Max’s Final Moment

The iconic Max’s Art Supplies sign came down for the final time this afternoon.

And — in a reprise of the famed 1981 photo, showing 100 Westport artists gathered in front of their favorite store — Dave Matlow took a similar image today.

(Photo/Dave Matlow)

(Photo/Dave Matlow)

Shirley Mellor — Max’s widow, and the owner — is standing in the blue “Max’s 50th” shirt, directly between the “A” and the “X.” Next to her, on the left, is longtime employee Nina Royce.

There are plenty of other famed faces here. Who else can you spot? (Click or hover over the photo to enlarge.)

10 responses to “Max’s Final Moment

  1. I see Rita Ross Englehardt, I see Max’s daughter, I see Ron Malone way over on the left, I see me, I see Miggs, I see Elizabeth DeVoll, I see Linda Gramatky Smith and Ken Smith…I see a bunch of people who love Shirley and who came out to bid the sign farewell but plan on spending many more times with Shirley…

  2. To go on, I see Judith Katz, Sven, I see Larry Untermeyer, I see my husband Mark Naftalin and to the left of him I see what appears to be Leonard Everett Fisher, I see Lynn, Larry’s daughter, I see Nina Bentley…Ok it is up to others’ now to name names.
    Thanks to every one… including the motorists who did not honk horns while they waited for the photo to be taken. This is what a small town is all about.

  3. Marcia Wright

    To the right of Shirley Mellor is Amy Kaplan, Max’s daughter and former Westport foreign-language teacher.

  4. Bobbie Herman

    Jim Marpe in the second row in a blue shirt.

  5. John Kennedy

    And I see Miggs! I first met him in 1973 when he had “The Studio”. He created brochures and other collateral materials for Golf Digest and Tennis magazines. I was one of their directors and worked with Mimi. At this time, I want to extend an invitation to all of the incredible talent that was part of Max’s. Leave your contact info with Dan and let’s make a pact, not to let the arts die. I volunteer to help any of the new artists coming up, and hopefully all of you will too.

  6. Wendy Cusick

    In the middle rowish Mr Howard Muncie holding an enlarged photo of Mr. Tracey Sugarman. Miggs Burroughs and his brother Trace and Ms Burroughs (long blonde hair) first name escapes me at the moment

  7. Tracy Flood

    The cut out looks like Officer Cribari?!?!

  8. Nina royce

    The cut out is of Lenoard Everett Fisher.

  9. Patricia Graves

    Missing from the photo are many Westport artists that added to the culture of Max’s and made Westport an Artist’s town. Two name just two; Gordon Mellor and Victor Dowd. Those were the days!

  10. Wendy Cusick

    Thank you Mrs. Royce for the Correction of the picture cut out of Mr. Fisher. Mr. Sugarmand and Mr. Muncie were friends I just assumed.