Monday, March 15, 2010

Calvin Theater

Here's what the Calvin Theater looked like in 1995. The sketch is in pencil and marker.

13 comments:

Evan T said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love your sketches. What kind of markers do you use for these drawings?

e.t.
http://evancthomasart.blogspot.com

James Gurney said...

Hi, Evan, thanks for the kind words. I think those were AD markers, the ones you get in a scale of grays.

Tom said...

Dear James -

I lived in Northampton in 1995, and before that for many years, in the general area. What brought you to "Noho"?

At about that itme I attended a great, small, but (alas) short-lived illustration school called The Illustrator's Studio, later called The Northampton School of Design. It was run, and all the classes were taught by working illustrators, including Dennis Nolan (who gave the occasional demo) and his wife, Lauren Mills(?), who taught me watercolor illustration. Any connection between your visit there and that school?

Anyway, thanks for the pleasant memories...

T

slinberg said...

It looks a lot spiffier now, James. You should come do an updated version!

Michael Dooney said...

You'll be happy to know that the Calvin is still alive and well and has been totally renovated into a live music venue. I remember meeting you at the Words and Pictures Museum in Northampton when you had a Dinotopia exhibit there...that could have been '95.

Steve said...

Wonderful sketch, as always.

Now if we could just get the Hobbes Theater back into view...

Tom said...

Ahh, how could I have forgotten the Words & Pictures Museum?!? What a wonderful gem, while it lasted.

A slight correction to my post above: I don't believe that Dennis Nolan ever taught a class per se at The Illustrator's Studio, but he did give at least one great demo (acrylic painting) that I attended.

Artfulscribe said...

That's a great old theater. And yup, it's still kicking. I traveled there last year for a live show. They host some cool performances every now and then. It's nice to see some of those old New England theaters finding new lives(the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA is another that comes to mind).

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James Gurney said...

Tom--Michael guessed it. I was at the Words and Pictures museum, a laudable venture by Kevin Eastman of Ninja Turtles fame to bring attention to art forms like comics and illustrated books.

Tom said...

Thanks James. As soon as Michael mentioned that, I felt sure he was right. W&P was a fantastic venture. I'm proud to say I was a lifetime member...They continued their existence in cyberspace for awhile... Anyone know if that's still the case? (as if I couldn't check myself...)

Tom said...

To answer my own lazily posed question about the "virtual" Words and Pictures Museum (formerly of brick-and-mortar in Northampton, MA), apparently the on-line version no longer exists. Sadly.

Carolyn Ann Pappas said...

Northampton is such a special place and your sketch brings back a lot of memories. Thanks for posting this!