January Bull run show: Marston Clough


Shirley, MA — January 17, 2015


Contact: Tamar Russell Brown — 978.425.6290

Versatile Martha’s Vineyard Artist to Hold Open House at The Bull Run in Shirley

Yellow Sky by Marston Clough.

Former high school chemistry teacher Marston Clough began drawing and painting in the 1980s and has been in love with creating artwork ever since. The artist will exhibit his work at The Bull Run restaurant in Shirley starting on Jan. 18 and will continue through the first week of February.

A compulsive sketch artist who always has a drawing pad handy, Mr. Clough traces his career as an artist back to a drawing course he took at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. From drawing he moved on to a variety of media and techniques, including etching and printmaking. Etching, with its clean, clear lines, especially appealed to his logical, scientific orientation. He also began working in monotypes, a printmaking process that allows for a looser, more spontaneous approach to the image than etchings, woodcuts or linotypes. Later on, Mr. Clough became a prolific painter in oils, producing “both real and imagined” Martha’s Vineyard seascapes and landscapes.

The artist’s feeling for the magic of the sea is something he comes by naturally, having grown up in Vineyard Haven. He still enjoys drawing and painting seascapes inspired by the quiet beauty of the docks in Vineyard Haven and other spots on the Island.

Thanks to his work with fellow Island artist Marjorie Mason, Mr. Clough does some oil painting en plein air (in the open air), but he does most of his work in his studio at home. He has also worked in pastels with artist Ellen McCluskey and at Featherstone Center for the Arts in Oak Bluffs. He exhibits at the Old Sculpin Gallery in Edgartown and the Gay Head Gallery in Aquinnah. He donates to the fundraising efforts of causes and organizations he supports, notably Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, Windemere Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, and the Island’s Chicken Alley.

Art Show. Some of his works are in the permanent collection of the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.

The artist tests the value of a finished piece of work by whether he is pleased with it, but perhaps more importantly if his wife likes it or if an art lover validates it with a purchase.

This event will take place at The Bull Run, 215 Great Road, Shirley, Mass., on Sunday, Jan. 18, 12 – 3 p.m. Photographer Lawrence Libby will be on hand to record the event for posterity.

For more information, go to www.marstonclough.com.

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