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Public Reception for “Without Color: The Drawings of Mike T. Cherry”
December 11, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Artwork by Mike Cherry, winner of the 2019 Marblehead Festival of Arts People’s Choice Award in the Drawings category, will be on view in the Abbot Public Library’s Virginia A. Carten Gallery, from Monday, December 2nd through Saturday, December 28th. On Wednesday, December 11th, there will be a public reception for the exhibit at 6:30 pm, with a talk at 7:00 pm by Amy Saltz and Mike Cherry about their collaboration on the recent book, An Essential Song, written by Amy R. Saltz and illustrated by Mike T. Cherry. Light refreshments will be served.
Mike T. Cherry is a self-taught artist specializing in pencil portraits and illustrations. In a world of digital art and virtual images, Mike practices his profession with pencil and paper and creates vibrant portraits in the traditional way. The subjects of his work range from people and pet portraits to landscapes and even industrial settings, military themes, and machinery. Mike feels that art should be beautiful and uplifting to the soul. His favorite subjects are human beings, focusing on nudes and figurative creations. Nothing seems more beautiful to Mike than the subtle curvature and modeling of the human form. Mike’s drawings have a very precise, detailed quality, capturing the subtleties, textures, and personality of his subject, similar to the characteristics found in black-and-white photography. Sometimes, his drawings have been mistaken for photos, and Mike now tends to leave corners or other areas unfinished, to reinforce to the viewer that they are, in fact, experiencing a pencil drawing.
Mike originally comes from the Midwest and spent his first 21 years there, but, since then, has lived around the world, including Germany, Italy, and even Japan. Throughout it all, he found that the one constant in his life was his need to draw. Having spent many years developing his skills, Mike confesses to a certain annoyance when others call his talent “a gift”, rather than the fruit of years of hard work. Preferring graphite pencils to any other medium, he rarely, if ever, works in color, saying that he perceives most of his artistic visions in black and white. Mike has recently settled in Salem, MA. After a life of nomadic existence, moving all over the world due to military assignments, he now hopes to stay in Salem forever. He currently works out of his home which he shares with his wife and four cats.