Seeing in the dark  A Panel Discussion Moderated by Peter Trippi 

WEDNESDAY, October 14th at 6:30 pm

As part of the American Masters exhibition, the special panel discussion “Seeing in the Dark” will take place on Wednesday, October 14 at 6:30 pm.  Moderated by Peter Trippi, editor-in-chief of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, the participants in this lively and informal conversation will be: Joachim Homann, who curated the Night Visions: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960 exhibition that has drawn tens of thousands of visitors to Maine’s Bowdoin College Museum of Art this year, the artists Joseph McGurl and Donald Demers, the collectors Leslie Lobell and Eric Timsak, and the critic and art historian Gail Leggio.  Together they will explore the attractions and challenges of making and looking at nocturne paintings—those created in the past and also today.  

Peter Trippi has edited Fine Art Connoisseur since 2006. Previously, he directed New York’s Dahesh Museum of Art, which specialized in 19th-century European academic painting and sculpture.  Before that, he held senior posts at the Brooklyn Museum and Baltimore Museum of Art.

Joachim Homann is the curator of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine. He organized Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960, (on view until October 18), Maurice Prendergast: By the Sea, and many other exhibitions of modern and contemporary American and international art.

 Joseph McGurl is one of America’s leading landscape painters.  Based on Cape Cod, he studied at the Boston Museum School, Massachusetts College of Art, University of London, and with the Boston School master, Robert Cormier.

Donald Demers is one of America’s leading marine painters; he became interested in this field during summers on the coast of Maine.  After finishing an exemplary high-school art program, he furthered his education at the School of the Worcester Art Museum and the Massachusetts College of Art. 

Leslie Lobell and Eric Timsak are based in New Jersey, where they collect contemporary American artworks, with a particular interest in nocturnes.

Gail Leggio, Ph.D., is Associate Editor and a regular contributor at American Arts Quarterly. She has written essays for The Architectural Capriccio (Ashgate, 2014) and The Re-Emergence of Realism (forthcoming), as well as individual artists' catalogues.



 In conjunction with American Masters, Quang Ho will be offering a three-day workshop Sunday thru Tuesday, October  11, 12, & 13, from 10am to 5pm. 


Mr. Ho will also be giving a demonstration of his technique Saturday, October 10, at 1pm in the Salmagundi Upper Gallery.  The painting created during this demonstration will be available for purchase.

Gala Event  - American Masters Sale                                   

Friday, October 16th: 6:00 - 9:00 pm  

Live Jazz and Preview Reception  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Drawing for Purchase of Art   7:30 pm

Evening Concludes   8:30 pm

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