Westporter of the Week: Miggs Burroughs

If you don't already know Miggs Burroughs, I'm certain that you've seen his work - he's designed the Westport town flag and the logo for the Levitt Pavillion.

Name: Miggs Burroughs

Age: 14 (according to Alice Roosevelt Longworth, the secret to eternal youth is arrested development)

Occupation:  I am a graphic artist, which covers a lot of territory.  For the past 40 years I have been creating logos, brochures, posters, illlustration (and now websites) for a variety of clients, both commercial and non-profit.  A United States Postage Stamp, an Easter Egg for the Reagan White House, four covers for TIME Magazine, the Westport Town Flag, logo for the Westport school system, and the design of the Westport History book are among the work I am most proud of.

Favorite place in Westport?   On the river, paddling gently, gently, down the stream in my kayak. It is a wonderful way to get reacquainted with Westport's natural beauty and the wildlife which inhabit this timeless aquatic community, just a Tiffany's bracelet toss away from the Main Street Mall.

Favorite restaurant in Westport?  Daytime it's a bagel and lox at , but for dinner it's the .  Michele and Lori Nischan are dedicated, creative, and gracious owners/hosts  that make everyone feel like members of the family. And the food is amazing! I love the chopped salad, cheese platter, roasted oysters and whatever pork dish is available. The live music on Friday nights is outstanding, especially when Melissa Newman sings.

Why Westport?  My parents moved here in 1950 because Westport had a reputation as a prominent artists' community, and as a commercial illustrator, my father found it to be a very nurturing, peaceful and beautiful place in which to live and work.

The face of Westport has changed dramatically  since 1950, but with the Levitt Pavilion, Westport Country Playhouse, The library, The Historical Society and the Westport Arts Center to name a few, the arts are very much alive and well. I feel privileged to live and work in a town whose heart is still devoted to the arts.

Miggs' website can be found here.


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