By Times Staff
Gloucester Daily Times
---- — When the play ‘Driving Miss Daisy” opens tonight at Gloucester Stage Company, so too will an exhibition of artwork by Roger Salisbury.
Salisbury is the latest artist to exhibit his work in collaboration with Gloucester Stage during the 2013 season. Salisbury will show his work tonight, Sept. 5, through Sept. 22 during the run of Alfred Uhry’s “Driving Miss Daisy”.
Gloucester Stage will host a meet the artist reception following the 8 p.m. performance of the play on Friday, Sept. 6. Only ticket holders for the night’s performance will be admitted to the special post-show reception with Salisbury.
The art exhibit is open for viewing on performance days only. The theater will be open one hour before the curtain time of each performance to begin viewing the exhibit.
This exhibit marks the end of this season’s collaboration between Gloucester Stage and artists from the Rocky Neck Art Colony. The two neighboring organizations launched the collaboration in 2011. Artists from the Rocky Neck Art Colony exhibit work in Gloucester Stage’s lobby, lounge and entrance during the theater’s season. The exhibits change with each new show opening.
Salisbury’s work has been seen all over the country and he has received numerous awards.
“I was very blessed to be raised in a household of art and medicine. Respecting the sanctity of life and appreciating beauty were instilled in me at an early age. Guided by two parents who were survivors of the Depression, medicine was the first profession and art the second,” Salisbury said. “Even while in medical school, I attended the Art Student’s League. The bonuses of a dual education have enriched my life immeasurably. The skills developed in art school have helped me to reconstruct mutilated patients and perhaps hone sensitivities to those in need. Dealing with human mortality daily as director of a burn center has made me appreciate the beauty of the world around me and respect its fragility.”
Salisbury is a plastic surgeon who specialized in treating burns.
“Immersing myself in nature is both therapeutic and humbling. The quest to capture the light, to express myself in an original way is always challenging,” he said. “Whether drawing or painting in oil or pastel, the goal is always the same — to create rather than to destroy.”
For further information, call Gloucester Stage at 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com.