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.
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.