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This profile was last updated on 8/12/10  and contains information from public web pages.

Jonathan Guy Gladding

Wrong Jonathan Guy Gladding?

Features Editor

Sunday Telegram

Employment History

  • Trainee
    Peace Corps
  • Computer Artist
    Sesame Street
  • Woodwork Instructor
    St Lucia
  • Woodwork Instructor

Board Memberships and Affiliations

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Web References
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We always make time for John Guy, once a features editor for the Sunday Telegram, and with relatively short-term residencies in Webster and Dudley.
After all, his friends never know where he's been, like a solo tour around the world before his last impromptu visit; to a 27-month tour of duty with the Peace Corps in the Ukraine, his most recent experience. He's been at home in Deep River, Conn., for some time, and might have made Webster much earlier, but … well, it was early on his first morning at home, and he ventured from second-story sleeping quarters to first-floor living space in his condo, tripping down the stairwell, ending up in a somewhat contorted position, and in excruciating pain.
It took some time, but he finally got to a hospital emergency room, and a long recovery followed. So, after more than three years, John Guy decided to pay Jeanne and Ed a visit.
His Webster visit was short, spent mostly over lunch, so John Guy's experiences came between inquiries, his and ours, family updates and the like.
"They don't have 8-inch dinner plates like we do here," said John Guy.
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Once a reporter, editor, publisher and public relations officer, John Guy broke the work daily mold a couple of decades ago, writing travel pieces, traveling around the world. He managed to do OK self-publishing his books.
He resumed a routine schedule about three years ago, joining the Peace Corps, teaching English and French, the languages he heard and became proficient in as a young person in the Ukraine.
The pickup line here is another book: ¡§27 months in the Peace Corps, My Story Unvarnished.¡¨ As previously noted here, John Guy, now 82, was recognized as the oldest volunteer in the Peace Corps in 2009.
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After three months as a Peace Corps trainee in Ukraine, John Guy, 78 years young, took the oath to become a Peace Corps volunteer.
"Yes, I've made it," he emphasized in an e-mail to this corner. There were 86 volunteers in Group 33, he said, adding, "Only eight seniors and I was the oldest by far. He went to Ukraine to teach English, and training included heavy doses of Ukrainian and Russian, languages his prospective students might understand.
The three months of training proved to be a "culture shock and required a serious adjustment of attitudes," he said.
The Artist's Magazine - Artist of the Month, 13 Feb 2003 [cached]
Jonathan Gladding captures a moment in the life of his adopted village.
While Jonathan Gladding doesn't have to travel to faraway places in search of artistic subjects, it certainly doesn't hurt.A member of the Peace Corps, he taught woodworking in Laborie, St. Lucia, in the British West Indies.While there, he became inspired by the schoolchildren."Every morning they assembled for prayers and announcements," he says."The brightness and warmth of the morning light is a good analogy for the warmth that these children brought to my days."
Assembly (acrylic, 24x36)
Before going to St. Lucia, the Centerville, Massachusetts, artist worked in a cubist, more abstract manner, but felt a more realistic approach would help him better capture the people and the environment.To help him with this approach, he works with digital photography, and sometimes combines images or tweaks them on his computer.
"I usually spend a week or two on a painting," says Gladding, "but this one required more like four.Also, it took a while to muster the nerve to start a painting with so many faces, but eventually I realized that instead of painting smaller paintings week after week I could just as easily spend those weeks on a larger, more memorable piece."
Because he doesn't always have the luxury of working in a studio-especially when he was in St. Lucia-he uses acrylic paints for their convenience and fast drying time, and uses canvas he can roll up as he travels on public buses.
"My favorite part about this project was when I first brought Assembly to the school to show the children," he says."They were literally jumping up and down and laughing as they identified each schoolmate.
"The art I'm doing now tells a story, specifically of the character and way of life of my adopted home and its people," he says."I believe that no matter where I was I'd feel a need to be creating, but I'm very happy I'm able to come upon a subject matter as compelling as this one is to me."
Jonathan Guy Gladding says ..., 26 Feb 2010 [cached]
Jonathan Guy Gladding says being sent to the Caribbean in 1999 was probably the best thing that ever happened to him. He had been living in New York City working as a computer artist for Sesame Street while trying to squeeze in his own art on evenings and weekends. He believes that even if he had more time, what he was lacking most was inspiration. That is what he found in St. Lucia.
Chartal Prescott of the Inner Gallery says the work of the artist will be displayed at the Inner Gallery until 20th March. Gladding joined the Peace Corp and was sent to St. Lucia in 1999. He served as a woodwork instructor in the village of Laborie where he says he found an unending supply of rich subject matter in the faces and postures of the uniformed schoolchildren, the people going about their daily lives, and the traditional cultural aspects that make St. Lucia such a wonderful and distinctive place.
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