This month, we’re showcasing some very special art in the café. While I love all the art we show in the café, I consider these pieces special because I feel like we participated in the creation of this art.
Doug Huntley is a Nashua-based artist who creates paintings but, recently, has been working with burlap coffee bags that he got from A&E.
His piece “Earth Slice” was made using modeling paste to hold the rocks, sand, plaster and marble dust that is attached to a stretched coffee bag on wood supports as you would traditionally mount a canvas.
Another work, titled “New Landscape” used shredded burlap mixed in with the modeling paste, plaster, sand and paint to give the surface a unique textural feel.
Doug explains his work in his artist statement: “I often make paintings that look like they came from the earth as you might discover while walking in the woods… These works may look like they have been there thousands of years and will crumble away in the next rainstorm, but I take mains to make sure they are resilient.”
Doug has an impressive list of accolades as well. Last year he was accepted by jury into the NH artists Association and won second prize at the Sharon Arts Center juried arts show. And, both this year and last, he was accepted into the juried Omer T. Lassonde Exhibition at the NH Art Association in Portsmouth.
We’re very happy to have Doug’s work on our walls through the month of July. The next time you’re in the café, take a few minutes to browse his work and let us know what you think.