Thursday, June 12, 2014

Massachusetts Artist Opens at Ocean Books and Art

 Peter C. Stone's Watercolors and Oils
Showcased at Flagler Beach Gallery

FLAGLER BEACH, FL – Every once in a while someone comes along who combines multiple talents into one striking package, and Peter C. Stone is just such a person. The Marion, Massachusetts artist-educator-author will be the featured artist at Ocean Books and Art when his “Tropical Waters” art show runs from June 12th through July 13th. On Sunday, June 15, from 2 – 6 PM, the public is invited to an Art Opening Reception, with complimentary refreshments, at 200 S. Oceanshore Blvd., Flagler Beach, across from the Flagler Beach Pier.

Stone’s watercolors, oils and giclees reveal his deep appreciation for nature discovered during his visits to Florida. Soft watercolors of water lilies and wild birds in flight capture the softness of gentle streams and peaceful vistas while dramatic oils evoke the power and majesty of large marine creatures.

The artist has another side through which he blends his artistic talents with his written words to produce five beautiful books to inform the mind and please the eye. His Waltzes with Giants, The Twilight Journey of the North Atlantic Right Whale, written for young adults and adults, is particularly relevant to local residents. It enchants and inspires through its unique narrative and mystical paintings. The book evokes the wonder, the sorrow, and the conflicts associated with this large baleen whale and its precarious future. As author and illustrator, Stone engages readers by making the wonders of the oceans and the research of many scientists engaging, provocative, and understandable.

An accomplished sailor, Stone has explored and painted along the coasts of New Zealand, England, Indonesia, Turkey, Labrador, Baffin Island, and from the southern reaches of Patagonia to the Antarctic. These experiences inform his work and a unique self-taught style of Tonal-Realism which incorporates the aesthetic of plein airisme with a sophisticated glazing technique.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1978 from the Claremont Colleges where his undergraduate theses in Marine Biology and Studio Art provided an early foundation for Waltzes with Giants. Since 1983, he has presented more than fifty solo shows and over one hundred group exhibitions at galleries and museums in the United States, Canada, and England, including Art Expo New York, the Toronto International Art Fair, the Royal Academy of Arts, London, the Peabody Essex Museum, and the DeCordova Museum.

A knowledgeable speaker and educator whose enthusiasm for observing and understanding the natural world is contagious, his illustrated books, lectures, and “STEM/STEAM/STREAM” workshops fuse the creative dynamics of art and science, teaching visual literacy through mythology and symbolism in living systems.

His professional affiliations include the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and the Copley Society. Presently, he serves on the Art and Nature Committee of the Peabody Essex Museum; as Arts and Sciences Advisor for the Oceans Academy at New Bedford Ocean Explorium; and, as an Advisor to the Board of the Florida State University Coastal Marine Laboratory.

Vose Galleries of Boston have described his luminous canvases as "...Brilliant and moody...," "Dramatic colorful atmospheres." and "...upscale Tonal Realism." School Library Journal has called his intricately layered paintings, "dreamy" and "evocative." "... Mr. Stone's ability to match evocative words with evocative scenery is haunting..." (Heartland Reviews).

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