Christmas Letter 2016
Dear friends and family,
THIS year was particularly busy as my second year in my new downtown Nantucket location . I opened for the summer and fall with some good results: reconnecting with clients and friends alike is always a good thing . I had spent the winter months of February , March and April in my studio in Arles, France . It was a very mild winter in Provence and I was able to visit friends what are scattered throughout France : Normandy and the Rhone Valley and the Côte d'Azur . I painted very regularly when I didn't have houseguests, All the while preparing for my fall show in Giverny in the Galerie Blanche near the American impressionists museum and Monet's gardens . Also had some nice commissions to work on .
In late August , I departed for a cruise that started in Venice and ended up in Rome . A wonderful ten day overview of the coast of the Adriatic countries ; Slovenia , Croatia , Italy, Montenegro , Malta , Sicily with visits to incredibly old and beautiful cities. Dubrovnik , Split, Kotor, Catania, to mention a few.
Then, back in Arles to put the finishing touches on my canvases and Watercolors for Giverny . Piled in the car, I drive the 550 miles, hang the show , Have my opening on September 17th (drizzling cool rain again)... Nice turnout of locals and a few visitors to the town. Then I spent time with good friends in Vieux Port on the Seine Riverbanks renting a thatch-roofed , half-timbered cottage to share with three American friends who paint. We toured in Normandy, taking leisurely day trips to Rouen, Honfleur , Verangeville and Le Havre .
Then, back to Arles for a month of painting, combined with a trip to Umbria and the tiny renovated town of Borgo di Vagli- outside of Cortona for a week in a time-share given by a good friend. Fantastic sights, tastes, and people. LOVE Italy! Hope to go back more often.
Back in Nantucket , open for the Stroll weekend, then packing the car for a long trip South. First stop is Washington DC (3 days with fiends and museum visits); second stop in Raleigh to see our Sconset Chapel Minister and partner, third stop in Atlanta for three nights , and lastly to Fort Lauderdale for winter studio work.
Having Christmas cheer and New Years with my sister Sherrey in Venice Florida . I will be having a show opening for the weekend of January 27th at the Venice Yacht Club . Maybe some of you Florida snowbirds can make the Friday eve opening .
That brings you fairly up to date on my wanderings. I hope you have a wonderful sparkling holiday full of old memories and creating new great memories. All the very best of the season.
Cheers and HNY 2017
Bill in St. Remy - April, 2016
Greetings of the season 2015!
Hello friends and family!
Well, it's holiday letter time! My year in review is a chock full one. Starting out in Key West for a solo show and a great 2 plus months working at the Frangipani Gallery ! In January I signed a lease in Nantucket on a new gallery at 5 Easy Street downtown Nantucket . You may remember that I had 18 great years there further down at 14 Easy! '86-'04! Happy to be back! More connected to the art scene and the public after 7 years out of town in Sconset.
In April I went to Arles, France and had a show in Giverny that was a nice opportunity and had good results. Stayed and painted in Paris as well as along the banks of the Seine River and in the fantastic gardens of Monet's home. Back in Arles to paint and visit friends, I came back to a very active summer in Nantucket. It was a good season! I had many commissions that will take most of the winter to complete.
This fall I went back to Arles and had a solo show (my second ) at CIRCA Gallery there. Opening October 2nd and it ran till November 22. It was a pretty good turnout and I was happy with the results and my friends from Key West and Palm Beach came over. That was special . I stayed on through mid- November , coming back to Nantucket for our Annual Christmas Stroll. Great fun but unseasonably warm.
I then packed up the gallery and put the paintings in storage as I really don't want a repeat of the flood there in '91 due to the No-name Storm (aka the Perfect Storm!). I drove down to Florida via I -95 with a stop to see a friend newly returned to Washington, D.C. , then the auto train to Sanford Florida .
I'm hoping to have a little quiet time in a rented house in December and visit my sister Sherrey for the holiday week and New Year's Eve (a tradition with us).
I'm healthy and happy and I hope this letter finds you the same. All the very best for a joyous and renewing season with fun, friends and family!
Cheers and hugs,
William Welch's Impressionism Returns Downtown
Click Here to read the aticle in the Mirror Newspaper, July 23 2015
William Welch in the Tracks of the Impressionists!
Second Exhibition in Arles planned for October 2nd opening and running through November ! (more later)
|Place des Vosges|
done in the Square by Bill
|One of the gems at the D'Orsay show for Pierre Bonnard||Van Gogh's painting of the church at Auvers-sue-Oise|
Cuba Trip a Huge Success!
Well, my artist retreat to Cuba was a huge success! We all agreed that it was a beautiful destination with warm and welcoming people. The first three days were at the Hotel Los Jazmines in Vinales on a ridge overlooking rich red clay and sand soil ideal for the growing of tobacco. We painted the limestone gumdrop-shaped mountains, had salsa lessons, hiked through farmlands, visited an incredible botanical and medicinal garden, tasted exotic fruits, visited a tobacco farm and saw how cigars are made by hand, toured a grotto/cave in a boat with incredible limestone formations, ate very well at country paladors , heard terrific music, visited an artist in his studio, and on and on. Oh yes, I painted several small works with the group of six artists.
|On our trip to Havana, we visited a botanical garden Orchidiae (Orchids!! 600+ varieties), presented brochures to the Director that were produced by the Tree Institute of Florida. WE arrived at Hotel Parque Central right in the middle of Havana. It was filled with international tourists and, not surprisingly, several cultural exchange groups like ours from many museums and schools. Hotel rooms and meals, service, all aspects were impeccable. We painted in the Cathedral Square, on the Prada Boulevard, in the streets, had lovely walking tours, went to several museums: Museo de la Rvolucion, National Art Museo, Arte Universale Museo (unbelievable collections of Greek, Roman, and Spanish art as well as many surprises - two Gilbert Stuarts of Washington!, a Childe Hassam, many Romneys, Joshua Reynolds, etc.- a world class museum to be sure!)|
|Other highlights included: a visit to Hemingway's house in the country, several more artists' studios, great paladors, some shopping, a horse and carriage ride, a tour in old classic convertible American cars to dinner, an evening with Buena Vista Social Club musicians, and just lots of fond memories!|
|Well, I'm happy to be back in Key West. I'm now working on my upcoming show here in the Frangipani Gallery opening February 6th. "It's a Small Island" is the theme and will feature miniature watercolors and acrylics of Key West Streets as well as scenes from France and Cuba!! Should be a nice showing for me. I'll post new works for 2015 in the Private Viewing Section on the home page soon.
For now, hasta la vista! Bill
Greetings of the season 2014!
Well dear friends and family, it's that season again - and I bring you tidings of my wanderings around the globe (well here and there actually; not around the globe .)
ACT NOW FOR CUBA!!
I wanted to resend the information on our CUBA TRIP, JANUARY 9-16, 2015. We have a few spaces left and would very much like to have you along.
Dear friends and family:
Summer 2013Hello to all from Nantucket Isle, foggy misty humid and delightful. Well, right now I am rensconsed in Sconset Studio preparing for my October show in CIRCA Gallery in Arles France. I have been to Arles now two times: April May last year and this. I showed my work to a friend of a good friend and she happened to own this lovely gallery in town. She was impressed with my watercolors and pastels of the local streets and sites in and around the Bouches du Rhone area.
She had an opening this fall and my work will be on display there through November. A few friends from France I've known over the years are coming as is my dear sister Sherrey and many good friends from Key West. It'll be quite the celebration. I'll be back in New England till mid-November then on the road south to the keys.
I wanted to let you all know that I am planning a painting seminar and retreat to Arles for May next year. Probably the second week. I'll keep you posted, but do let me know if you are interested.
The trip to Cuba was fantastic!
It's been a very active winter for me here in Key West. The trip to Cuba in January was fantastic! A group of eight artists and 15 total including non-painters went to Cienfeugos in the south-central coast near Trinidad. We arrived in the small airport and went to the Botanical Gardens of Cienfeugos. A guided tour with many incredible palms and fruit trees, Brazil nut trees, almond and hibiscus trees, a rare and beautiful collection that the Tree Institute (our visa sponsors) have helped revive and promote to the ever growing tourist industry. We had four glorious days in a lovely beach resort; we painted in Trinidad and Cienfeugos, did a bit of swimming and snorkeling, went to a Cuban disco, saw acrobats and costumed Coca Cabana type dancers performing at the resort, were treated to a georgious choir who sang the American Song "Shenanoah" for our benefit!
Well, here it is another year come and gone: another holiday season upon us. Time goes so much quicker it seems - - I guess that because I get less done during the average day then I used to. Oh, well, itís to laugh and letís just get on with the show. This has been a very active year for me. No travel other than back and forth from Key West, but itís been a very productive year in my studio on Nantucket Island. (The roses are still blooming everywhere and tulips poking through the soil as I write . . . Climate, it is a-changiní!) Most of the summer, I was in my little studio painting from many photos on a nifty monitor system with photo CD player so all my pix looked just like being there only in small scale. I had a better chance to connect with the public and clients since I hired no workers. I was delighted to see old clients, friends and patrons, (supporters) come in to see me . . . lovely reunions and great conversation. And so turns the wheel! I also gave private lessons and spent some time outdoor painting in the fantastic weather. Iíve never seen such a perfect year for sun and moderate temps and less rain.
With affection, Bill
Summer Outdoor Watercolor Painting
Bill in Les Jardins de Giverny (CLAUDE MONET'S HOUSE AND GARDENS)