Happy 90th, Shirley Mellor!

From across town and across the country — and from Westport’s artistic present and past — over 100 folks paid tribute today to Shirley Mellor.

The former owner of beloved Max’s Art Supplies — the Post Road store described by Miggs Burroughs as “our town square for artists” — turns 90.

As in, 90 years young.

Shirley Mellor (Photo/Lynn U. Miller)

Though she closed Max’s 4 years ago, she still does yoga 3 times a week. She still tells wonderful stories, and dispenses excellent advice. And she still has countless friends and admirers.

They — and many family members, including a great-granddaughter — honored Shirley at the Westport Woman’s Club this afternoon. Among the attendees were longtime Max’s employees Nina Royce, Rita Engelbardt and Jay Cimbak.

The speeches were heartfelt. The love in the room was palpable.

And Shirley looked fantastic.

Just like old times.

5 responses to “Happy 90th, Shirley Mellor!

  1. Caryl Beatus

    SHIRLEY – ARE YOU THE LADY I MET AT RICK GARCIA’S ON MARCH 23RD TO WHOM, WHEN SHE SAID SHE WOULD BE NINETY THE FOLLOWING WEEK I TOLD THAT I WAS 90 THE PREVIOUS DAY, MARCH 22ND. IF YOU’RE NOT THE SAME LADY THERE ARE PLENTY OF US AROUND!!!

  2. Dorothy Abrams

    90 years young!

  3. Suzanne L. Wilson

    Happy Birthday, Shirley! (I am still using the same easel in California I bought all those years ago at Max’s!)

  4. Walt Spitzmiller

    Shirley , So glad that your are doing so well Connie and I wish you the very best, The store was home away from home for so many trans planted artist’s.
    You and Max helped with your kindness and made the move to Connecticut our home Thanks Our Best Regards Walt and Connie Spitzmiller