ABOUT THE LECTURE
James Lechay was versatile in his approach, subject matter, and painting medium. He painted with bravado and subtleness to create works that appear effortless. Lechay showed at the renowned Cherrystone Gallery in Wellfleet and now his work can be seen at the Berta Walker Gallery in Provincetown in addition to PAAM. Megan Hinton will speak about the curation of this show from the standpoint of a painter working closely with another painter’s work and the influence that the Lechay approach has had on Hinton’s own painting. For the past year Hinton has worked in Lechay’s preserved Wellfleet studio archiving, investigating, and writing about the artist’s work. She will speak about the challenge of selecting from over a 100 works to narrow down a survey of Lechay’s seventy year career. James Lechay was an important American artist who also contributed greatly to Provincetown’s sophisticated art scene. Megan Hinton will address the importance of preserving his legacy through the continued exhibition and education of his work in Provincetown and beyond.
Megan Hinton has been exhibiting her work in New England and beyond for over fifteen years. Hinton holds degrees from Ohio Wesleyan University, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and New York University. Hinton has been awarded artist residencies from The Women’s Studio Workshop, The Vermont Studio Center, Nantucket Island School of Design, and Les Amis de la Grande Vigne in Brittany, France, and The Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium. She has been the recipient of three local Massachusetts Cultural Council grants for recent exhibitions in Wellfleet, Massachusetts at Preservation Hall and The Harbor Stage Company. Her paintings are included in the permanent collections of The Cape Cod Museum of Art, The Provincetown Art Association and Museum, and The Artists Association of Nantucket. Megan is an art writer, educator, and avid traveler. She lives in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.