Friday, February 24, 2012

McGurl To Lecture Saturday Feb. 25

Renowned artist Joseph McGurl will give a talk "Issues in Contemporary Realism," (with slide presentation) at 4 o'clock on Saturday Feb. 25 at the Guild of Bosotn Artists, 162 Newbury St., Boston. It is free and open to the public. A collection of his paintings will also be available.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Irish Paintout March 17 at Patriot Place

On Saturday March 17 Patriot Place will let artists use the empty store (which used to be the Apple Tech Store before it moved across the way) kitty corner across from Davio's and Verizon during its Irish Festival. This means we can have our "paintout" regardless of the weather. On a nice day we can also be outside, anywhere between the empty store and the gallery, provided we don't block any store entrances. Patriot Place would like us to also display any Irish art. Patriot Place invites all artists to join them for what is always a fun day. And don't forget to drop by the Gallery at Patriot Place and view the Foxboro Art Association Spring Members' Show.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

"Reflections" in Sharon

Karen Gordon, Vera Cross and Sheila Pallay will exhibit watercolors, pastels and photography for a show titled "Reflections". The exhibit will be at the Lakeside Gallery in the Sharon Community Center, overlooking beautiful Lake Massapaog, 219 Massapaog Ave., Sharon, from Feb. 14 to March 30. A reception will be held Wednesday evening, Feb. 22, 7-9 pm.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Demonstrator Robert Bolster

At our February meeting oil painter Robert Bolster provided a multi-media presentation of his journey as an artist -- from his grade school drawings to his career as an illustrator and finally to his emergence as a fine art painter. It was a large Valentine's Day crowd of more than 40 attendees. Mr. Bolster showed photos of his work using Apple Pages software and then switched to a live demonstration of how he paints. He begins with a photograph as a reference, in this case a 20x24 photo of two pears. He always uses his own photographs, refines them with Photoshop and then prints them full-size using an Epson 2200 printer. He then places the finished photo on a shelf he has attached to his easel and paints on a canvas the same size as his photo. (See the top photo.) He tends to paint thinly on canvas he stretches himself and he uses Liquin to help extend the color and accelerate the drying process. Over recent years he developed a technique of dividing a large canvas into a series of squares -- sometimes up to 144 -- and attempts to paint six different squares per day when working in this manner. He feels this helps him be more productive as a professional artist. During his 90 minute demonstration he worked quickly painting a beautiful still-life which he donated for our raffle. Margaret Lachut was our happy winner, as were the folks who attended this wonderful presentation.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Irish Festival at Patriot Place March 17

St. Patrick's Day is Saturday, March 17, and once again Patriot Place has invited all of us to join in on their Irish Festival celebration. Space is limited within the art gallery with our March Members Show, but hopefully the luck of the Irish will bring us good weather. If so you can bring a table and your Irish artwork to Patriot Place. Or if you just want to come and paint outside the art gallery at Patriot Place that day, weather permitting, you are more than welcome to do so.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

2d Lussier Workshop

Ten artists enjoyed the second workshop this year offered by David & Pam Lusier through the Foxboro Art Association. The workshop was held Sunday, Feb. 12, at the East Walpole Community Center,a bright and roomy space everyboddy seemed to like. The theme of the workshop was marine painting. David began with a demonstration (pictured above) before sending everybody off to paint their own masterpieces, while he and Pam circulated among the group, offering constructive suggestions. Everybody felt they learned something -- a worthwile experience for everyone!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Mansfield Show March 24-April 22

The Mansfield Music & Arts Association invites all 2-dimensional artists (except photographers) to join them in a “Breakout” exhibit March 24-Aprill 22. Artists must submit 2 pieces, one in your traditional style and one in a new, breakout style. Both pieces will hang together and will be juried. Cash awards ($75, 50,25) for the top 3 juried. The show will be at the Black Box Theater & Morini Gallery, near the center of Mansfield (377 North Main St.). A reception is scheduled for Saturday, March 24, 5-7 pm. The entrance fee is $14 for non-members, $10 for members. For an entry form, go to, click on Morini Gallery, and then on the “Call to Artists” drop-down menu. Questions: Call the Morini Gallery at 508 339-2822