Rembrandt van Rijn


Jekyll Island artist and art historian Ben Foster will offer insight into the life and art of Rembrandt during the Jekyll Island Arts Association presentation on February 26 at the Jekyll Island United Methodist Church. Considered one of the greatest artists of Holland's Golden Age, Rembrandt van Rijn is recognized for his keen observation of people and objects that appear in his work. The program begins at 6:30 and is free and open to the public.

Presenter Ben Foster's work has appeared in galleries and libraries in New England and Georgia. He studied landscape painting at the Art Association in Washington, Connecticut and prepared for teaching painting through the New Haven Creative Arts Workshops. Foster claims his 15 years of teaching through the Jekyll Island Arts Association as one of the best experiences of his academic life.

"My philosophy for teaching painting," he states, "is based on my conviction that everyone has an artistic and creative side and that a classroom with a relaxed, non-judgmental atmosphere is the best way to bring the creativity forward and onto canvas. All young kids love to draw and paint. We adults need to release the creative child within and have fun with our own creative spirit."

Foster previously taught at Pace University, Boston University, the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, and the Choate School in Wallingford, Connecticut. He holds a B.A. from Williams College plus a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.

Jekyll Island Arts Association (JIAA) is a non-profit, membership association organized exclusively for charitable purposes. Its general purpose is the artistic, cultural, literary and educational development of Jekyll Island, Ga. JIAA has the use of and is stewards of Goodyear Cottage in the Jekyll Island Historic District, where monthly art exhibits in the Gallery are free and open to the public. Monthly programs on topics in varied artistic disciplines are presented at multiple venues. The Association maintains and staffs a gift shop in Goodyear Cottage with the work of members displayed on consignment. Goodyear Cottage is open weekdays from noon to 4 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m.