Wednesday, May 20, 2015
A new exhibit has been installed at the Charles M. and Hanna H. Gray Gallery at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital. This exhibition of movement, color, light, shadow, and texture is available to the public through July 2. These pieces are the creation of local artist George McConnon, a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Inspired by nature, the artist explores his work as he creates it, (after being) stimulated by an experience; his expression often requires time to develop. Explaining this process, he says, “A beautiful tree blossoming in the spring can inspire me, a foggy morning in the valley, shining Christmas lights on a cold winter night inspire me.” Included in his goals is the desire to help people feel happy and inspired by their worlds. Overheard in the Gray Gallery were exclamations, “I can almost feel the breeze in that tree!”, and “This is so calming, it reminds me of snorkeling in the clear blue of the sea.”
The artist’s abstract works are vibrant, with color, depth and balance, the traditional elements of painting. Working with house paint, McConnon uses his fingers and hands as he works to create movement and action in his work. “I’m committed to finishing the work before the paint dries!”
Growing up in Massachusetts, McConnon attended art school in the 1970’s, and operated his own picture framing business for fifteen years. For the last ten years, however, he has focused on his painting. He relocated to Vermont in 2013, and has shown locally at Catamount Arts in February of 2014.
Not restricted to painting, the artist uses the same artistic elements of light, depth, texture, color and motion to show the world as he views it, in his photographic work online. His artwork and photography can be viewed online at http://georgemcconnon.weebly.com.
His painting exhibition is located in the Gray Gallery on the hospital’s main floor. Purchase information about the artist’s work is available at the NVRH Information desk in the front lobby; 25% of the proceeds from these pieces will benefit the NVRH ARTs program. For more information, please call Jen Layn, NVRH Art Director at 802-748-7313.