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Dec 01 2019

Rob Bavier Grew Up On The Water

By Sharon Peck for The Island Connection

Rob Bavier

Please visit the Lakehouse on Seabrook Island during the month of December to view Rob Bavier’s paintings. The Seabrook Island Artist Guild’s Artist of the Month, he will hold a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 5.

Bavier grew up on the water. As the son of America’s Cup skipper Bob Bavier, some of Rob’s earliest memories are of racing on Long Island Sound and cruising the coast of Maine.

The changing moods of the sea always fascinated him and are reflected in his art. Glassy calms with a few cat’s paws playing across the surface, fierce nor’easters, the isolation of a sunrise in a secluded cove in Maine and the frenzy of the 100-boat start at Larchmont Race Week all provide inspiration for his art.

Trained as an architect, Bavier began watercolor renderings of his designs and then branched out into watercolors as an art form. He added acrylics and oils as alternative mediums and now chooses his medium by subject matter and mood.

His paintings have received “ Best in Show” and “Best Watercolor” at juried exhibits.

Some of the juror’s comments include: “Softly creeps into your view and keeps you coming back again and again”; “Soon I’ll have sand in my shoes”; “I want to keep looking at it”; and “The saltwater has sprayed on my face.”

Bavier has been invited by the Marlborough Arts Center to present an eightweek one-man show titled “Sea Change.”

Bavier currently lives on Seabrook Island and has added Lowcountry scenes depicting the world of water and boats from the vantage points of beaches, rocky points and boats.

For more information on the Seabrook Island Artist Guild events, workshops and membership, please visit seabrookislandartistguild.com. Annual membership dues are $30.

 

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