New York City born artist Paul Parpard, currently a resident of Cazenovia, will be honored at a reception from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday June 10 at the New Woodstock Free Library
A collection of the varied forms Parpard works in graphics, calligraphy, sign carving, gilding and painting will be on display at the library through July 9. The reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public.
Among Parpard's many commissioned works, are the signage for "The Point" in Charlotte, N.C., and the bronze-casted leaves for the Sanctuary, also in Charlotte.
"I've been an artist most of my life," Parpard said. "My family visited galleries and museums. I spent eighth grade in Europe. I was inspired by the fine art, sculpture and architecture in Paris. I studied art and design in high school and college and received my MFA (Master of Fine Arts) from Syracuse University, where I later became a Professor of Art Design and Visual Communications."
Parpard said he has learned from "what comes to hand." Vacationing every summer since the early 90s in Nantucket, the environmental design, especially the hand carved and sculpted wood signs in the area, inspired him to try this new medium.
He became a student of Billy Rowe, the best woodcarver on the island, who showed him how he hand carved and gold leafed his spectacular mahogany signs. "I couldn't wait to get back to my studio to start carving," Parpard said. That experience led to commissions for his own signs.
"The exhibit at the library shows the variety and range of Parpard's artwork," said library exhibits co-chairperson Nancy Edwards. "It's a fascinating display of work by a multitalented artist. Paul has exhibited his works in numerous venues along the northeast coast of the United States. We are delighted to have him share his work in New Woodstock."
The library is open 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday evenings as well as 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
For more information about the exhibit and the other programs and events at the library call 662-3134 or visit the library's web page at midyork.org/newwoodstock.