Press Release


The Harrison Gallery39 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA
Friends: Curt Hanson & John MacDonaldAugust 2 - August 31, 2014
Opening Reception Saturday, August 2nd – from 5 PM to 7 PM
The Harrison Gallery will be presenting a two person show entitled "Friends" featuring works by Curt Hanson and John MacDonald. The show will be on display August 2 - 31, 2014, with an opening reception on Saturday, August 2nd from 5 – 7 pm, which is open to the public.
Over the past year after upon initially meeting through the Harrison Gallery, Curt Hanson and John MacDonald have been painting together en plein aire. The two artists are tonalists who greatly admire the work of George Inness and are especially inspired by his works at the Clark. Upon realizing these wonderful connections they formed a friendship that led to painting trips and  great discussions. As well as the two attending each others openings where they can appreciate and connect and laugh.
Curt Hanson began his formal art training at Fort Wright College in Washington. Hanson continued on to New York City where he took on the essence of the Barbizon School paintings, studying the work of George Inness.Hansons paintings overflow with his connection not just to the landscapes in focus but to the entire natural world. For him painting and meditation are really one in the same. Mediation is about being completely aware and  awake in the present moment. It is about observing what is happening right now. His meditation practice provides him with insight when working directly from nature or using photographic reference.

John MacDonald a resident of Williamstown paints the rivers and woods and meadows and mountains of the Berkshires with the sure eye of someone who understands his subject and paints it head on with no romantic flourishes or sentimentality. His paintings, rooted in the style of 20th century realism, show landscapes the way they really look.  They are generally devoid of narrative content – people and  vehicles and  buildings – that detract from the simple beauty of the landscape. MacDonald graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BSA and from Purdue University with his MA degree in drawing and painting.  Beside his career in fine art MacDonald is a successful commercial artist and illustrator.

The Harrison Gallery is located at 39 Spring Street in Williamstown, MA.  Gallery hours are Monday - Saturday 10AM to 5:30PM and  Sunday 11AM to 4PM.  For further information please contact The Harrison Gallery at (413) 458-1700 or visit our website at


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