Monday, September 26, 2011

"No, They Made My Day!"

Another magical moment at The Artist's Studio & Gallery at Patriot Place occurred this past weekend. Dick Fotland, one of our weekend Featured Artists, had started an oil painting when a young family entered the art gallery. One of the young girls was standing there watching him paint and looked to be really absorbing everything Dick was doing.

Dick turned to her and said, "Would you like to paint?" The young girl did not say anything. So when Dick asked her for the second time, he also handed her the big brush he was using.

She looked back at her Mom & Dad, who said it was okay, and with a huge smile on her face, she started painting. Dick gave her younger sister a brush too and the two of them painted for almost a half hour.

When finished, Dick gave them their canvas masterpiece to take home. No doubt it is now the centerpiece of her bedroom.

After they left, I turned to Dick and said, "You just made those two little girls' day!" And that's when Dick said to me, "No, they just made my day!" Dick, having grandchildren of his own, really enjoyed introducing them to the world of oil painting.

Later that same day, I looked over and Dick had enlisted two ladies, who had been strolling through the art gallery, to help him finish a painting of two sail boats anchored out in the bay. Neither were artists, but after about twenty minutes, the painting looked great and both of the ladies, with huge smiles, described their time at The Artist's Studio & Gallery at Patriot Place as an unexpected but enjoyable therapeutic session.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Healey, Fotland & Shuman exhibiting Sep. 23-25

Local artists Marilyn Healey, Dick Fotland and Bernard Shuman will be the featured artists the last weekend in September. Pictured above are Marilyn's Sunflower, Dick's seascape and Bernard's bird carvings and one of his watercolors. In addition, as part of Patriot Place's "Harvest Celebration", many artists will be painting at Patriot Place Saturday afternoon, Sep. 25, weather permitting. This will be a great opportunity not only to visit the gallery and view finished works of art, but also to watch other artists in the process of trying to create even more works of art. The Gallery is open Fridays 5-9 pm, Saturdays 12-9 pm, and Sundays 11-6.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Bootfactory Artists this weekend Sep. 16-18

Pictured here with her stylized paintings of Patriot Place is Sarah Feragen, one of the "Bootfactory Artists" exhibiting this weekend at the Artists' Studio & Gallery at Patriot Place. The other two artists exhibiting with her are painter Gordon Cowan and photographer Walker Bob. Their title of "Bootfactory" comes from the studio space they rent in Stoughton in the former Corcoran bootfactory, 2 Canton St., in Stoughton. Visit them and their amazing work this weekend at the gallery.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Bob Noreika paints The Art Gallery at Patriot Place

Last night at the Foxboro Art Association meeting, Bob Noreika, the artist demonstrator, decided to paint from a photo of The Art Gallery at Patriot Place! He had originally planned to paint boats, but there were several photos on hand at the meeting of our recent Paint Out and he got inspired to paint that instead.

The room was crowded with members eager to watch Bob's "fluid acrylics" technique in action.

He works very loose and fast, capturing the essence of the scene quickly much the delight of the audience.
Here is Bob holding up his final piece. We hope to have it hanging in the window of the gallery soon. Stay tuned!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Gordon, Little, and Donovan Sep. 9-11

Karen Gordon's "Picnic Delights"

Ellen Little's "Frog Fantasy"

Tony Donovan's "Town Neck Beach"

This weekend's feaatured artists are watercolorist Karen Gordon, and oil painters Ellen Little and Tony Donovan. Examples of their work are pictured above and you can meet these artists and see their exhibits this weekend Sep. 9-11, Friday 5-9 pm, Saturday 1-9 pm, and Sunday 11am-6pm.
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