The Suffield Arts Council is proud to announce that Joe Burger of Broad Brook will be the featured artist during October in the Pinney Gallery of the Suffield Library. The Gallery is currently operating in the Library’s temporary home, at 61 Ffyler Place, Located off Mountain Rd. opposite the CVA Plaza.
Originally from Buffalo NY, Joe Burger came to Connecticut from the University of Detroit in 1967 and was immediately attracted to the New England area by its quaint houses and barns nestled among rolling hills, and its proximity to the coast. His 42 year engineering career was spent in the aerospace and nuclear power fields and included lead technical, project management and line management roles, until retiring in 2009. Joe always liked to draw, and it was therefore a ‘good day at work’ when a convincing sketch was required to communicate a technical point!
Joe began to pursue art formally in 2010, beginning with a series of classic aircraft drawings in pencil, later expanding to watercolor and pastel mediums. He has learned from some of the very best artists in the region, beginning with adult education classes and more recently through private lessons and workshops. His subject matter is quite diverse. He enjoys the beauty and human interest found in everyday New England scenes, as well as the challenge of commission work. Examples include a custom still life, a favorite beach scene, family homesteads, an Air Force commander’s F-16, a weekend cowboy practicing his marksmanship, pet portraits, a memorable Jersey shore lighthouse, and much more.
Joe has won numerous awards in local exhibits and is an active member of the Tobacco Valley Artists Association, the Arts of Tolland, and a former VP of Academic Artists Association. He conducts workshops on understanding perspective, reflections, shadows and the like, to help other artists on the road to better paintings. His works can be seen on-line or at his home studio in Broad Brook CT.