May 23, 2021
Location: Byesville (South of Cambridge, OH, U.S.A.)
Place: Century-old studio farmhouse
Yet, it was not the fire itself which completely destroyed my life’s work of over 700 original mixed- medium pieces including my 50-piece custom framed gallery showcase, a series of irreplaceable pen-and-ink drawings, writings and paintings by my late sister Anna Marlin were also destroyed, along with all personal worldly possessions I had accumulated throughout my life and career.
The Excavator who showed-up last of all brought to an instantaneous end the totality of my life’s work, all with a single deliberate hammer-blow from his hydraulic-machine claw which smashed directly through the central contents of my studio room, raking the smashed and splintered contents outside, directly into the fully-soaked area where the fire itself had been completely stopped before he ever showed-up.
> The barn house (see below) was visibly SPARED fire damage, yet The Excavator attacked and completely destroyed the contents of my studio room for no LEGITIMATE reason whatsoever.
All would have been lost forever had I not previously prepared and saved custom-digital production files of the original work for my showroom design and art-matching fabric projects, never daring to imagine how such production files could help ‘future-proof’ (though never replace) what was to occur in a single summer afternoon in May of 2021, digitally preserving the only trace of my original collection which was otherwise completely destroyed.
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I SPECIFICALLY TOLD SEVERAL FIREFIGHTERS THAT DAY THAT MY ROOM WAS TO BE SPARED IF POSSIBLE, AS IT HAD ONLY SUSTAINED MINOR SMOKE DAMAGE EARLIER IN THE DAY AND POSED NO ADDITIONAL FIRE THREAT - - - THE EXCAVATOR ACTUALLY PROVED THAT WHE HE TORE THE SIDE OF THE BARN-BUILDING OFF AND EXPOSED THE CONTENTS OF MY STUDIO AS PERFECTLY SAFE, WHICH HE VICIOUSLY PROCEEDED TO DESTROY ANYWAY IN FRONT OF EVERYONE.
The Excavator who arrived last that day, (near 4 p.m.) proceeded to tear-off the outside wall of the final free-standing-house structure, (a barn-like panel which had acted as a firewall) revealing a perfectly in-tact ‘doll-house open view’ of my work studio, as I was standing directly across the yard from him, having a clear and unobstructed view of the scene, grateful my room and contents had been spared, until he made one final move with his machine.
He dropped his machine’s ‘claw arm’ with the force of a pile-driver directly through my main horizontal stack of meticulously-wrapped canvas boards and specialty paper works, dragging the rest of the art-remains and broken shards of custom-framed works out into the water-soaked ashes he was ‘operating’ from as the remaining firemen who had already shut the fire down earlier, calmly looked on.
His single vicious hydraulic-machine hit that smashed through my work was so powerful that it drove my studio-room floor into the downstairs living
room below at a 45 degree angle.
> WHAT HE DID MADE SALVAGING ANYTHING FROM EITHER FLOOR, LET ALONE THE LIVINGROOM AREA, TOTALLY IMPOSSIBLE, AS HE HAD BLOCKED BOTH ENTRANCES, FRONT AND BACK, WHEN HE SMASHED THE 2nd FLOOR DOWN AT A 45-DEGREE ANGLE.
In total, I lost an irreplaceable 50-year growth curve of art I had preserved from my early childhood, a rare academic accumulation of Scholastic Art Awards, Mentions and Ribbons (plus a Scholastic gold medal in New York), carefully saved works from my follow-up attendance at Cooper School of Art in Cleveland, OH, as well as a vast range of highly successful experimental mixed-media works following my preservation training in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, in the mid-1980's, my entire life’s work which I had methodically saved and categorized was all destroyed I N LESS THAN 10 SECONDS, all due to the deliberate reckless action of one person.
When I telephoned Mayor Jackson of Byesville regarding acquiring the Excavator’s name and company that same day (to take legal action, though I did not state that at that time), he had only heard about the fire, then (he) outwardly pondered to me what an excavator was even doing there to begin with.
STORY SITUATION -
Years before said fire ever happened, I had been helping my fiancé, Virginia L. Martin and her Special Needs daughter, Gen, (above) against their corrupt family Trust attorney after they had been all-but ruined by his elaborate, multi-decade schemes against her estate, a story so crime-laden with fraud and duplicity that I now ask top women’s activist groups, organizations and the media speak with them, that they may finally tell their story, as it was her farmhouse that burned just as her agonizing 4-year civil trial against him was about to close.
YOU CAN HELP IF YOU CANNOT DONATE :
Please forward this funding drive to as many women’s and family-activist groups as possible, as well as local and national media, that the Virginia Martin story can be FULLY TOLD and shared by people, families and loved ones who may also have Trust and Estate concerns, that they can be best informed, alerted and prepared as possible.
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"The Elopement" by Lowell S.V. Devin
- WHERE THE FUNDS FROM THIS PROJECT WILL GO :
- Having lost ALL of our belongings in said fire, we need relocation expenses that I may also continue to finish a series of new children’s books I had been working on prior to the fire, featuring a powerful and fun new way for children to learn to draw, starting with (working title) “Z’art Z’animal Zoo”; the second book, “The Magical Art of Dance”; the third book being an enriched new way for children to learn to draw “Faces and Places”, all illustrated via my original art-production files rescued from the fire.
- Acquiring a literary agent for children’s books.
" Chamber Jazz " by Lowell S.V. Devin
> ABOUT THE ARTIST / FINAL TRIBUTE
David Keller, artist trade name: Lowell S.V. Devin
> Middle name modification since ‘digitally rising from the fine-art ashes’, May 23rd, 2021;
- Lowell Phoenix Devin -
"I closed my (former) art studio (northern location) the day my Mother passed away, March 4th, 2005, out of respect for the fact I had done all of my work up to that point, in her lifetime, not mine.
Sunday, May 23rd, 2021, the Day of the Fire, ALL of my art I had done in her lifetime rose straight to Heaven to be with my Mother, forever.”
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The original Lowell S.V. Devin Collection has a personal-letter review of, “outstanding”, direct from Doug Rowan, Fmr. Pres. & CEO of Corbis Corp. (Letter-date: March 31 st, 1997) NOTE: In January 2016, Corbis announced that it had sold its image-licensing businesses to an affiliate of Visual China Group (thus making the prior Rowan endorsement of the Lowell S.V. Devin Collection even more significant.)
> INTERNATIONAL DEBUT
Montserrat Contemporary Gallery
584 – 588 Broadway
Broadway Gallery Building
New York, NY 10012
March 31 st – April 17th, 1993
“ Devin has a virtuoso’s command of paint and brushes, altering his technique, varying his style, and adapting imagery masterfully to precisely convey the feeling, thought, and/or impression he wishes to impart a rare ability.”
- About Art / Dorothy Roatz Myers Box 204 F.D.R. Station, New York, N.Y., 10150
Northern Corporate Center Art Gallery
25000 Great Northern Corporate Center North Olmsted, OH 44070
Sept. 11 th, 1989 – November 17 th, 1989
> ONLINE SALES OF DIGITAL PRINTS -
Wayfair, Houzz, Amazon, Better Homes & Gardens, and others.
> ORIGINAL WRITTEN / PUBLISHED BOOK
exclusive mixed-media fashion art display -
> Devin Video Gallery of lovely ladies portraits can be viewed here.
(Turn your volume up slightly, please.)