WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County Art Center has launched its second virtual art show, this time featuring the Wednesday Painters, a trio of artists based in New York — and among them, Bruce Goddard, brother to local art center director Tricia Mikle.
Mikle said she’s very excited about the second virtual show, which can be viewed on the Nobles County Art Center Facebook page. There is a separate entry for each of the three artists, a short biography of each of them and a sampling of some of their works.
“We’re inviting the public to look at the art, enjoy the art and know that it is available to be purchased,” Mikle said.
The Wednesday Painters group was formed by Patsy Breiling in 1993 in her Treadwell, New York home. She was joined there each Wednesday by fellow artists Jane Carr, Betty Kratzenstein, Alice Hall, Bill Lee, Carolyn Hauck and Laura Hussey. When Breiling died in 2011, the Wednesday Painters continued by taking turns painting at each other’s homes.
In 2013, Carr offered her studio for the weekly gatherings. By then, one other original member of the group, Hussey, took part, and painters Goddard and Frank Anthony joined them.
“In 2019 we moved to Bruce Goddard’s new studio,” shared Carr. “At the end of February 2020, we cancelled Wednesday Painters because of the pandemic.”
Goddard, Carr and Hussey continue to paint every Wednesday, and Goddard shares the images of their completed works on Facebook.
According to their short biographies posted on Facebook, Carr has been sculpting, painting and printing for more than 70 years. She graduated from the Bryn Mawr School for Girls, The Philadelphia College of Art and the Yale University School of Art And Architecture, where she completed her masters in sculpture.
Carr uses the jewel-like quality of Egg Tempera and raw ground pigment to catch the light and color of the western Catskills, where she lives and works.
Hussey, with studios in Delhi, New York, and Nantucket, Massachusetts, uses the landscape of the Catskills Mountains in New York State as inspiration as she works to portray the beauty in her natural surroundings. She began to really focus on painting while raising a family on Nantucket Island, and said she was given lessons and attended workshops by some wonderful art teachers.
Goddard grew up as a “service brat” on the East Coast, Midwest and South, and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1969 with a degree in psychology. He then landed in California, where he worked for the Organic Foods Co-op as stock manager. On weekday afternoons, he’d cross the San Francisco Bay Bridge to take photography classes at the San Francisco Art Institute.
By the mid-1980s, Goddard began studying painting and life drawings at the New York Academy of Art. While he has since studied metal sculpture and welding, he spends every Wednesday painting with Carr and Hussey, and loves the immediate feedback from the “Wednesday Painters” sessions. Among his favorite subjects are portraits.
“You can see a lot of where a person has been and where they are going by looking at their face,” Goddard said. “It's like a road map or a topography that has been etched and worn by the journey.”
People can view the virtual art show by visiting the Nobles County Art Center's Facebook page, facebook.com/noblescountyartcenter/, and scrolling through to find the three featured artists.