7 Artists to Watch: Northeast Edition

This month's edition includes Stefan Hirsch, Brian A. Becker, and Leo Mancini-Hresko.

Polly Seip
Polly Seip, Glistening Gulls

In this month’s edition, we are taking a scenic tour through the Northeastern United States, and intend to pick up some artwork along the way. We have all our stops plotted on the map and are ready to go. Beginning in Manhattan, we make our way out of the big city and into the rolling hills of the Hudson River valley.

Stefan Hirsch

Stefan Hirsch, New England “Portsmouth, NH”.

The first stop on our tour is Caldwell Gallery Hudson, located in the well-known artist outpost of Hudson. At the Caldwell Gallery, we will take a look at the work of deceased American artist Stefan Hirsch, in particular, his work entitled New England “Portsmouth, NH. Throughout his career, Hirsch was interested in geometry and the manmade landscape. His paintings often expressed this interest, while still maintaining a touch of whimsy, evidenced by his expressionistic use of color.

Polly Seip

Polly Seip, Glistening Gulls

Moving away from the Hudson Valley and off to the coast of Connecticut, we are headed to Madison, where we will stop by Susan Powell to admire works by maritime artist Polly Seip. A New England native, Seip always knew that she wanted to paint shore scenes, and has brought this goal to life. Her works perfectly mirror the coastal landscape of New England.

Brian A. Becken

Brian A. Becken,
The Reluctant Bather, Easton’s Beach, Newport

Staying along the coast, we head north to Newport, Rhode Island, to visit Roger King Gallery of Fine Art. While there, we will check out the work of Brian A. Becken, a local artist. Looking at his depiction of families playing on the beach makes us want to mimic the painting and spend some time romping around in the sand.

Leo Mancini-Hresko

Leo Mancini-Hresko, Lobster.

Keeping with our northward trend, we will drive up to Orleans, Massachusetts, for some time at Tree’s Place, which offers a robust selection of regional artists, including Leo Mancini-Hresko, whose work Lobster will fire up our appetite for some New England seafood.

George Malva

George Malva, Des Fleurs et Citron.

Moving inland, we will stop in the charming town of Manchester Center, Vermont, for a peep into Tilting At Windmills Gallery, which has an interesting mix of regional, national, and international artists. One international artist, George Malva, paints still lifes and landscapes. Though he is based in Syria, his works could easily have been painted locally.

Jane Rosen

Jane Rosen, Amber Wax (Last Amber) (2011).

Staying in the valley, we will move up to Manchester, New Hampshire, for some time at CYNTHIA-REEVES, where we encourage visitors to take a close look at the work of American artist Jane Rosen. Rosen studies animals and nature, working in a variety of media to construct replicas of birds, horses, and other wildlife.

Rufus Coes

Rufus Coes, Coastal Route.

Lastly, we head to Falmouth, Maine, for a visit to Elizabeth Moss Galleries, where you can see the work of Rufus Coes on display. Coes’s work is inspired by what he sees in his everyday life, often depicting scenes that are familiar to him. He captures the flavor of the New England terrain, making this the perfect final stop. Before finishing your trip, make time to stop by a local eatery for some famous Maine lobster.

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