Russell Steven Powell

artist, Hatfield, MA

photo of or by Russell Steven Powell

RUSSELL STEVEN POWELL’s writing and artwork reflect a long-standing interest in issues of landscape and social justice, and a passion for the physical senses and the natural world.

RUSSELL STEVEN POWELL’s writing and artwork reflect a long-standing interest in issues of landscape and social justice, and a passion for the physical senses and the natural world.

Powell’s abstract realist oil and acrylic paintings, prints, and sculpture have been featured in solo exhibitions and group exhibitions in western Massachusetts, Cape Cod, New York City, Rhode Island, and Virginia. His is a 2013 recipient fellow Outer Cape Artist Residency Consortium (OCARC). More of his artwork can be viewed on the Paintings page.

Powell’s video production credits include Shack Time, a documentary about the artist shacks in the dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Chosen for the 2001 New England Film and Video Festival, Shack Time was aired regionally by WGBH-TV in Boston.

His books, Living Without Lawn: Rethinking the Front Yard, and Feeling the Heat: Temperature and Time Sensitive, were released by Brook Hollow Press in 2016.

His other books are Apples of New England (2014), America’s Apple(2012); and My Interview With James Baldwin (2016).

Powell was publisher and editor of New England Watershed Magazine, named Best New Publication of 2006 by Utne Reader. Read more about New England Watershed, a journal of art, culture, and ideas.

His essays about apples and orchard photography can be viewed at newenglandapples.org/blog.

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Russell Steven Powell’s abstract realist paintings have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, and Virginia, and are in a number of private collections.

He has produced and directed many video programs, including the award-winning documentary Shack Time, about the artist shacks in the dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore, and more than 20 educational programs for the New England Apple Association.

He has been photographing and writing about New England apples and orchards for more than 20 years.

Powell has authored five books, and was publisher of the arts and culture magazine New England Watershed, named Best New Publication of 2006 by Utne Reader. He is a founding member of the association Brook Hollow Arts, and a board member of Laurel Park Arts and the Outer Cape Artist Residency Consortium.

He lives in Hatfield with his wife, photographer Bar Lois Weeks. 

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