Fryeburg Academy’s Goldberg Gallery Presents Artwork from Jean Bradley and Rik Phillips
Beginning in January, the Goldberg Gallery will host paintings of Jean Bradley and sculptures of Rik Phillips. Jean Bradley has been a professional painter and a teacher for the past thirty years.
In 2005, her work was published in a book entitled “How Did You Paint That? 100 Ways to Paint Your Favorite Subject.” In the February- March 2006 issue of the prestigious art magazine, Bradley’s painting “Voluptuous Papayas” appeared on the cover with a ten-page feature article on her “Rhythm and Light” series, including a demonstration of an acrylic painting from start to finish using her art techniques. “When viewing my work, people often comment that they feel the life force and energy in the vibrant colors and movement,” says Bradley. “It’s my expression of the magic in nature. My paintings reflect my personal love of light and movement, capturing the shafts of sunlight and ribbons of color dancing on palm fronds or other surfaces in nature as well as on the faces of people around me. Color and light are my passion and finding new ways to express their use on canvas is what stirs my artistic soul.”
Also on display is Rik Phillips’ sculpture. Phillips has been a sculptor for thirty years. The first twenty years were spent learning various techniques on how to manipulate metals of all kinds, including steel, copper, and bronze. His sculpture ranges from six or seven inches to fifteen or twenty feet. Recently, Rik has been taking a journey with various woods. His techniques are woodturning and positive and negative sculpture. Rik’s works are in collections nationwide, and one sculpture is a “state treasure” in New Hampshire. Rik’s work has several influences, including Japanese art, nature, and pop
culture. Rik weaves a little joy, a lot of sculptural ‘know-how,’ and a dash of humor in his work. “The art that I create represents everyday objects,” adds Phillips. I find clarity in taking a seemingly simple functional form and elevating that form to a higher work of art. Different elements are carved or turned on a lathe to create one larger sculpture. Many are functional, and some pieces are purely sculptural, just to display and enjoy. My primary medium is now metal. In the past, I’ve enjoyed working with wood as well as bronze. A thread of whimsy seems to weave its way through all my work.”
Unfortunately, due to COVID 19 restrictions, the gallery is not open to the general public. To learn more about the artists, please visit their website www.KauaiArt.com.
On Thursday, November 18th, Fryeburg Academy celebrated the fall sports season with its annual fall sports awards assembly held in the Wadsworth Arena. The following student-athletes were recognized for their outstanding performance during the fall 2021-22 season:
Beginning in the month of October, the Goldberg Gallery will host the work of Isaac Rader. Rader, a 2013 graduate of Fryeburg Academy, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, and has studied at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction. He is a member of the Mount Washington Valley Art Association and has shown at many local venues throughout the Mount Washington Valley.
This past March, the Space Raiders purchased a 9.25” refractor telescope with a computer-controlled motorized “go-to” mount and camera adapter. Thanks to the generous donations from the Perloff Family Foundation, The Lucas Spencer Passion Fund, and Sally and Jim Gibson of Fryeburg, the purchase was possible. The telescope purchase helps to further our mission for viewing and astrophotography of the planets, stars, galaxies, nebula, and comets. We will be having open viewing events on campus and at the OLRC barn as weather and schedules permit.
The Fryeburg Academy Board of Trustees has appointed two new board members: Renee C. Thomas ‘84, and Nicola Soares ‘86. Both women hail from Bermuda and spent their Academy years as students in its boarding program.
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