Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

November 8, 2012

'Landscape' focus at Essex Art through November

The Andover Townsman

---- — The Chester F. Sidell Gallery at Essex Art Center is presenting “Landscape,” featuring paintings by Caleb Stone, Julia Purinton, and Eugene Quinn, through Nov. 30. An opening reception was held Friday, Oct. 26.

The gallery is located on the first floor of Essex Art Center at 56 Island St. in Lawrence. Gallery hours are weekdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and people can call for additional evening hours (978-685-2343). The gallery will be closed Nov. 12, and Nov. 21 to 23.

The center offered these biographies of the artists:

Caleb Stone studied at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Conn. Since then has been regularly teaching workshops and classes,traveling and painting. He works in both watercolors and oils. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the John Stobart Fellowship Award, the New England Heritage Award, the Wood Award for Excellence in Watercolor, the Land and Light Gold Medal, Best in Show Manchester by the Sea and most recently achieved Elected Artist at the Lyme Art Association.

Stone grew up in the art colony of Rockport and was exposed at a early age to plein air painting by his farther Don Stone. His attraction to the French and American impressionists and choice of art as a career grew from and was nurtured by this environment. He currently resides on Cape Ann.

Julia Purinton studied fine arts at Harvard College and at the School for Visual Arts in NYC. After many years of corporate and residential mural commissions, her primary focus has shifted to landscape painting. Narrative rather than purely descriptive in intent, her work often elicits emotional responses to changing seasons and shifting light, her preoccupation with transience a reminder that the natural world is both cyclic and impermanent, and our experience of it both fleeting and enduring. Purinton regularly participates in group shows on the North Shore, open studio events in Boston, and her paintings can be seen at Chameleon in Newburyport, Mass.; Redmond Bennett Gallery in Dublin, N.H.; Carspecken Scott Gallery in Wilmington, Del., and Pandion Gallery, Fisher’s Island, N.Y.

Selected clients include the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Historical Society, Essex National Heritage Commission, the Trustees of Reservations, Essex County Greenbelt and The White House.

In the tradition of the tonalists, the luminists, and the artist-travelers of the Victorian Age, Eugene Quinn’s work conveys truth and beauty found in the natural world. He paints outdoors in all seasons rendering the feeling of particular places at a particular moment be they grand or simple, in lands far away and on the street where he lives, moved by experiences foreign and familiar. Quinn earned degrees in fine art and art hstory at Providence College all the while pursuing his interests in science and architecture. Then after years of part time study at the Art Students League and the New York School of Visual Arts, he learned essential technical training from John Phillip Osborne at the Ridgewood Art Institute. Over the years he has won more than 50 awards at juried competitions across the country.