Guest artist Neil Lang at Spring Street

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 5:45pm

A new show of Neil Lang’s artwork will be shown at the Spring Street Gallery from Tuesday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 4. There will be an artist’s reception at the Gallery on Tuesday, Aug. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Neil sent in this brief biography:

I have been coming to Block Island for over 70 years, with my first visit being in 1945 when I visited with my father who had recently returned from his service in the U.S. Navy in World War II. I believe it was a day trip and I remember stopping with dad and a friend of his at Dead Eye Dick's. The Island had always been very important to him, since it reminded him of his country of birth, Scotland. The rolling terrain, the stone walls.  

As a child, our family vacationed there several times and always stayed at Ben and Alice Smith’s house on the west side. Ben Smith, who was a retired fisherman, and his wife Alice, took in guests during the summer months. Breakfast was at 8 a.m., lunch at noon, and dinner at 5 p.m., precisely. Ironically, that house was just a short distance away from our home — we call "Langholm" on Dorry's Cove Road that my parents purchased in 1957.

During my college years, I spent four summers as a bellhop at The Spring House and over the years the Island has become an inspiration and basis for countless paintings and drawings in watercolor, pen and ink, and oils. I have been inspired by the moving and the still ocean, the beaches, the rolling topography, and the myriad of color and textures in the stone walls and sand and grasses moving in the wind. It has become "home" for many in my close and extended family.