Art Treatise: An Aging Life

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Brunswick County Wingtips, 18 x 24 inches, acrylic on canvas. art treatise paying homage to ‘an aging life’ By Kathryn Manis TONY ALDERMAN has always been fascinated by the histori-cal, the beautiful, and the mysterious aspects of coastal scenes. “Water to me is mysterious; you can’t know what is underneath it, and all of the history and stories that happen around it,” the Durham native and trained watercolorist says. “At the same time, it is never the same.” That’s what originally drew Alderman to Varnamtown, the small fishing village nestled on the banks of the Lockwood Folly River, a few miles away from Holden Beach in Brunswick County. During his first visit, Alderman planned to take photographs and seek inspiration for paintings that would complement his large body of nautical-themed works. He found that, and so much more. Alderman fell in love with Varnamtown and the people who live there. He built lasting friendships, and made a commitment to use his art to document the area’s traditional fishing industry that, he notes, “is slowly disappearing, literally one boat at a time.” The resulting photos from that first day did, in fact, inspire a painting titled “First Light on Honey’s,” the initial piece in what became a project he calls “Varnamtown: An Aging Life.” They also would engender a pas-sion for and connection to this distinctive place that allowed the project to grow into a 20-painting series. “After the first painting, I knew that I wanted to capture the images in Varnamtown so that it would mean something to me, as well the community members,” Alderman says. 48 WBM july 2016


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