Bill Chisholm: Painting his Fruits & Vegetables
Patron of the Arts Lecture Series
Thursday, April 17
Two sweet potatoes, one nestled over the other like two sleeping kittens. Plums and grapes of precisely the same purple hue, arranged almost as if they were spheres instead of edible objects. When photographer-turned-artist Bill Chisholm paints fruits and vegetables, it’s with a heightened sense of reality, almost as if the sweet potato, plum, grape, banana, cabbage, avocado or pear is holding a pose. This also holds true when he paints water-polished stones; vessels, such as bottles and pots; and even – to some extent – portraits.
Chisholm will discuss his stunning artwork, studio production of giclée prints and career in general in a PowerPoint presentation.
In addition to exhibiting at galleries, Chisholm, who lives in Somerville, often participates in art festivals around New England, including some on Cape Cod. He began his career as a commercial photographer, specializing in fashion. But he turned to painting as an alternative to the business world’s needed-it-yesterday mentality. He’s been painting full time for 14 years, but the skills and methodology he learned as a photographer continue to inform his work. In photography, “you work your subject and lighting nonstop until you’re done,” he notes.
With painting, it’s much the same: Chisholm arranges and rearranges objects and adjusts studio lighting until he achieves the effect he wants, gravitating to “unexpected” and “quirky” compositions. “I often treat my still life subjects as intimate portraits,” he says. “They are often larger than life and have a Pop-like scale and composition. But I like to anchor them in the tradition of classical painting.”
Because his paintings are time-consuming, he relies upon giclée prints to have ample inventory to display at art festivals. Many artists sell prints of their work – and sometimes what they call a “giclée” means nothing more than a digital copy from any inkjet printer. But Chisholm uses a large-format, high-resolution industrial inkjet printer adapted for fine-art printing – along with archival pigment-based inks. And he prints on canvases he has prepared and stretched, much as if he were going to paint on them. The colors are exceptionally accurate and durable, he says, adding that many people can’t distinguish a print from an original – except, of course, for the price. “People who buy the prints often thank me for having them be affordable,” Chisholm says.
Image: "Grapes and Plums," oil on panel
In the Screening Room
April 18 - 24
Friday & Saturday: 2, 4:30 & 7 pm
Sunday - Thursday: 2 & 4:30 pm
Tickets available at the door only
Seniors: (62+): $7
Seniors with Cape Cinema Card: $5.50
CCMA members (with current membership card): $5.50
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The fourth feature collaboration between veteran British director Roger Mitchell and scenarist Hanif Kureishi (their last was Venus starring Peter O’Toole) continues their explorations of love in later life — and love of veteran British actors. Starring Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan as a sixty-something academic duo who celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary by returning to the site of their honeymoon; Paris proves as romantic as ever, but this trip reveals both the deep bonds and the equally deep fissures in their relationship. Bittersweet, charming yet often very thorny, this display of keenly intelligent cinematic craftsmanship on all levels - part romantic caper-comedy, part exploration of a long-term union – uses an endearing sense of mischief to balance life’s satisfying highs and crushing lows. (R, 93 mins.)
Sponsored by The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod
Performances begin at 2:30 pm
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April 27, 2:30 pm (rescheduled from Feb. 16)
Admission: CCMA members: $12 Not-yet members: $15
The Dixie Diehards return with the toe-tapping music of New Orleans of the 1920s and 1930s, including Basin Street Blues, Way Down Yonder in NewOrleans, Georgia on My Mind, Alabama Jubilee and The Pearls.
The band – which has given some 50 concerts throughout southeastern Massachusetts over the past year – was formed in August 2006 by a group of traditional jazz and Dixieland music enthusiasts. The group’s title derives from members’ long-running devotion to early 20th-century jazz music in the style of such New Orleans bands as the Original Dixieland Jass Band and Louis Armstrong’s All-Stars as well as Chicago area musicians like Muggsy Spanier and Jimmy McPartland.
The term “Dixieland” refers to a form of small group jazz that typically includes a trumpet, clarinet, trombone and, often, a tuba, combined with a rhythm section that may include banjo, percussion and bass as well as piano. In most arrangements, the trumpet plays the melody while other elements freely improvise around it or paraphrase the melody in creative solos.
Art & Alzheimer's Programs
The Artist Within
Friday, April 18, 2014, 2 pm
Sponsored by Harbor Point at Centerville, a Benchmark Senior Living Community, this hands-on art session is conducted by Anne Hitch, art therapist, from 1 - 2 pm on the third Friday of the month. People with memory impairment can benefit greatly from the chance to create. A new project every month is offered for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of memory loss. Each class will be a fun, relaxing experience, where students will make a work of art to be proud of that tells their story.
Registration: Call the museum at (508) 385-4477, ext. 15.
Art & Conversation
Friday, April 25, 2 - 3 pm
Sponsored by Hope Dementia & Alzheimer’s Services of Cape Cod & the Islands, this program is held the fourth Friday of the month. Clients and their caregivers are welcome to attend these sessions conducted by Cape Cod Museum of Art docents. Research shows that visual stimulation through art can help stimulate memory and enhance conversation among individuals who have dementia. People with memory impairment and their caregivers are invited to bond with their peers through discussion and positive reinforcement. Participants engage not only with the art, but also with other members of the group. These groups are free, safe, and confidential allowing for freedom of self-expression and open conversation. Registration: Call Hope Dementia & Alzheimer’s Services at (508) 775-5656.
The Sidwell Family Charitable Fund has contributed additional funding for the Art & Alzheimer’s programs.