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I've stumbled upon this site just after attending the funeral of Polly Thayer Starr's daughter, Vicki. I knew a little about PTS and her art, but this site has taught me so much more. I am in awe of her talent, and so grateful to have found this resource. Thank you for making so much of Polly's work and life available to the public.

  Debra Morgan, Hingham, MA, April 5, 2013

In 2004 while discussing my participation in a forthcoming show of portrait artists I happened to be in The Vose. On the wall loomed one of the most spectacular examples of painting and color I had heretofore seen-"The Algerian Tunic". A painting done by a woman and a New Englander. I wanted to slink out but did not.

I had heard of her dimly. Once, when I was a member of the Copley Society, there was a small floral drawing displayed on the wall. A man came up to me and said "she (Polly) I imagine, is considered a 'minor' artist at best. What do you think?" I really did not know what to say. NOW, I would have taken my handbag and in a very forthright manner, whacked him in the head!

I wish I had known her for so many reasons She was academically trained- but transcended it. I remembered seeing her big white nude online. A knockout.

I found an image of her exquisite nude "Circles" and posted it on my blog with "The Algerian Tunic".

She attended the Boston Museum School as I did as a 17 year old in 1960. By then the school was a shadow of itself with none of the classical training courses left. We were left for weeks on end to draw still-lifes- models- whatever, with no instructors. We were to express ourselves. I have read her account of the first class art training she received and I gnash my teeth!

I am just so happy to find this site!

  Sharon Knettell, April 5, 2013

Dorothy Koval:   Very interesting comments, Sharon, thanks for taking the time to share them.  In a month or two we will be adding a page for Thayer’s nudes as well.  We’ll try to keep those who have written to us informed of significant changes to the website.

Dorothy Koval:   Thank you, Debra.  Vicki would be so pleased!