Gettysburg National Military Park’s Artist-in-Residence for the month of August will be painter Ted Walsh, of Vineland, New Jersey. Walsh is a realist painter whose work has a touch of strange desolation and melancholy that cuts against any sort of easy nostalgia or breezy Americana. Walsh was previously an artist-in-residence at Gettysburg in 2015. He plans to continue a project series of imagery at the park.
Walsh will meet with park visitors at Downtown Gettysburg’s First Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 2, at the Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station, 35 Carlisle St., Gettysburg. Walsh will discuss his work and give an informal painting demonstration. Light refreshments will be served.
Walsh was 2015‘s September Resident at Gettysburg, and enjoyed the experience so much that he wanted to do it again. Walsh, like many artists from the Northeast, has been drawn to the Gettysburg Battlefield since he first went there as a child. He vividly remembers the Phillipoteaux’s Cyclorama painting at the Park.
The artist, who is originally from New Jersey, has had numerous solo shows. He was also the National Park Association Foundation’s first resident at the First State National Historic Park in Wilmington, Delaware.
Walsh will spend the last half of August and the first half of September at the park, working and chatting with the public as he paints in plein air. He is energized by the repeat opportunity to teach and learn from the park’s visitors.