Friday, May 4, 2012

PRESS RELEASE: Joe Tucker at Equinox Village in Manchester Center

Equinox Village and the Greater Manchester Arts Council are pleased to host an exhibit of Joe Tucker’s work in May. The show is called Paradise. A Gallery Opening Event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 17 at Equinox Village in Manchester Center. Kindly R.S.V.P. to (802) 362-4061 by Thursday, May 10. The show will be on display 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily from Friday, May 18 until Monday, June 11, 2012.

Joe Tucker once dreamed of being a toy designer and then in his thirties his dream changed— he wanted a career in the arts.  Determined, he obtained an art education certification through the School of Visual Arts in New York City and has been teaching art and creating art ever since.  Joe lives with his family in Dorset, Vermont and teaches art in New York City Schools.

 “I spend eight hours a week on the thru-way,” Tucker quips. “It was a personal search,” he says of his diverse resume. Perhaps that’s what his former work, his current artistic work, and even the joy he finds in teaching have in common: the search, the reach, the expansion, and—ultimately— the discovery.

The first thing that visitors to the gallery will notice is that much of Tucker’s work is abstract. Most striking among his pieces are bright watercolors with blocks or islands of color. “My current approach to making art encompasses a primal understanding of color and the creative process as well as a desire to inform, expand, and remind the viewer of additional artistic possibilities,” Tucker says.

Tucker has pledged to donate 10 percent of proceeds of sales of his artwork during the exhibit to the BOMA project . The project was started by Vermont Neighbor Kathleen Colson. “The project's mission is to improve the ability of women in Africa to earn their own income,” Tucker says.