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Orcas artist to play a part in chamber music festival

February 27, 2013 · Updated 9:47 AM

Artwork by James Hardman. / Contributed photo

Islanders surely know the beautiful landscape scenes created by artist James Hardman.

In addition to the James Hardman Gallery at Orcas Island Artworks, his paintings are  displayed at the Lambiel Museum and in more than 800 private collections. The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival has announced Hardman’s work will be featured in its 2013 publicity and programs.

Each year, the festival selects images that convey a sense of our amazing place, and Hardman’s unique paintings fit perfectly with the Festival’s slogan “Classical Music With  A View.”

His unusual style uses a glazing method to create the colors he sees in nature, with hundreds of thousands of brush strokes in each picture.

“The most important part of my workday is not spent in the studio, but out on my daily walk. This time in nature is essential not only for the scenes I observe, but for the renewal it brings to my senses,” Hardman said.

The first publication to feature Hardman’s images will be the 2013 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival season brochure, which is mailed to all islanders in late March. The summer festival takes place August 8 through 24.  For concert and artist information, visit www.oicmf.org.

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