The North Shore Arts Association, 11 Pirates Lane, Gloucester, recently opened the “Artist Members Exhibition 2,” the Paige Wallis Solo Show and the Richard Giedd Solo Show.
The “Artist Members Exhibition 2” will be on display through July 6 while the Wallis and Giedd solo shows will be on display through June 20.
Wallis will be showing a selection of older works as well as debuting her latest and largest-to-date, works. Her new works are a personal, more narrative series focusing on her family, while the older pieces include selections from her “Boxed Still Life” and “Urban Streetscape” series on acrylic and watercolor, still life and floral paintings and portraiture.
Wallis grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, and pursued art at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, receiving her BFA with a specialization in illustration. In her final year at SCAD, Paige received an honorable mention in the New York Society of Illustrator’s Student Show as well as SCAD’s Award for Excellence in Illustration. Wallis settled in the Boston area in 2002 and began pursuing her fine art career in 2007. Since then, her work has won several awards, sold to collectors around the world and has been featured in The Artist’s Magazine and American Art Collector.
Born in New York City, Giedd, an award-winning painter and graphic designer, moved to Boston to attend the Vesper George School of Art where he was introduced to the Boston School of Painting by Robert Douglas Hunter and Robert Cormier, both former R.H. Ives Gammel students. After graduation he continued pastel portrait painting with Bob Cormier while working as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator in the Boston area and at The Boston Globe newspaper he also began ongoing study of Plein air painting with David Curtis on Cape Ann.
While studying with Robert Cormier at Fenway Studios he received a five year scholarship to study painting at the newly formed R.H. Ives Gammell Atelier in Boston, a system of art training emphasizing the traditional craft of painting as taught in 19th Century Europe, but with a greater emphasis on impressionist seeing.
Giedd approach to painting is strongly influenced by the Boston School, as most of his teachers were trained in this system by Gammel. He paints for much of the summer on Cape Ann and winters in the Watertown studio.
The North Shore Arts Association is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
For information, call 978-283-1857 or visit http://.nsarts.org.