Hitchhiker of Joy Hakanson Colby
It was a bright summer's day in 1999. A handful of employees
were on a smoking break, clustered around the front door of the "Gray Lady".
That's what the locals call the Detroit
at 615 Lafayette Boulevard. Joy Hakanson Colby
has been writing about art in the Michigan for over thirty five years
and was a well known personality at the paper. She retired. in
2008, signed the beam at the Scarab Club and moved to St. Louis.
So they puffed on, only mildly curious as I carried an odd-shaped piece
of plywood from the roof rack of my 10 year-old, key-scratched Honda, set
it up against a parking sign, and positioned a compliant Ms.Colby
in front of the board. Wendy, one of the nicotine needy, was persuaded
to stand a hundred feet down the sidewalk and, with a mirror, reflect the
sun on my fat art pencil as I traced the shadow's edge of Joy's projected
silhouette on the plywood surface.
After I cut the plywood and painted the Joy's likeness, I returned
to the scene and took its picture.
| Joy's early mentor was Detroit News society page editor, Florence
Davies. In front of Florence's house in Grosse Pointe Park, a scene
of fabulous parties in the 1960's, husband Ray is concerned about how two
dimensional Joy has become.
||The critic checks out the new space on Woodward for this venerable
non-profit with the "for profit" name.
Colby's co-workers wondering if Joy will be sending the plywood to
staff meetings instead.
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