Wednesday, August 30, 2006

West End Remembers Woody Dana

A memorial service was held on August 21st at the State Street Church for well known West End resident Woody Dana, who died on August 14th at the age of 63.

Woody was known as an artist and an art collector, having probably the most extensive collection of art from local artists. He exhibited his art collection at a show called “Unbridled Eclecticism”, which was held at the University of New England Art Gallery in 1999.

He also shared his collection, including rare and valuable works by Chagall and Picasso, at an exhibit entitled “2-1-02, The Show of the Year”, which was held at Congress Square Gallery in February, 2002.

Woody was also active with the Portland Coalition for the Psychiatrically Labeled, and was a member of the Board of Directors of Shalom House.

Woody was the son of Woodbury K. Dana II and Dorothy Payson Dana. He is survived by two sisters, nieces, nephews, and great nephews.

Woody was also a poet. The following excerpt is from his 1995 poetry collection, entitled ‘city skunks’:

if there is
no way
that is not
and staying
where you are
with things
as they are
can’t be done
then step back
and go around
your present
don’t let yourself
be destroyed
by what would
appear to be
a too well

Memorial donations in Woody’s memory may be made to Shalom House, PO Box 560. Portland Maine 04112.


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