Arts Foundation of Cape Cod names Michael Keane 2011 TD Bank Pops by the Sea Artist

Keane commissioned to create this year's commemorative painting

The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod has named Michael Keane guest artist of the 26th Annual TD Bank Pops by the Sea concert. Mr. Keane has been commissioned to create this year's commemorative painting and limited edition lithograph, which will be unveiled at a reception in his honor on May 31, 2011. The original painting will also be on display at TD Bank on Main Street in Hyannis from June 1, 2011 until August 6, 2011, when it will be auctioned at a special VIP reception on the Hyannis Village Green.

Michael Keane. Photo courtesy of Chandler Mill Editions.

"We are delighted to have an artist of Mr. Keane's stature as this year's Pops by the Sea Artist," says Executive Director of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, Kevin Howard. "We have been blessed with wonderful talents who have chosen to supports the arts community in this profound way, and we look forward with great anticipation to the work's unveiling in late May."

Limited edition prints of the work will be available during the TD Bank Pops by the Sea concert, Sunday, August 7, 2011, on the Hyannis Village Green. The annual concert features the only Cape Cod appearance of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.

Michael Keane is a world-renowned marine artist. His works are considered to be pre-eminent in the genre. A fine arts painter for over a half-century, Keane's works have been eagerly sought after by astute collectors for many years. His work is so admired and loved that rarely does a piece of it ever come up for resale. Production of Keane's work remains limited, because of the time involved in their creation. Year after year, Keane's work holds its value and steadily appreciates. His paintings remain a lynchpin for an elite group of art collectors.

Michael Keane served an eight year apprenticeship with a noted local landscape painter, Edward Harrigan - starting at the ripe old age of 8. From there, he served a four-year apprenticeship with noted marine artist Marshall W. Joyce. After that, he studied for four years - and then taught - portraiture and figure painting with Clemente Micarelli in his studio. Michael Keane majored in Visual Design at UMass, and afterward taught painting for 17 years. All the while, he continued his own personal fine arts career as a marine artist.

Mr. Keane's fine artwork first achieved national status during the 1980's, when his paintings were 'discovered' by several art collectors. He was soon catapulted into the limelight, and his painting subject and style subsequently became the benchmark for a whole following of marine artists. His work has achieved awards and international fame, and his rare skills have also warranted many feature magazine articles written about Mr. Keane and his work.

Michael Keane is also truly a Renaissance man, with many talents and interests. He is a skilled sailor. Michael also has the unique qualifications, depth and technical knowledge garnered from serving nearly seven years as a Marine Quality Assurance Inspector, while working alongside the U.S. Coast Guard and the American Bureau of Shipping. He is also a vintage automotive enthusiast, and an historian, designer, builder and gardener. Michael is also proficient in computer graphics use, and personally does all of the pre-press and follow-up work necessary to produce the limited editions of select Michael Keane images.

The mission of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod is to support, promote and celebrate art, culture and heritage on Cape Cod 365 days a year. For more information about the 26th Annual TD Bank Pops by the Sea concert on Sunday, August 7, 2011, or the reception honoring and unveiling the commissioned painting, please visit www.artsfoundation.org or call the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod at 508-362-0066

Courtesy of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.

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