Welcome back to Season Two of the Archibald.Studio Podcast.
To kick off the season, we’ll hear from artists Michael Fuller, Krista Wells and William “Bill” Rogers AWS CSPWC TWSA ASMA in a conversation that highlights the creative and painterly genius that has emerged in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia over the past decade or so. Specifically we discuss the Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival (PIPAF), Art Lab Studios, Parrsboro Creative and the impact these artistic endeavours have on the region.
Originally, Michael and Bill were going to join at the same time. Bill had carved out time during his stop over in Toronto Pearson Airport since he was en route to North Carolina for a painting workshop. But going through Customs took longer than originally expected so he joins the conversation later in the episode.
As luck would have it, Krista Wells, Michael’s partner in life and in Art Lab Studios was able to join in the conversation today. We’ll hear from her and she’ll answer the question “what can you fit in your tote bag.” It’s more than you think and a lot of fun too.
I caught up with Bill later in the day after his flight landed in North Carolina to continue his fascinating and accomplished story since he had to board his flight not too long after he joined today’s conversation. That part of the conversation will be available soon.
If you’re in the Parrsboro area in the next little while you can catch Bill’s solo show Visual Distillations at ArtLabStudio (121 Main Street, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia). The show runs September 2 through September 22, 2022. Open house September 2 from 2 to 5 pm.
Bill is the honourary chair of the Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival. His work in plein air events in the United States has earned him a number of prestigious awards. His work in figure painting is stunning and has brought him a number of invitations to exhibit throughout the USA and Canada. He's also received awards for this work. Bill spent the pandemic undisturbed but full time in his studio working on figure painting and the results are obvious and impressive.
Bill also has a workshop in Portraiture in Parrsboro this month too, it’s a great opportunity to study with Bill and work from a live model.
I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I enjoyed talking with Michael, Krista and Bill, they’re all doing important work in the arts community along the Jurassic Shore. 🦕
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