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One of two watercolors Juried into CNYWS Annual Show, Cooperstown NY. Received Artist Merit Award.

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Robert P. Hedden

About Robert P. Hedden

Robert P. Heddenemail: heddenrpsr@yahoo.com Robert P HeddenHome 315-382-2139PLEIN AIR PAINTERS THOUSAND ISLANDS REGION (PAPTIR)A Chapter of New York Plein Air Paintershttp://pleinairartists.ning.com/profile/RobertPHeddenFine Art Americahttp://fineartamerica.com/profiles/robert-p-hedden.html Thousand Islands Life On Line Magazine: www.thousandislandslife.com/BackIssues/Archive/tabid/393/ My Painting Blog: www.1000islandspaintings.blogspot.com   Artist StatementI produce a lot of St Lawrence River Art featuring the Thousand Islands Region because that is where I live and find inspiration, as well paintings inspired from travel and Museum visits.My passions are plein air painting landscapes, mostly in oils, and life/figure, mostly in watercolors, plus some portraits. I work also in acrylic, pastel, and mixed media. My subject matter is eclectic and along with my mood will influence the medium. I am more interested in the creation process, rather than being master of one medium, subject, or style. I have created art since childhood, periodically finding stretches of several years during my past business career where I had time to take a workshop or participate in group life drawing sessions. I sold paintings off the walls in my corporate office and was often called on to create a specific piece of art to humanize a business situation. I always took art materials on my travels and did a lot of on site painting and sketching over a twenty year period. I treasure these more than the photos.In April 2009 I formed Plein Air Painters Thousand Islands Region (PAPTIR) in order to promote Plein Air Painting in the region. From May through November I organize an event every second Wednesday and generally have four to seven artists from a list of 50. We painted at Boldt Castle in 2009 and 2011 and Singer Castle in 2010. . We have no officers, directors, dues, rules or meetings-just  "birds of a feather get together" to paint. Several art shows are organized each year. I work with local art organizations or municipalities to organize contests. My latest activity as to organize the 2012 , "First Annual Artists' Studio Tour  US 1000 Islands Region" in New York.  Over 27 artists  participated at  21 locations covering Alexandria Bay, Redwood, Wellesley Island,  Town of Orleans, Clayton and Cape Vincent on May 26 and 27, 2012, 10 am to 5 pm. A second Studio Tour was held in 2013. Exhibitions: 2006 through 2015: Group Exhibitions Macsherry Library, Alexandria Bay, N.Y. 2007 through 2015: Group Exhibitions Art Association of Northern New York, (AANNY), Sackets Harbor N.Y. 2006 -2011,2013, 2014: Juried Exhibitions, “Along the River’s Edge”, Thousand Islands Art Center and Handweaving, Clayton N.Y. 2007 July: Minnoa Anthony Nature Center, Group Show, Wellesley Island State Park, N.Y. 2008-2009: Hawn Memorial Library Arts Alliance, Group Shows, Clayton N.Y. Summer 2010-present Continous display of Plein Air and Studio works featuring regional scenes at the Minnoa Anthony Nature Center, Wellesley Island State Park.2010-2011 Juried Show Flower Memorial Library, Art Literally, Watertown NY2010 Juried POSTER COMPETITION at the Antique Boat Museum, Clayton NY, for the 2011 Boat Show Poster- John Hacker-His Legend. Artwork to depict the spirt and essence of John and his boat designs. 2010-12 August PAPTIR Group Show and sale at Macsherry Library Alexandria Bay NY2010-11 September PAPTIR Group Show and Sale at The Antique Boat Museum, Clayton 2011 July Featured Artist, Arts Association Northern NY (AANNY), Sackets Harbor NY 2011 June17-July 9 Breakwater Gallery, Cape Vincent NY, one of several invited artists. 2012 June Group Show Plein Air Painters Thousand Islands Region 2012 Central NY Watercolor Society Annual Jurried Show, Cooperstown NY      Gallery and Professional Affiliations:Sackets Harbor Art Gallery, Sackets Harbor, N.Y. (Art Association of Northern NY-AANNY)North Country Arts Council, Watertown NY Breakwater Gallery, Cape Vincent NY Art Studies: Summer 2005: Painting Fall Trees in Watercolor-Paul Taylor, AANNY Sackets Harbor Summer 2005: Edwin Holgate Figure Painting Course, Saint Lawerence College (SLC) Brockville, Ontario Summer 2005: Bus trip to Montreal-Edwin Holgate Exibition, SLC Brockville Winter 2006: Life in Color, Life Drawing and Painting, SLC Brockville April 2006: Cezanne and the New Vision, Workshop, SLC Brockville Fall 2006: Life Painting and Drawing II, The Body at Play, Semester Course, SLC Brockville Winter 2007: Independent Study in the studio, Life Drawing, SLC Brockville Summer 2007: Chinese Brush Painting, one week, SLC Brockville Fall 2007: Life Drawing II, The Body in Motion, Semester Course, SLC Brockville Winter 2008: Open Studio, Life Drawing, SLC Brockville Fall 2008: Modigliani, Picasso, Matisse-The Elegant Line, Workshop, SLC Brockville Spring 2009: Heads and Faces III, Workshop, SLC Brockville Spring 2011 thru 2015 FigurePainting/Drawing from the Live model-Advanced St Lawrence College Brockville ON October 2012 Plein Air Workshop-Kenn Backhaus, Greenville NY, Hudson River Valley Art Workshops-5 day Press Photos/Mentions/Articles: Fall 2008: Thousand Island Sun, Plein Aire Painting at Dial Estate Gardens, St. Lawrence River January 2009: Watercolor Artist Magazine-Web Site, Finalist in December 2008 Creative Workshop May 2009: Thousand Island Sun, Robert P. Hedden forms Plein Aire Painters Thousand Islands Region (PAPTIR) May 2009 Thousand Islands Sun, Painting Photo, AANNY Art Show, First Place Watercolor Painting, “Between Poses”. May 2009 Watertown Times, Ditto above May 2009 Thousand Island Sun, article covering Plein Aire Event August 7-8, Clayton N.Y.June 2009 Watertown Times "Plein Air Painters Gathering at Winery"June 2009 Thousand Island Sun, article and joint news release with the Thousand Island Bridge Authority and Robert P. Hedden (PAPTIR) announcing Plein Aire Event at Bolt Castle, Heart Island, Alexandria Bay on July 8thJuly 2009 Clayton Opera House "REFLECTIONS", A Partnership of Art and Music Aug 2009 Watertown Daily Times "Clayton Plein Air Contest-a lot of fun"Sept 2009 Fourth Coast Entertainment Magazine "Featured Artist"Sept 2009 Watertown Daily Times and Thousand Islands Sun- Wellesley Island Arist places three paintings in Everson Museum Plein Air Show, Syracuse NY.April 2010 Thousand Islands Sun "Plein Air Painters Thousand Islands Region Sets 2010 Schedule of Events"June 2010 Thousands Islands Sun and Watertown NY Times photo of last years third place painting and article to promote June 24-26, 2010 Plein Air Contest.Feb 2011  Watertown  DailyTimes "Artists Come to the Aid of the Red Cross"- painted live scene of patrons at show which was then auctioned                                June 2011 Thousand Islands Sun and Watertown daily Times " Featured Artist for July at Sackets harbor Gallery-Art Association of northern NY Nov 2011 Profiled in Thousand IslandsLife an on line magazine  November Issue www.thousandislandslife.com/BackIssues/Archive/tabid/393/ April 2013 Watertown Times "2nd Annual Artists Studio Tour US 1000 Islands Region oranized by Robert P Hedden" January 2015 Watertown Daily Times, NY State Senator Pattie Ritchie Featured Artist "Watertown NY" Prizes Awards 2007 Honorable Mention, Watercolor, Art Association Northern NY Annual Show 2008 Finalist, Watercolor Artist Magazine December 2008 Creative Workshop Challenge2009 First Place, Watercolor, Art Association of Northern NY Annual Show.2009 First and Third Place, Clayton NY Plein Air Contest2009 Second Place Painting, North Country Arts Council 61st annual Show.2010 Honorable Mention, Watercolor, Art Association Northern NY Annual Show.2010 Second Place Art Association Northern New York, Sacketts Harbor Plein Air Contest2010 Second Place Thousand Islands Arts Center Plein Air Contest July 30-31 2011 Honorable Mention AANNY Fall Watercolor Show 2011 Second Place North Country Arts Council Plein Air Contest 2011 Honorable Mention Adirondack Plein Air Festival-Saranac Lake NY 2012 Third Place OIL Annual Art Association of Northern NY Annual Show 2012 Artistic Merit Award Central NY Watercolor Society Annual Juried Show, Cooperstown NY 2013 First place Oil "Adirondack Mountains" Arts Association of Northern NY, Sackets Harbor NY 2014 Third Place Painting North Country Arts Council 66th Annual Show, Watertown NY Memberships: Art Association of Northern New York (AANNY), Sackets Harbor, NY North Country Arts Council (NCAC), Watertown NYCentral New York Watercolor Society Plein Aire Painters Thousand Island Region (PAPTIR), founder and event organizer. PAPTIR is a chapter of NY Plein Air Painters www.nypleinairpainters.com