Glenn Harren Speaker – May Meeting
Thursday, May 3, 2018
7:30pm – 9:30pm
Meeting w/ Speaker – Non-Members Welcome –
“I am an artist that responds in color and shapes to the world around me. I seek the extraordinary aspects of everyday life, whether in the color of a landscape or the simple dignity of the human form”
Harren is not a portraitist; rather he likes to paint people in their everyday lives. So whether his large canvas is filled with tiny tykes playing soccer or waves lapping at female bathers on a sandy shore or a clerk making coffee at Wawa, it is filled with images of life. “I paint my world,” he says simply.
He is a keen observer, perhaps that is part of the appeal of a Harren painting. He sees beauty in the everyday, often mundane, goings-on of the people around him. Their actions speak to him, and he translates that into renderings that, in turn, speak to those who see them.
But it’s not only people that attract Harren’s attention. The Bucks County native loves to paint the landscapes around him from the sun-dappled Delaware River to puffy pink-tinged clouds at sunset. Recent record-breaking snowfalls provided fodder for a series of smaller works he is completing now.
Harren, who was born in New York City in 1952, has had a lifelong love affair with art. He completed his course of study at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1981, and has taken part in dozens of exhibitions and shows since then. He has won prestigious awards, including a fellowship from PAFA, and his work hangs in numerous corporate and private collections.
He opened his gallery on July 4, 2008, proclaiming a personal day of independence for his work. Why Lambertville? “Lots of people come here to look for art, so it’s a perfect place for a gallery,” he explains. He often brings “resource materials” with him into his studio in Holicong. “I’ll bring sketches and photos into the studio with me, but they fall by the wayside as I respond to the painting as it takes shape,” he says. “I just bear witness to the painting. As I put down the colors, the painting emerges, and I follow its lead.”
Monthly meetings with special guests are held on the first Thursdays of most months at the James Lorah Memorial Home. Please check the calendar monthly to verify a meeting is being held each month.
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Event LocationJames-Lorah Memorial Home, 132 N Main St
Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 18901