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Beginner Dog Obedience Class
10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Westerly

Community Artists Program
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Charlestown

Free income Tax help
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Westerly

Impressonistic Painting
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Charlestown

Take Your Child To The Library Day! Special Storytime, Craft, and Free Bag!
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Westerly

Rotary Chowder Cook-off
Noon - 3 p.m. Westerly

Critter Club - Saturday Afternoon Parent-Child Nature Program
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Charlestown

Prudence Crandall's Legacy
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Hopkinton

Potluck Dinner
6:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Charlestown

Electronics Recycling Drop Off Event
9 a.m. - Noon Charlestown

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(Jill Connor / The Westerly Sun )
Sculptor and wood carver Mark A. Perry sits in his favorite chair in his studio in Westerly. (Jill Connor / The Westerly Sun ) Sculptor and wood carver Mark A. Perry sits in his favorite chair in his studio in Westerly. (Jill Connor / The Westerly Sun ) Sculptor and wood carver Mark A. Perry sits in his favorite chair in his studio in Westerly. (Jill Connor / The Westerly Sun )

In The Easy Chair: Mark Perry


AGE 55.

OCCUPATION Sculptor, artist, wood carver.

RESIDENCE Westerly.

RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF Preparing to exhibit for my sixth year at the Architectural Digest Show in New York City.

BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN Wellesley, Mass.

FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME Traveling, skiing and golfing with my wife.

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT In my youth, being selected to play my trombone with the Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble (at the New England Conservatory in Boston in1974). That year we traveled to the USSR and played in Moscow, then Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. As an adult, being chosen to exhibit my sculpture at the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, D.C.

WHAT I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR Being a good person and being truthful to myself.

ON MY BUCKET LIST To take my wife to Paris, shoot one round of par golf, ski out west, have my work included in the collection of a major museum, and when all is said and done, having given much more than I took from this world.

ALWAYS IN MY POCKET My iPhone.

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP A mountain man, inspired by Robert Redford in the movie “Jeremiah Johnson.”

EXPERIENCE THAT INFLUENCED ME THE MOST In my senior year of high school, I was in an auto accident that landed me in the hospital for several months, making me ineligible to attend the Naval Academy where I had been preparing to attend.

FAVORITE AUTHOR Ken Kesey.

LAST BOOK READ “The Road,” by Cormac McCarthy.

FAVORITE SONG “Noticed,” by Mute Math.

FAVORITE MOVIE “Pulp Fiction.”

FAVORITE TV SHOW “Breaking Bad.”

FAVORITE PET Beast and Gastond, two Pekingese litter-mates.

FAVORITE MEAL The hamburger at Gramercy Tavern.

AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND A DAY ON FACEBOOK 10 minutes.

TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE Resilience.

PET PEEVE What’s a “peeve”? I have a pet dog.

FAVORITE QUOTATION “For when the One Great Scorer writes against your name, He marks — not that you won or lost — but how you played the game.” — Grantland Rice.

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD After living on Nantucket Island for many years, it’s nice to have a road that leads to another town at the end of the driveway and still be near the ocean.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT Music.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME I was a quarterfinalist at the prep school national wrestling tournament in Lehigh, Pa., in the 175-pound weight class.

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED The harder you work, the luckier you get.

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE Don’t listen to advice. The best advice is the advice you already know in your heart.

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD Abdicate the throne. I can’t imagine the world being better off with a single ruler. At the risk of repeating a cliché, I would advocate against hunger and sickness, and for peace, climate control and education.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS Jump the first plane to Paris.

I DRIVE A Mini Cooper hatchback with the Rhode Island license plate “SCLPTR.”

I WISH I DROVE A Mini Cooper Clubman with the Rhode Island license plate “BUYART.”

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE Firestone Walker Brewing’s Union Jack IPA.

IF I COULD HAVE DINNER AND A CONVERSATION WITH ANYONE IN THE WORLD I WOULD CHOOSE The famous sculptor, landscape architect and furniture designer Isamu Noguchi. I’ve always admired the richness of his creative life, his works and unique aesthetic.

— Interview conducted and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro



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