Just returned from a week at NH Institute of Art's Art Educator's Institute. This was my 4th year and although it is a week where art educator's from around the country gather it is geared to the individual artist. We were pampered and pandered to all week with special receptions at the Currier Museum of Art, tours of the new facilities and wonderful meals. Aside from all this I left full to the brim with inspiration and haven't stopped making art since. I spent mornings figure drawing with Peter Clive and afternoons bookmaking with Mark Walberg, below. His collection of handcrafted books (and I use the term loosely. He's donning one of his book hats.) blew my mind! Below are some pics including my "stepping stone" creation, some of my own books and book hat. Also pictured is me with a former student, Shonna Beckett, who surprised me one day. She was taking a tour and hopes to attend in the fall.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Last weekend (June 13th) I joined a group of painters from CRAG (Connecticut River Artisans), of which I am a member, at Fish Pond, to do some plein air painting with Daniel Clement an artist from Quebec. We had a wonderful day. It's always an experience painting out of doors. I also tried my hand at oil painting, which I do infrequently, but really enjoyed. Hopefully I can post a picture of the event soon.
"Forest Lover" was my solo exhibition at the WREN Gallery in Bethlehem, NH. The show ran from May 1st through May 25th. The opening on May 1st was a great success and well attended. Here is myself with an old friend Diane, who I hadn't seen in years. It was a terrific surprise and wonderful to see her. A real blast from the past. When I get the hang of this blogging thing I'll try to post more pictures of the event. Work sold and I'm a happy camper.
April 3rd through April 27th was the Renew, Reuse, Recycle, Recreate show at the Wren Gallery in Bethlehem, NH. I put together the above piece specifically for that show. Doing it took me back to the days when I worked with assemblage. It was a blast rummaging through my junk, stamping, painting and pasting stuff together. Interesting show with lots of interesting pieces displaying some incredible imagination.
This spring I had two pieces accepted into the Minumental Exhibition at NH Institute of Art in Manchester. Images could be no larger that 2" x 2" including 3 dimensional pieces. As you can see it made for a very interesting show. My minumental acrylic landscape was sold--very exciting!
The picture under my info is from this winter's Night Music concert by the Hanover Chamber Orchestra at White Mt. Regional HS. I had the honor of having "Blue Moon", an acrylic painting chosen and used for all the publicity including posters and invitations. It was then exhibited at the concert along with other pieces by a variety of artists and was chosen for the People's Choice Award.