Start: 7:00 pm
End: 8:30 pm
In Ladder Memory, Stories from the Painting Trade,
freelance journalist and writer Mark Ellis recalls his 30 year journey
from apprentice painter to successful painting contractor. A memoir that
will resonate for painters, those in the paint retail marketplace,
trade contractors and for anyone who has ever hired a painter or picked
up a brush.
In "Mrs. Peltzer's Husband" a floor epoxy job becomes a look into the life
of a woman suffering from emotional abuse. "The Stairwell" takes readers
through the hellish painting of a seven-story industrial stairwell with
a certifiably motley crew. "Plants I Have Known" humorously catalogues
the obstacles to a good paint job created by bushes and trees. "Sam
Drucker and the Frogs" recounts the story of a celebrity client and a
controversial neighborhood frog abatement project. A useful appendix
offers proven painting tips.
These stories scrape the knuckles and get under the fingernails. Ellis brings
authenticity and discovery to his exploration of the experiences of a
housepainter, and the entrapments, frailties, and indomitable spirits of
those living and working in the structures he paints.