BELLOWS FALLS — In connection with the exhibit “Charlie Hunter: Semaphore,” currently on view at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC), Hunter will give a free plein-air painting demonstration on Saturday, Aug. 7, at 2 p.m., followed by a tour of his nearby studio.
The demonstration takes place at the Bellows Falls train station at 54 Depot St. Space is limited; register at brattleboromuseum.org.
Hunter is well known throughout the country for paintings that depict decaying American infrastructure, including railroads and bridges. A former concert tour poster designer, album cover designer, and music manager, Hunter has exhibited nationally since 2014.
“I've been painting and drawing signals, semaphores, and crossing gates since I was a child,” Hunter said. “As the years pass, these unremarked pieces of vernacular design become a way to read the passing of time.”
“Charlie's bridges and railway overpasses remind us of necessary infrastructure - as crucial to the dynamic composition of a painting as it is to a vibrant society,” said Saxtons River artist Eric Aho, who curated the exhibit at BMAC.
“His unmistakable crossing signals and semaphores stand at the intersection of life and art. They direct us, and him, toward some unknown destination further down the line.”
Other events scheduled in connection with the museum exhibit include:
• “Representations of Railroading,” an online talk by Scott Lothes, president and executive director of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art (Aug. 26);
• An artist and curator conversation between Hunter and Aho, offered both in person at BMAC and via livestream (Sept. 2).