On November 15, 2023

Color Quest, a personal journey of the secrets of color


Thursday, Nov. 16 at 6  p.m.—POULTNEY—Artist Richard (Dick) Weis will reflect upon his personal journey, discovering some of the secrets of color found in the works of the masters, that continue to be of importance to him. 

His presentation at Stone Valley Arts, 145 E. Main St., in Poultney, will use images and details from work by artists as diverse as Rembrandt, Josef Albers, Delacroix, Vermeer, Bonnard, Hans Hofmann, and others.  Bring stories and insights from your own journey so we can continue to learn from each other as well as from artists from the past. 

Weis began his career as an artist/teacher in the 1960s in Bemidji, Minnesota. Teaching and study opportunities led him to Wisconsin, Oregon, Northern Virginia/Washington D.C. , Ohio, Indiana, and eventually to Vermont where he joined the faculty of Green Mountain College in 1989. He worked there until retiring from full time teaching in 2010. 

Over the past 50-plus years his personal artwork has continually evolved as he explored the places in which he has lived through the dynamics of visual form. His early career was founded upon the design and perception ideas of Josef Albers as conveyed by Keith Malmquist, a student of Albers. Following military service from 1969-71 he returned to graduate studies and transitioned into more figurative work while
completing his M.F.A. at The American University in Washington D.C.. He received American University’s David Lloyd Kreeger Award for graduate painting in 1973. His current work, mostly non-representational in form, continues to draw upon the experience of “place” through reflections upon the human experience. 

Weis has exhibited widely in the U.S. and abroad. In 2002 he was invited to be a visiting artist at Aberystwyth University in Wales and received a Fulbright Scholar Award to work as an artist-in-residence in Daejeon, South Korea. A 2010 Fulbright Senior Specialist award allowed him to return to Korea to work with students and faculty in the art education department at Hannam University.  

Since his retirement from Green Mountain College Richard has been active in the start up of Stone Valley Arts, a community art center in Poultney. He also has contributed when he can to the resurgence of art activities in downtown Rutland. He maintains studios in Castleton and Poultney Vermont and shares his life and work with artist Nancy Pulliam Weis. 

Their work can be viewed at: otherweis.com.

For more information on Weis’ presentation at Stone Valley Arts, visit: stonevalleyarts.org. 




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