May 13, 2004
Gala Opening of the Michael S. Currier Center
Festivities included a presentation on the life of Michael Currier '79 to the campus community; the first show opening of the art gallery feturing 75 artists; special meals for the Currier family, major donors and trustees; the annual performance of the Brattleboro Area Youth Orchestra (featuring "A Putney Overture" by Peter Heller '44); ribbon cutting and student- and architect-led building tours. For more information and pictures of the event look at the Putney School website: www.putneyschool.org
ABOUT THE PIECES PRESENTED AT THE MICHAEL S. CURRIER CENTER
My work of late has been strongly connected to nature and natural forms. I have been doing many nature studies and have followed a theme related to seeds for a while, depicting seeds suspended in flight. In Italian "still lives" are called natura morte, literally meaning dead nature, so my paintings represent a still life that is living, falling, moving. I enjoy creating contrasts, such as that between the objects and the backgroudn, which in this case is a tactile buttery white.
Acorn,oil on canvas, 2003
Samara Falling, oil on canvas, 2003
Snow Pea, oil on canvas, 2003