Fishermen absorbed in their craft of fly fishing and kids in inflatable tire tubes floating down the river are just two images that Ned Reade has captured in “Celebrating Work and Play: Watercolors in the Battenkill Valley.” Contrasting with these scenes of leisure activities are a farmer haying under a hot July sun and another burning brush in March. Red tractors, barns, woodpiles and work sheds also allude to the work done throughout the valley in all seasons.
Americans have always been drawn to the hills, valleys, and rivers of Vermont and New York to work the land and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Horses and cows graze beneath the shadows of the Green Mountains, and farms checker the valleys. Churches and antique shops remind visitors that many generations have made their mark here. Mr. Reade paints these scenes in a loose and spontaneous manner that has become familiar to those who have seen his work over the years.
Mr. Reade has painted up and down the East Coast and in many countries in Europe including France, Italy, and Scotland. He has studied drawing at the New York Studio School of Drawing and Painting, and has painted at the Vermont Studio School in Johnson, VT and at La Romita School of Art in Terni, Italy. This year he has won awards at the Kent Art Association in Kent, CT and has recently completed a successful August show on Martha’s Vineyard at the Old Sculpin Gallery, the oldest gallery on the island. In Pawling, NY, Ned is Chairman of the Arts Department at the Trinity-Pawling School where his wife, Maria, serves as the Dean of Faculty. Ned and Maria spend their summers and school vacations at their home in Arlington along the Battenkill.