Open Studio Sept. 29, 2012 9:AM - 4:PM In Support of Lakeville Arts Fest
Due to time spent building our little import business, (Heavenly Spirits) and time spent raising the boys, there really has not been very much time left over for me to paint and make sculpture these past few years, but I am beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel and I’d like to make some room in the studio for a new series of paintings. With that in mind, I've culled through hundreds of paintings, drawing and sketches produced over my thirty year career and I'm making them available for one day only at up to 70% off gallery prices. On top of that, I will donate 5% of what ever sells on that day to the Lakeville Arts Council. “I am very proud of what this dedicated group of cultural volunteers was able to accomplish for the town of Lakeville during my term as chairman, and I am also very pleased at how they have been able to keep it going since I stepped down. I encourage everyone in the region to appreciate, recognize and support this annual celebration of community based arts and culture. The Lakeville Arts Festival takes place Saturday, September 29, from 9:AM to 4:PM. Dan Cooney’s Open Studio will be held the same day and it is Located at 59 Main Street, Lakeville, MA .
Keenan and friends make these
Lakeville Arts & Music Festival 2011
In addition to completing a large scale version of one of my own paintings, this 7th version of The Lakeville Arts Festival (2011) had me once again organizing the Street Painting Demonstration event, but this time it was interactive. We actually had over twenty different teams of kids or families complete a painting. While the "donate $20. and draw" concept did not quite catch on with many artists we didn't let that keep anyone from participating. We even presented certificates of participation and or ribbons to most of the artists who completed a work. The festival is now run mostly by craft people so not sure if fine art will continue to be welcome next year. We will see.
Atrist's Working Retreat a Successful Good Time
Five painters and a cyclist just completed this year's Painters Working Retreat. By all accounts it was a productive 10 day stay in Rural France. The coincidently all male group resided for most of the retreat at a former Monastery that dates back to the 5th century and this became in part a theme for the Retreat. Offical sound track was Leonard Cohen's CD, "Songs From The Road." Official Prayer was "The Painter's Morning Prayer," by Giorgio DeChirico. Day trips included Roman ruins in Saintes, the city center of Cognac, the Island of Re as well as visits to at least a half dozen ancient churches. Our nearest large town was St Jean D'Angely, said to have housed the remains of Jean the Baptist at some point in history and might still.
All this, plus excellent weather, an endless variety of French argricultural tradition, a talented and flexible chef named Pascal, a wonderful dancer/model named Lucie and we had an ideal atmosphere for painting in plein air.
Please click on the following links to see more of the work done by this inspired group.
Dan's image gallery
Sebastian's Blog: http://sketchpistolsbayarea.blogspot.com/?zx=79db23a3e2f5c56d
Spence's Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/24112452@N00/sets/72157627072705132/
Leonard Cohen, Hallelujah: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrLk4vdY28Q&feature=relmfu
An Artist's Plein Air Working Retreat in Rural France - Sign Up Now.
Reservations are now being accepted for the 2011 Artist's Summer Retreat in rural France.
The dates are from Saturday, June 11 - Monday, June 20. Sign up now to reserve your place. A maximum of twelve people can be accomodated. We will be spending 10 days and 9 nights in or around the wonderful historic town of La Rochelle, France. The retreat package includes ground transportation from the moment you arrive at the historic LaRochelle Train station and throughout your stay. It also includes all breakfasts and six complete dinners featuring regional cuisine.
After seven years of offering these wonderful cultural get-aways to France I took a couple of years off to work with my wife Christine launching Heavenly Spirits Imports www.heavenlyspirits.info and spending more time with my two sons.
This year I needed to be in France for a wedding and for VinExpo so it was the perfect opportunity to offer another Plein Air Painting Retreat. Having had the pleasure to host close to a hundred artists and art students for workshops and retreats in this region of France over the years I appreciate so much the response from those who have attended and have asked me to do it again. It is really a great pleasure for me to share the experience of eating, drinking, painting, learning and living in France. I still get calls from folks who tell me it was the best travel experience they ever had.
At this point we have enough to make it a go but there is still room for a few more. Perhaps this is the year you join us.
For more information or to sign up, download the following PDF documents or contact me at email@example.com.
I am posting photos from past trips.
All the Best,
Tentative plan for a productive
Art Itinerary 11.pdf
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Photo Gallery from Past Workshops and Retreats
Street Painting at the Lakeville Arts & Music Festival
The fifth Annual Lakeville Arts & Music Festival took place on Saturday, October 2 of 2010 and it was a great success attracting the most visitors of any year so far - approximately 3,000 throughout the day. One of the highlights of this year's festival was the Street Painting Demonstration, a component I designed and received a MCC grant for. The idea was to show the public a variety of artists with different skill levels successfully completing a street painting (chalk drawing). The list of artists included my good friend Joel Yau, a professional street painter who returned to festival for his second time in four years, two of my former Bridgewater State University drawing students Melonie McGrath, and Elena Murphy, three nine year old artists, Keenan Cooney and his friends Michaela, and Nolan, and myself.
The demonstration had the desired effect in that visitors insisted on having the opportunity to make their own paintings. Soon folks were borrowing some of our pastels and producing drawings anywhere they could find room. Next year the hope is to turn this creative desire into a fund raiser by selling a square and a pack of pastels to anyone who would like to complete their own painting and possibly compete for a prize.
Following is a gallery of photos from this year's demonstration.
A Workshop with Ati Gropius
Yesterday, October 7, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Ati Gropius as I participated in one of her Bauhaus / Black Mountain College inspired workshops. This workshop was held at Bridgewater State University and organized by Don Tarallo an graphic design instructor and colleague of mine. Ati is the daughter of Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus school. She studied with Joseph Albers among others at Black Mountain College back in the 40's or 50s and used the workshop to share some of what she expereienced there. It was an eye opening workshop in that it put the participants in a position to question and re-examine the most basic components of our art and our materials. Working with blank pieces of copy paper Ati had us question what we were looking at and pushed us to describe it in the most fundamental ways. Through the process we had to get rid of our assumptions and expectations and learn to start seeing anew. She said it was important the we "know what we are dealing with before we do something to change it." I think these are wise words. For more on Ati's workshops check out this link: workshop http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/20/hands-on-the-gropius-touch/
Whitney Biennial Review
We just returned from a short trip to New York where our primary purpose was to participate in the annual VOS Selection Grand Portfolio Tasting held at the City Winery, in SOHO. VOS is our distributor in New York for our Heavenly Spirits products. But, while we were in town we took advantage of the exceptional Spring weather and got over to see the Whitney Biennial exhibition over on Madison Avenue. The Whitney Museum of American Art has always been one of my favorite museums in New York, and this was the third Biennial I've had the opportunity to see. To sum it up, I consider this 2010 version about par for the course; an overall thin but varied collection of current American art and artists; a strained mixture of conceptual installation pieces, sculptures, paintings, drawings and short film work, some of which were only very recently created.
Work that stood out to me includes: the Drawings of Dawn Clements, a painting by George Condo, a series of paintings by Maureen Gallace, the work of Jim Lutes, Hannah Greely, Stephanie Sinclair, Josephine Meekseper and the oil on linen work of Lesley Vance.
Defining Space is Finished
The mosaic piece I had been working on throughout the summer in collaboration with Artaic is finished, framed, hung and available for sale at the L'Attitude Gallery on Newbury Street. After adjusting to the differences in how the image appears in this tiled medium, I am thrilled with the results . I want to thank my friend Max Wickemyer for creating a quality oak frame with short notice. Anyone in need of custom framing or furniture repair and finishing I recommend you contact Max at 508 763-3432.
Defining Space, a new mosaic
This is a first for me, a Mosaic interpretation of one of my recent paintings I am creating with the help of Artaic, Boston. It will be 40" x 40" framed and free hanging when it is done.
Now, I just have to decide which one of my paintings I should mosaic next. Your thoughts are welcome. Take a look at my collection of work and tell me which one you think might make a good mosaic.
June 20 Open Studio a Success
We have been so busy lately I forgot to post an announcement about Lakeville Open Studios last Saturday. In any case, it turned out to be a great day and a wonderful success. We had around thirty visitors, half of which stopped in without knowing it was a planned event, but because they saw we were open. With that in mind, we will be opening Studio 59 a lot more often this summer. Keenan and I met a lot of new art fans and we both sold several paintings each. We are happy because each piece is going to a good home.
In other news, I have been working with Paul Reiss at Artaic to create some mosaics of a few of my paintings. The first piece to be translated this way is "Defining Space," owned by Robynn Gaspar of Larkspur, CA.
Coongrats to JP and The Power of Freedom
The new book written by my friend Jean Peirre Chauffour, "The Power of Freedom" was finally published last week and arrived in the mail today. Jean Peirre works for the World Bank in DC. He writes about the need and benefits of freedom and democracy in developing countries. I am thrilled he chose my painting, entitled "Across the Water" for the cover. That same painting is now on display and for sale at L'Attitude Gallery in Boston. www.lattitudegallery.com
The book is for sale at the CATO site: http://www.catostore.org/index.asp?fa=ProductDetails&method=&pid=1441423 . I believe you can also find it on amazon.com
New paintings for Boston Children's Hospital, Kent St. Project
Please help me decide which one should be submitted to the Kent St. "Home is where the art is project." Choose #1 or #2 by leaving a comment here on my guestbook, or DM me in Twitter @Spiritguy Thanks!
I am working on a painting or two for the Kent St. project. It is a home in Brookline where family members of Children's Hospital patients can stay while patients are being treated.
Here is the statement:
The Nature of Home
acrylic, metal leaf, wood
In creating this painting, my goal was to reflect in a broader sense on the nature of what the meaning of “home” might be for those who visit the Kent Street house. Home is relative. We are often in transition – waiting to sail back to home as we once knew it. I worked to have recognizable metaphors and symbolic elements merge and mingle in a well structured harmony. The painting provides a view, but it also provides the safety of the boat from which we are viewing the sky and the world. My hope is that the results serve as a springboard for both questions and reflections on the very nature of living.
“The Light of Home” is a sister painting I created to complement “The Nature of Home.” It is a simpler, purer expression of the mysteries of light and space.
Great New Years Eve article by Kim Ledoux about our Import Business
Kim Ledoux wrote a very nice article about our latest business venture, Heavenly Spirits. check it out:
Christine Cooney has a lot to celebrate this holiday season. The Lakeville woman just became an American citizen, and the French spirit import business she recently started with her husband, Daniel, has achieved national success.
"I think the time is right for this type of business, because American culture has evolved from beer and basic wines," Mr. Cooney said. "Twenty years ago, America was primarily a beer culture. But now, because of the baby boomers, their palates are more sophisticated and they have more knowledge of international wines. Many want to go to the next level and are looking into what spirits are all about."
Heavenly Spirits, the couple's company, began operation in June out of the Cooney home on Lakeville's Main Street, but the business plan was more than 20 years in the making.
Mrs. Cooney grew up in the Cognac region of France, where she spent a great deal of time on her grandfather's farm... to continue click link.
Saturday, November 29, 2008 - My float design for the Mullein Hill Christian Academy took first prize at the 49th Annual Middleboro Holiday Parade, for best capturing this year's theme: "The Spirit of Christmas." The school received prize money and a handsome trophy.