The Massena Artists Association is pleased to announce that Bill Parmer of Winthrop has been named Artist of the Year for 2010-11. This award is based on the three large oil paintings that he submitted to MAA’s Annual Membership Art Exhibit, entitled “The Road to Parishville,” “The McKensie Range in the Fall,” and “The Creek in Early Spring.”
Bill has been painting seriously only for 2 ½ years. He has always enjoyed art, and credits his high school art teacher, as well as Alan Goldstein who was his instructor in a long ago art course at Bucks County Community College in Pennsylvania, with inspiring him.
He has taken various other art courses over the past 40 years or so.
But mundane things like earning a living and serving 2 tours of duty in the military got in the way of a budding career in art.
He is a veteran of both Viet Nam and Desert Storm. His duties as an Army medic helped him discover an interest in healing.
He entered nursing school, and became an LPN. Further study earned him an RN degree, and eventually certification as a Nurse Practitioner.
He has been working as a Nurse Practitioner for 13 years.
Originally from Pennsylvania, he moved to the North Country 35 years ago.
He lives in beautiful downtown Buckton, a hamlet on the banks of the St. Regis River between Winthrop and Fort Jackson.
He primarily paints landscapes. Scenes of the mountains, forests, streams and back roads of the Adirondacks and the rural North Country are his favorites.
His favorite medium is oil, but he has also worked in watercolor and acrylic.
He has entered his paintings in previous MAA juried art exhibits, where he has been an award winner.
He looks forward to retiring in a few years, so that he can devote more time to painting, and explore an interest in wildlife art.
Other award winners are:
Bill Parmer for his oil painting, “The Road to Parishville”
Cecilia Dewey for her acrylic painting, “Drummer”
Michiko Taylor for her watercolor, “Steam Ghosts”
Pamela Heiden for her graphite drawing, “I Don’t Think So”
Eileen LaBarge for her pastel, “Roof Garden”
Sheila Yale for her photograph, “The Forgotten Ones”
Dan DuFore for his sculpture, “Pine Branch in Iron”
Roberta Paccione for her mixed media work, “The Transcendence of the Changing Seasons”
Robert Pratt for his oil painting, “High Country Falls”
Cheri Furnace for her acrylic painting, “Growing Together”
Michiko Taylor for her watercolor, “Fall Treasure”
Dorothy Martin for her pair of porcelain paintings, “ Birds on Porcelain”
Robert Ritter for his pastel, “Betty Amongst the Flowers”
Dorothy Badger for her photograph, “Autumn Maple”
Catherine LaPointe for her mixed media work, “Massena Medley”
Arnie Roberts for his oil painting, “Morning Glory”
Dan LaPrade for his acrylic painting, “The Beast Within”
Vern Mauk for his watercolor, “Birch on Birch”
Denise Tomlins for her pastel, “Morning Glorys”
Geri Ames for her photograph, “Fall Leaves”
Ed Jordan for his mixed media work, “Normandy Beach Landing”
Judy Tierney for her oil painting, “Fall at Lakeside.”
Catherine LaPointe for her watercolor, “The Perfect Apple”
Marguerite Mooers for her watercolor, “Collection”
Roger Smith for his photograph, “ Beautiful Day”
Louise Giroux for her mixed media work, “Coleus”
The Massena Artists Association would like to thank Pat Sennett for serving as this year’s judge. She had the difficult task of selecting the winning pieces from a large variety of excellent artwork.
The exhibit contains 88 pieces in a wide variety of styles and media, submitted by 36 different artists. All exhibited work was created by members of the Massena Artists Association. The exhibit will remain on display at the Massena Public Library through Friday, Oct. 29. Artists may pick up their work at any time on Saturday, Oct. 30.