Sunday, January 26 at 3:00 pm

Artist’s Reception with John Clarke

Join us on Sunday, January 26, 2014 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. for a reception with artist John Clarke.  Mr. Clarke’s exhibit of photographs entitled Mills, Rivers, Trains, and Bridges will be on display in the lobby throughout the month of January.

About the artist: John Clarke was born in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, a small mill town twenty minutes south of Worcester. He grew up in a landscape of mills, rivers, trains, and bridges so common in the suburban industrial villages of New England. “I can still hear the mill right down the street from where I grew up, clackclack clack clack, clackclack clack clack, as I ran down to John Hughes’ house every day after school.” This landscape – the abandoned mills, heavy and heaving in delicate balance against time, the overworked rivers that skirt the mills, the deep rust and gorgeous angles of the train bridges, the lure of the tracks as they cut through and disappear out in opposite directions, the towering stencil presence of the water tower (Uxbridge had two), is a major focus of Clarke’s latest body of work.

Clarke is often described as a “renaissance man.” As a visual artist, he works with many media including photography, printmaking, oil, pastel and pencil. He earned his degree in classical music composition from Bates College, and is the front man for the local band Bell Engine. He has also written numerous short stories and has a novel in the works. Many of his stories stem from extensive travels walking the train tracks and adventures hopping freight trains.

Clarke’s work has been displayed at the Geoff Young Gallery, Art on Main at Barnbrook, the Joyce Goldstein Gallery, the Isha Nelson Gallery, and is currently represented by Sohn Fine Art Gallery. He was the featured artist in the April 2011 issue of The Artful Mind, and in a Febrary 2013 article in the on-line journal Rural Intelligence, associate editor Nichole Dupont described Clarke as a “multimedia abstract master.” Clarke also teaches at IS183 Art School. He currently lives in Housatonic, MA.

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