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"Labor: The Art of Work" Opens September 2nd at Richard Boyd Art Gallery Peaks Island, ME
Richard Boyd Art Gallery pays homage to the American worker in "Labor: The Art of Work" a new exhibit opening Monday September 2, at 10:00 a.m.
By: Richard Boyd Pottery
The exhibit features portraits of workers by Wyatt Barr, paintings by Gwen Sylvester depicting images of the working waterfront and the long standing tradition of boat building in Maine, paintings and collages by Gordon Carlisle reflecting his sensibility growing up in the post-War era, paintings by Claudia Hughs portraying restaurant workers, mixed media works depicting day laborers by Petrea Noyes, paintings in acrylic and watercolor depicting regional workers by Wilson Stewart, and modern images by artist Kenny Cole in gouache and mixed media on paper that speak to the state of employment in America. The exhibit is on view from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily through September 30, 2013. The artists will be at a reception on Saturday September 7, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. to discuss their works.
Artist Kenny Cole's work is edgy, graphic and often political reflecting a clear understanding of contemporary issues and modern art. A 1981 graduate of the Pratt Institute in New York, Kenny's early works were inspired by the neo-expressionist art scene in New York's East Village. After the 1991 American aerial bombardment of Iraq Cole's subject matter began to evolve into explorations of military matters and his art became politically engaging. In 1994 Kenny moved his family to Maine where he continues to create politically relevant art. Each piece of Cole's art imparts a relevancy in terms of meaning, contant and style. Kenny's images are exhibited nationally and held in numerous private collections.
Gordon Carlisle's images are influenced by his youth in the 1950's when "B-Science Fiction movies flooded the screens and printed color looked a little more washed out than today." While the industrial source material for his collage is ancient, the situation depicted should be familiar to anyone who's labored too long at one task. His painting in acrylic was inspired by the American dream of owning a home, and learning later what that entails. A trained fine and commercial artist Gordon studied at Carnegie-Mellon, the Art Student's League of New York and the Boston Museum School of Fine Art before graduating from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1973. Since 1984 Gordon has primarily worked as a mural artist in Maine and New Hampshire and was recognized for his work as a mural artist in 1999, when he was awarded a New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship. Carlisle's works are exhibited nationally and held as part of numerous public and private collections including the collections of Bates college, Lewiston, ME., Currier Museum of Art, NH., and the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA.
Wyatt Barr graduated from the Maine College of Art in 2012 with a degree in illustration. Wyatt captures the essence of the American worker with his large-scale realistic portraits of regional workers. His portraits are a tribute to the long held heritage of first responders in the work force. Currently, Wyatt lives in Portland, ME where he founded an art and design publication called Acinonyx Magazine.
For more than 50 years Petrea Noyes has created art with a focus on the figurative, usually in a landscape or enclosed space. Through the years Petrea's creative process has changed but her focus on the figurative remains constant. A trained fine artist Petrea's mixed media works are exhibited nationally and held in numerous corporate and public collections including the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston, Marriot Hotels in Hartford, Connecticut and Colorado State University.
Gwen Sylvester is a trained fine artist with a BA degree in Studio Art form University of California, Davis. Although Gwen received a solid foundation in art beginning in her teen years while attending the Magnet School and the Museum School of Art programs in Fort Worth, Texas her style is intuitive and expressive. Sylvester's work is influenced by abstract perspectives and vigous surfaces found in works by Diebenkorn and Thiebaud which she was exposed to while at UC Davis. Gwen's images capture the powerful seasonal rhythms of Maine's boat building heritage and long standing shipyard tradition. Gwen's paintings are exhibited nationally.
Wilson W. Stewart, a self taught artist, took a course in drawing in the early 1980's while attending the University of Maine at Orono. A Licensed Land Surveyor for more than 30 years Wilson enjoys working outdoors and the challenges of painting en plein-air. "My maternal grandmother was guite the sketch artist when she was younger and I quess that rubbed off on me. When I was much younger, she used to take me on trips and give me her old unused sketch books and field paints and watched as I drew. With much patience, and only a little quidance she allowed me to draw and paint what I saw, as I saw it." During the summer months painting en plein-air Wilson is inspired by scenes from Portland and Peaks Island, ME. Transitioning away from oil paint to acrylic Stewart has "fallen in love with mixing my colors directly on the canvas, and the textures of the finished product. It is very much a mirror to the emotion of life."
Claudia Hughes studied painting under Janet Manyan at the Maine College of Art in Continuing Studies. Her paintings are influenced by her 30-plus years' immersion in theatre as actor, director and designer. Hughs finds herself "drawn to the figure in the interior, painting the drama that light reveals on the playing surface." Claudia's paintings are exhibited in local venues around Portland, ME.
Richard Boyd Art Gallery is located on Peaks Island, ME at the corner of Island Avenue and Epps Street, first building on the right. The gallery exhibits original 20th and 21st century works of art by established and emerging artists with connections to the state of Maine, working primarily in the media of painting, sculpture, clay and glass. The gallery is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily from April through October. In November and December the gallery is open Friday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and by appointment. From January through March the gallery is open by appointment only. For additional information please contact curator Pamela Williamson by phone at 207-712-1097, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.richardboydartgallery.com
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