The Barn Gallery in Ogunquit continues the emphasis on Maine artists in its Wednesday evenings Art Videos at the Gallery series, with the lives and art of Joseph Fiore, Robert Hamilton, and Roland Salazar Wednesday. August 26 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking. The films are shown on a wall-size screen in the main gallery at Shore Road and Bourne Lane. Come early and spend time enjoying the works of Ogunquit Art Association artists.
These three artists were part of the contingent of artists who made their way to Maine in the 1950s. All came to visit, sometimes for years, before finding that the way of life and the climate were an inspiration for their art.
Joseph Fiore was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1925. In 1938-1941 Fiore attended summer and Saturday studio classes at the Cleveland Museum of Art. 1946-48 he studied with Albers, Bolotowsky, and DeKooning at Black Mountain College in North Carolina and attended the California School of Fine Arts 1948-49. He also held teaching positions at the Philadelphia College of Art, Maryland College of Art, and the National Academy.
In May of 2001, Fiore of Jefferson, Maine and New York City was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Prize at the National Academy of Design in New York City. Over a lifetime of making art, Fiore underwent changes in his approach to painting, moving from abstraction to representation and back. This film showcases a remarkable selection of his work, including early modernist still lifes, landscapes of midcoast Maine and the Delaware Water Gap, and the stunning pictographic rock paintings that were the capstone of his career.
Robert Hamilton (1917-2004) was born in Seneca Falls, New York, entered Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1935 and earned his degree in painting in 1939. He then earned a Distinguished Flying Cross in World War II as a captain and P47 bomber pilot with 100 missions. Hamilton returned to RISD in 1948 and taught painting and drawing there for 34 years. He and his wife Nancy retired in 1981 to Port Clyde, Maine. There they set up a garage studio and three small galleries nearby where they presented new work each summer for visitors.
Hamilton wan as influential, modernist painter, a genius respected for improvisation. Hamilton’s friend and neighbor, Andrew Wyeth, called him a “real painter.” His paintings are based on jazz-like improvisation – witty, surprising, colorful eccentric. Even his last works when he was nearly blind, are amazingly fresh, funny, and youthful.
Roland Salazar Rose was born in 1927, grew up in New York City and attended college in Queens. He received his training in Paris at Ecole Superieur des Beaux Arts and in New York City at both the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League.
After serving in the military, he and his wife moved to Maine where they had a summer home in Kennebunk. Of Maine he mused: “of course, every person has his or her special way of experiencing Maine, and it’s a delight to hear people talk about ‘their Maine.’
My recent (2012-14) Maine painting series seek to express Maine’s true essence. For I paint ‘Maine’ as unforgiving, the land, sea and sky uncompromising, demanding your daily awareness, and testing your ability to live with nature as a constant in your life.”
Mark your calendars. Art Videos at the Gallery concludes on: Wednesday September 2 with the showing of the film about photographer: Alfred Stieglitz: The Eloquent Eye. Check out www.barngallery.org for more information about the video series.