My journey into the art world began in New York City in the free wheeling 60s. The city’s distinct architecture and interesting building shapes stimulated an interest in drawing and catching unusual light effects from NYC’s great sunsets. I also became fascinated with the magical effects of light on otherwise dreary and drying mussel and clam shells on the beach by our summer house on an island in mid-coast Maine. In those days I did many watercolors both of beach shells and local island homes. I had long been inspired by the impressionist artists, Van Gogh, Monet and Cezanne. To me their best legacy was their creative use of the brush to convey a moment in time when light created something visually special. For the past 30 years I have been fortunate to live in the colorful city of Gloucester Massachussets where everyday strolls bring you by sites where Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper and Emile Gruppe painted. These are some of my favorite artists and now I understand why they were here. Gloucester’s working waterfront provides ever changing scenery of fishing boats, dock workers and lobstermen along with hills covered with colorful houses. Many of these yards store boats and flow smoothly down to the harbor. Some say the light effects have extra wattage in Gloucester, and it is thought its because of the prevelance of sea on every side of the city.
After a long career in the financial industry which left little time for the art interest, retirement opened a new door to what has become a near full time vocation. My schooling has been in the form of regular lessons at the Rockport Art Association, with teaching artist Ron Straka. In addition to enhancing an understanding of the fundamentals of oil painting, Ron has imparted a desire to make each work more exciting that the original subject. I also have participated in workshops with artist/teachers David Curtis, Don Stone, and David Lussier among others. I paint both from photographs and from location and in oils and acrylics. I have begun using watercolors to quickly capture fleeting light effects for further works in the studio. The advantages of on location or plein air painting are well appreciated. Light and shadow effects are much more pronouced and more easily understood, although with New England weather it is not always practical to paint outdoors. When I do paint outdoors it is the most rewarding and most challenging of my painting experience.
I find it most enjoyable to paint in the “impressionist” style, trying to capture a fleeting moment when the eye catches something striking in the natural setting. Color is what is left after light does its work on a subject and its the ultimate draw in art for me. I love how different colors work together and how one color or color temperature will dominate a scene and make it memorable. Catching this memory and translating it for others is the ultimate reward and social contribution of the artist.
On most days I can be found stalking the harbor in Gloucester looking for subjects and waiting for interesting light effects to emerge. Or you might find me in Maine, squinting at the tree studed rocky coast and admiring the scenery of the islands of Penobscot Bay where I also paint. I have participated in art shows in local libraries, banks and in group shows with fellow artists. In Maine I show regularly at the Islesboro Historical Society and the Islesboro Community Center.
Where is it?
You are invited to submit photographs for the 2017 “Where is It” exhibition in the Matz Gallery at the Sawyer Free Library. The exhibition is about places in Gloucester that are not hard to find – just sometimes overlooked.
All photos must be visible from public roadways or walkways. To enter send up to 3 photographs in JPEG format to: email@example.com Please put Gloucester Exhibit on the subject line of your e-mail. Photographs selected for the show need to be framed and matted with sizes between 12″ x 12″ and 24″ X 20″.
If you cannot send digital images, please send an email to the Matz Gallery Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to arrange a time to show your work to the committee.
The deadline for submission is April 28. Applicants will be notified by may 12 if their work has been selected. The photographs will be exhibited in the Matz Gallery during the month of June.
The exhibition “I’ve Had Such Wild Hopes All Along” tells the personal story of a lifelong journey using travel photographs from India, Spain, Mexico
and Kenya as metaphors. Carol Dirga is a graphic designer who moved to Gloucester in 2000 and has served on the board of the Cape Ann Forum since 2004. She belongs to a writing group whose members met in classes at the Gloucester Writers Center.
“Carol Dirga ” runs from March 1st to March 31 at the Matz Gallery at the Sawyer Free Library
Peter Herbert studied at the Brooklyn Museum, the Art Students League of New York and with Brooklyn realist painter Andrew Reiss and master painter David Levine, recently deceased. In 1971, with his marriage to Geraldine Parkhurst, a native of Gloucester, he was introduced to watercolorist Erma Wheeler, who for more than 30 years was his teacher, mentor and close friend. He is currently under the guidance of Gloucester artist Gordon Goetemann.
Peter has been a member of The Painting Group, a group of artists who for many years have been painting together in a Soho studio in New York City under the influence and guidance of artist David Levine.
Peter is a member of The North Shore Arts Association, East Gloucester, Massachusetts.
His work has been exhibited at The Crosby Gallery and The Century Association in New York City, The Wenniger Gallery, formerly of Rockport, Massachusetts and, more recently, at the North Shore Arts Association and in a solo exhibition at The Annisquam Village Art Gallery.
He lives with his wife Gerry in Annisquam. In addition to gallery exhibitions that will be announced on this site, Peter Herbert’s work may be seen in his home by private appointment.
“Peter Herbert ” runs from February 1st to February 28thin the Matz Gallery at the Sawyer Free Library,2 Dale Ave. Gloucester.
Miranda Updike will be exhibiting paintings from her crowd series for the month of November. These paintings represent human bonding and interacting in a hi-tech era that tends to foster isolation: People joining together to share ideas, physical space and sentiments.
“Miranda Updike ” runs from November 1st to November 30th in the Matz Gallery at the Sawyer Free Library,2 Dale Ave. Gloucester.