Broome County Legislature to Showcase Local Artwork

Legislators John Black (Endwell) and Dan D. Reynolds (Vestal) today joined representatives from the Broome County Arts Council and local artist Thornton W. “Ted” Whipple and his family to announce that the Broome County Legislature will be showcasing local artwork in its office on the 6th floor of the County Office Building.

 

Over the past several weeks the Broome County Legislature has been working with the Broome County Arts Council to develop a program to showcase the work of local artists. The first artist selected to have their work shown is Ted Whipple. Mr. Whipple, who just turned 100 in June, began painting in 1963, at the age of 50.

 

“This is a great partnership between Broome County Government and the arts community and I thank the Broome County Arts Council for their hard work and generosity with this project,” said Legislator John Black who is Chairman of the Legislature’s Economic Development, Education & Culture Committee. “Ted Whipple is a very talented painter and we're proud to feature his work in our first installation.”

 

"As a strong supporter of the arts community myself, my colleagues and I really appreciate this opportunity to host these shows," said Legislature Minority Leader Dan D. Reynolds.  "Not only will these exhibits brighten up our space, they will also give exposure to the wealth of local talented artists, and by hosting these shows we hope to contribute to the arts resurgence in our area."

 

For over 40 years, Ted Whipple has been a popular watercolor artist in the Binghamton area. He painted throughout the Triple Cities using a specially equipped "Artvan." In addition, he was a Workshop Director for the Painting Holidays Organization and painted on location in 15 foreign countries plus numerous locations in the U.S.A.

 

“His day always consisted of Capt’n Crunch cereal for breakfast, PB&J sandwiches for lunch and many hours of painting,” said Ted Whipple’s son Bob. “He enjoyed painting snow scenes, windmills, street scenes, and lakes and rivers.”

 

In 2004, Ted Whipple was honored with the Broome County Arts Council’s Heart of the Arts Award. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant impact on and contributions to the arts in Broome County. Ted is also a former member of Spectrum Art Gallery, The Artists Guild, and the Fine Arts Society of the Southern Tier.

 

“Ted Whipple is a treasure in our community and we are proud to have this opportunity to partner with the Broome County Legislature to honor him and his artistic legacy,” said Fred Xlander, President of the Broome County Arts Council Board of Directors

 

The art exhibits will be rotated every four months. The public is welcome to visit the Legislative Office on the sixth floor of the County Office Building during regular business hours to view the work.

 

Sharon Ball, Executive Director of the Broome County Arts Council, was instrumental in securing the artwork which is on loan from various owners and also installed the show.

 

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08/05/2013 - 7:51pm