2016 Exhibit Schedule

June 3 – July 27, 2016 –  Old Chatham Country Store and Gallery, Old Chatham, NY. This is a “duo” exhibit I am doing with  fabulous abstract artist, Karen Jacobs with a  Berkshire theme. It will be a lovely mix of abstract oils and watercolors…we will each be contributing about 10-12 original pieces. The opening reception is Sunday, June 5,  3-5 pm. Visit their website for hours, menu and directions. And if you cannot make the reception, do stop by for lunch!

July 30 and 31, 2016 – Church on the Hill Annual Fine Arts and  Handmade Craft Fair at Lilac Park, right in downtown Lenox, MA. This is a weekend show, rain or shine, free admission. Hours: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Saturday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Sunday. There will be a pancake breakfast and a luncheon both days. Breakfast starts at 8:30 AM and lunch starts at 11:30 AM. Be sure to mark your calendars! This is always a bustling event!

August 5 – 27, 2016 – Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, Mass.  “JAZZ Visions” –   This is a duo show I am doing with Lee Everett, jazz photographer extraordinaire. Lee and I have been involved in the jazz scene for many years…he as a professional  photographer, I as a painter. This show will exhibit approx 15-20 pieces (each) of our original works. Most of my paintings are watercolor on canvas…inspired over many years by the Pittsfield CityJazz Festivals, Newport  and Montreal Jazz Festivals, New Orleans and NYC jazz scene, plus some portraits of performers. Additionally, there will be a framed fine art reproduction of my original watercolor “The Master’s Hands” signed by Dave Brubeck himself (at the 2009 PCJF)….proceeds from the sale of this piece will benefit Berkshires Jazz. There were only 3 signed, and this is the last one. The opening reception is set for Friday, August 5, 5-8 pm during the August Pittsfield Arts Walk. 

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August 20 and 21, 2016 –  Stockbridge Summer Arts & Crafts Show. My second year  in this juried show….it was great fun last year plus I got to visit with many old friends. This is a free event. Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4. Main Street, Stockbridge, Mass…..you can’t miss it, and you shouldn’t.

November ’16 – March ’17 – PUBLIC Eat & Drink, North Adams, Mass.  Solo exhibit of my original paintings in two rooms of this funky restaurant in downtown North Adams. One room will feature many pieces from the Jazz Visions exhibit on canvas, the other room will feature many of my traditional watercolor paintings (matted behind glass) of Berkshire winter scenes.  Check their website for hours, menu and directions.

Additional events may be added.

Nursery Alphabet Painting

     Looking for something really special for that new baby in the family? How about a painting of the alphabet created with items that are specifically created to match the nursery theme and interests of the parents. Into sports? Animals? Vehicles?
     Here is a painting I recently created … it is 20″ x 16″ in watercolor on a stretched canvas. I put a layer of rough gesso on the surface to look a little like graffiti on a wall. When finished I  sprayed it with a matte finish that made it permanent. It was then framed in a white floater frame…no mat, no glass….lightweight and adorable.

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     There are lots of different ways to do this…many different options and some really fun details that you will be involved in choosing. Be in touch if interested…..I’ll create this heirloom for that new baby in your life.

Winter Watercolors

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Seeing the frost on top of Mt. Greylock reminded me that its time to update this site with some winter art news. I am NOT exhibiting in any holiday shows this year…needed to take a little break but expect to be back in the “circuit” next year. But my art is still around and available. I am working from my home studio now, and am very easily reached, so do not hesitate to contact me.

Here is where you can see my work at any time:

Mary’s Carrot Cake Shop and Gallery, Union St., Pittsfield – exhibiting Berkshire winter framed originals and reproductions until January. Also many “specially priced for the holiday season” unframed repros in the bin and Christmas on Park Square Holiday Globes. Open Tues – Fri, 11 – 2pm or by appointment (contact me). I will be there 5-8pm for a little reception on Dec 4 for  Pittsfield First Fridays Arts Walk. Come by and visit!

You may also find a selection of matted repros and cards at the following:
Lenox Print and Mercantile, Church Street, Lenox;  Red Lion Inn Gift Shop, Stockbridge; St. Francis Gallery, Rt. 102 in South Lee.
There is also a selection of winter Berkshire scenes on display in the public areas on floors 1 and 2 of the Crowne Plaza in Pittsfield.

Pittsfield Parade Poster 2015

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      It has been an honor to be the official artist for the Pittsfield Parade Poster since 2012. The poster is given as a gift to anyone who donates $25 or more to support the parade.  And really, WHO DOESN’T LOVE A PARADE????
Contribute through the website PittsfieldParade.com to receive your poster, or you can contribute through me if you would like it signed…just contact me directly and pick one up at my studio on North Street. Besides the current year’s poster (for a $25 donation),  previous years’ posters (2012, 2013, 2014) can also be purchased for $10 each while supplies last.

I have been often asked to explain the process of designing and creating the poster.

THE PROCESS
     Early each year a theme is decided upon by the Pittsfield Parade Committee; shortly afterwards, it is communicated to me.  My guidelines are:  it must be vertical orientation, conform to  18″ x 24″ dimensions, and always display the American flag.  Some themes can be very challenging, often quite educational, and always great fun! The process varies depending on how I want to depict the theme.

     Movie Classics  in 2012, was my first, and so far has been the most complicated. I wanted to create something that would appeal to everyone. Besides all the research needed to find suitable movie icons for each genre and age group, it required a lot of thought on how to put it all together. At first I wanted to have all those movie icons marching in the parade, but that became a drawing nightmare. Then I thought it would be fun to have them all watching the parade go by while standing in front of the old Palace Theater on North Street. Once that was decided, I then had to determine who goes, who stays (I found a lot more than I could use). Each character was then hand-drawn individually by me, and scanned into a graphic design progam. In addition, the Palace Theater was hand drawn as well. Once I had all of the pieces in the program, I could move them all around until I found a pleasing arrangement. Once done, I then printed that out in a size even larger than the  poster would be, but the correct proportions, and used that printout to transfer the images and design onto my watercolor paper. I fine-tuned as I painted and ending up with a very large painting (framed and hanging in my studio). Using the magic of computer programs, it was scanned and shrunk, and put into a poster format with the title, date and Pittsfield Parade information.

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     The posters for 2013 and 2014 were done using a different process than above. Each of the themes:  Land that I Love (2013) and  Made in America (2014),  required multiple unique images. All items depicted on these posters were individually painted as smaller watercolors and then scanned in to a design program. Putting the posters together was fun. With Land that I Love, I tried to have the images in the borders correspond to where they would fall geographically in the US…with a folk art flag and red barn in the center symbolizing the heartland.  Made in America has products created in America and located as close to the area on the map of the UAS as possible.

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     The image for the 2015 theme, Celebrating our Independence, seemed to come to me very quickly. I could not imagine anything but a painting of the Minute Man sculpture done by Berkshires’ own Daniel Chester French, at night surrounded by fireworks. After viewing as many different versions of the statue as I could find, I did a drawing and then painted the scene as a single large image with the flag in border.

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Spring-Summer 2015 Schedule

Happy to announce my spring-summer schedule…at least as I currently know it….more events will most likely be added so check back every now and then if you are wondering where I am exhibiting.

May 23, Saturday,  4-7 pm – Spring Opening at the NUarts Studios, 311 North Street in Pittsfield. 18 artists, many of them new to the studios, plus new look and feel. Visit me in Studio #9 and all of the artists during their official opening! All invited, free event.

May 23 (2-5 pm) and 24 (10am-2pm) – OLLI  6th Annual Art Show, Open House and silent auction at the Welles Gallery, Lenox Library.  I will have two new pieces on display. All invited, free event.

May 30 ( 5:30-7:30)  Lenox Library 200th Birthday Bash – one of my paintings is included in the commemorative book and will be auctioned at this event as a fund raiser event to benefit library programs and services. For more information contact celebration@lenoxlib.org. This is not a free event.

June 20 – Saturday all day outdoors on the Lee Common, MA and inside the church hall (there will be signage)…art show in celebration of the Lee Gateway Jazz Festival. I’ll be exhibiting and previewing a number of my jazz paintings that will be in an exhibit next summer (2016) plus some new paintings of Lee

July 3, 4, and 5 – Berkshires Arts Festival at Butternut Mountain in Great Barrington. My first time in this large juried show. Admission fee is charged, coupon for reduced cost on their website. 10am – 6pm Fri and Sat, 10am – 5pm Sun. Go to www.AmericanArtMarketing.com for more info.

August 15 and 16 – Stockbridge Summer Arts & Crafts Show. Also my first time in this juried show. Free event. Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4.  Main Street, Stockbridge, you can’t miss it.

Travels with Missie – the Artists’ View

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Introduction

Sometimes a vacation turns into something so much more.  Last May, a group of about 50 mostly Berkshire County folks visited Ireland with Kevin O’Hara, author of “Last of the Donkey Pilgrims”. No one knew that there were 4 artists in the group.  Only two were acquainted with each other, but soon after arriving at their destination, they all met and as artists will do, discussed the stunning paintings they all hoped to create once they returned home.  And that is how the “Travels with Missie – the Artists’ View” was conceived. 

 

Press Release  

Pittsfield, MA,   February 15, 2015  —   An art show featuring dozens of new works inspired by contemporary Berkshires writer Kevin O’Hara opens on Saturday March 14 at the St. Francis Gallery in South Lee, Mass. “Travels with Missie – the Artists’ View” presents paintings by four artists from Berkshire County: Marguerite Bride, Susan Edwards, David King, and Scott Taylor, who traveled to Ireland in May 2014. The artists were among some 50 travelers who followed the magical trail set by O’Hara in his 1979 journey with Missie the donkey, as documented in his book “Last of the Donkey Pilgrims”.

     Their memories and views are captured in their paintings, all to be seen for the first time in this exhibit, on display March 14 – April 12. As the historical basis for the 2014 itinerary, some of O’Hara’s photographs and memorabilia from the trek in 1979 will also be on display.

     A festive opening reception will be held at the gallery on Saturday March 14 from 2 – 6pm complete with Irish refreshments and music. In addition, during the opening, O’Hara will read from his book and share some stories of his adventures with Missie –and also with the artists last May.  A stunning carving of the donkey by Susan Edwards, which will become part of the Berkshire Carousel, will be present, as will a life-size straw effigy of Missie the Donkey created by  Mike Melle of Plainfield.

     There probably could not be a more different group of artists displaying their work in this exhibit, which will feature many different sizes, styles and mediums, from watercolors to oils to acrylics, plus sculpture and photography.  There will be approximately 25-30 Irish-themed original works by these 5 artists on display during this exhibit. There will also be a limited number of fine art reproductions of the artists’ pieces available.

     Marguerite Bride, a Berkshire resident for the past 20 years, paints primarily in watercolor, but with a twist. Many of her pieces are watercolor on canvas, quite different from her usual paintings on paper, (although there will be some of those too). A lover of all things architectural, you will see buildings and bicycles, and maybe a sheep or two.  Bride has a studio on North Street in Pittsfield.

     A resident of Windsor for 42 years, Susan Edwards, who is “semi-retired”,  is a Fine Artist and Graphic Designer who worked in the publishing and printing fields for 20 years and presently creates art from Windrush Studio located at her home. Edwards began her career in Boston as a commercial art student at Butera School of Art. Her mediums include oil, pastel, watercolor, and acrylic with a concentration in oil and pastel. Edwards is also the designer and carver of the Missie carousel donkey that will be on display at the gallery.

     David King, a Pittsfield resident, has been painting in both oils and watercolors as a hobby for over 40 years. David majored in Fine Arts at Berkshire Community College for two and a half years but changed careers after completing four and a half years of service in the Air Force. He currently works for Guardian Life Insurance but spends much of his free time painting. He is one of the contributing artists of the Berkshire Carousel. A student of the Gloria Malcolm Arnold studio, expect to see stunning detail and vivid color in his depiction of Ireland.

     A lifelong Pittsfield resident, Scott Taylor paints in acrylic with vivid colors bringing emotion and contemplation to his paintings. “The landscape and old structures of the Emerald Isle provided me with more than enough creative opportunities for this show. The difficulty came when selecting just what to include. I could paint Ireland ‘til my dying days and still have leftovers! “

     The artists painted their works without the influence of one another which makes it a varied and personal show. In addition to their own personal scenes, each artist painted one scene based upon a specific scene that Kevin O’Hara provided, and which he will discuss at the opening.

     St. Francis Gallery is located on Rt 102, in South Lee just 2 miles east from the Red Lion Inn. Gallery hours:  Friday through Monday 10am – 5 pm.

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2015 Late Winter Schedule

 Ten Spot Invitational Art Show
February 6-28, 2015
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
28 Renne Ave
Pittsfield, MA

Ten artists will display 2-4 pieces in this invitational exhibit. I will be exhibiting some favorites from my lighthouse/seascape series. One of my paintings is on display on a billboard in somewhere in Berkshire County leading up to the 10×10 exhibit. Gallery hours are Wed-Sat. 11am-4pm. Opening Reception on Thursday, February 12, 5-7 pm.

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Travels with Missie – the Artists’ View
March 14 – April 13, 2015
St. Francis Gallery
Rt 102
South Lee, MA

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Four artists give their painterly impressions of their trip to Ireland in May of 2014 as they followed Missie the donkey’s magical trek as discribed in Kevin O’Hara’s book, Last of the Donkey Pilgrims. Dozens of new works in a variety of mediums and styles by artists Marguerite Bride, Susan Edwards, David King and Scott Taylor. Join us for the reception and celebration on Saturday, March 14, from 2-6 pm. Irish music, refreshments and even some readings by Kevin.

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