The works of artists Robert Grady of Holderness and Sigmund Abeles, who taught for 17 years at UNH, bring life to the galleries at the Draper and Maynard Building and the Silver Cultural Arts Center at Plymouth State College this summer.
Meandering with a Paintbrush: Landscape painting and figurative works from Ireland, Europe and New England by Robert Grady. Silver Cultural Arts Center.
From an early age, Grady had a strong desire to be an artist. His formal studies included the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston (where he also taught for 22 years), the École des Beaux Arts in Paris and the Cranbrook Academy in Michigan. Grady’s years in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII also enriched his experience and are reflected in his work.
Genealogical research took Grady to Ireland on seven separate occasions in the late sixties. He stayed only a few weeks in each of the small towns he visited; thus his work during this period represents a range of subject matter. Grady finds the light, forms and “raw, earthy landscape” of the Irish countryside to be ideal subjects for his paintings and sketches.
A Passion for Pastel: Sigmund Abeles
Karl Drerup Art Gallery, Draper and Maynard Building.
Sigmund Abeles will be in residence at PSC from July 15-19 as the visiting artist for the 11th year of the PSC Summer Art Workshop series. The program brings a notable artist together with other practicing artists, students and teachers for an intensive studio experience centered on the visiting artist’s area of expertise.
Abeles is well known for his figurative drawings in pastels and charcoal, and for oil paintings, etchings and lithograph prints. Nationally recognized, Abeles was revered in this region as an outstanding draftsman and served as professor of art at the University of New Hampshire for 17 years before moving to New York City in 1994. He has also taught at Boston University and Wellesley College, among others.
The Silver Cultural Arts Center lobby is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and during performances.
The Karl Drerup Art Gallery is open Monday – Saturday, Noon – 5 p.m.; closed Sundays and holidays.
For information, contact the Gallery at (603)535-2614.