A few years ago, I came across an article about a remodeling project undertaken by local architects Reader and Swartz. The project piqued my interest because it featured two homes next to each other, one named Winter House and the other Summer House, remodeled for local retired orthopedic pathologist Peter Bullough. The architecture was stunning, but the photos of Peter’s art collections and rare books were equally so.
Bullough, like many other important figures in Winchester’s history, had fallen in love with the town and wanted to give back both during and after his time here. He established the Peter Bullough Foundation to help emerging artists by providing residencies where they can work on and share their art with the community while living in one of two homes among the collections for inspiration. Summer is reserved for local artists, with recent residencies by Tin Top’s Kerry Stavely, first resident Rachel Crockett Smith, and emerging artist Lisa Fisher.
Past resident artists have given back by hosting a number of free and low cost workshops ranging from screen printing, collage, and lumen making, to applying to art school.
Executive Director Katie Mooney shared that residencies are designed to be more inclusive of underrepresented communities of artists, as well as the foundations commitment to community service, such as a recent after-school program held for the Timbrook Achievement Center.
The goal of the foundation is to “save civilization through the power of the arts.” A lofty but inspiring goal.
Learn more at PeterBulloughFoundation.org