Ron Thomson’s life and work honored in Newsday

April 17, 2011 at 2:19 pm 1 comment

Ron Thomson’s portrait. Photo by Kimberly Wilder of PeaceSmiths.

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Ron Thomson was a longtime PeaceSmiths supporter and volunteer. After he passed away in February, we did a tribute to him at the March Coffeehouse, and displayed his self-portrait. Ron Thomson’s work is currently on display at The Circle Gallery in Amityville. And, Newsday did a nice story on Ron’s life, and his internationally appreciated artwork.Many thanks to Jan Thomson, Ron’s wife, for her continued support of PeaceSmiths. PeaceSmiths was mentioned in the Newsday story.

(excerpt from) Newsday
Spring Gallery Show Honors Late Cofounder
also titled
Picture of a Long Island artist, Gallery exhibit honors Amityville man (Newsday/Our Towns, G3 in some print editions)
By Denise M. Bonilla

From a back wall in the Artists Circle gallery in downtown Amityville, Ron Thomson keeps watch…

It may only be a painting, but Artists Circle founding member Andriani Lazaridou Mikolaitis hopes the 2008 self-portrait gives gallery visitors a bit of insight into Thomson.

“It gives you a sense of who he was as an artist,” she said of Thomson, who died in February at age 68 of a heart attack.

Thomson, who was also a founding member of the Circle in 2001, is being honored this month by his fellow members with a gallery exhibit of five of his paintings. Thomson’s work is part of the Artists Circle “Welcome Spring” show that runs until May 13…

He served in Vietnam and was the only one in his unit to survive, said his wife, Janet. It was an experience that would come to inform his work as an artist and his view of foreign conflicts; he would later join the community organization PeaceSmiths. Thomson billed himself as an “artist, warrior, prophet for peace,” said his sister, Carol D’Agostino of Levittown. “He felt there was a purpose as to why he survived,” she said. “He felt he had to get the word out.”…

To see Ron Thomson’s work on display:

Now until May 13, 2011
Amityville Artist Circle
The Circle Gallery
186 Broadway (Broadway is the southernmost part of Route 110, near Montauk Highway) Amityville, NY 11701

The gallery is North of the Gazebo. And, a few blocks from the church where the PeaceSmiths Coffeehouse is held.

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