Spence Guerin is currently exhibiting new paintings, drawings and prints to his exhibition at the Center for Spiritual Care in Vero Beach through February 26..
Guerin was praised by the American Academy of Arts and Letters as “a contemporary artist who brings the American 19th-century tradition of naturalist painting convincingly into the 21st century.” The occasion was an Academy award granted annually to only five artists in the United States.
“Wonderful as the award and his nature paintings are,” says Center director Carol Ludwig, “it would be a mistake to pigeon-hole Spence. He chronicles the whole human comedy and its surroundings from a deeply personal perspective. You come away from his art having learned something about the world.”
Guerin has lived in Melbourne most of his life with the exception of periods spent in Viet Nam, Alaska and New Mexico. He maintains studios in Melbourne and near Anchorage.
Among Guerin’s many professional awards are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Alaska State Arts Council. He was represented in New York by the Tatistscheff Gallery until it closed due to its owner’s declining health.
His show at the Center, his first solo exhibition in Vero Beach, will include new pieces as well as a sampling of earlier work to give a retrospective feel, according to Ludwig.
The Center for Spiritual Care is located at 1550 24th St. in Vero Beach, two blocks north of the Main Public Library. Viewing is by appointment between 10 and 4 seven days a week. Call 772-567-1233 for further information.