When JPM Catering founder and The Tasting Room inspiration Jennifer McCafferty was a toddler, she would meander up the stairs to her West Philadelphia home’s third floor to play with her Uncle Rod, an aspiring artist who had recently moved in after graduating from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. Rod’s studio served as one of his first workspaces, shortly after a journey to Rome where he “saw light and color like never before.”
His early works and spirit were a big influence on his niece, who would go on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Art from Muhlenburg College, start a photography business and later a fast-growing catering company that crafts food that looks as good as it tastes.
Now more than three decades later, Uncle Rod has moved into Jennifer’s space, The Tasting Room at 8 E Lancaster Ave., with a series of paintings created from a trip to Nantucket last summer. An Exhibit Opening Party featuring Rod Boston’s pieces will be held at The Tasting Room (8 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore) on Sunday, March 8 from 2-4 p.m. The Tasting Room will serve complimentary nautical-inspired hors d’oeuvres, like Fried Clams with Horseradish Sauce, and wine for all attendees (ID required to drink alcohol).
From Boston’s bio:
Art grabbed hold of Boston as a young boy. “As far back as I can remember, maneuvering colors and shapes fascinated me.” He parlayed his youthful entertainments into a degree from Temple’s Renowned Tyler School of Art, which included a sojourn in Rome during 1977-78 where he learned to appreciate the cultural rhythms of Italy. He painted and taught drawing classes at Villanova University and Rosemont College in the early 1980s.
But life often interrupts vocations. For a growing family that eventually reached seven, monthly bills required steadier income than painting provided. So, using his knowledge of design, materials and form, he started Boston Design & Construction (BDC) Inc. in 1988, a carpentry contracting business that he still directs.
Privately and as a member of Philadelphia Sketch Club and Philadelphia Plastic Club, Boston has continued painting throughout the decades: portraits, landscapes, wall murals, oversized background themes, still-lifes, abstractions, whatever the muse demands.
Now as an empty-nester with his wife of 30 years, Isabel, Boston feels the creative cravings biting sharper than ever. Currently he is experimenting with “plein-air” style painting, which requires an alfresco studio to produce small land and seascapes, highly personalized vignettes, that attempt to capture the movement of light and shadows. The summer of 2014 found Boston’s outdoor palettes in Nantucket. Some of the results are hanging at The Tasting Room. For more information on Boston’s work, contact him via email here.