Clifton Forge School of the Arts has hosted several weekend painting workshop with Vermont artist, Charlie Hunter, that concentrate on the outdoors In the Alleghany Highlands.
Charlie Hunter is an accomplished plein air and studio painter whose work is represented in numerous collections in the United States.
PLEIN AIR MAGAZINE Editor M. Stephen Doherty writes: "The increasing interest in Hunter's paintings has brought invitations to conduct workshops" throughout the country. His workshop at Clifton Forge School of the Arts was enthusiastically received by his students. His return to Virginia is testament to the rapport with and response from his students and from area residents.
The artist grew up in a small town with railroads permeating the landscape and the lore. “I’d walk home from school along the branch line rails of the Boston & Main, and read the names and slogans on the box cars that’d roll by, things like “The Nickel Plate Road” and “Santa Fe All The Way.” He imbues the architecture and machinery of the railroad car with the stamp of unmistakable nostalgia. In all his works, even his houses and the trees bear the stamp of familiarity.
Mr. Hunter is a graduate of Yale University with a BA in Art. He studied with William Bailey, Vernie Chaet, Bot Reed, Alvin Eisenmann and in 2009 was invited to join the vaunted and prestigious Putney Painters group. He has exhibited throughout Vermont and in Arizona in solo, two-man and group shows and is featured in many private collections in the United States.
If you would be interested in an upcoming workshop, please call Clifton Forge School of the Arts at (540) 862-7275 and let us know. When we have enough student interest, we'll arrange another workshop with Charlie.