FARMINGTON – SugarWood Gallery welcomes Chilean native and Boston educator Oscar Lazo as Artist of the Month for October with a show titled “Arboretum.”
An Open House Reception to welcome Oscar will be held Friday, Oct. 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. and again on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is invited and refreshments will be served.
Acrylic painting and collage are the two artistic techniques Oscar uses to express his thoughts and feelings. “In general, my paintings represent, metaphorically, my inner/outer reactions to everyday events. Independent of the subjects, they are illustrations of stories, some profound, some ordinary, that live in the canvas and in me. Inspired by the woodwork exhibited at SugarWood Gallery, for this show, I put together “Arboretum,” a group of painting and collages representing the natural source of wood: trees. The trees surrounding my studio in New Vineyard, Maine are my constant inspiration. I have painted and worked with multimedia (whatever material is around me) since I can remember. Art has been my hobby and many times my way of surviving, mentally and economically,” he said.
Oscar Lazo was born in Antofagasta, Chile and received a PhD in Biological Sciences from the Pontific Catholic University of Chile. He is a science teacher who has taught a wide range of students in both Chile and United States, from middle school to post-graduate level, and in adult education programs. He has held science teacher positions at Concepcion University of Chile, Catholic University of Chile, Medical University of South Carolina, and at Harvard Medical School.
Since 1997, he has worked as teacher, assistant principal and, Multicultural Integration and Support at Collins Middle School in Salem, Mass. In 1987 he moved to the U.S. and to Boston in 1992. Since 2001 he has enjoyed a retreat/studio in New Vineyard, Maine. Oscar has enjoyed presenting his artwork at solo and group exhibitions, at community events, Public Libraries, City Halls, businesses, and at Open Studios in Jamaica Plain, Lynn, Salem, and Roslindale, MA.
SugarWood Gallery is located at 248 Broadway in Farmington. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.