teenager from Cambria. An implied hope that an anonymous someone had recovered it after she left it behind. A follow-up email after I replied to her message gave a vivid description, a poem of sort:
Kiss in the Moonlight
The painting was a colaje
A bright moon in the top right,
An abstract smiling women
In a swooning pose
In its center.
Reconstruction: The posting: Ellie Bogardus - The Lost Generation, shows a colage style used by Bogardus in 1967 that preceded De Garimore's remembrance of Kiss from 1976. A reconstruction interpreting a wall mural etched into the stucco south wall at Bogardus' Cambria home is posted here. Searching back through all of the postings of Bogardus pieces, I found only one night scene in a painted drawing medium, a couple of images of moons (full and crescent), and a number of abstract women to choose from - but none of these in a swooning pose.
There are a number of options and combinations to choose from to create a reconstruction of Kiss in the Moonlight - it will take some time to figure this one out. Given the artist's background in painting the scenery backgrounds for early era cartoons, it is appropriate that the example above serve as a placeholder until a suitable reconstruction is constructed.
If anyone reads this, and knows the where-about's of Kiss in the Moonlight, please let us know. I don't know of any inventories of her art works. Perhaps there is some record in the Smithsonian files that of her works are not accessible online.
First inquiry: I had one of Ellie's paintings, I believe it was called Kiss in the moon light 1976? Sadly I left it behind when I moved from Cambria as a teenager, in a small apartment. It was a gift. My only hope is that it was recovered by some one. I never had the heart to write to her and apologize for loosing it. My greatest fear is that it was not found and cared for. I spent time in her Cambria house and remember some of its beauty. If you come across a photo of this painting it would give me grate joy to know that it survived[.] Thank you. K.DG.
Follow up message: Thank you[,] you are very kind to respond. The painting was a colaje, with raised surfaces of fabric, paper and string. Dark blues, a bright moon in the top right, an abstract smiling women in a swooning pose in its center. It is probably gone. My father told me that he had run in to Ellie by chance while vacationing in Italy, years ago. I think he even had a photo. If I fined it, will pass it along. Thank you again. K.DG.