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Bill Evans made his father’s hobby a career

August 9, 2019
By STEVE LESTER - Arts Correspondent , Lake Placid News

JAY - The distinctive artwork of Bill Evans, who lives in the center of this hamlet in a very distinctive farmhouse built in the 1880s, will be on display at Keene Arts, the former Methodist Episcopal church in Keene located at 10881 state Route 9N, beginning Friday, Aug. 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. and running until the end of the month.

Under the title of "'Wandering Imaginations," the show will feature Evans' abstract works along with abstracts by three other artists to include Mike Kaz, Carl Rubino and Alison Weld.

Evans' works also take the form of Adirondack landscapes and wooden assemblages made from pieces taken from his house built from first-cut red spruce. This show, however, features abstract works exclusively. So to view his landscapes and wooden assemblages you may want to visit his house in Jay right near the intersection of routes 86 and 9N.

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Bill Evans’ abstract works are on display at Keene Arts.

Born in Albany in 1947, Evans has studied everywhere from Yale University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in political science, to the Ecole de Beaux Arts in Bordeaux, France, where he studied art for a year in the late 1970s. Most of his art training, meanwhile, came during three years of study at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica.

He said he studied political science because he thought he was destined to follow in his father's footsteps and become another lawyer, but instead he had to "break free" and take up his father's hobby as a profession instead.

"My father painted a little bit," he said, adding that his father especially liked to paint with his good friend George Welsh, a Scottish gentleman who brought his family to America around 1918 on an ocean liner that a German U-boat sunk on the return trip.

Most of his art training and subsequent career took place in Utica, where he owned and managed John Street Studios for about 30 years, he said. He moved to the North Country in 2009 after having spent many summers here, beginning at an early age.



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