We are Jason Hay and Steve Pelizza, two uncommon individuals with one shared interest, our fascination for Grey Gardens. We share with you the same curious admiration for the Beales, two wonderfully persevering women whom we are all fortunate to almost know, thanks to David and Albert Maysles.
We became friends with Jerry in 2009 and have had the opportunity to truly get to know this remarkable individual. Jerry is as humble, kind and understated a person as one could hope to meet. Always wide-eyed and interested, he is very engaged with the world around him and seems to constantly be drawing inspiration from life itself for his sculptures. It has been a pleasure getting to know Jerry and learning of the remarkable life he has led.
One could almost set his time at Grey Gardens aside altogether and still be fascinated by all the tales he has to tell. Jerry’s story unfolds as a classic American tale. A compromising childhood, then a dash for freedom leading him indirectly to Grey Gardens, a formative event in his life. Later awakening to his sexuality in the 1970’s in New York City, going on to travel in Europe and the Middle East under unique circumstances, and sadly falling into some of the darker passions in life. Eventually pulling himself up and dusting himself off, he decides to heed a lifelong call to carve stone and discovers his love for the craft. Jerry Torre’s sculptures help free him, and he fully develops into the beloved individual he is today.
Getting to know Jerry has had an impact on our lives, we feel it will have an impact on many others as well. His is a story of personal struggle, strength, love and achievement. Jerry has decided he is willing to share his experiences with us so we may be educated, inspired and perhaps even provoked. This promises to be a meaningful journey.