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NWFL exhibits work of artist Tom Whitmarsh

Born in Cuyler, N.Y., Tom Whitmarsh spent 37 years as an engineer in Alaska.  His exhibit, “Alaskan Art,” will be on display at the New Woodstock Free Library through Feb. 29.  Whitmarsh currently resides in DeRuyter.

Born in Cuyler, N.Y., Tom Whitmarsh spent 37 years as an engineer in Alaska. His exhibit, “Alaskan Art,” will be on display at the New Woodstock Free Library through Feb. 29. Whitmarsh currently resides in DeRuyter. Norm Parry

— A collection of works by multitalented and storied artist Tom Whitmarsh will be on display Feb. 4 through 29 at the New Woodstock Free Library. There will be a reception for the artist from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Originally from Cuyler, Whitmarsh spent 37 years as an engineer in Alaska, where he discovered the northwest coast native wood carving traditions. He added wood carvings to his developing painting pursuits and began selling and exhibiting his works in local Alaskan art shows.

He retired to DeRuyter in 2009. His most recent works include scenes from the local landscape.

Though he had very little formal art training, Whitmarsh’s paintings and carvings show an engineer’s eye for detail and structure. His wood pieces are visually dramatic and arresting. His paintings express his close connection with the mysteries of the wilderness and the harsh realities of life in the great outdoors.

“We are delighted to present this truly iconic collection of works by our new neighbor Tom Whitmarsh, who has chosen to settle here in retirement,” said library exhibits chairperson Nancy Edwards. “The scope and variety of this collection is truly remarkable. Some of the works are of imposing size and all are strikingly original. Our community will have the opportunity to enjoy the unusual and fascinating works Tom has brought with him from his long sojourn in Alaska. Tom Whitmarsh the man and Tom Whitmarsh the artist are both people you’ll love to meet. This is one of Tom’s first big shows in New York, and it’s a must see event for those who appreciate unusual art and native creativity.”

For more about Tom Whitmarsh, and samples of his works, visit the library web page at midyork.org/newwoodstock.

For further information on any library event or service call 662-3134, or visit the library web page and “like” the library on Facebook. Library hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays evenings and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Norm Parry is director of the New Woodstock Free Library. He can be reached at 662-3134 or nwbookman@netscape.net

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