Apr 132012

Three Chickens

Three Chickens

Living in the bucolic region of north Middlesex County skirting the New Hampshire border, it”s easy to become accustomed to the natural and architectural beauty all around, to the point where it”s reduced to scenery flying past our car windows. The beauty pauses in Nan Quintin“s current exhibit of 45 gorgeous acrylic and watercolor paintings of local barns, buildings, fields, and vistas at Open Studio Groton on Hollis Street.

Quintin, a Pepperell resident who comes from Groton, worked on a number of her paintings during Open Studio Groton’s weekly Creative Community Hours. Ellen Olson-Brown, co-owner of Open Studio, recalls “Nan walked through our front door the first day we held Creative Community Hours with an easel and her paints, and has joined us every week since then. It”s always exciting to watch a painting emerge in front of Nan over the course of the hours we spend together.”

Quintin said, “Open Studio… is where I have been spending my Tuesday mornings since the beginning of January. The Open Studio concept is that anyone may bring their portable creative projects—art, writing, needle crafts, etc. -— and spend time working on them uninterrupted.  The loosely enforced schedule is 50 minutes of quiet time followed by 10 minutes to socialize. I”ve started and completed (or nearly completed) one or more paintings each week. All of them will be displayed at this show, along with additional paintings including a number of new works.”

Open Studio Groton and Quintin are thanking each other with a special Saturday afternoon reception, “Afternoon at the Studio” on Saturday, April 21, 2012, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Quintin grew up on a Groton farm that is still a working farm. The farm is still active, with horses and the usual farm activities, including gardening and haymaking. The beautiful scenery has inspired Quintin to paint the rolling hills and fields, the pond, and the woods (which are teeming with wildlife) as well as the farm animals, activities, and structures that each have their unique stories to tell. Quintin also travels further afield, painting views that will be familiar to many: the Rail Trail, the view from Gibbet Hill, and even Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine.

The show will remain in place until a Closing Party on Monday, May 14, 2012, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

To learn more about Open Studio, visit http://www.openstudiogroton.com . Nan Quintin’s web site is at http://www.nanquintin.com/ .