As the days get shorter and the nights a bit cooler ...
a FESTIVE FALL.
OPEN to the PUBLIC
Art - Dance - Meditation - Yoga -Tai Chi
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As the days get shorter and the nights a bit cooler ...
Our ANNUAL Summer KICK Off ART SHOW!
"Shifting Landscapes" Enviornamrntal Emotional Political
ALL around us the world is always shifting its gameand ART is a reaction to those shifts.
JUNE 2nd -4th
6.2 Fri Wine& Cheese and LIVE MUSIC by the Misssisquoi River Trio
6.3 Sat Gallery OPEN 12-4
6,4 Sun Gallery OPEN 12-4 Afternoon Tea and ART TALKHave a cuppa and a Crumpet and find out what other people are thinking about in these shifting landscape times......
Artist in Residence
by M Sebastian Araujo
Recently I had a chance to peek into the creative realm of Mr Gordon Publow and amazing Landscape Painter who is going to be featured in our Annual Summer Art Show....
Why do you think ART is important?
I believer ART is vitally important because it is one of the purest forms of expression. It doesn't matter what the medium or style is an artist chooses to create a work. What does matter is a person choosing to express himself or herself in a tangible way. A world without ART would be a dreary place to live. Legend has it that when Winston Churchill (himself an accomplished artist) was asked to cut funding for the arts to support the war effort during WWII, he replied, "Then what are we fighting for?". History does not confirm that this is a direct quote from the august Prime Minister, but the sentiment is there and spot on.
How did your artistic journey begin?
Fifteen years ago my wife and I were traveling to Nantucket with friends for vacation. One of the friends was an accomplished impressionist by the name of Paula Frizbe. Knowing that I loved art, Paula told me that she wanted to teach me to paint while we were on the island. My response was laughter. I told her that I had never paintedin my life; couldn't draw a straight line; and was somewhat color blind. Her response was, "It doesn't matter. Anyone can learn to paint.". She then went on to tell me that when she had taught at the college level her finest student was a young man who was completely color blind. He couldn't tell red from green if his life depended on it.
However, he could see values. After patiently explaining values to me (the ability to distinguish from the darkest dark to the lightest light in a subject), she asked if I had ever been in a gallery and seen a still life or landscape that from across the room looked beautiful, but when studied up close looked flat or one dimensional. I acknowledged that I had.Her response was, the artist knew how to draw and knew colors, but did not understand or grasp values. Values give any subject (still life, landscape, portraiture) shape and dimension. A beautiful painting can be executed with one color.
I knew I could tell light from dark, so I decided to begin painting. Unfortunately, while working in my career, I didn't have a lot of time to paint, but I did take night classes and weekend workshops with some wonderfully talented artists. I retired from my career in 2009, and since then have had much more time to devote to my craft. Painting is something I enjoy doing almost every day, and each time I approach the canvas, I strive to improve my craft.
If you could have a chat with an artist, who would it be and why?
Difficult question! There are so many. However, certainly one of my most favorite artist is the Spanish impressionist, Joaquin Sorolla. He was a master at capturing light and not
being a slave to detail. His brushwork is amazing. I would have loved to watch him paint!
At the MCA we believe deeply in the power of creativity and the unique role that we areplaying in reimagining the street scape in Montgomery Center. Whether you are a one time event host or an ongoing teacher, or just someone who attends programs, we need your HELP! It's time to build a strong foundation with the a focus on bringing more creative energy and art as well as funding to the MCA. This is our top priority ,the best way to do that is by creating an ongoing network of as many people as possible to share the work.
Our annual meeting will be a listening and learning experience. Pleasejoin us on May 17 at 6 PM at the MCA for some creative conversation and something soothing to sip, while we plot and plan the future of the Montgomery Center for the Arts. Creativity only exists because it is nurtured and grown by people such as you.
A New Beginning
As the days get a bit longer and brighter we begin to move out of doors and extinguish the fires of winter. We at the MCA are very excited by the UP and Coming warmer days to come. 2016 was a year of discovery for us...by keeping the building open all winter we were able to host a series of weekly events. Drawing, Yoga, Tai Chi and Dance Classes for Children.
Of course we also learned a lot about this venerable old building located at #2 Mountain Road. Heat was a new learning curve which with some tweaking and caution was doable and we did not have to gasp too often at the bills. Also we began to clean up and sort through many years of stuff, some old documents were saved and are now filed away for safe keeping. Many of the old things, mostly of little value were given away to charity. Creating more space on the two main floors. So we can now offer more community oriented programs. Now to go forward into the days ahead... We NEED You!
You can help by donating to our preservation project Each Gift no matter the amount will go far in helping to save the Old Church at the TOP of Main Street. You will have the joy of knowing that you have been part of this good work. We also need volunteers to help out with seasonal cleanups ,event hosting and also to be members of our expanding fun group o mostly townies. So think about donating your Time Talent Materials or Expertise for any number of Projects.
Public meeting on the first Wed. of most months...for more information keep checking here or Email us firstname.lastname@example.org, Facebook MCAKELTONHALL. We welcome everyone with an open mind and heart as we celebrate the past and enrich the present through historic preservation and the arts.