The Art of Al Czerepak Opening March 5, 2011Phil Gardella
CAPE ANN MUSEUM
From their website:
Alfred Czerepak (1928-1986)could create art out of anything, from a battered oar
cast up on the beach, from a discarded window frame, from a scrap of metal salvaged from the local landfill. He could also draw and paint and he loved to teach. With this exhibition, the Cape Ann Museum presents a sampling of Czerepak's work, a cross section of his creative output that conveys the artist's passion for his work and his zest for life.
Saturday, March 5
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public.
The exhibition continues through May 29, 2011.
Works by CzerepakSilvio B. Puglielli
Four portraits done on the reverse side of masonite ( the ruff side)in 1945 when Al was 17 years old. Size 4 1/2" W by 7" H. (1) Self portrait (2) My grandmother-Candida(3) My brother Domenic (4) Me . These paintings were arrange into one frame and given to my son Joseph.
A wood print from a carving called " Light Snow ". Al gave this to me and my wife as a wedding present in 1955.
An oil painting 15"H x 22"W. this scene depicts Washington And Ayer St as he saw it looking down from his bedroom. My house is the white house going down hill on Ayer St. This painting was given to me by Al's mother on one of my visits to her. She said Al told her to give me this painting and that it belonged to me.
I have several Czerepak painting some with hand carved wood frames.Deborah Doucette
We became friends in the 1980s. I took painting lessons from him at his home in Rockport. Sometimes we went out back to the quarry and sometimes in his barn Later, after his divorce we caught up with him in his loft in Gloucester. I was very sad to hear of his passing and wondered what had happened. I think of him often. Does anyone know what happened to him in his later years?
I have a Czerpak wood cut that my parents purchased back in 1967 at the artist' studio in Rockport Mass. It is about 18" long and 5.5" tall. The wood is painted black and is in the shape of a whale. The carving is of a whaling scene with men in 2 4-man boats who are about to harpoon a whale. The sailing ship is in the background. The recessed areas that are carved out are white washed. It was a birthday present to my Dad from my Mom. Anyone know how many woodcuts the artist did and since it seems most of his work was was as a painter? Thanks.
Songs of ProtestAlan Freshman
I have a print signed and entitled, Songs of Protest. It is 3/5 edition. The print may be a woodblock. It shows a guitar player performing obviously songs of protests from the sixties.
I wondered if anybody knew any more information about this limited edition of prints. Thank you!
two pieces of art by A.Czerepakedward a bragdon jr
I have two pieces of art done by this artist when he lived in York,Maine. One is an acrylic and the other a water-color. They were both done in the late 50s or early 60s. He was a friend for just a short time. We treasure both pieces.
We Grew Up TogetherSilvio B. Puglielli
We lived about 60 or 70 yards apart - I at 51 Ayer St. and Al up the hill at the corner of Washington St. and Chick Ave. I remember that Al mentioned having spent some time studying with an artist named Hibbard. I remember him saying that Mr. Hibbard was very good at doing snow scenes. The time may have been between 1948 and 1950. Not that sure of the time period. He was in my wedding party and my wife, childern and I visited him whenever we got up to Mass. We did visit him while he was living and working in Rockport and Glouster. I would go and see his mother and family whenever I would visit my mom & dad and Al would visit my mom & dad when he visited his mom. As a young boy Al was more of a Fish and Stream kind of boy and I loved all kinds of sports. I got him playing half ball. That is pitching a half of a tennis ball to a batter try to hit your pitch with a 3 foot broom stick handle. In grade school ( Bartelet Elementary ) the 5th or 6th grade you could always tell who did the most outstanding art work. The teacher would display art assignments completed by the student just like they do today. Al's work was always like perfect. I recall how beautiful his color wheel turned out. It was a circle on paper with pie shaped elements and we had to put in the warm and cold colors adjacent to each other using water colors. Al's was perfect no bleeding of colors just beautiful. As teenagers I trudged through the woods with him until he came to something he thought was worth painting and he did. Sometimes he would take the time to explain what he was trying to say or do in some of his composition and sketches. (not often) We stayed good friends up to his death. I have several paintings that he gave me. Some he did at a very early age. If any one is interested in his early years I would be happy to tell them what I can.