BERLIN — Jim Boucher has done pencil sketches for a hobby for about as long as he can remember. This month, he is showing samples of his drawings in his first ever public art exhibit at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital Auxiliary Art Show in the hospital cafeteria. His work will be on display until Oct. 13.
An artist’s reception is planned for Thursday, Sept.14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the cafeteria. Jim will be on hand to talk about his work and hobby. All are welcome.
Boucher is a self-taught artist who says that it’s a miracle that he graduated from Berlin High because he sketched all through his classes. Everyone knew that he had a knack for realistic drawings, and he used to make spending money by drawing pictures of his classmates’ cars. One of his drawings was featured in the 1976 Berlin High yearbook.
Boucher’s selection is an eclectic mix leaning towards automobiles and other mechanical subjects. It consists of a half dozen framed pieces in great detail and several original sketches on various slips of paper, unframed, some with random marks or tears; in other words, right out of his box of memories. The latter includes a portrait of Teddy Roosevelt, who is immediately recognizable, which he did when he was 6 years old. Among the framed works are elaborately detailed renditions of a Grateful Dead album cover and a Cadillac, which can pass for a photograph.
Every six weeks, the Androscoggin Valley Hospital Auxiliary Rotating Art Program features an artist and his/her work for display in the cafeteria, giving employees, patients, and visitors an opportunity to admire the artwork. The public is welcome anytime during cafeteria hours, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and weekends, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
If you are, or know of, an artist or craftsperson who would like to exhibit in the Androscoggin Valley Hospital Auxiliary Rotating Art Program, call Linda Morris, AVH volunteer coordinator and auxiliary liaison, at (603) 326-5676 or Brad or Sue Wyman, volunteers, at (603) 915-6035.