ARTisSpectrum Vol. 31, May 2014 - page 121

ARTisSpectrum | Volume 31 |
Four of my oil paintings were included in the exhibition The Persistence of Form, which opened to the public on November 22, 2013.
Although I could not be in New York until the opening reception during the early evening of December 5th, friends of mine had
visited beforehand and were very impressed with the exhibit in general. They described how beautifully my paintings were arranged,
with great viewing lines, each complementing the next. I have designed murals, and recognize how important it is to have visual
correspondence to achieve continuity.
When I arrived at the opening reception on December 5th, and actually saw my work hanging, I filled up with the success of the
presentation, and how the paintings seemed to shimmer. For over 40 years, I have been instructing drawing and painting at the
Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Additionally, I have been an instructor of drawing and painting at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem
for the last 14 years, so I have a strong sense of what represents excellence in art gallery installations. The presentation of each artist’s
work was truly impressive, both enhancing and reflecting the show’s theme - The Persistence of Form - quite successfully. I felt
honored to be a small part of this effort.
Last spring, the President of North Shore Community College asked me if I would like to be considered North Shore Community
College’s “artist of the year.” I agreed, and a number of my paintings were presented to the student body, staff faculty and
administrators. Over the years, many members of our faculty have received awards and grants for Off-Broadway plays, or received
prestigious awards from the National Endowment for the Arts for their poetry, and so on. Having artwork shown in a New York gallery
was a new and vital experience for a member of the faculty to achieve.
During May of 2013, I was invited to attend two gatherings at Harvard University, both focusing on the retirement of the Dean of
Harvard Extension and Summer Schools, Dr. Michael Shinagel. Having taught drawing at Extension School for over 34 years, I had
known Mike for quite some time, and was honored to present him with a painting as a retirement gift. I was asked to speak at one
of the retirement gatherings at this event, and when I mentioned that I would have my paintings shown in a New York gallery the
following December, I was greeted with applause by my faculty colleagues. For them, it was great to hear that my artworks were
starting to be appreciated in a city and area that really knows art.
Most recently, I have been invited to speak, in late March 2014, at the Algonquin Club on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, the
topic being my oil painting approaches when using large canvases outside, and will bring a few paintings with me to augment my
“Having artwork shown in a New York gallery was a new and vital experience”
James Chisholm
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