Transcript Reporter to Exhibit Paintings


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. -- DownStreet Art's Transcript Gallery will feature "Interludes: Inspiration from bucolic places and literary pages," paintings by local artist Jennifer Huberdeau, beginning July 26.

An opening reception at the gallery, located within The Transcript, at 85 Main St., will be held on Thursday, July 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

"Interludes" is comprised of a variety of landscapes and fairy tale themed paintings created by Huberdeau over the last five years.

"For me, painting is an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life," she said.  "Although I began taking lessons at the age of 10 and have been painting ever since, I believe I only began to develop my own voice as an artist about five years ago. It was around that time that I left the realm of still life subjects and began painting landscapes.

"A few years later, I found a way to merge my painting with my love for fairy tales. One of my first forays into this realm was prompted by a request from my son, who wanted a painting of Captain Hook's pirate ship for his bedroom."

Since then, Huberdeau's work has had several solo exhibitions at local coffee houses and has appeared in several local group shows, including the Berkshire Salon at the Eclipse Mill Gallery; La Mesa at the NAACO Gallery and the MySpace Friends Show at MCLA Gallery 51.

In 2009, she was commissioned by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation to design and paint an Iron Ranger on the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail. In 2010, she was one of five artists chosen to participate in the Berkshire Arts Festival's Outsiders Art Show.

Huberdeau last participated in DownStreet Art as a member of the Berkshire Artists Colony in 2010.

Huberdeau, an award-winning journalist, is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She holds a bachelor's in English/communications with a concentration in journalism, and a minor in art. She is the Transcript's digital news specialist and senior reporter, as well as a 2010 Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation Health Care Fellow.

She resides in Adams with her husband, Robert, and their children, Michaela and Isaac.

"Interludes" will be on display at the Transcript Gallery through Aug. 26. All works on display are for sale.