Did You Know? (Prague meets Gloucester)


Goetemann Artists in Residency Program

That this is the 8th year of the Goetemann Residency Program?  The quality of the applications submitted continues to rise and there has been an increase in our geographical range.  Applicants come not only from the Boston area, state of MA and New England, but now there are many more national and international candidates.

Painter Viktor Valasek is a native of Czechoslovakia and has a Master’s Degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. He studied at Cooper Union in NYC in 2009 and his work from that time was included in an Exchange Students Exhibition. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions including at Trafo Gallery and AVU gallery both in Prague. He is currently a resident artist at Meetfactory, a center of contemporary art in Prague.

Do take the opportunity to visit the Goetemann Residency this month and meet the current resident artist, Victor Valasek from Prague, Czech Republic.  Victor is charming, worldly and inspired, and his work will definitely make you stop and think.  The series he is working on during his month-long stay on Rocky Neck is of paintings over other works, thereby recycling something no longer wanted.  A number of the canvases were donated by artists on Rocky Neck of paintings that we no longer wanted and were willing to “throw away”.  Instead they have become something new and wonderfully incorporated into a Victor Valasek painting.  Having had the opportunity to paddleboard one night with Victor and get to know him a little, and then to visit him at the residency, I can certainly say that he is one young man you do not want to miss the opportunity of meeting, and of seeing his work.  He is at the Residency located at Kismet Wharf, 51A Rocky Neck Ave. most afternoons.  His studio talk will be on Wednesday, October 3 at 7:00 pm.   You can see more of his work on his website at www.viktorvalasek.com.

E.J. Lefavour

About E.J.

Artist, researcher, writer, spiritual traveler of this fascinating orb we inhabit, lover of life and all it has to offer. Hi everyone out there in GMG land. My name is Ellen “E.J.” Lefavour (a/k/a “Ejay Khan” – the pseudonym I used during my years as a political activist artist). I moved to Cape Ann in September of 2010, and was thrilled to be invited by Joey to become a daily contributor to Good Morning Gloucester in December of that year. I am a painter, photographer and writer who has lived and worked as an artist for 20 years, since leaving the corporate world in 1990 to pursue my passion. My contributions to GMG will consist of images (either my paintings, photographs, montages or the occasional video) and a little history about the image, called “Did you Know?” I hope to come up with tidbits of information that people don’t already know, or had forgotten they knew. As I am new here, everything is new and fascinating to me, especially the amazing history, so bear with me if I post something that is common knowledge – I’ll eventually come up with something that’s new to you. As an artist, I will also write about the incredible art scene on Cape Ann. Please take a minute to comment on my posts, like them or not, especially if you have corrections or something to add, as that is how I, and all of us, learn. Have a Good Morning Gloucester, and a blessed day.
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