Ohio artist and art professor Taimur Cleary will be the Glen Arbor Art Association’s second artist-in-residence for the 2011 season. His presentation for the public will take place this Thursday (May 26) at 7:30 at the Art Association’s building in Glen Arbor (opposite Cherry Republic – follow the sign to GAAA). The program is free and light refreshment will be served. Cleary is an adjunct professor of art at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio. Prior to that he taught art as an assistant professor in Lahore, Pakistan. He has lived and worked in New York City and Denver among other places, but he always returns to northern Michigan in the summer where he is captivated by the landscape and has a “deep spiritual connection” since childhood summers near Frankfort.
Cleary will use his spring residency to depict the wildlife and “dramatic weather” of the season. He explains, “Migratory birds will be returning, and the beaches, rivers, forests and towns will have yet to meet with the traffic of those on summer vacation. I generally prefer to depict landscapes as free, or mostly free of people. This choice is made to highlight the relationship of the viewer to the canvas, the scene depicted and the viewer’s own environment.”
To learn more about the artists and their residencies visit www.glenarborart.org.