November 2015


Property from the Collection of
Eleanor Torrey ‘Sandy’ West
Ossabaw Island, Georgia

November 19 – December 3, 2015

In 1924 Dr. and Mrs. H. N. Torrey bought Ossabaw Island, the third largest of the Georgia barrier islands, comprising approximately 26,000 acres.  Upon their deaths, their daughter, Eleanor Torrey West and her brother William Torrey’s family inherited the island.

For more than 20 years, beginning in 1961, notable artists, writers, scientists and professionals gathered from around the globe to experience and draw inspiration from Ossabaw Island in coastal Georgia.  The Ossabaw Island Project was a unique interdisciplinary fellowship program established by Eleanor “Sandy” and Clifford West, born out of their desire to share Ossabaw Island without destroying it. In addition, the Genesis Project–a cooperative, semi-sustainable community–operated at historic Middle Place on Ossabaw Island from 1970 to 1983.

Diminishing funds caused these projects to close, but, at 102-years-old, Eleanor West still lives on Ossabaw where she is happiest.  She is cared for by dedicated caregivers, friends, and family.  The family have decided to sell some of the many possessions she has collected during her lifetime to provide funds to keep her on Ossabaw as long as possible.  Each item has a history and has been a part of her life.  Now they will pass on to a new history.

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