Last Friday evening, July 1st, the gallery filled with visitors to celebrate the opening of our most recent show and to kick-start the summer season. “Favorite Places” is an exhibition of oil paintings by John Traynor that depict his favorite places from his travels. Locations shown include Paris, Venice, Martha’s Vineyard, and his own backyard in southern New Hampshire. John Traynor is a contemporary New Hampshire-based artist who paints landscapes and marine scenes with a remarkable sensitivity to light.
As Traynor says, “I want to share what I see with the viewer, the spontaneity, the structure and the beauty of what is all around us.” This honest approach to painting has resulted in over two hundred awards recognizing Traynor. In November 2010 he was the recipient of the prestigious Salmagundi Club’s highest award, The Salmagundi Club Medal of Honor and Merit, for his artistic achievements and contributions to the field of art.At the opening guests mingled with John and his wife Sara while enjoying the art. Visitors heard stories of John’s travels ranging from the grassy meadows of Ireland to the New England countryside that corresponded with the paintings on view. John often paints outdoors on location, a fact that is immediately apparent in his rendering of color and form. He has been recognized as a Copley Master by the Copley Society of Boston, the oldest non-profit art association in this country. His work is part of over one thousand public and private collections around the United States.
The summer season is in full force on Martha’s Vineyard following the Fourth of July weekend. We currently have over 30 artists on display at The Christina Gallery as well as our antique collection of charts and maps. Stop by our gallery at 32 North Water Street, Edgartown to see the exhibition for yourself or flip through our online selection of works by Traynor here.