Image: Sara Harris Photography
In 2019 a residency program for artists was begun with generous funding from the Cook Foundation. The program brings into our community interesting ideas from afar, with the artists working in any creative format. The program’s director identifies artists to be invited to apply for a residency of several weeks.
February 10th – 26th : Steve Doherty
February’s artist in residence has had a distinguished career editing art magazines and books, lecturing about art,, and also painting. In Gloucester he will give a lecture intended for both artists and collectors that will include a power-point presentation on ways to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of composition, paint handling, subject matter, and style.
“I knew you could write well, and your knowledge of art history is impressive, but I wasn’t prepared for being so enlightened and entertained and educated all at once. Artists come alive with your descriptions and anecdotes. So many folks are afraid of stepping into a gallery or a museum because of their lack of any type of education in the arts. You provided a bridge for everyone who was interested in learning about paintings, and provided so much information I hope you have a recording? I loved the way you ended the talk with images of Natural Bridge and your own painting, bringing us back to the idea of making paintings, studying and looking at good work.”
-Attendee of Steve Doherty Lecture
March 2nd: Deliece Blanchard
Former AiR resident Deliece Blanchard will be at Arts on Main for a free demonstration “Improvising Color – Creating a Large Painting from a Plein Air Study”. Find out more here.
March : The Bergamot Quartet
“We work primarily with living composers, with a priority given to music by women, and aim to place this new, genre-bending music in meaningful dialogue with the histories that precede it. We aim to create an increasingly flexible definition of performance that is sensitive to the fabric of our global community. Bergamot comes the name of a plant as a homage to the spirit of growth that we strive to embody. The name serves as a constant reminder of the inspiration that we draw from the natural world and the care and respect it necessitates.”
-The Bergamot Quartet
June : Larry Moore
Larry Moore has been a professional visual communicator for the past 45 years, working from his roots as a mural and apparel artist in the surf industry into graphic design, advertising, illustration and fine art, achieving national recognition for his work in each of these areas of visual communication. He has been a college and workshop instructor since 1990 and has just published a successful book on creativity for artists titled Fishing for elephants: Insights and exercises to inspire authentic creativity.
Moore will be teaching a workshop, Principles of Abstraction in the Landscape at Arts on Main during the Gloucester Arts Festival, June 13th – June 19th. For more information please click here.
“My art has always been, in one way or another, an expression of place. I have adapted the skills acquired through lifetime of plein air painting to myexploration for a language with which to express and symbolize nature in a nonliteral way. My process begins with on-site studies, usually in gouache, which are gradually distilled down to a series of paraphrased expressions of nature. As I am normally juggling studio painting, teaching, gallery life and the usual work-day routines, a dedicated span of focused time to soak in and explore a specific location without interruption would be most welcome.”
Please check our ” Events and Classes” for more information on gallery talks, workshops & performances hosted by AIR.