Saturday, November 5, 2011
Each Year the Secretary of the State of Massachusetts, William Galvin sponsors a Senior Holiday Card Contest at the Mass. Archives Building at the Commonwealth Museum at 220 Morrissey Boulevard in Boston, Massachusetts. In this the 15th Year of the contest I was pleased to learn that my oil painting entitled "Winter Solitude" was awarded a 2nd Place in the Museum Committee Awards Category. This contest is open to seiors 62 years of age or older. The pictures below are a close-up of this painting, the painting hanging in the Commonwealth Museum, Director of Archives Comeau making the presentation, a picture of myself and my cousin Sandra Regan of Winthrop Massachusetts who also placed 2nd in the mixed media category, a picture of Richard Mangino of Revere a quadruple amputee from Revere who painted his entry using his mouth before becoming the first double hand transplant recipient and whom we are all inspired by and proud of, and finally members of my Monday Cameron Senior Center Open Studio Group from Westford, Massachusetts with their award winning paintings. This group mentored by Marie Stabile of Westford was very well represented at a special luncheon and awards ceremony held at the Commonwealth Museum. In addition these painters will have a special Artists Showcase for the Month of November at the Cameron Senior Center in Westford on 20 Pleasant Street which is open to the public with a special meet the artists opportunity on November 17th from 3 PM until 8PM at theCameron Center. Light refreshments will be available. Come meet these talented artists and renew or make new acquaintances. Many of the art pieces on display will be for sale.
Monday, October 3, 2011
Although the summer has been quieter for me in terms of production of new paintings, I have worked on a few new pieces. This piece which is called Winter Solitude is a view of the Massachusetts State House which I produced for the 15th Annual Seniors Holiday Card Contest sponsored by the Secretary Of State William Galvin's Office. The contest is open to all citizens 62 and over. The paintings are hung in a gallery upstairs in the Commonwealth Museum located at the Massachusetts Archives Building on Columbia Point at 220 Morrisey Boulevard in Boston, Massachusetts during November and early December. Two paintings will be chosen to be reproduced and these cards will be sold at the State House Gift Shop with the name of the artist printed on the card. Winning artists will be presented in a ceremony to be held at the Commonwealth Museum and all entering artists will be recognized a a special luncheon sponsored by Secretary Galvin's office. I am relatively happy with the results in this painting and attempted to convey a moodf of quiet and solitude on Beacon Hill.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
As I have said in the past I am not sure where time goes. It seems like I am always trying to catch up. I apologize for not keeping up with this blog over the summer. The summer of 2011 was a very hot and humid one indeed and it seems that when the temperature goes up into the 80's and 90's and the humidity increases my energy level goes into a tail spin. I did try to stay in the cool air conditioning during much of the hot weather. Whenever I could I painted in air conditioned comfort but rarely made it over to my Western Avenue Studio in Suite #326..........the building was like an oven and due to its brick construction it retained the heat. I continued to meet with my art colleagues in the Nashua Artists Breakfast Club an experience that I always find fun and instructional. Although my production level was at a minimum I did continue to work on several paintings. I will say more about these in the next few posts. Now that the cooler weather has arrived and we have begun autumn activities I will be posting more often and painting more often. Sometimes taking a break and stepping back helps inspire an artist to move ahead with new ideas.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Monday, February 28, 2011
This month I thought that I would post some photos from The Men of Western Avenue Studios very sucessful show and reception which was held at the Whistler House Museum Of Art in Lowell, Massachusetts. The attendance at the reception included many friends, family members and members of the Nashua Area Artists Breakfast Club, a group of very talented artist friends. It was fun to have a couple of my paintings accepted to this show. These pieces "Serenity and Province Lands" can be seen in previous posts in close up as well as in the pictures posted. The show was a varied presentation with pieces from 19 male artists of Western Avenue Studios mentioned in the previous announcement post. The wonderful refreshments were provided by the Whistler House Staff and members of the Lowell Art Association whose joint efforts have unified the many artists working in the Lowell area which has become a very active art community.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
This is an announcement for a currently offered show entitled the "Men of Western Avenue Studios" which is now at the Whistler House Museum of Art at 243 Worthen Street in Lowell,MA. The Museum is the birthplace of James McNeill Whistler and the home of the Lowell Art Association and is open Wed. throgh Sat. from 11 AM until 4 PM. This historic site was built in 1823 and it represents the richness of the history and art of Lowell. There is a permanent collection of late 19th and early 20th century artwork as well as exhibitions of art in the adjacent Parker Gallery.
The show features a collection of art in various disciplines, media and styles from the Men of Western Avenue Studios, an integral part of the cultural life in the city of Lowell. The cross section contains sculpture, oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings, photography and mixed media. The artists included are: Tom Gill, Marcus Griep, Jack Holmes, David Barton, Don Ouellette, William McMeniman, David Leblanc, Stuart Krentcil, Glenn Szegedy, Joe Lapiana, John Wren, Peter Zimmerman, Gary Destramp, Bill Berry, Bruce Wood, John Cascio, Don Sullivan, Todd Bonita, Christopher Volpe, Jeff Engle and Michael Miller.
Come visit the exhibition and join us for the artist's reception on February 26th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.