Bolton Land Trust hosts 'Artists of Bolton' show

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
Bolton - posted Thu., May. 19, 2011
This is the fifth year for the Bolton Art Show, which was founded by Dorothy Hall, seen here with this year's newest edition to the show, 'Under a Hundred.' Photos by Martha Marteney.
This is the fifth year for the Bolton Art Show, which was founded by Dorothy Hall, seen here with this year's newest edition to the show, 'Under a Hundred.' Photos by Martha Marteney.

Over the weekend of May 13-15, the fifth annual Artists of Bolton art show was sponsored by the Bolton Land Trust. The exhibit, which included 90 paintings by Bolton residents, took place at the Early New England Homes campus on Route 85 in Bolton. The show was a benefit for the Bolton Land Trust, which received a portion of any art sales, as well as the nominal fees charged to the artists for participating in the exhibit.

Those attending the show were asked to vote for their favorite painting. “Final Resting Place,” by Joe Oquendo, received the most votes, followed, in order, by “Jared Cone House” by Susan Bosworth, “Left Behind” by Ann Maulucci and “Winter Night” by Susan Bosworth.

One of the exhibitors, Viola Sobol, has been teaching art in Bolton for more than 40 years. Some of her students also had pieces in the show. She exhibited “Meditation,” a tranquil scene looking out a window. “I always loved old-fashioned scenes and peaceful scenes,” said Sobel. The piece usually hangs in her son’s living room, she said.

Grace Tedford exhibited paintings in acrylic, watercolor and pastel. She described one untitled piece, which was hung at the show’s entry, as “a memory scene from when I was living in Vermont. I’m a nature person.”

“It’s an up-and-coming medium,” said Ann Maulucci of the colored pencils she used for two pieces. “I’m a very realistic painter,” said Maulucci, whose painting of a door latch could have been a photograph, for its detail and precision.

Some of the paintings in the exhibit were for sale, and some artists had prints of originals that were also for sale. Dorothy Reiss’ original painting of apples was exhibited in the show, along with the rolled paper stub painting of chickadees. She also offered prints of these paintings for sale.

Gary Jones started painting 10 years ago, and now has several paintings placed in a restaurant in Vernon. He exhibited “Heartfelt Cluster,” a watercolor of monarch butterflies on a eucalyptus tree.

Dorothy Hall started the art show when she moved to town. “I’m very big on anything in the art field,” noted Hall. At the opening reception on May 13, Hall thanked all the volunteers who made the show possible, and announced that the show was in honor of the Sumner family, whose donation to the Wadsworth Athenaeum in 1927 made possible the purchase of paintings by several famous artists.

“There’s quite a connection between much of the artwork and the Bolton Land Trust,” said Bolton Land Trust Board of Directors member Richard Treat, “because many are pastorals, animals and nature scenes.” The theme of the show was “Art of Birding,” which ties into the Saturday morning bird walk hosted by the land trust.

“Every year I’m impressed how the work just keeps getting better and better,” said life-long painter Joe Oquendo of all the artwork in the show. Oquendo now works mostly in watercolor and color pencils, which allows him to realistically draw his favorite subjects of fruits and vegetables.

All Bolton artists are eligible to enter the annual exhibit. Anyone interested in additional information is encouraged to contact Dorothy Hall at 860-647-8266.

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