Sentio Ergo Sum ("I feel, therefore, I am")

Join us in the latest Art Exhibit by Mr. Jeff Bear.  The exhibition will include  new and “classic” artwork by Jeff Bear - Art teacher at the American Community Schools of Athens for over twenty years.

Photography, drawings, sculpture and collage spanning more than four decades define the creative existence of ‘Arcuda,’ the pen name of the veteran American artist-poet. Adjectives used over the years to describe these works include witty, nostalgic, colorful, funny, poignant and delightful.

Arcuda commented, “This show marks my retirement from full time teaching and my graduation to full time artist. My art has always been a large part of who I am. Please come meet me.”

Date & Time :  

May 18 - June 1, 2012 - School Hours
(Opening: Friday May 18, 16:00 - 20:00)

Location : 

Lobby of The Theater at ACS

The event is open to the ACS Athens community and the general public 


Here is what Mr. Bear has said about his education, his travels and his art, in the past:

When I was a student at Faulkner Street Elementary School in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, I discovered two things: I was an artist. I wanted to teach art. That these revelations were inspired by my art teacher, Faith Lee, I record here along with my regret that I never really told her how much she meant to my life. I taught myself how to draw and paint; Mrs. Lee taught me how one shares a love of art through teaching.

At the Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, I found that I had a talent for caricature and cartooning and I also learned how to write. Then during four years at Wesleyan University in the 1960’s, I discovered that sculpture and welding were fun. I worked in metal during the years I taught and exhibited in Florida before moving to New England.

For the decade that I taught in the greater Boston area, I became more interested in photography and painting as I discovered that sculpture was neither portable nor profitable. The portability requirement became even more relevant when I took my first teaching post outside of the U.S.A. in 1981.

Actually, Athens, Greece, already had enough sculpture, although TASIS, at that time, needed an art teacher. My first years in Greece were well spent, since I met my lovely Scottish wife, Chris.

During work and residence in Indonesia, England, Spain and Jordan, my personal artwork was mostly photography and drawing. Upon a return to Greece, I entered what I think of as my “doodle period.” Those drawings featured high contrast patterns and whimsical, intricate subjects that satisfied some neurotic inner need for minute detail.