Published DateLACONIA — The Lakes Region Art Association will hold its up-coming meeting on Monday, July 15, at the Woodside Building Conference Center at the Taylor Community, 435 Union Avenue, Laconia. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.
Russ Thibeault, local artist (and economist) will present an illustrated lecture on the topic "Winslow Homer: Inventor of American Watercolor Painting".
Winslow Homer completed his most famous paintings less than two hours from the Lakes Region in the latter part of the 19th century. Some of his favorite settings were Scarborough Maine, where he lived out his life, and Gloucester Massachusetts, where some of his seminal watercolors were completed.
Homer brought a vivid palette and dynamic forms to watercolor painting, which before Homer was considered little more than the coloring of illustrations. Homer sensed he was onto "something" when he noted "In the future I will be remembered for my watercolors." — an unheard of thought at the time, which has proven to be true.
Russ Thibeault is a member of the Lakes Region Art Association and a juried member of the New Hampshire Art Association. His paintings have been exhibited in the Lakes Region, Portsmouth, Sunapee and New London. He began painting when in his forties and is largely self-taught. He is a self-described fan of Winslow Homer.
Association meetings are open to the general public.
For additional information contact Gisela Langsten, 1st Vice President, Lakes Region Art Association at 603/293-2702.
Russ Thibeault's watercolor, Mount Washington Winter View, inspired by Winslow Homer. (Courtesy photo)