Contributed by David Montgomery
Fishing Village by Yu
Selections from the art collection of Don and Judy Collins are now on display in the auditorium corridor. The works now hung represent about a fifth of all the Collins pieces. Anne Stone selected works for this exhibit.
The Collinses started their collection in the 1970’s. Don gives credit for his art appreciation to courses he took. Their choice of purchases has been based on esthetics; the selection is just what they enjoy. Much of their work comes from Connecticut and New Jersey, where ships and coastal scenes catch their eyes. Purchases have found an emphasis on pieces found at the Mystic Art Festival in Connecticut. Their collection, focusing on contemporary artists, covers all media.
The Collington exhibit emphasizes water colors. Six of the pieces were painted by renowned artist John A. Brunner (1868-1948), a great uncle of Don.
Don and Judy intend to add to their collection, and Mystic will be on their purchase itinerary.
There is some fascinating new art work hanging in the corridor outside the Auditorium. The works are by resident Dave Montgomery, and many residents will likely enjoy the subjects and their colors and presentation. Here’s what Dave says about his work:
I have hung a show of photo abstraction in the auditorium corridor.
For many years I have been interested in the artistic line between abstraction and reality. How much is necessary within an abstraction to allow a viewer to identify some reality? And is the identification necessary? In other words, why worry about reality if the strength of the picture is its composition or ordering or color or any other criterion applied to an abstraction?
Back to basics, what determines the success of an abstraction if (in the usual case) there is no attempt to connect with reality? My conversations with abstract artists plus attempts at academic analysis lead me to suggest that a significant approach to an abstraction is to view it as a whole. Do not, according to this approach, overly analyze interrelationships nor positions within the picture; just look with open eyes at the whole picture.
However, when I introduce the possibility of a connection with reality, additional options add to the mix in analysis and appreciation. With any positive chance in viewing the result, the observer is able to see the original reality and how that is displayed. The depiction is in itself an artistic endeavor giving more options. I propose that reality within abstraction adds to the possibility for appreciation.
If you visit the third-floor meting room (next to apartment 351), you can see a similar effect with different execution. Look for the building front in Cairo, Illinois.
Other styles and directions are on my website .
Below you the see the full cast of the recent “Summer’s Lease” presentation of “Songs, Sonnets and Scenes” from Shakespeare from the Drama Group. (Photo by George Newman.)
They all look happy, as well they should.
The hard work, enthusiasm, and simple joy shone through all the performances. They had a lot of fun
It would be unfair to focus on any particular performers. Rather it should be noted that Director Tim Sabin’s work on intent and discernment showed through all the way.
Works by Arnold Hurley are on display in the auditorium corridor.
A native of Boston, Arnold is a graduate of Tufts University where he received both his Bachelors degree in education and his Masters of Fine Arts as a painting major, He also took courses at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. For twelve years he taught painting on the college level in the Boston area. Institutions included Emerson College, Wesleyan University, Lowell University, and Milton Academy, He received more than 30 awards for his painting and drawings. His work appeared in group exhibitions in Massachusetts, New York, and other states.
Arnold has now lived in Maryland for 33 years. He is known at Collington as he has taught a mixed media art course on Tuesdays through the SAGE program. He has also taught in Prince George’s County Public Schools.
He appreciates the style of realism and the challenges it brings. He likes the works of Rembrandt and Ingres as well as Andrew Wyeth. He enjoys all subjects related to color, form, and the human face. His Collington exhibition includes oil paintings, watercolors, and pencil drawings, with subjects varying from still-life to portraiture.
Arnold’s show will be up through the end of May.
The theme at Collington for this year’s Black History Month is “Productive and Active.” Arts and crafts are now on display showing many products of being active. The glass cases in the Clock Tower contain work of residents including stained glass and needle point. Other products organized by Delores Hawkins are hung in the auditorium corridor. They include a jigsaw puzzle completed by Ron Hawkins and the picture, Fields to Factory, loaned by the Hawkinses. Students of SAGE classes may recognize work of the teacher, Albert Hurley, whose portraits are in the corridor. Pictures created by resident Madeline Wilson are scheduled for the exhibit. Von Willingham loaned her picture of Martin Luther King, Jr. The general effect of the displays is a demonstration of production contributed by the Collington community.