CLINTON — Kirkland Art Center, 9 1/2 E. Park Row, will present a virtual art tour featuring the center’s own marketing director, artist Tim Rand.
“Life is Sweet” features several of Rand’s oils on panel or canvas, such as the “Happy Hummingbird,” “Grumble Bumble Bee” and “Nighthawks in a COVID-19 Society,” which plays tribute to Clinton Pottery.
Rand Art Studio & Gallery is located at 84 Utica St. and is open from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, or by appointment. Enthusiasts are also invited to follow Rand’s work at www.trandart.com or on social media platforms on Facebook: Rand Art Studio & Gallery or Instagram: @t.randart.
Rand is holding a raffle for ticket purchasers to win a 37-inch by 49-inch Humble Honey Bee oil on panel print with tickets costing $10 each; five for $40; or 10 for $70. A winner will be announced July 31, and proceeds will support a charity of the winner’s choice.
The following is a recent interview conducted with Rand by the art center:
Q: How did you get your start at the KAC?
A: “Spending time after school in the pottery studio definitely sparked creativity and helped inspire me to make art. This shaped the artist I am today, even if I’ve changed to a new medium.
Most recently I acted as the KAC marketing director, and I taught oil painting and printmaking classes, as well as volunteered on several committees. I’m looking forward to going to KAC Live concerts in the future — it’s just one of the things I miss since the KAC temporarily closed.”
Q: What projects have you been working on during the pandemic?
A: “I started an exciting new project in April called Life Is Sweet as an homage to the essential worker. The honey bee is nature’s essential worker and if they disappear we’re all in trouble. Just like the people on the front lines today, they make our world tick and everyone needs to come together in our local and national communities in order to preserve our humanity and make life better for everyone. It looks like just a little bee, but it means so much more than that!
As an artist, a paintbrush is my voice of choice and I want to do my part in these trying times. The Humble Honey Bee painting is the grand prize in the Life Is Sweet raffle, and I encourage everyone to participate. Part of the proceeds from each ticket sold will be donated to a charity of the winner’s choosing which helps out our neighbors who need it the most in the Mohawk Valley.”
Q: Do you prefer murals or working in the studio?
A: “They’re both great. Ninety-five percent of my work in the last 10 years has been done in my studio, but there’s something special when the public gets to see and interact with my work on a daily basis. I often see people taking photos next to the ‘Beatles’ mural on West Park Row and it always makes me smile. I think that’s why I’ve always had paintings on my front porch as I believe art is meant to be seen and heard by the people.”
Q: Do you have any more public murals in the works?
A: “Yes! I’m currently working on several mini-murals at the new outdoor eating area on West Park Row in Clinton. Jackie Walters from the Chamber of Commerce reached out to see if I would be interested in participating in the project, and I thought it was a great community builder with Nola’s, Hamilton College, Krizia Martin and the Chamber all contributing.
The murals are all based on my most recent Life Is Sweet series and features bees, hummingbirds and butterflies.
I’m also lining up a few more murals in the Mohawk Valley to be completed this summer, but I can’t announce where just yet, so stay tuned! If you’d like to stay up-to-date, you can visit www.trandart.com and subscribe to my newsletter.”
Anyone interested in their own mural at home can contact Tim for a free quote at 315-527-4774.
Q: Where else can we see your artwork?
A: “The Clinton Potter has commissioned a mug themed painting each year for almost 10 years. They’re always based on famous paintings — Grant Woods’ American Gothic, da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, and van Gogh’s Sunflowers to name a few. This year he asked for Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks with a COVID-19 society complete with social distancing and masks. It’s great when artists can support other artists and they’re one of my favorite commissions each year.”
Q: Where do you draw your inspiration and how do you pick your subject matter?
A: “Inspiration comes in many forms. I love studying strong faces, and the little nooks and crannies of nature, color and life. There’s so much detail when you slow down and I try to convey that through my art.
As for subject matter, quite often current events elicit an emotional response which I channel into my pieces. From the importance of voting to the interconnectedness of humanity, I create layered artwork that encourages the viewer think. Particularly in this day and age, I want to use my art to make the world a more beautiful place.
I’d like to thank the KAC for showcasing local artists works and being a part of the Clinton community for over 60 years. Working for an organization that helps artists is always fulfilling to me and hopefully the KAC is full of great musicians, potters, printmakers, painters, dancers and creatives of all types soon. Thank you, I miss you all and stay safe!”
For more information or to purchase Rand’s artwork, visit his Utica Street gallery or website at www.trandart.com.