Natural and Manmade Landscapes: Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace

May 1 – November 15, 2016
Artist Reception June 11; 2:00 – 4:00pm

Richardson's Arc - Loring LR.op

Painted over the last twenty years, these watercolors are drawn from Frederick Law Olmsted’s parks and reflect the natural and manmade elements of the landscape that Olmsted created over 150 years ago with his colleagues: John C. Olmsted, H.H. Richardson, and Richardson’s successors, Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge. This collaboration was instrumental in realizing his far-reaching vision for the parks.

Olmsted’s parks are a remarkable orchestration of organic forms in harmony with built structures. The design of the landscape is highlighted by contrasts of earth and water, light and dark, movement and repose. One’s eye is drawn to the sinuous forms, reflections in water and arrays of color at the interface of the natural and manmade. These watercolors were inspired by these splendid parks, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to show them at the Shattuck Visitor Center.

Thomas Loring, April 2016

About the Artist 

Thomas Loring was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from Harvard University where he developed a lifelong interest in art and drawing. After beginning a course of study at the Boston Architectural Center, he went on to Carnegie Mellon University where he received a Master of Architecture degree. He started his career with Woollen Associates Architects in Cincinnati and Indianapolis before joining ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge, becoming a Principal at ARC, specializing in educational and scientific buildings. Painting in watercolor and drawing by hand has been complementary to his work in architecture for more than thirty years. He paints on site and in a studio in Boston and while traveling.

Photo: Loring painting in Provence

Shattuck Visitor Center

125 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115

Exhibit runs May 1 – November 15, 2016
Exhibit Hours: Sat & Sun 11:00am–4:00pm
And Mon–Fri, 9:00am–5:00pm (Please note that the exhibit space is often used for meetings on weekdays. Please call ahead for exhibit availability.) 

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