Peachtree City Library Art Initiative starts the 2018 season with exhibits from Michael Ottensmeyer and Vinayak Godbole
The library will host an after-hours reception for artists Michael Ottensmeyer and Vinayak Godbole on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. The public is invited to this free event.
Michael Ottensmeyer was born in Vincennes, Indiana, and grew up on a small watermelon farm near that city. He attended Indiana State University as well as Central Michigan University, where he earned a Master of Arts Degree.
Ottensmeyer has been an avid painter and writer for over 15 years. His love of country landscapes brings fond memories of his youth on the family farm in Indiana and has inspired his painting of stylized landscapes, farmscapes, and villages in the Shaker style of architecture. Ottensmeyer, after having lived and worked in Europe for two decades, moved to the Atlanta area in 2006. He continued to develop his acrylic images on canvas and painted his country style scenes on skateboards as part of a yearly charity event in Decatur, GA, known as “Skater Aid”. One of his works, “Random House,” is in the permanent collection in the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, CT. He is the author of a novel entitled The Melon Boys published in 2007.
Vinayak Godbole, a recently retired engineer from Peachtree City, GA, spent most of his working career designing helicopters, gas/wind turbines and retail sales equipment.
Godbole worked with and trained in different art mediums throughout his life as an amateur artist. Having studied in India with renowned portrait artist KB Kulkarni in oil and watercolor, he developed his love of portrait painting. Godpole won numerous art awards during this time and also designed stage sets. Retirement has given him more time to use those skills and evolve as a creator of custom original paintings.
His future plans include opening an art gallery in the area to present diverse visual art forms and artists from around the globe.
For more information about this and other art events at Peachtree City Library, contact Rebecca Watts, Arts Coordinator and Adult Services Librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org.