With ArtWalk Simsbury quickly approaching, artist Jeremy Jordan is taking advantage of the beautiful weather and local scenery in town to create one of several paintings he will display during the community’s celebration of the arts in May.
Jordan decided to paint a well-known view of Talcott Mountain on Monday while adding a few touches of his own to the scene. He will join many local painters, musicians, dancers, crafters and performers for the first-ever ArtWalk Simsbury event this month.
“I chose the Heublein because everybody knows it, everybody’s been there,” Jordan said. “I wanted to do something that was close to the town.”
The artist plans to incorporate the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail/East Coast Greenway, which can’t be seen from Hopmeadow Street where Jordan was working, into the painting because he feels it is an important part of community.
Originally from Jasper, Alabama, Jordan now lives and works in Simsbury as a resident tutor at the A Better Chance Program with his wife, Crystal Jordan. Jordan was living in Manchester while finishing his degree in Fine Arts at Central Connecticut State University. When he married his wife in January, 2012, he moved to Simsbury to work with Crystal at the ABC House.
Jordan sees ArtWalk Simsbury as a great opportunity to expose the community to the arts while helping students in the ABC Program follow their dreams and receive a quality education. A portion of the proceeds from the ArtWalk Simsbury event will benefit the program.
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State Representative Linda Schofield, a volunteer with the ABC Program and organizer of ArtWalk Simsbury, approached Jordan and suggested he participate in the event.
“I said ‘Absolutely, I’ll help in any way that I can,” Jordan told Schofield.
Jordan said he feels strongly about promoting the arts within the community, especially when artists come together to support a great cause.
“Not everyone thinks about it on a daily basis, but artists really help the world go around.”
Jordan plans to have nearly a dozen paintings on display at the ABC House during the event, which will be held on May 19.
For more information on the community celebration of the arts, visit the ArtWalk Simsbury website.