Thursday evening I beheld the fine prints of Peter Thornton lining the walls of City Hall, showing the artist’s sweet take on the most pleasing points in Providence. There was City Hall flanked by the Biltmore, with the Westin addition rising up beyond and Burnside Park across Dorrance Street. There was the Industrial Trust (“Superman”) Bank Building, lit to the nines and standing proud (as once was) beyond the skating rink and Kennedy Plaza. There was Old Stone Bank, with its gilt dome, next to the Providence County Superior Court climbing College Hill to Benefit Street. There was the East Embankment of the Providence River at dusk on a WaterFire night, with Old Stone Square gracefully nudged out of the picture off the print’s right edge.
There are several more that I will not show. There has to be some secrecy, some surprise, for the lover of art, something to call him to learn more of Peter Thornton, who in addition to his prints also illustrates children’s books and is a storyteller to boot. Those and other aspects of his existence in this world, and how to order his prints and the books he has illustrated, are revealed in the website of a very good egg.
Peter’s exhibit runs through May 15 at City Hall, floor the second.