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Friday, September 7th, 2012
Art Center's First Resident Artist: Ewoud de Groot
The Art Center's first senior artist in residence program was made possible by an anonymous donor, and will allow an accomplished artist to work and live in Rockport for an extended stay. Ewoud de Groot was chosen as the first resident for his vividly original depictions of coastal wildlife against wildly abstract and luminous backgrounds.

While Ewoud is here, he will be holding a free oil painting workshop for RCA members, visiting local and regional attractions, and working on a solo show for the Garden Gallery that will open October 20. "I'm very much looking forward to being an artist in residence at Rockport Center for the Arts," said de Groot.

Ewoud de Groot lives and works in Egmond aan Zee, a coastal village in the north of the Netherlands. Born in 1969 in Alkmarr, he attended the Minerva Academy of Art and received a degree in illustration and painting. After illustrating nature books for a couple of years, he began painting full-time. His work has been featured in many exhibitions in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

His subjects are often seabirds and waders. He spends time on his Dutch shrimp cutter exploring the Waddensea, an internationally known wetland that is actually a chain of islands, mudflats, and sandbanks, starting in the Netherlands and ending in the south of Denmark.

de Groot has been featured in the Art Center's Shorelines exhibitions, as well as the Leigh Yawkey Woodson's prestigious Birds In Art exhibition, which the Art Center will host in Fall 2013.

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"Though Ewoud is from across the globe, his work is inspired by similar scenery, and is sought after in the U.S. Having him here will show him our arts community, and our artists and patrons will benefit from a direct experience with the artist. It's more than just a show: it's teaching, learning, and sharing experiences that open Rockport up to a bigger picture, but also localizes an internationally recognized artist so that we can know him more personally, something that isn't always easy to do with an artist from so far away," said Visual Arts Director John Aasp.

Ewoud will arrive in early October, conduct workshop sessions October 8-12, and present a solo show opening Saturday, October 20 at Rockport Center for the Arts.