Who: Loring Coleman
A Celebration of Loring Coleman’s newly published book:
Living and Painting in a Changing New England
Concord Bookshop, 65 Main Street;
and Concord Art Association, 37 Lexington Road
November 6 (Concord Bookshop)
and November 12 (Concord Art Association)
Renowned artist, Loring Coleman, will be in Concord, MA, twice in November. On Sunday, November 6, 2011, he will be at the Concord Bookshop and on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at the Concord Art Association.
On Saturday, November 12 at 2pm, the Concord Art Association will host "An Afternoon with Loring Coleman."
Both events are in celebration of Mr.Coleman’s recently published autobiography, Living and Painting in a Changing New England.
For many years, Loring Coleman was the Art Director at the Concord Art Association, and through his work and teaching, touched the lives of hundreds of Concord's people. "I'm painting with my mind and my voice," Loring Coleman explains as he copes with his diminished sight. Although no longer painting his beloved watercolors and oils, the distinguished painter and teacher, Loring W. Coleman shares his lifetime of art through a recounting of his amusing and intriguing experiences as a student and teacher, and he tells us the stories behind over 50 of his oil and watercolor paintings from his seven decades as a plein air painter.
His autobiography describes his upbringing in the tough Chicago of the 1930s, his discovery of idyllic rivers in Concord, Massachusetts, and his adventures as a motorcyclist and young student of great art teachers. The day before Pearl Harbor, he married his wife Katinka, and he tells us how he soon became an Army officer and found himself commanding the U.S. Army’s largest World War II art department. He then traces his energetic years as a teacher, traveling art historian, and lover of Bavaria and Austria.
Coleman touches us with his passion for the changing New England landscape, with its leaning farmhouses, sagging Colonials with their missing shingles, and magnificent barns now barely there. Coleman’s narrative matches his evocative and detailed painting style, capturing weight, light, and mood, as if in conversation with his subjects.
In his foreword to Coleman’s book, Henry Adams, Professor of American Art at Case Western Reserve University, writes, “How amazing that in addition to all his fine paintings, Loring Coleman has also written one of the best and liveliest artistic memoirs I’ve ever read.” A student of New England artists Hermann Dudley Murphy, Charles Curtis Allen, and Bernard Keyes, Loring W. Coleman also became a teacher, most notably at Middlesex School where he taught for 27 years. He is a member of the National Academy of Design, American Watercolor Society, New England Watercolor Society, the Guild of Boston Artists, and the Salmagundi Club. Loring and his wife Katinka live in Harvard, Massachusetts.
The 217-page book, published by Hard Press Editions, has 81 color illustration and will be available for sale for $65 at both venues. For more information on the events, please contact Dawn Rennert, Concord Bookshop, at 978-369-2405, or Lili Ott at 978-369-2578 at the Concord Art Association.
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Since 1917, Concord Art Association has promoted contemporary art through exhibitions, lectures, trips & classes. It maintains a small collection of 20th century art including that of its founder, Impressionist painter, Elizabeth Wentworth Roberts.