Mike Kumer, 1946 – 1992, Portraits

Openshaw Balcony Gallery, 3rd floor

Free Opening Reception:  Thursday, January 14 | 5:30-7 pm

Along with the "Townies" artists represented in the show in the Chaney Gallery, Mike Kumer graduated in 1964.  But not from Annapolis High but the the school across town - St. Mary's.  Kumer was a life-long Annapolitan, well known in the boating industry for his excellent commercial artwork and for founding Annapolis Graphics.  At an early age, he showed artistic talent and he was influenced by his father, Harold Kumer, an illustrator for the Navy at the David Taylor Research Center. Kumer learned boat transom painting from his father, who on his off hours painted names on boat transoms freehand. In those days before computer generated graphics, you needed a steady hand as you may find yourself painting a transom sitting in a rowboat alongside a docked boat bobbing in the water. In addition to commercial art, Kumer was known for creating strong, stylized-pop portraits in the sixties and early seventies. Kumer explored life through art, music, skiing and sailing but is most remembered for his interest in people,as exemplified in these portraits.