Addison Art Gallery plans “After Hopper” events for 2017
Coinciding with the show, many of the participating artists will give painting demonstrations on the grounds surrounding the museum from Monday to Friday, August 7-11. The schedule is as follows: on August 7, Susan Overstreet, beginning at 3 p.m.; on August 8, Catherine Skowron (8 a.m.) and Marc Kundmann (3 p.m.); on August 10, Steve Kennedy (8 a.m.), Linda Beach (11 a.m.), and Fay Shutzer (4 p.m.); and on August 11, Maryalice Eizenberg (9 a.m.) and Amy Sanders (2:30 p.m.). The painters will select locations to set up near the museum, based on each day’s conditions.
In her work, Susan Overstreet gives a nod to Impressionism with strong brush strokes and vivid color. She enjoys painting outdoors. “There is a great joy in being outdoors, in all sorts of weather, trying to capture nature,” says Overstreet, a resident of Brewster whose work is exhibited at Addison Art Gallery. “You must focus on what you want to say and exactly what perspective you want to take, as there is always so much subject matter around you. On Cape Cod, the scenes can be so breathtakingly beautiful, it is intimidating and overwhelming. This is a challenge, but also exhilarating . . . There is nothing like finding the bright colors and placing them to canvas. You must be outdoors to see, experience and record that light and color.”
Overstreet says she also enjoys demonstrating her craft. “I learn much about my own process in preparation for a demonstration,” she says, “for it enables me to analyze each step I take to complete a painting. By demonstrating and watching others demonstrate, I have discovered my process is more intuitive than methodical. Rather than a linear path, I take a holistic approach, enjoying a push-pull orchestration of color, composition and brushwork.”
Eastham’s Paul Schulenburg, an award-winning Copley Society artist, shared how Hopper’s artwork has influenced his own. “I often return to the light, shadow and subject matter that is reminiscent of Hopper’s work,” he says. “These paintings are less about flourishes of fancy brushwork and more about a quiet illumination of space . . . During our ‘After Hopper’ tribute I am especially embracing the look and feeling of his paintings. Without trying to recreate the same scenes, I am conscious of celebrating some of the subject matter, the light, and the pensive, mysterious, contemplative emotions of his work.”
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