April FEATURED artist

Christopher Volpe

Picturing the Isles of Shoals:

150 Years of Artistic Fascination

by Christopher Volpe

You know about Childe Hassam and Appledore, but there are many other artist’s who’ve made gorgeous paintings of the Isles of Shoals – both before and since. In this slide show, Chris Volpe takes us through a history of painting on Shoals from the classical European tradition of the late 1700 through Romanticism, Impressionism, and right up to the present day. This survey of styles and artists offers vivid glimpses of the Isles of Shoals through time while encapsulating a mini history of the American landscape painting tradition.

About the Presenter

Chris Volpe is an artist, writer, and teacher living in Hollis, NH, where he and his wife Anna Birch moved to be nearer Anna’s family. Prior to the move, Chris  lived on the Seacoast for some 15 years, including in Portsmouth, where his work is represented by Kennedy Gallery. Chris was one of the six outstanding Seacoast artists included in the Museum of New Art’s “Horizons” show in 2023. Cove Street Arts in Portland, Maine hosted his most recent solo show of work from his “Loomings” series of Moby-Dick related paintings.

Chris’s paintings are collected internationally and held in the permanent collections of Smith College, the Whistler House Museum, and the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Grants and awards include the Saint Botolph Club Foundation, MassMoCA/Assets for Artists, and the NH State Council on the Art Artist Advancement Grant. With degrees from the University of New Hampshire and Stony Brook University, he has taught painting, literature, mythology and the history of art at various colleges and universities. Chris writes regularly about art and artists online and off, and is currently the editor of Inside Art, a daily online publication on art and creativity with over 130K subscribe

Chris, www.christophervolpe.com, will be presenting to the www.Ryeartstudy.com on Monday, April, 15th at 10 am. At the Rye Congregational Church.

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