September 2017 at The Franklin Gallery
“Snapshot: Finding the Beauty in Everyday Things” an exhibit of photographs by Berwick, Maine, author, artist and musician Ross Alan Bachelder
The opening reception for Bachelder’s exhibit will be on Thursday, September 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, and as always, the public is invited and urged to attend.
Ross Alan Bachelder has been exhibiting his unorthodox and playful drawings, paintings, found object assemblages and photographs in galleries in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts for more than two decades. He was the founder and coordinator of the KAA Seacoast Moderns (a group within the Kittery Art Association), and the coordinator of AAGNE (The Abstract Artists Group of New England, an interest group within the Newburyport Art Association).
For 12 years he managed the Frame shop and Franklin Gallery at Ben Franklin Crafts in Rochester, New Hampshire. In 1980 he founded Artful Endeavors, a consulting service for creative people of every kind. In 1984 he founded the Berwick Young People’s Theater, where he wrote and produced musical comedies, and he’s acted in many Seacoast area plays. He’s been active for many years as a musician, performing solo recitals, playing in musical theatre and appearing at art exhibit openings and other special events as The Flute Guy.
Bachelder travels frequently to perform as a musician, paint and photograph what he sees, then write and speak publicly about his deep, long-time immersion in the Arts. He’s toured galleries in England, Scotland, Canada and New Zealand, and in many American cities including Philadelphia, Boston, Detroit, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and New York. In 2011 he traveled to New Zealand to perform in the Opening Night Ceremony for New Zealand artist Susan Harrison-Tustain.
“I was never really meant to be a specialist,” says Bachelder. “I nearly always include several media — drawings, paintings, found object assemblages and photographs — in my exhibits, so staging a show made up entirely of photographs is both a rare departure from my usual approach to exhibiting and an opportunity, for both artist and viewer, to explore my immersion in a given medium in more detail.”
Bachelder’s book, Happy Dawg Walks The Sad Man: The Remarkably Varied Adventures of a Confirmed Arts Multiple, will be available for purchase at RiverStones, both on the night of his opening reception and during the entire run of his exhibit. He’s now working on his second book, Weird Anomalies: Stories Best Read in the Twilight Hours, scheduled for publication in the summer of 2018.