Bennington Banner Newspaper Archives Jun 26 1965, Page 17

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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - June 26, 1965, Bennington, Vermont The artist at work in his studio at Pawlet. Ona typically Vermont dirt Road in the town of Pawlet a place called Thor Napple looks toward the Taconic and the Adirondacks beyond through a tall essential North window. That window offers Light to one of Southern Vermont s most distinguished summer artists Ogden Minton Pleissner of new York who is currently spending his 18th summer in Vermont. The Large room inside the window is More living room or gallery than studio. Only a Small Corner is reserved for Pleissner a easel. A brass pot of brushes sits on a nearby table and a Jar of hard Candy is Handy. During the Day the artists palette is visible and perhaps a bowl of water if he a working with Watercolour. Pictures hang All around. Some Are Pleissner sketches Small paintings done at an actual scene from which he paints his finished picture in his studio. Some Are etchings and oils by artist friends a he knows most of his contemporaries. Some Are his own his wife a particular favourites. A of Pleissner and his wife Mary will be Here until Early november when the artist indulges in his favorite sport of Hunting ruffed grouse. He is an excellent shot and an accomplished Angler and he has hunted and fished All Over this country As Well As in Canada and Scotland. From the Pleissner easel this summer will emerge Watercolours and oils that May form the body of an exhibition scheduled for next Spring in new York. Though his show Date seems far away and he keeps a regular seven Day a week painting schedule Pleissner will be hard put to build a sufficient Reserve of paintings because his work has become so popular. Pictures Are purchased before they re dry or even ordered before they re painted which often necessitates trips to the clients favorite Salmon Rivers. Today Pleissner a painting subjects though hardly related Are usually of european cities particularly in France and Italy Bird Hunting or fishing. In the past he painted still lifes a few portraits new York scenes and 17 Summers of pictures in Wyoming along with glimpses of Vermont after his arrival Here in 1947. The artist terms himself a figurative Painter or realist and has been described As a natural Painter who uses pigment with a inborn ease and the late Robert g. Mcintyre Dorset and new York Art dealer said that Pleissner until world War ii excelled chiefly As a skillful Painter of nature and was widely appreciated for this Quality. While the artist was stationed with the air Force in the Aleutian islands however he experienced a a a conversion that was later reflected in his work. This was explained by Mcintyre As a a mood a a subjective approach to a Given subject rather than a concentration on its visual aspects alone. The result however is that Ole Layman sees without distortion landscapes painted As nature designed them enhanced by moods of lighting that Appeal to the inner soul. Since his first summer in Vermont Pleissner s work has been exhibited in the annual summer Southern Vermont Art Center show where his paintings hang prominently in a first floor gallery. Around the county too Art enthusiasts who consider them their prize possessions hang his works As prominently in their Homes. Pleissner quite contradicts his own comment a i suppose you have to be dead to be he was 27 years old when the metropolitan museum of new York City purchased his painting of a Brooklyn backyard and More than 50 museums and Public collections have since acquired examples of his work. Today Pleissner May be found in such noted museums As Brooklyn Philadelphia Toledo Minneapolis Worcester los Angeles county and Georgia Art museums. In Vermont they Are to be found at the Shelburne museum Ulm and of course Bennington county a Southern Vermont Art Center in Manchester. Over the years Pleissner a work has received a steady Stream of prizes starting in 1938 when he received the Hallgarten award from the National Academy of design of which he is a member. This year he received the 1965 popular prize from the Century association. Both oils and Watercolours have received recognition. Pleissner has been the recipient of an array of Gold and Silver medals medals of Honor and Cash prizes from such groups in the Art world elite As the Philadelphia water color club Audubon artists Chicago Art Institute Allied artists Concord Art association National arts club american water color society and the Connecticut Academy of Fine arts. Tributes to his achievements take other forms too. He serves on the Art commission of the smithsonian institution in Washington . He is vice president of the National Academy of design and serves As trustee for artists Fellowship and the Shelburne museum. As a Jurist at the metropolitan Chicago Art Institute Pennsylvania Academy Montclair National Academy museum and american water color society he has had in a Way a share of formulating american Art tastes. For All Pleissner a Success continued on next Page Bennington Sumner exterior View of Ogden pleissner9s Vermont studio 6a

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