FULTON, NY – CNY Arts Center is honored to announce a collaboration with Fulton native artist Don Gillespie this summer to include an exhibit of his work and a guest appearance as Master Teacher at ARTY Camp.
“Kindred Spirits,” an exhibit celebrating Central New York’s rich art heritage, will open June 30 and run through August 21 with a kickoff reception July 1 from 6-8 p.m. at CNY Arts Center’s gallery, 11 River Glen Drive on the CCC campus.
The exhibit features Gillespie’s work inspired by two prominent Oswego Marine painters from the 1800s as well as several artists who pioneered what was the “new” art of photography.
In addition to the exhibit, Gillespie will guest as a master teacher in the Imitating Master Artists series offered as part of Arty Camp running July 13 -August 21.
The final week of Arty Camp, August 17 through 21, will be an exclusive class for older students working directly with Gillespie learning his technique for painting water and waves among other things.
“We are thrilled to have this opportunity for our Arty Camp students,” said Alice Lamb, camp director. “Especially for our older students to have a full week of painting and instruction from this master artist. His enthusiasm for local art and celebrating the rich heritage of art in the Central New York region mirrors our commitment to recognizing and promoting art as a vital component of the quality of life in our communities.”
Gillespie was born in Fulton in 1959 with an art career spanning more than 35 years.
He began painting at an early age and participated in many local art shows before moving to Florida in 1975.
After attending art school he became a concept artist for the space program, painting the future of space travel and interstellar exploration.
During this time he studied under the world’s foremost aerospace artists and was schooled in highly accurate representational art techniques.
His paintings have been displayed in New York, London and Paris.
He has painted for NASA and the Air Force Art Collection as well as corporate and private collections.
As a pioneer in interactive multimedia, he has built several successful companies.
He continues to consult with many leading corporations concerning their media needs.
Gillespie is currently recreating a full scale replica of Charles Henry Grant’s seminal work, “At the Mercy of Neptune” at the H. Lee White Marine Museum this summer.
The nine-foot by five-foot marine painting was first exhibited in 1896 at an Oswego art gallery belonging to W. R. Shayes, Gillespie’s great grandfather and was shown in the 1897 New York State Fair.
The painting was damaged in a fire, repaired and displayed again for a time until it was misplaced and subsequently lost.
Through rare photos and other related works, Gillespie uses the techniques of both Mr. Grant and his instructor, the famous Dutch-American master marine painter, Mauritz Frederick Hendrik de Haas, to reconstruct this masterpiece.
The new painting, entitled “Cloning Neptune,”will be completed as part of the History of New York State Fair exhibit and be permanently housed at the museum in Oswego.
The reception is open to the public July 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Registration is now open for Arty Camp and can be found at www.CNYArtsCenter.com
A full brochure with these and many other summer programming options can be found at local area merchants around Fulton or at CNY Arts Center.
The center is open Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., during events and by appointment.
For more information, call 598-ARTS (2787).
For more information about Gillespie, visit www.mybrushstrokes.com