The Silvermine School of Art will take up temporary residence beginning August 25 through the 31st along a coast line that inspired such famous painters as Winslow Homer, Fitz Hugh Lane, Frederick Church and Georgia O’Keefe. David Dunlop and the Silvermine School of Art in New Canann will transport 15 artists back in time to the age of tall ships and Hudson River Painters as they search for treasures along Acadia’s shores. Dunlops’s Silvermine artists will set their easels where past masters placed theirs, look through their eyes, try their techniques and share their inspiration.
Dunlop has often taken artists to explore Maine’s islands, tide pools, forests, rocky cliffs and dynamic waves. This year’s art exploration will extend across Acadia National Park from Northeast Harbor to Bar Harbor, from Cadillac Mountain to Thunder Hole. Dunlop offers artists lessons in acrylic, watercolor and oil with daily demonstrations. The waves will lap in the harbors and crash on the rocks as the artists perch their easels and engage their imaginations.
Dunlop offers artists morning and evening photography walks, giving lessons in novel perspectives, dramatic lighting and historic composition. In the evening, Dunlop likes to gather artists around wine and refreshments for a discussion of their work. Artists show their day’s experiments describing their methods and discoveries. They will leave Mount Desert Island with a portfolio of photographs and paintings. Later in the year, Dunlop and the Silvermine School of Art plan an exhibition of the paintings resulting from their trip.
“The lure of Maine’s coast didn’t just include 19th century masters -- 20th century modernism and expressionist painting grew out of these shores and mountains, too,” says David Dunlop who has been traveling to Maine for inspiration since he was a child. “Artists Marsden Hartley, Georgia O’Keefe and John Marin came to Maine to experiment and innovate. The popular Wyeth family with N.C., Andrew and Jamie set up their studios on Maine’s Islands,” he continued.
Located in the historic Silvermine area of New Canaan, CT near the border of Wilton and Norwalk, the Silvermine Arts Centers was founded in 1922 as the Silvermine School of Art. Luminaries such as Milton Avery, Helen Frankenthaler and Jacques Lipchitz exhibited in the galleries. Merce Cunningham and Alvin Ailey taught dance in the school.
Today, the Silvermine Arts Center includes the School of Art with more than 4,500 annual enrollments; the Silvermine Guild of Artists with over 300 juried artist members; five galleries presenting contemporary exhibitions and sponsoring prestigious regional and national competitions; a gift shop; community programs including lectures, film screenings and multi-disciplinary performances; and an outreach program offering free and subsidized curriculum-based art classes in the neighboring Norwalk and Stamford schools.
Mr. Dunlop is a modern-day old master whose luminous landscapes draw from both Renaissance techniques and contemporary science. His paintings have been shown internationally and are held in the collections of major corporations including Aetna Insurance, Citibank, Colgate Palmolive, Delta Airlines, GE Capital Corporation, IBM, Mobil and more. Galleries and institutions have granted David solo shows since 1981. 2009-2012shows included “A Closer Look” at Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT, “City Collaborations,” Laura Barton’s Gallery, Westport,CT;“Landscapes & Cityscapes,” White Gallery, Lakeville, CT; “Sources of Inspiration,” Weatherburn Gallery, Naples, FL; “ NYC Viewpoints & CT Scenes” and “ NYC SoHo,” Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison, CT; and “LUSH (color),” Gallery of Contemporary Art at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT. 2008 shows included “ Oil Paintings on 23K Gold Leaf, Aluminum, Steel & Copper,” Attic Gallery, Portland, OR; “Landscapes Through Time,” Weatherburn Gallery, Naples, FL; “The City and the Sea,” Lily Pad Gallery, Watch Hill, RI, and “Solo Exhibition,” The Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT.
He also hosts and writes the
Emmy award-winning national PBS series “Landscapes Through Time with David
Dunlop.” His direction and production editor for the series is Connie
Simmons. They are now in
production for a second season.
The series is now being shown internationally.