Sunday, January 9, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Larry Golden at Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild in St. Johnsbury

The Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild is hosting an exhibition of mixed media paintings entitled Winter in the Kingdom: Landscapes and Landmarks by Larry Golden from January 12 through March 2. These paintings are all new to the area: none have ever before been exhibited. The subject matter -- buildings, streetscapes, mountains, woods, and fields -- evokes the sense of place that we share as residents of this beautiful area.

The public is cordially invited to meet the artist at a reception at the Guild on Saturday, January 15, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Golden is well known in the area. Many local residents were his students during the 40 years Golden taught at St. Johnsbury Academy. Those who didn't have that good fortune have seen his work in exhibitions and many have seen him painting outdoors here, there, and everywhere, in both summer and winter.

Golden says of his work: "I am primarily a plein air painter. I love to work directly from nature. I start with the sky, capturing the correct light, then I work from the distant mountains toward the middle ground and finally the foreground. I concentrate first on aerial perspective, trying to get the correct value range for plains, trees, houses, etc . I want the whole landscape to hang together. I am not that concerned about color because when you paint on location, nature always provides the perfect color situation. Towards the end of the painting I am more conerned with eliminating details and arranging the subject matter to create a pleasing composition. I am very influenced by such painters as Camille Corot and George Inness. "

A graduate of St. Anselms College, Golden also has an M.A. from Pratt Institute. He has work in the permanent collections of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, the Vermont State House, Lyndon State College, and numerous murals at the Mount Washington Hotel in New Hampshire, as well as many paintings in private collections throughout New England and the country.

The Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild is located at 430 Railroad St. in St. Johnsbury and is open 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Telephone: 802-748-0158. Web address: