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Photo of Charles "Chuck" Bower

Charles "Chuck" Bauer

MA 1970

"Painting en plein air offers special pleasures and special challenges. Shifting light, blowing wind, expanded time, serene stillness, chill dampness, falling snow, blazing sunshine, puzzled wildlife, and hungry insects are some of them. Most are surprising. Many are wonderful. Few are daunting. All are stimulating."

Chuck's works are usually executed on site, en plein air ("in the open air"). He believes there is no substitute for direct response to the natural world because photographs are weak, and memory is weaker. His subjects are often mere excuses to use color expressively, or to work out compositional themes that engage his interest. In addition to his artwork, Chuck is co-owner of The Soap Opera on State Street.


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