Painting with Ink, Guest Artist Clyde Paton

Clyde Paton is VIVA Gallery’s April Guest Artist

VIVA Gallery’s monthly First Thursday artist reception will be held on April 7, and Clyde Paton will be the featured guest artist.  Clyde has combined a career in museum exhibition with life as a painter, and has experimented with pottery, bookbinding and other arts.

Clyde graduated from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago in 1975, having majored in painting, printmaking and art education.  Since 1979 until his retirement two years ago, he worked as an art handler, first as head preparator in the Print and Drawing Department at the Art Institute of Chicago, then as chief preparator at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and most recently as a self-employed contract art handler and artist.

Clyde moved to Wisconsin two years ago, and has made Mineral Point, in particular, the subject of his art.  The works that will be displayed, painted with ink and brush, include barn interiors, the Mineral Point Opera House and the studios of fellow artists. “I draw the places where I live and work,” Clyde says, “and try to make it all one narrative.”

Clyde’s work in ink and brush, along with the works of VIVA’s member artists, will be featured at VIVA’s First Thursday reception on April 7 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.  The gallery is located at 217 South Main Street in Viroqua.  For more information about this and future First Thursday events, contact the gallery at 608-637-6918 or