Marblehead Festival of Arts 2022

The Marblehead Festival of Arts will take place July 1 through 4, 2022 in venues all around the center of Marblehead. Go to www.marbleheadfestival.org to find out details and schedules!

I am excited after several years of Covid to finally be back as part of this fun event. This year I have three paintings in the festival. My painting, Skyline: Boston, acrylic, 28″ x 40″ framed, has been juried into the Painting Exhibit which will take place at Abbot Hall on Washington Street. This painting was inspired by a photograph I took of the Boston skyline one day while I was stuck in endless traffic. I have painted several small studies of the image before finally creating this larger one. The sun was just in the right place to make striking shadows on the buildings and made it, in hindsight, the luckiest traffic of my life.

My painting for the Senior Exhibit is titled Writer’s Block, acrylic, 6″ x 6″. It is done in the Op Art style which is so much fun to play with, in cool shades of blues, purples and greens. I had come upon some of my old dip pens that I used for penmanship in elementary school, and the idea jumped into my mind. The painting is on a chunky canvas which can stand alone, and it is also wired to hang on the wall. The Senior Exhibit will hang in the Unitarian Universalist Church on Mugford Street.

The third painting was done with my favorite MFoA event, Paint the Town, a plein air painting day. This year we enjoyed perfect weather for artists to fan out over the town and find a good local scene to paint. I went to Devereux Beach where scores of people were enjoying the lovely weather under an array of colorful beach umbrellas. Devereux Beach Umbrellas, acrylic, 12″ x 24″ is a scene I have had in my mind to paint for a while, but this is the first time since I had the idea that Paint the Town took place on a good beach day. It was particularly fun because I love working with bright colors. The Paint the Town Exhibit will be shown upstairs in the Marblehead Arts Association building at 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead.

If you come to the Festival, I hope you will take the time to also enjoy the Sculpture, Mixed Media, Drawing, Writing, Youth, Logo, and other events.