Thursday, June 4, 2020, 6:00-8:00PM.
Meet Redding fine artist Pete Bergeron at the opening of our exhibit of a dozen of his smallest (5″x7″) oil paintings.
Pete has been painting ever since being inspired in early childhood by the classic television instruction series “You Are an Artist” hosted by Jon Gnagy.
His formal art training began at Paier School of Art in Hamden, Conn., where he studied illustration. Eventually he turned to large scale painting and, like artist James Rosenquist before him, he worked as a billboard painter creating giant images of hamburgers, beer bottles, cars and other colorful oversized advertisements.
In 1990 he studied with Frank Covino of Waitsfield, Vermont, to learn the Classical Academic approach to painting: a systematic method that begins with a detailed monochromatic under-painting superimposed with many layers of thinly applied colored glazes. The resulting effect gives an overall luminous quality to the finished painting. His commitment to fine art was a natural direction that led to a consuming full-time passion for creating lasting and timeless works of art.
Pete’s current landscape paintings are reminiscent of the late nineteenth century American landscape painters of the Hudson River School — including John Frederick Kensett, Sanford Robinson Gifford, and William Trost Richards — and of the Tonalist painters of that period. His work hangs in many collections throughout New England and other areas of the U.S.