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February 13, 2014

Turning to the sea at Memorial Hall Library

Local watercolorist Stephen J. Silk takes viewers to the sea as this month’s featured artist at Memorial Hall Library in Andover.

A painter and arts educator currently working in the Lawrence public schools, Silk was born and raised between Lowell and the coast of Seabrook, N.H. He studied fine arts with a concentration in painting and a minor in liberal arts at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2001.

In addition to holding an education license for visual arts, Silk worked on fishing boats for a number of years and holds a merchant mariners license for Master Captain 100 GT. He says that since he was a boy, he has been connected and drawn to the water.

“I enjoy painting boats on moorings and watching the flow and ebb, set and drift, and wind all change the perspective of the shape of her lines with free will,” he says in his artist’s statement. “I feel like I am translating what is important in my life when I paint, and there is a slow immediacy to get it onto paper as it is appearing. I work very quickly as the subjects prompt both reaction from direct observation and narratives that are brought to mind during sittings.”

Silk’s exhibit runs through the end of February on the first floor of the library at 2 North Main St.

For more on Silk’s work, visit http://stephensilk.wordpress.com/. For more on the library exhibit, call 978-623-8401, ext. 49, or visit www.mhl.org.

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