Area Artists Host Opening and Reception at Local Coffee House

Oct 21, 2013 No Comments by

Londonderry’s Coffeeberries will host a special Art Opening and Reception, called Imagine, on November 2, 2013 from 6 until 11 PM. The evening will feature the works from local artists Elaine Farmer and Michael James Toomy, as well as special musical guests The Self-Righteous Brothers Acoustic Jam. Guests are invited to come meet the artists and discuss their latest works.

The artwork of Elaine Farmer and Michael James Toomy could not be more contrasting in styles, subjects and techniques, yet these two artists imagined what an exhibit of their two works would be like together. They organized a unique way in which each tells a story about their individuality, their vision of the world and the people and places that have an impact.

Michael Toomy’s acrylic 24″ by 36″ painting is titled “Not to Speak is to Betray, Not to Act is to Condemn”.

Farmer has received several national awards including being juried in the Paint the Parks exhibit which supports fundraising for the US National Parks. Farmer recently licensed a piece of art to ABC/Disney Studios, to be used as a furnishing in the new ABC drama series “Betrayal”. Last month, Farmer released a book having taken three years to write titled Harmonious Color Schemes; a no-nonsense approach using the Color Wheel available as an e-book through the major book stores. Farmer’s artwork is exhibited regularly at the East Colony Fine Art Gallery in Manchester, NH.

Toomy has been involved with Live Nation’s Rock and Art Charity Event in Boston, MA where his portrait of musician Mark Knopfler was sold on the spot to the actress Glenn Close. He also just created “Throwaway” for Amnesty International’s Chapter “The Boston Firefly Project, as well as “The Sons of the Republic” a painting created for MooreMart, an organization serving Soldiers and Children Worldwide. Toomy’s work has been featured in galleries and numerous group and solo shows.

Elaine Farmer’s piece, titled “The Wait” is a 12″ by 16″ oil piece.

Farmer and Toomy met nearly ten years ago at the Londonderry Art on the Common art show. Although coming from very different backgrounds and with extremely different life experiences, they recognized the need for a viable and visible arts community and they forged a friendship and professional bond supporting many of the local artists and art exhibits held in their community.

On separate occasions, each have enlisted the others’ opinions on matters of technique, marketing and art exhibit opportunities. If they are not in the studio painting, they are in their prospective offices marketing their artwork, setting up art exhibits, talking to galleries, talking to clients or teaching classes and workshops. Making a living as professional artists is a challenge but can be achieved as these two artists are proof of that. Being an artist is not a job but a lifestyle.

Join Toomy and Farmer at Coffeeberries, located at 4 Orchard View Drive, on November 2. Artwork will be on display through December 31, 2013. For more information, click here.

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Jacklynn has been a resident in Londonderry since the age of 5. She grew up in a quiet neighborhood and went through the great school system. She has fond memories of bike riding through town in the spring and summer, sledding in the winter, and apple and pumpkin picking in the fall. She now has children of her own and looks forward to raising them in the same town she enjoyed so much as a youth.
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