Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thomas Cole Lecture Tonight!

Keene State College's Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery to Host Presentation and Q&A with Landscape Artist and Curator
Keene State College's Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery to Host Presentation and Q&A with Landscape Artist and Curator
View of the Round-Top in the Catskill Mountains,
a photograph of an oil painting
Thomas Cole Landscape Art on Display and Open for Viewing Keene, NH, June 22, 2012: Keene State College's Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery welcomes Bob Cottrell, curator and specialist in Thomas Cole's art, and Erik Koeppel, New Hampshire landscape artist to discuss the legacy and influence of Thomas Cole's landscape art. The presentation, which will be followed by a question and answer session, is occurring in conjunction with two special landscape art exhibits at the Thorne Gallery - "Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Painting" and "Illuminating Landscapes and Recent Gifts", which shows Thomas Cole's influence on American landscape art.
When and where: Presentation begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, 2012. Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery Conference Room, Keene State College
Light refreshments will served after the program, and the gallery will be open to visitors from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
This event and exhibit are free and open to the public. Seating is limited.
Background: According to the National Endowment for the Arts, "For over two centuries after their arrival, European Americans viewed the continent's untamed lands as an unknown to be feared and conquered. But in the summer of 1825, a young painter named Thomas Cole (1801-1848) traveled up the Hudson River to spend a month sketching in the Catskill Mountains. What he conceived there not only transformed the way American artists depicted nature and generated the United States' first major art movement but also became a powerful expression of a youthful nation's growing cultural self-confidence." More on Thomas Cole can be found on the National Endowments for the Arts website.
Presenter Bob Cottrell, the Curator of the Henney History Room at the Conway Public Library, specializes in the work of Thomas Cole. Mr. Cottrell will discuss the history and legacy of Cole and how it impacts landscape painting today. His program "reframes" Cole's art within its original contexts and uses modern technologies such as satellite photographs and extensive work in the field to re-learn the true meaning of his work.
Presenter and artist Erik Koeppel, who has work on display at the Thorne Gallery, will speak about the relationship between Thomas Cole's work and his own. The discussion will focus on content, and the difference between painting what you see and painting the poetry of a human experience.
The exhibits, "Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Painting" and "Illuminating Landscapes and Recent Gifts" will be on display at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery until July 29, 2012. More detail on these exhibits can be found online.
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Here are some of the paintings I'll have on view:

Erik Koeppel, "In Crawford Notch" 16 x 24 inches, Oil on panel

Erik Koeppel, "Sunrise in Carter Notch" 10 x 16 inches. Oil on canvas

Erik Koeppel, "Mt Chocorua from Blackcap" 12 x 16 inches, Oil on panel
I'll be judging the Teaching Studios of Art, Plein Air Competition, July 13 and 14, (click here for competition details) I'll give a talk at the competition. Please stop in if you're in the NYC area. 

Upcoming Instructional DVD:
Techniques of the Hudson River School Masters with Erik Koeppel

Upcoming Workshops:
July 5th to July 8th, 2012: Traditional Oil Painting at the Wentworth Hotel: elegant wine, food, and accommodations alongside a weekend of painting in the White Mts. Click here for details

July 16th to 26th, 2012: Through the Grand Central Academy of Art: Paint with us in the White Mountains alongside the Hudson River Fellowship for 10 days. Click here for details

On View:
Wally Findlay Galleries in NYC and Palm Beach (click here)
McColl Fine Art in Charlotte, NC (click here)
The Museum of White Mt. Art at Jackson, NH contact to visit
The Banks Gallery in Portsmouth, NH (click here)

New Hampshire Antiques Co-op (click here)
Landscapes of the White Mountain and Hudson River Schools

Thorne Sagendorph Art Gallery at Keene College in conjunction with Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Painting

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