Mark your calendars! January 19 at 3 p.m. is the opening for the Bill Holmbom Art Show and Celebration Dinner at the Monson Community Center (formerly the Monson schools) in Monson, ME. This significant showing will present a large display of Bill’s work.
James William (Bill) Holmbom was born in Monson, a child of parents who moved from the country of Sweden to Monson. Bill graduated from the Monson schools and enlisted in the Army. He fought in WWII and used his GI bill for education.
“At first I started in forestry, but that wasn’t for me so I chose art instead,” he said.
This was a fortuitous decision indeed because, despite never having drawn or painted before, he had a natural talent that burst to life in art school. He discovered the joy of painting landscapes and he met his wife Anne at college. She is also a fine artist and for many years and in many places they worked in schools and taught art to young people.
For those not familiar with his work, Holmbom has the ability to capture the essence of location. A mountain landscape hearkens to the Hudson River Valley painters of the late 1800s with the warmth of air and patterns of light. Waves swirling around a misty rock are palpable in their cold ceaseless movement. Swaths of scarlet winter blueberry fields draw you in to misty indigo hillsides in the distance.
“He does this all from memory, his mind’s eye,” observed Anne. “Most artists paint from photographs or in the environment.”
Reception and show starts 3 pm -5 pm. Refreshments provided! A dinner break from 5-6 pm at Thymes and Season’s Cafe in the Center from 5-6 pm, then
evening reception from 6-8 pm, again Refreshments provided.
For further information, contact Susan Fitz-William, Organizer of the Art Show at 997-3687. You may also email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Linda Bury: email@example.com. Come and be a part of this extraordinary event celebrating Monson’s own Bill Holmbom.
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