‘Tortoise’ by Janet Culbertson, 60″ x 40”, ink and charcoal, c. 1975
Shelter Island artist Janet Culbertson has been raising awareness about endangered animals and their shrinking habitat for more than 40 years. Ms. Culbertson creates drawings and paintings that revolve around the devastating effects of widespread pollution and human encroachment on the environment. (more…)
Janet Culbertson’s ‘The Warming 2,’ oil, iridescent pigments, collage on rag paper (29” x 41”)
Several environmental-themed paintings by Island resident Janet Culbertson are being exhibited this fall in three different group shows in the area. (more…)
COURTESY ART This weekend the Perlman Music Program has its first of the season’s alumni recitals
PERLMAN MUSIC PROGRAM
Violinist Eric Silberger brings his award-winning talent to the Perlman Music Program this weekend in the first of the season’s alumni recitals. Mr. Silberger has performed as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States and around the world.
A PMP student over a decade ago, Mr. Silberger is scheduled to perform a mix of classical selections at the Clark Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 19.
Tickets are $25, free for those under age 18. Virtuoso Society members may email PMP for priority seating at [email protected] For details, see perlmanmusicprogram.org. (more…)
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | Artist Janet Culbertson at home on Shelter Island.
Jan Culbertson was born “hundreds of years ago” in Greensburg, a small city in western Pennsylvania within easy reach of Pittsburgh, and grew up there, she said. Outside of town, it was a rural area — the men hunted and fished for recreation and one of her family’s favorite pastimes was canoeing.
If culturally it was a little “backward,” she said, there were compensations. Carnegie Mellon University was nearby in Pittsburgh and many professors earned extra money by teaching private classes and/or tutoring.
She counts herself as fortunate to have studied art privately with one such teacher, “who was an amazing artist and was terrific with young people. She got me involved with art and she was a feminist. She was really someone, not subservient to anybody, very outspoken and that was a lovely influence, because I grew up in an age where the answer to any question was ‘Because Daddy says so.’”
A full profile of Islander Janet Culbertson will appear in the Thursday, July 19 edition of the Reporter.
COURTESY JANET CULBERTSON | ‘Occupant’ by Janet Culbertson.
Several paintings by Island artist Janet Culbertson will be on exhibit at the Accola Griefen Gallery in New York City. The exhibition, “Possible Peril,” will open on Thursday, January 12 and run through February 18.
In describing Ms. Culbertson’s work the gallery wrote, “For more than four decades Janet Culbertson’s paintings and drawings have been inflected with a passionate concern for our planet’s ecology … Culbertson uses both man-made materials and minerals, adding a lustrous yet threatening quality to the surface and the subject matter, depicting jungles of twisted roads … and an unnaturally scorched earth. Primates often appear amidst these landscapes as poignant reminders of the many species we have threatened …”
An artist’s reception will be held on January 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. The gallery is located at 547 West 27th Street, suite 634, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (646) 532-3488.