Redstone Art Center kicks off Art Walk with Henry Isaacs
REDSTONE – A plein air painting workshop and new exhibit highlight the start to the fourth annual Redstone Fall Art Walk Saturday.Henry Isaacs returns to the Crystal River Valley for a one-day painting workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (cost is $250). Also, the Redstone Art Center premieres its new exhibit, “Images of Wilderness,” with a reception from 7-9 p.m.Passionate, energetic and vibrant are all adjectives that describe Isaacs’ latest oil and pastel paintings. Complimentary colors juxtaposed create a composition portraying a living landscape, translating Isaacs love of nature to paper and canvas. Isaacs has painted on location, hiking and snowshoeing into the back country to paint many of the remote areas here on the Western Slope of the Colorado Rockies and in the Crystal River Valley.”I paint and draw from what is in front of me. It’s rare that I work on a landscape away from the actual site,” he said. “My subjects are the hills, pastures, villages, and towns of Vermont, the coasts of Maine and California, the Rocky Mountains from Idaho to Colorado, the Appalachians from Maine to Georgia, the high deserts of the Southwest, and the swamps and meadows of the Southeast.”Isaacs enjoys supporting organizations that actively protect and preserve the landscape he loves to paint. The Wilderness Workshop receives part of the proceeds from Saturday’s painting workshop.”It certainly would be easier to work in my studio, but I’ve never figured out how. I often feel quite fortunate to be a painter, and that my landscape painting is simply an excuse to be outside in spectacular countryside,” he said. “I want people who see these pictures to understand a little of what I felt when I was standing out next to a frozen pond or looking across a town field. This idea seems so connected with my being in the middle of my subject, that it feels peculiar to work anywhere else.”Isaacs received degrees in painting and printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Slade School of Fine Art at the University College London. He has taught and lectured in art schools and universities in the United States, Britain and Italy. His home and studio are located in Vermont.Isaacs’ work has been placed in public and corporate institutions as well as in private collections across the country. Universities, law firms, conference centers, banks and individuals have commissioned paintings and drawings of specific locations.Saturday’s events include the workshop, a Wilderness Workshop slideshow at 6 p.m. at the Church of Redstone, followed by the reception for the artist and the preview showing of “Images of Wilderness” at the Redstone Art Center. Call (888) 963-3790 for more information.
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