A solo art exhibition by Dr. Matthew A. Parmenter opens this Saturday in the South East Gallery at the Carnegie Heritage & Arts Center.
The show is entitled “Dot and Eugene” in honor of his parents who were instrumental in his development and interest in painting.
Matt says, “My mother had me take private oil lessons in the 7th and 8th grade as she felt I needed a little more ‘culture’ in my life.”
Stating he has always been drawn to art since he first saw the letters to his father from his grandfather Milo Aden Parmenter.
His father was in the Army Air Corp in the Pacific theater in WWII and would get letters from his grandfather, who always drew on the outside envelope an owl sitting on a tree limb.
He studied art under Vivian Ward of Princeton, Ind. who taught in a refurbished detached garage. Matt says, “I learned to paint freehand with charcoal on canvas and then initially we would make it look like watercolors. We would then dilute the paint with olive oil and turpentine, then put the final oil in the second phase of the painting.”
As a special touch the majority of the frames surrounding the paintings were made by Dr. Parmenter’s father, Harlen Eugene Parmenter.
Stop in this Saturday, see a unique cumulative show of Dr. Parmenter’s works and meet the artist.
Show will run through Nov. 9.
Hope to see you there.
The Carnegie Heritage & Arts Center is located at 110 E. Vincennes St. in Linton. Regular hours are Friday and Saturday noon to 4 p.m. For more information call 812-847-0165 or 812-381-2512
Donna Kluesner is president and founder of the Carnegie Heritage & Arts Center of Greene County. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.