my cousin vinny

Everyone knows the basic story: Vincent Van Gogh, arguably the most important painter ever to have lived, died broke and alone and unappreciated. He committed suicide in 1890; exactly 100 years later, his painting, “Portrait of Dr. Gachet,” sold for $82.5 million (which translates into roughly $150 million today). Van Gogh’s work has influenced and inspired countless artists, and reproductions of his paintings are everywhere- books, cards, t-shirts, coasters, you name it. To say that he had no idea what kind of impact his work would have on the world is a bit of an understatement.

 

Like millions of other fans, I’ve often thought, “If only he could know! If only he could see this!” Never have I felt that longing as keenly as I did while watching Loving Vincent. Loving Vincent is a gorgeous, moving tribute to Van Gogh’s work and life, and it might be the most visually stunning film I have ever seen. Van Gogh’s story is told through his paintings, and they have been brought to life here in a way that will make you catch your breath. A team of over 100 artists hand-painted each and every frame of Loving Vincent (how fun must that have been?) and the results are extraordinary.

 

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I have my fingers crossed that Loving Vincent will eventually make its way to one of the theaters here in Brunswick, but if you don’t want to wait, this is a film worth traveling to see on a big screen. If you’re looking for an even more immersive experience, Curtis Memorial Library can help! Check out The Complete Letters of Vincent Van Gogh or one of the many other relevant titles available in the Art & Architecture section upstairs.

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I’m having my twenty-first Brushstrokes With Impact™ “Paint-a-Thon”! On Friday, August 11th, I will be setting up my easel at Twice-Told Tales (11 Pleasant Street, Brunswick) and painting from roughly 10:30am-6:30pm. At the end of the day, the completed painting will be raffled off, and 50% of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Friends of Curtis Memorial Library. Raffle tickets can be purchased in person for $5 each or 3 for $10. I will also have a “pop-up” show of my art at Twice-Told Tales and 10% of all my art sales (excluding magnets, but including totes) from this show will be donated to the Friends of Curtis Memorial Library. Thanks to everyone’s support, in twenty months of doing these “Paint-a-Thon”s, I’ve been able to raise over $3200 for various local and national charities. Please consider helping me to keep that running total climbing: support independent art and a good cause while having fun at the same time! Plus, Twice-Told Tales has a fantastic selection of beautiful used books at very reasonable prices. If you haven’t taken a peek at the newly remodeled space yet, now’s your chance to stop by.

 

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Brunswick will be hopping on Second Friday! Here are just a few examples of what’s on tap:

*The Morrell Meeting Room at Curtis Memorial Library hosts Perspectivesa photography exhibit by John T. Meader (featuring original ambient music by welos2).

*Frontier hosts The Extinction Eventfeaturing nearly 100 works by community artists as well as Spindleworks artists.

*Bowdoin College Museum of Art hosts “Family Night,” featuring interactive opportunities with the exhibits as well as live music from the Royal River Chamber Players.

*Pejepscot Historical Society kicks off Chamberlain Days 2017 with a reception and live music.

The weather is supposed to be beautiful on Friday, so get out and enjoy it! I would love to see you there!

winging it

On Friday, April 14th, I had my seventeenth Brushstrokes With Impact ™ “Paint-a-Thon,” and this time around, the host and the cause were one and the same: Curtis Memorial Library! I set up my easel in the front lobby (along with a “pop-up” show of my work) and painted from 9:30am to 5:30pm. During that time period, I met some new people, I had a lot of interesting conversations, I got paint all over myself, and – oh yeah – I started and finished an 8″ x 8″ acrylic painting (entitled “Books Give You Wings”)!

 

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my pop-up show

 

As always, the helpful, friendly staff at Curtis Memorial Library made me feel very welcome! I didn’t stop to take pictures of my progress, but Digital Services Librarian Mike Gorzka was kind enough to document the day’s events (thanks, Mike)!  Here’s the video he shot where I discuss my mission for the day (boy, I sure do talk with my hands a lot):

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photo credit: Mike Gorzka

 

Thanks to everyone’s support, together we were able to raise $102.50 for Curtis Memorial Library. In case you were wondering, the winner of “Books Give You Wings” was Heather Goulette of Monarch Massage! Heather is a dear friend (as well as a collector of my work), so it’s nice to know that another one of my paintings will be going to a good home. Yay!

 

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“Books Give You Wings”: finished!