PORT JERVIS - The Hub, the public computer center at the Port Jervis Free Library, will host local artist Peter Koenig from 6:30 -7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Community Room of the library. Koenig will display his work and explain how it is done.
Koenig's work ranges from vintage sign boards to landscapes and still life. He is also adept at portrait painting and is a skilled animal artist.
He is recognized for his museum-quality 18th- and 19th-century trade and inn signs. He has spent many years experimenting with materials and techniques in order to achieve this high level of representation. He uses both new and aged wood and found objects, such as old shutters, doors, box lids, etc., when appropriate.
A longtime resident of Port Jervis, he began his career in New York City doing department store display work. Next he served as a graphic artist for a large pharmaceutical company. In 1996 he started his own business, Creative Painting. In 1998 he named and was a founding member of the ARTery Gallery in Milford, Pa. There, in 2004, he was discovered and commissioned to do a large body of work for a popular New Jersey restaurant, consisting primarily of vintage sign boards. In 2006 his work earned him a place in the Wilton Connecticut Historical Society's American Craftsmanship Show. In 2011, he was chosen by a panel of experts convened by Early American Life magazine to be listed in the Directory of Traditional American Crafts, an honor he has received several times since.
There is no charge for this program, but seating is limited, so register today to reserve your place. Call The Hub at 856-7313, ext. 5, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or register in person.