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Peter Meadowsong: A Movable Feast, Gallery Talk

Date(s) - 09/27/2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Monmouth Museum Nilson Gallery

Artist Talks

The Monmouth Museum presents

NJ EMERGING ARTISTS SERIES Peter Meadowsong: A Movable Feast

September 22 – October 22, 2017

Gallery Talk: September 27, 7-8pm

Gallery Hours: Tue – Sat: 10am – 5pm; Sun: 12pm – 5pm

I obtained an MA in Art from California State University, Sacramento in 1973. During my last year of graduate school we cobbled together a few thousand dollars and purchased nine acres of overgrazed hardscrabble on the eastern side of the northern Sacramento Valley. We built a small house, planted a small orchard, and then worked the local economy for the little cash necessary to get by. Seasonal work proved drastically inadequate and in 1975 I accepted a position as a social worker. Thirty-five years later, after erecting ten out-buildings, helping to plant over a thousand trees and shrubs, raising twins, and constructing a hundred or so pieces of furniture to sate my need to build things, I retired and moved to New Jersey.

I had been accepted into graduate school on the strength of my portfolio of watercolor paintings and now with time available, I was able to return to them.

I paint with transparent watercolor because its immediacy and expressiveness contradicts my natural insistence on control. Previously, I had concentrated on rural landscapes: barns and junk yards, abandoned cars and rusted farm equipment. In the East Coast urban landscape I found the food cart. In my NJ Emerging Artists Series Exhibition, A Movable Feast, my intention is for the viewer to see why I think food carts are a delight to render. With the surrounding environment reflected and refracted by the quilted-metal siding, the rows of bottles and cans and condiment dispensers, the painted menus clipped to logoed umbrellas, the carts are paragons of efficient design, being able to offer an extensive menu of fast food in a portable establishment of just three hundred cubic feet.