Monday, June 4, 2012

The Copley Society's Annual "Fresh Paint"

 Fresh Paint is the cornerstone event of the Copley Society of Art. First held in 1988, this two week-long event begins on Sunday, May 20th when more than 50 artists set out to the streets of Boston to paint scenes of the city.  By the end of the day, the artists arrived at the gallery having completed their "fresh" creations. Pieces be displayed in the gallery for two weeks, until the final gala event on June 2nd, when all of the pieces will be auctioned for sale.
 Here I am with Caroly Jundzilo who has been painting in the Fresh Paint as long as I have
(23 years!)
I am standing with the "Queen of Fresh Paint" Candace Lovely

Here is the link to my painting in the show.
This is the link to the video made of some of us in action.

The Annual Marblehead Paint Out

Nearly 20 of the finest artists from all over New England will be in Marblehead the week of May 21 as part of the 2012 Arnould Gallery “Plein-Air- Paint-Out.” Look for them at Little Harbor, on the Neck, at the Fort and throughout the streets of our beautiful town searching for just the right composition and just the right light.
These are “Plein Air” artists (French for “open air”) and they have been gathering in Marblehead every spring since 2006. But this year, Yves Parent will not be among them. Parent, one of the finest French marine artists living in the United States, and the man chiefly responsible for bringing his “friends” to Marblehead, died last July after a long battle with cancer.
“It’s not difficult to convince good artists to come to Marblehead,” Parent explained to Arts & More a few years back. “Marblehead is one of the most beautiful Harbors in New England and it even has its own ‘Eiffel Tower’!” he said (referring to the iconic Abbot Hall spire that features dominantly in many of his paintings). “Besides,” he added, “we all enjoy getting together to catch up on each other’s work and to socialize when the day’s painting is done.” This year much of that “catching up” will undoubtedly include remembering Yves.
These artists, whose professional memberships include such distinguished groups as the American Society of Marine Artists, The Copley Society, the International Society of Marine Artists, the Mystic Seaport Master Artists and the Salmagundi Club among many others, are following in the footsteps of Monet and Renoir when they move their easels out of the studio and into the natural light of day. Sergio Roffo, a native of San Donato, Italy, whose luminous work has been inspired by American painters like Inness and Bierstadt explains it this way: “Plein-air work is spontaneous. During the summer I work outdoors as much as I can.”
So, look for them around town. Rain or shine they’ll be here, maybe enjoying the sun on their faces, maybe tucked under a shelter if there’s rain. But they will be here. And they love an audience. So welcome them to the town, maybe direct them to your favorite spot. Ask your questions. Then come to the Arnould Gallery Friday evening, May 25, from 5-7:30 p.m. to meet them all and see for yourselves what beauty these masters have plucked from “Plein-Air” of Marblehead and present for us on their canvases.
“I’m very proud to have these great artists here for our 2012 “Paint Out,” says Arnould. “Their work is some of the finest on display anywhere in New England… and they are here to paint our beautiful town!”
Participating plein-air painters from across New England greet collectors at the Opening Reception. The exhibit remains on display through July 5, and the gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Gene Arnould at Arnould Gallery, 781-631-6366.

Brechin Morgan, Jim Magner, Patricia Warfield, Sandy Wakeen, Bob Noreika, Me, Mike Graves, Ted Charron, Al Barker! there were more and we couldn't fit them in!