FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 9, 2015
Contact: Tamar Russell Brown, Gallery Sitka — 978.425.6290
Prolific Central Mass Artist to Exhibit Scenes of Martha’s Vineyard and Other New England Locales at End-of-Summer Show in Shirley
Several views of lovely Martha’s Vineyard will be among the landscapes and seascapes appropriately offered to close out the summer season at The Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley on Sept. 30.
Luann Hume is a Massachusetts native whose paintings hang on walls in private homes all over the world. She also has many works ready to go on exhibit in galleries all around New England. But whether the subject matter is marshes in the forests of southern Maine or the glories of the New England seacoast, her remarkable watercolors have proved immensely attractive to a great number of art lovers.
Ms. Hume’s Vineyard pictures have been very popular and have sold very well. “They went fast!” she says. “A lot of people love pictures of Martha’s Vineyard.” Ms. Hume is notably the creator of a striking picture of the famous Edgartown lighthouse on the Island.
She was fortunate to have a longtime friend, Reva Lombard, who lived for many years on Martha’s Vineyard in a “beautiful little cottage close to Edgartown.” Like Ms. Hume, Reva was a native of Leominster, Mass., but began working on the Island at one of the big hotels there when she was young and never left. Ms. Hume and her husband Leon helped out doing various improvements on the little house, which of course was graced by a few paintings the artist gave to her friend.
Often living and working near the water, Ms. Hume once shared a gallery with another artist in Maine. The gallery was an unusual building constructed on stilts right in the Kunnebunkport River. For several years she lived in nearby Wells but painted for many art lovers who frequented the Maine seaport town famous as the residence of former President George H.W. Bush. Patrons often visited Ms. Hume at the gallery and would stay and talk for hours. She and her husband are now back living in Leominster.
Ms. Hume began formally studying art at the tender age of nine. She took the bus on Saturdays from Leominster to nearby Fitchburg, to take classes at Fitchburg Art Museum. She had many joyful hours drawing and painting at the Museum. “I prayed for more Saturdays in the month,” she says, the better to keep learning and creating.
Landscapes and seascapes, captured in all seasons of the year, make up most of Ms. Hume’s body of work. She has painted nature scenes from all over New England. She works primarily in watercolors and pastels, often on large sheets (30 by 40 inches and 22 by 30) of high-quality paper. Her birch tree paintings are well-known and have found fans and devotees a-plenty. “They call me the birch tree lady,” she says, recalling the pieces that have distinguished her among New England artists. She has sold thousands of paintings.
This event will take place at The Bull Run in Shirley, Mass., on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 5 – 7 p.m. Please visit www.sitkacreations.com for more information.