Chirico Was Here!”
4 special EVENTS
1. Thursday, July 2 (6-8pm): Opening Reception
2. Thursday, July 9 (6-8pm): “Swig & Swear”
Come join artist, writer, and drinks enthusiast Rob Chirico for some “sipping and swearing” at his exhibit Just Visiting: Rob Chirico Was Here! Wearing two hats, at least, Rob trades in his beret to don his cap as a successful writer. His books include Field Guide to Cocktails and Damn! A Cultural History of Swearing in Modern America.
Rob will also give a short “sweary” reading at 7pm
(parental guidance suggested!).
All local artists invited to a gathering to discuss art and the business of art with gallery owner Jane Trigère and others (more info will follow)
4. Thursday, July 23 (6-8pm): Getting Published…
an Insider’s Guide
Rob Chirico will share what he has learned about writing, getting an agent and getting published in print and online.
Up until graduate school his medium was drawing in pen and pencil. He studied the techniques of the masters, particularly Vermeer, and realized that the type of art he wanted to create would be a long and tedious process of building up successive layers of paint called glazes. One begins thin, with very little paint mixed with a medium like turpentine. Having read that the early Netherlandish artist Jan van Eyck used lavender oil, Chirico used this rare and expensive essence to mix with his paints. Each succeeding layer becomes thicker as the forms are more defined. Blending the oil paints with a polymer resin, the paint layers become thinner and thinner, thus giving his pictures a striking luminosity. Chirico’s paintings are unusually real, almost surreal, but never photographically real.
He is also the author of many unusual books.
Field Guide to Cocktails (Quirk Books/Random House October 2005), is in its third printing and has sold over 25,000 copies, and has been translated into Polish! He has also written Martini Madness and Up in Smoke (about cigars), and has published articles in the food journal Gastronomica. His novel, Onward Kitchen Soldiers, which is a humorous take on food media, publishing, and public relations, was published in April 2014 as an e-book with Untreed Reads. His non-fiction book, Damn! A Cultural History of Swearing in America was published by Pitchstone Press in 2005. His cookbook/memoir Escape from an Italian-American Kitchen: Or How I Learned How not to Cook Like My Mother will be published later this year. Chirico lives in Greenfield with his wife Valdina.