Seabrook Island Art Guild July Artist of the Month

Gary Kunkelman is the Artist of the Month for July 2019.

Painter and teacher, Gary Kunkelman will be exhibiting his Maritime Works at the Lakehouse in the front hallway throughout the month of July.

His exhibit will kick off with a reception at the Lakehouse of one of his favorite subject areas: Marine Art on July 1 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Although Gary’s subjects include landscapes, portraits and still life paintings, nautical works have long been his favorite. He’s particularly drawn to subjects depicting maritime history — sailing ships, port cities, and noteworthy maritime events. His subjects include, for example, images of historic clippers, 18 and 19 century Charleston Harbor views, and Civil War ships and battles.

He also paints oceanscapes and scenes of our area beaches. Favorite vantages include North Beach for sunrises and Pelican Watch for sunsets and twilight. “The light we have here is wonderful. My goal is to depict it with the color and immediacy of the Impressionists and the richness and depth of earlier generations of painters,” he said.
Gary studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and for nearly a decade with master marine artist Jack Coggins, one of Mystic Seaport’s “premier American maritime artists of the 20th century.” Gary taught painting, as well as American studies and professional writing for 22 years at Penn State’s Berks College. He is co-president of the Artists Guild and teaches painting on Seabrook Island.

-Submitted by Sharon Peck

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