Artist of the Month: Michael Perron

Local artist Michael Perron of Pawtucket, will be exhibiting a number of his paintings in the Library’s Hayden Art Gallery during the month of July. The exhibit will be accessible on the second floor whenever the library is open. As part of the exhibit, the library will be hosting an artist meet and greet on Thursday, July 6 from 5:30 – 7:50 pm.
 
Michael Perron took his first art class junior year in high school and was both encouraged and inspired by his public school art teacher, who saw that he had talent. He was encouraged to submit pieces for recognition and won. Perron went on to take art classes outside of school and decided to pursue art by attending UMASS Dartmouth, taking a broad slate of studio courses ranging from metal fabrication, furniture design, ceramics, calligraphy, jewelry/metals, and of course, painting. He began teaching in Sharon, Massachusetts, in 1998, where he continues his work as a special education teacher in the public high school. Perron is also a part-time instructor of teen oil painting at Hunakai Studio of Fine Art in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
 
Perron’s painting styles range from realistic to impressionistic, where the more representational works sometimes tell a story. His subjects sometimes are portraits of his family, landscapes, or still-lifes. He always attempts to capture the constant contrasting light and dark values, common to all subjects, in his painting. He is heavily influenced by the work of Edward Hopper and Auguste Renoir, and takes his inspiration from their treatment of light. According to Prron, “Art should tell us something about the time we live in, and not be always concerned with creating pretty images. It puts us in a specific time and place, speaking to certain timeless truths; things we have always seen, and at the same time, somehow comments on how we deal with these truths, in a positive light, or negative.”
 
Perron has also exhibited work at the Westerly Public library, and at Hunakai Studio of Fine Art, where he teaches.
 
For more information about the exhibit or meet and greet event, please contact Aaron Coutu at 333-2552 x2 or acoutu@cumberlandlibrary.org. Area artists interested in booking a future exhibit may also contact Coutu.