Juni Van Dyke, Director of the Art Program at the Rose Baker Senior Center, recently announced the Artists of the Month for February and March. Every two months artists from the program are honored with an exhibit of their works in the lobby of the Senior Center. The public is encouraged to stop by the Center between 9am and 4pm any weekday to see the work of these accomplished artists.
For February and March, Juni has selected two artists who have been honored before: Ed Leavitt and Bob Quinn. It is fun to see how the work of these artists has evolved in just a short time. The artists are shown below: Ed (l) and Bob (r) in front of the exhibit.
Ed Leavitt is being honored for the third time as an artist of the month; he was one of the artists honored in the first exhibit when he exhibited his watercolor work. The in 2016, Ed exhibited his work in acrylics and has selected an assortment of his most recent work in acrylics for this exhibit.
As you may recall, Ed’s life profession was in the building trades. In 2013, after a stroke, Ed decided to spend time following his love of art. Now, by way of what Ed terms as “fantastic therapy”, he is bringing his understanding of fine detail and serious craftsmanship to the medium of watercolor and acrylic. Ed’s inspiration is infused by Gloucester’s history particularly its waterfront and as Ed says, “most anything that tickles my fancy”.
Bob Quinn was honored last summer when he showed scenes from around Gloucester. In this exhibit, Bob has selected a variety of subjects that show the many techniques he has mastered.
Bob Quinn’s formal interest in art began in his high school mechanical drawing class. Over the years, Bob has developed enviable skills in leather carving, metal work, stained glass, and computer graphics and video. His professional career was in marketing and advertising which allowed him to put his creativity and artistic eye to work in the business world.
Bob admires the many notable Cape Ann’s artists, and has used their work to inspire his own personal style of drawing, sketching, and watercolor. Bob’s style is straight forward, unencumbered, and charming.