Sure, Fred Somers can paint, but can he teach?

Fred Somers, local artist famous for his oil and pastel paintings,  stopped by my corner office at the GBM this week to chat.

Fred Somers at the Goodbye Blue Monday

I told him that my wife Robbie had just signed up for his upcoming two-day workshop at the Northfield Senior Center  and I wanted to know if he was qualified to be a teacher.  He assured me that he was, and looking at his bio on his web site, I guess he is.

Patsy Dew has the details on Fred’s class in this blog post on And Jacqueline Pavek has an article in the June 28 Nfld News about the class, too.

Fred continues to pile up the awards for his painting. Last week he won Best in Show at the Red Wing Arts Association’s Plein Air Arts Festival.  This article in the Rochester Bulletin has the story: Northfield artist wins Red Wing contest:

Somers, of Northfield, and 29 other artists from the region, painted “en plein air,” the French expression for “in open air,” in Red Wing and the surrounding countryside from Monday to Saturday last week.

The paintings were judged and awards given during a reception at the Depot Gallery on Saturday evening. The judge was Brian Stewart, of St. Paul, a member of the Plein Air Painters of America.

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  1. john george said:

    Not only is Fred an excellent artist and teacher, he is a genuine Christian person and great friend. He is one of those rare people that it is a privilege to know.

    July 1, 2011
  2. Kate Prichard said:

    I’ve had the privilege of taking a class from Fred as well as sitting for a portrait demonstration a number of years ago. I’m not very gifted when it comes to drawing, but with his help I grew as an artist; he’s very sensitive and insightful when it comes to the needs of his individual students and always ready with encouragement and helpful criticism. I think the workshop will be a great opportunity for all of the participants.

    July 2, 2011

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