Libby Manchester Gilpatric
My first painting was a self-portrait at age five in pastel. In Ohio in 1945, I was playing in the sandbox, up an apple tree or picking zinnias and tomatos in my mother’s garden. Cornfields surrounded our place. An old barn’s cupola peeked through the trees. Groans and whines of a tractor drowned out caws and tweets. Orange, soot-laden evening skies of local steel mills stained our rural landscape. These early memories creep into my work.
I studied art, literature and teaching, at Wilson College and the University of Pennsylvania, earning AB and MSEd degrees, before settling into married life in New York. Museums and galleries fed my art craving. Besides teaching at The Spence School, I studied botanical drawing at the Brooklyn Art Museum, life drawing at the Art Students’ League, graphic design at the School of Visual Arts. While a stay-at-home Mom in New Jersey with two sons, I practiced a thriving calligraphy business. Watercolor painting became a new sideline, and I commuted back to Manhattan to learn gilding and painting faux-finishes on old trays and furniture. Summers on islands in Maine presented harbors and hills, trees, beaches, ponds to paint, as well as the sea, boats, rocks, shacks and the content of tide pools. Sailing adventures provided time to study wave action and the physics that keep boats afloat and small boys on all fours.
In advance of my husband's retirement, we moved to Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Here continues my fascination with the lay of the land - marine views, historic architecture and rural coastal scenes. Plein air painting classes through the Newport Art Museum led to three years full time study at The Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. After that I continued studying with former professors and graduates of LCFA, RISD and a number of on-line mentors. I enjoy successful painting in many genres - figurative and portrait, interiors and still life, as well as landscapes and urban/industrial 'scapes in Contemporary American Realism. Hooked on the painting journey, I work in various mediums seeking new paths for creativity. Oil paint remains my primary medium.
Juried into local, regional and national shows, my work sometimes wins prizes – from Honorable Mention to Best in Show. My collectors live all over the United States and Europe. I have been honored to find my work presented in publishing, film and public display. Several images were published in the now collectible 'balancing the tides: a newport journal,' issues 4 and 5. An image of the oil painting "Urban Biker" appeared on the cover of Medicine & Health RHODE ISLAND (Vol. 92 No. 6 June 2009). A dozen works were used in the Richard Gere film, Hachi (Netflix 2010). Two pieces were shown in US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s Washington and Providence offices. Seven oil paintings were shown at GreenSpace Gallery in Providence's Theodore Francis Green Airport, sponsored by the Rhode Island Council on the Arts (RISCA) January - May, 2017.
Besides showing daily as a retail open-studio business at Tiverton Four Corners Historic Village (2 years) and taking part in the popular South Coast Artists Open Studio Tours (4 years), I take an active part in many group shows at local and regional art associations. A Juried Exhibiting Member of the Providence Art Club for five years, I showed in many club exhibits in addition to a two-person show in 2012. My work was also selected often when I entered Local, regional and national shows: the annual National Open Exhibit sponsored by the Providence Art Club, the All New England Exhibit at the Cape Cod Art Association, the Regional and Open Members Shows at the Mystic Museum of Art, the Newport Art Museum's Annual Members Show, and The Connecticut Academy of Fine Artists Exhibit held annually at the Mystic Museum of Art. I served several years on the Board of The Portsmouth Artists Guild.
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Professional associations include: (Juried*)
Art League of Rhode Island *
Bristol Art Museum
Cape Cod Art Association
Conanicut Island Art Association
Connecticut Association of Fine Artists*
Mystic Museum of Art
Newport Art Museum
Portsmouth Arts Guild
Wickford Art Association