Farewell Studio Sale for Tunbridge Artist George Lawrence
Saturday and Sunday 10 AM- 4 PM
George Lawrence has always been a presence in my life from as long as I can remember. As a kid, he was always ready for a riddle or joke for me, and this hasn't changed. In his 80's now, his youthful playful energy has never waned and has led some interesting works from a series of paintings on matchbooks in the 90's to his current more experimental style. An inspiration to all, he has not let the development of a tremor stop him from making art.
As a watercolorist, he had a skill for capturing light extremely well, so much so that the phrase "It looks like a George Lawrence painting!" Has been uttered to describe the most beautiful of Vermont scenes.
I have been blessed to know George and his work, and you too can be an owner of his beautiful pieces from many periods in his work.
The following text is a press release promoting his upcoming studio sale.
Farewell Studio Sale for George Lawrence in Tunbridge
Sat. and Sun. Oct, 14th and 15th, 10am-4pm both days
52 Ordway Rd. Tunbridge VT 05077
George Lawrence was born in Florida in 1934. He says, “By the time I was six, my mother would tempt me to attend church by giving me a sketch book and pencil so I could draw for an hour or so. You might say my art was a ‘God given gift’!“
When he was 9 years old the family moved to Ohio where he graduated high school with artistic honors. After attending art school for 2 years in Miami, George did a tour overseas in the military. “From there I utilized the GI Bill to attend the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fl. These were four of the happiest years of my life up to that point.”
Many years after that were spent as Art Director with different advertising agencies in Tampa. In 1976 George met and fell in love with his wife Jacquelyn JiMoi. They moved to Vermont together where they built their current home and studio in Tunbridge.
“At 83, I continue painting but not full time. My work has, unfortunately, slowed down a good bit. I have, in recent years, developed what is known as an "intention" tremor. This shaking of my hand occurs when I approach anything physical with "intent", such as, of course, painting. However, this phenomenon, with all its negative connotations, has taken me in a new direction with my work about which I am excited.”
Giclee' print in recent series combining images from old watercolors
George has been a beloved teacher and mentor
for many younger and not so much younger people and his teaching career includes 8 years at the Mountain School in Vershire , VT, and teaching at Basin Harbor Resort, VT, Pentangle in Woodstock, Vt, Fletcher Farm School of Arts & Crafts,
Ludlow, Vt and a Watercolor workshop for the "Art in
Provence Program", in France
George’s work has hung in over 20 galleries, with shows in other locations as well. His exquisite paintings and illustrations have appeared in Yankee Magazine, Country Journal, Essence of Stow, Vermont Seasons, Upper Valley Magazine, Woodstock Common, the Vermont Magazine, and others. His lifetime of art is featured in the Summer 2014 issue of Image Magazine of Hanover, NH.
The Vermont Law School honored George with a Life Retrospective of his work for his 80th birthday.
George and Jacquelyn are leaving their Tunbridge home for warmer winters in North Carolina, with the intention of summering in Vermont. This sale on Sat. Oct. 14th and Sun. Oct. 15th, 10am-4pm, is your opportunity to purchase a George Lawrence original for far less than you would find it in a gallery. Along with framed and matted work, there will be small and unframed paintings, drawings, and a “free” table with small treasures of George’s to take home.
Says George, “Leaving my studio is a challenge, and leaving my art as I have practiced it for so long is hard, yet on the other hand, knowing that it will go live with friends and community members is wonderful.”
A story or two is likely to accompany every work that leaves the studio, so be prepared to listen to a rare and accomplished storyteller, whether in paint or in words. You will be happy you made the trip to Tunbridge.