June Gallery: Farm Art by Albert Maguire
Farm Art at Gallery in the Garden
An exhibit of farm-related art at the Gallery at the Garden has become a tradition during Strolling of the Heifers Weekend in Brattleboro.
This year’s farm art show at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden features cow paintings by Albert Maguire
The Gallery at the Garden is open during the Friday Night Street Festival (coinciding with Gallery Walk), Friday, June 3, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Normal hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during special events).
Albert Maguire was born in Pennsylvania in 1960. His formal training in painting is limited to that taught in elementary and middle school art classes. His recent paintings were inspired by the work of the Lascaux cave painters, Andrew Wyeth, and the animal portraitist, George Stubbs. This group of paintings was done over the past decade.
The media most often is oil and is based on a method derived from observation of early Dutch and Italian painters. In order to achieve high resolution of individual brush strokes, the paint is applied to a polished gesso surface on wood or on canvas bound to board. The pigment is placed in multiple layers, the final coat with a specially prepared, slow-drying oil.
“I paint cows to pay homage to an ancient tradition in art”, said Maguire, “and to celebrate a fellow animal that has evolved with us, as we ourselves.”