Introducing betterArts Resident Marty Weishaar

Marty Weishaar wanted a betterArts residency at Better Farm in order to continue his work on a large volume of small vellum drawings he calls "The Black Road."

"The drawings involve a long train of uninterrupted thought," he told us, "much like a dairy would function. The drawings focus on symbols of colonial houses, nostalgic mountains, and subjective abstraction. The line of the black road either builds up non-objective imagery or draws a line around recognizable symbols. The drawings are exhibited next to one another; houses, roads, mountains, gesture, and line share formal structures and empathies on building imagery using a repeating system."

The other series-in-progress underway is called "My Atomic Bomb and the Pursuit of Happiness"; large works on paper and canvas symbolizing the quiet conflict inside suburbs of the domestic dream and a larger dialogue within contemporary painting: the crisis of abstract painting.

Black Road, part of a 10-part series
Marty received his bachelor of fine arts from Alfred University, then went on to earn a master of fine arts from American University in 2007. While not at Better Farm, he's in the midst of serving a year-long artist-in-residency at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore, and has previously done a month-log residency at the Vermont Studio Center. He works full-time as a teacher in the Baltimore area.

Click here to see more images of Marty's work. To learn more about the betterArts residency program or to apply, click here.

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.