SAVE THE DATE: There will be a retrospective of Deedee's work later this year at the South Shore Art Center from August 30-September 10th, with an opening on Friday, September 1st. About 45 of her framed works will be on display as well as many unframed pieces. All sales will go to benefit the Deedee Agee Memorial Fund at the South Shore Art Center, 119 Ripley Road, Cohasset, MA 02025, where contributions may also be sent. This fund will help us establish an annual prize in Deedee's honor.
We lost Deedee to cancer on October 1st, 2016. To contact her husband Paul, email at Paul.Sprecher@gmail.com.
A Memorial Service
in Deedee's memory was held at Old Ship Church in Hingham, MA, on Saturday, October 15. You can listen here
. You can also see
photos of the art show and other memorabilia from the reception afterwards among Deedee's other artwork on this site here
In memory of Deedee's life and art, contributions may be made to create a Deedee Agee Scholarship at:
South Shore Art Center, 119 Ripley Road, Cohasset, MA 02025.Here's Deedee's Obituary:
Deedee was the daughter of the writer James Agee and Mia Agee and the beloved wife of the Reverend Paul Sprecher, minister of the First Parish Church Unitarian Universalist in Bridgewater. She passed away at her home in Scituate after a four-month struggle with cancer, surrounded by her husband and sons.
Deedee was born Julia Teresa Agee on November 7, 1946. Her grandmother called her Chickadee and her rendering Deedee became the name she used for the rest of her life. She grew up in Greenwich Village and lived much of her life in New York City. She moved with her family to Ridgewood, New Jersey in 1992 and then to the Boston area in 2005.
Deedee had many careers as a waitress, house painter, reproductive counselor, chef, software trainer at the United Nations, and freelance writer. She was an accomplished artist of both words and images. She had a MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and was a writer of memoir and essays. She was awarded a Geraldine R. Dodge Fellowship and membership in the Writer's Room of Boston. Her writing appeared in DoubleTake
magazine as well as in several anthologies. She read some of her stories at the Cornelia Street Café (the street where her father once had a studio), at libraries and other local venues, and on NPR. At the time of her death she was completing a memoir of growing up in Greenwich Village entitled Momentum. She was also an accomplished visual artist, remembered especially for her drawings and prints, which were shown at the South Shore Art Center, the Cambridge Art Association, the Danforth Art Museum, and the Duxbury Arts Association, among others.
Deedee is survived by her husband Paul; by her three sons, James Bollinger and David and Sean Sprecher; and by her siblings Joel, Andrea, and John Agee.
Her calm, loving manner, her wonderful cooking, and her beautiful art and words will be greatly missed by her family and her many friends. Deedee's Artist Statement:
My work emerges from play with materials and from attending the subtle and mysterious spark from which a line of inquiry evolves. Line, form and imagery arise intuitively from this conversation; mark making seems to come through me, through my hand, out of a state of attunement with my body and senses in relation to both the immediate and larger world. This sensing is, for me, the road to the making of meaning (sense). My attunement is grounded in a life drawing practice of many years and a deepening relationship with the natural world. I love the flow of line through my eye and hand onto the paper, the way line and layered color form up into metaphor. I am drawn to the immediacy of drawing and to the inherent spontaneity of monotypes, the possibilities for variations on a theme and for working in series, the surprise of layering, the mystery of the accidental. The dance between representation and abstraction is a primary focus and fascination for me.