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After retiring in 1974 from teaching at Mercer County Community College in Trenton, NJ, John Charry lived in Vermont with his wife, Jane Charry. Charry's works are crafted in wood, with the occasional use of terra cotta and brass. He emphasized the natural shape and grain of the wood and used these characteristics to create a well balanced, harmonious composition, whether a serving tray or an abstract sculpture. He worked primarily with walnut and cherry woods, carving them by hand and on a lathe. He would finish with oil to emphasize the rhythm of the grain.
John Charry, New Hope Art Associates Scrapbook. James A. Michener Art Museum archives.
Education and Training
School of Industrial Arts, Trenton, New Jersey
Beaux Arts Institute of Design, New York, New York
Institute of Design, Chicago, Illinois
Connection to Bucks County
John Charry and his wife, painter Jane Charry lived in New Hope, Pennsylvania from the 1930s until 1974, when they moved to Vermont. Charry exhibited at Phillips' Mill in New Hope, and had several group and one man shows in the area, including Lehigh University and New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, New Jersey.
Colleagues and Affiliations
Painters Lee Gatch, Charles Ramsey, Adolph Blondheim
Sculptor Harry Rosin was a very good friend. Charry and Rosin built their homes on Covered Bridge Road in New Hope at the same time and were neighbors for many years.
Major Group Exhibitions
National Academy of Design, New York, New York, 1933
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1944
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
National Exhibition of American Art, New York, New York
Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey
Washington Sculptor's Group, Washington, D.C.
Lehigh University, Easton, Pennsylvania, 1965
50th Anniversary Retrospective Exhibition, Phillips' Mill, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1979
New Jersey State Museum
Carver Center Memorial
Ewing Cemetery Fountain
Fountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania
Major Television Performances
Charry produced two series of television programs for New Jersey Educational Television Research Program at Rutgers University.
Teaching and Professional Appointments
Instructor at the School of Industrial Arts, Trenton (later became the Mercer County College), 1939-1974
Patron Award, Phillips' Mill, New Hope