Author Bob Barthelmes "Finktown" Book Signing
Thursday, October 4 @ 6:30 PM!
" Finktown: A Peekskill Neighborhood in Memory" has arrived and author and artist Robert Barthlelmes will be on hand to sign copies at the Field Library in Peekskill!
"Finktown" has been beautifully designed by Robert’s son Andrew, who like his father, is an accomplished painter and graphic designer.
The book contains all thirty-four of the Finktown series of paintings and the story of how Finktown acquired its unusual and quirky name.
Each painting is accompanied by Robert’s description of the scene and the story behind it, as well as colorful anecdotes by his lifelong Finktown friend, Herb Trimpe, and other Finktowners.
This beautiful edition is limited to 300.
About the artist: Robert Barthelmes is a life-long resident of Peekskill,New York. He is a watercolorist and his love of that medium began in kindergarten in the old Peekskill neighborhood known as Finktown. He continued his serious interest in art throughhigh school and later at the New York Phoenix School of Design. After a three year enlistment with the U.S. Army’s Special Forces, he began his career as an art director and creative director with the Conde Nast Publications. Since retiring, Robert has pursued painting on a full time basis. One of his themes has been painting from memory scenes of growing up in Finktown. Many of the scenes such as "The Carnival Comes to Finktown" were done completely from memory. Robert has painted plein air landscapes all over the United States and Europe. The Finktown paintings come from a very different direction since the scenes exist only in memory.
The scenes and events remained quite vivid in Robert’s mind and painting them came spontaneously. Through these paintings, Robert has endeavored to bring to life a time and place and way of living that America has left behind.
He lives with his wife, Kay, in a tudor house overlooking the old Finktown neighborhood in Peekskill.