We recently had the opportunity to help preserve a bit of art history by cleaning and installing a hanging system to the back of this 4′ x 6′ panel painted by the artist Jon Kodwyck of Newburyport in 1975. It will be hanging in the new owners home by this weekend. We feel it was an honor to be asked to participate in this project.
Although Jon passed away about eight years ago, his work has remained sought after by savvy collectors. We have a number of pieces, both framed and unframed in our gallery, as well as a nice collection of artwork loaned to us by his family. During this week’s ArtWalk, we will be featuring Jon’s acrylic figures and portraits, as well as new work by Cathy Connor and Michael Updike.
Jon Serge Kodwyck was born in 1917 in Haverhill, Massachusetts, of Russian parents. He was essentially a self taught artist, although he did study for a time with both Richard M. Gibney and Waldo Pierce.
Kodwyck’s work is both regionally and internationally accumulated, and resides in many private collections. Essentially an abstract imagist, his work displays both the naive and the evocative, and a moral innocence of human feeling. He died in Newburyport in 2006.
This coming weekend, June 21 & 22, the Newburyport ArtWalk members and their participating partners will host the second event of the season. Galleries will be open from 1 ~ 7pm on Saturday, and most will also be open from noon ~ 5pm on Sunday. Many galleries will be having special events going on, and or will be serving refreshments later on Saturday afternoon. Check for news on the ArtWalk Blog: http://www.newburyportartwalk.com
At Connor Summers Gallery, we continue to bring you works by Cathy Connor and Michael Updike.
And for those interested in local art from the late 20th century, we have a fine collection of works by both Jon Kodwyck and Jim Mickelson.
We have recently begun to see Jon Kodwyck’s drawings and paintings find new collectors. Jon was part of a talented group of artists who lived and maintained studios in Newburyport during the period of its renaissance. The late 60s and 70s saw the city begin to emerge from the decay it had fallen into, and the artists like Kodwyck, Mickelson, Richard Gibney and Waldo Pierce provided some of the energy, and a good deal of the optimism that fueled this city’s rebirth.
Our ongoing interest in Jon Kodwyck’s work was coincidentally given a boost when two sources came forth and asked if we would like to show some of their collections of his art, and offer it for sale in our gallery on Market Street.
“Untitled” acrylic on board – 1990