Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Jimmy's Coming Back!

Happy New Year to All!

We thought we'd start our 2012 blog with some good news from 2011.  In December, the Sharon Arts Center announced that their "Jimmy Campaign" to bring nationally recognized cardboard artist James Grashow back to Peterborough was a success!  It all started back in the late fall with "Bring Jimmy Back" signs popping up all over town.  With those signs as teasers, the Sharon Arts Center used the fundraising website Kickstarter to raise over $10,000 to bring Grashow to town for an artist-in-residence program.

Grashow was last in Peterborough in 2006 for a show at the Sharon Arts Gallery called "Aquarium of the Imagination".  This time he will be part of a "Garden of the Imagination" collaboration where he will work with more than 700 students from 12 area schools to build the installation and will also participate in the Children and the Arts festival.


According to the "Bring Jimmy Back" Kickstarter website: "James Grashow was born in Brooklyn in 1942 and has been creating works that address themes of man, nature and mortality since the 1960's. His prints have appeared regularly in the New York Times and in virtually every well known periodical and publication through out the country. Grashow attended Pratt Institute where he received a BFA. On graduation, he was awarded a Fulbright Travel Grant for painting and graphics to Florence, Italy. After a year abroad, he returned to Pratt to receive his MFA. Grashow had his first sculpture show at the Allan Stone Gallery in 1966. This show began a relationship with the Allan Stone Gallery, which continues to this day."  He is currently featured in the Under the Sea installation at Kidspace at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts.

We can't wait to see what he'll create in Peterborough!

P.S. If you have a bit of time, browse around the Gallery on James Grashow's website.  He work is truly amazing!

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