Newporter William Holland Drury was the head of the art faculty of St. George’s School for four decades and was an active member and exhibitor at the Art Association of Newport, where he served as President from 1950-1960. Drury studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, but was also influenced by George Bellows and Charles Woodbury.
This exhibition explores this important role of artist mentoring artist, as evidenced by the relationship between the three men. Bellows summered in Paradise Valley, Middletown, in 1918 and 1919, and he and Drury painted together and picnicked with their families. Charles Woodbury and Drury were associated through Woodbury’s Ogunquit, Maine summer school. In 1925 Woodbury, wrote The Art of Seeing: Mental Training through Drawing. In this book he emphasized that, “art is not based on the way things are, but on things as you see them.”
All three artists loved the sea, which they portrayed in paintings and prints. The exhibition focuses primarily on the paintings and etchings by William Drury, and features works from private and public collections as well as from the Drury family. Works by Woodbury and Bellows are on loan from the RISD Museum of Art and the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, MA.