AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | Sunset from the Sunset Beach Hotel.
I visited Island artist and senior citizen Janet Culbertson on Sunday morning. Janet was on the artist studio tour last weekend along with several other artists.
Laurie Fanelli suggested I go to take a photo of one of Janet’s new works because of its subject matter. (more…)
‘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.