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July Art Show: Tom Humphreys
July 1, 2016 @ 11:00 am - July 30, 2016 @ 10:00 pm EDT
The Buttonwood Tree is pleased to present Tom Humphreys’ work during the month of July 2016! Tom will be hosting a reception on Sunday July 10th at 5:00pm.
Tom Humphreys’ Bio
Tom Humphreys was born in Middletown in 1953. He became interested in visual arts from an early age. He was encouraged to pursue this interest by teachers, family members and friends as long as he can remember. As a young child it was discovered that Tom was colorblind, but this did not discourage or steer him away from continuing to make art. “I see colors but not the same colors that most other people see. I love bright colors and enjoy working with them.”
After graduating from Middletown High School Tom attended Alfred University’s College of Art and Design In New York State. He graduated from Alfred with a BFA in 1975.
Returning from Alfred, Humphreys became Middletown’s Artist in Residence for the Bicentennial year making posters, putting up art exhibits as well as Ethnic and Cultural Heritage displays. The Bicentennial Center was an interesting place. It was a walk in center open to all. There were regular daily visitors and the occasional dignitary. Governor Ella Grasso stopped by as well as former Governor Wilbert Snow.
In 1979 Tom started his sign business Signs & Designs. Originally his shop was in Middletown above Hartford Club Soda on Highland Avenue. He has since moved to Portland. He is the father of two sons, Ben and Michael. He is married to ceramic artist Lori Lapin. Tom continues to operate Signs & Designs, but now from his home. He recently helped to build the castle exhibit at Kid City.
In the last several years Mr. Humphreys has been revisiting painting, doing still life’s and landscapes. In his latest batch of work he has concentrated on facial portraits. “ I like to do faces that have some history to them. It is interesting to see how a life becomes etched onto the face with creases and wrinkles”.