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The Great Hurricane of 1938, beekeeping, art and other musings on life on the shore.

It’s that time of year again and Hurricane Jose has sent us high winds and surf. The beehives are battened down and the bees are kicking the drones out.

What an adventure. We started with two hives in mid April and we now have four. Thanks to artist Judy Scanlon Melanson we ended up with a fourth hive. Judy visited us for open studios and  asked why the bees were hanging out in the tree. We raced out of open studios leaving our guests with a friend and quickly captured the swarm.

If you click on the link you can watch a short video of our swarm retrieval.

Swarm retrieval

And now to some Hurricane of 1938 photos, art and life on the Rhode Island coast.

Hurricane of ’38, Providence, RI  Boatyard

Walking down Ship Street after the waters receded. Men have their trousers rolled up to navigate areas of standing water. New England Hurricane of 1938. Rhode Island, Providence 1938 September 22




Harbor area destroyed by storm surge. New England Hurricane of 1938. Rhode Island, Pawtuxet Village 1938 September 22

The tug Monhegan left high and dry by storm surge. New England Hurricane of 1938. Rhode Island, Providence 1938 September 22


Barber shop of the Grosvenor Building with barber chairs reflected in the remnants of storm surge waters. New England Hurricane of 1938. Rhode Island, Providence


My hurricane photos have been used in several articles. I found these in a quirky antique shop.

Here is one photo being used in  Smithsonian Magazine.


And there are a series of my acquired photos in this article:


I continue to paint  on Aquabord  and watercolor paper.

My newest work is The Sleep of Dreams and is available for the special first day of Autumn price $500 including shipping.

This painting is 12″ x 9″ and framed in a wood frame. To purchase click on the PayPal button at the bottom of the page or contact me at susanmedyn(at)cox.net.

I also have another new painting which is hanging above  David Formanek’s latest sculptures.


14″ x 11″   $700

Framed in a wood frame.

To purchase contact me at susanmedyn(at)cox.net

Here you can see some of the work we displayed for South Coast Artists Open Studio Tours this summer. We thank all our collectors and visitors for coming out and seeing our art.


Stay tuned for more adventures of our coastal Rhode Island life and art. Soon I will be posting my foray into honey elixirs.


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Hurricane of 1938

Boat Yards at Port of Providence

So today passed quietly, not so on September 21st, 1938 when what is now known at The Great New England Hurricane came barreling across Long Island also devastating Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Estimates are that between 682 and 800 people lost their lives in this Category 5 hurricane that turned into a category 3 by the time it hit landfall but kept sending gusts in the category 5 range. Providence was flooded with 13 feet of water in a flash. A 20 to 25 foot wall of water raced up the Sakonnet River laying bare Island Park in Portsmouth.

Fitting that as an artist I found some photos in an antique shop that had been taken with an old Kodak Box camera including this one with a Painting sign left hanging. This image is from the Port of Providence as researched by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. I lent these photos to NOAA for research and historical purposes and they are now in the public record. You can see more images of the impact on Rhode Island on my hurricane page of this website.

As global warming continues the pot will boil more furiously and greater variations in weather patterns are our shameful our future.



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