Art & Innovation: Celebrating Stanley Hallett’s Art and Amherst Label’s 40th Anniversary

Stanley Hallett (1905-1987) October Hillside, Oil on board

Stanley Hallett (1905-1987) October Hillside, Oil on board

 

When Amherst Label was founded in 1978, gas was 60 cents a gallon and label design was done by pasting up type and black and white line images for “camera-ready” art.

Wilton artist Stanley Hallett had gained a following as an innovative impressionist painter and his brother-in-law Nick Calvetti was at the top of his game in the label business.

Forty years later, Calvetti’s company has welcomed its fourth generation employee (Nick’s great-grandson Thomas Hornor). The company employs over forty full-time people plus many part-time helpers. Amherst Label is housed in its third location, now in Milford on Westchester Drive since 2004. Artwork for labels is generated via Adobe software and sent digitally to Amherst Label’s 7-color UV digital press. No more paste-up. Flexography (invented in 1890) is still going strong at Amherst Label, as is silk screen printing (invented in 500AD). The three processes—or triple tech approach, as Amherst Label refers to its in-house capabilities—provide solutions for different customer applications depending on industry and use. 

Stanley Hallett’s work has been exhibited from ME to CA including the NH exhibit at the NY World’s Fair. His paintings have been exhibited at the Currier Gallery, Hopkins Center, Thorne Gallery, Sharon Art Center, The New England Center, Nashua Arts and Science Center, Worcester Art Museum, Fitchburg Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield, Boston Symphony Hall, and the Copley Society Gallery. The State of NH purchased two of his works for the NH Supreme Court Building in Concord, NH. 

Stanley Hallett (1905-1987) was a self-described impressionist who began his art training in the medium of watercolor. He left watercolor behind in favor of oils and acrylics; and, rather than a brush or even a pallet knife, Hallett preferred to create with putty knives of various sizes—regular hard-ware store putty knives. He shared his innovative technique at workshops and demonstrations and his distinctive style is dramatic and recognizable.

Over the years, the Calvetti family had collected more than a dozen of “Uncle” Stanley Hallett’s paintings which comprise the exhibit opening at Amherst Label in celebration of the company 40th anniversary on May 18, 4-6pm at Amherst Label, 15 Westchester Drive in Milford. The exhibit opening, “Art & Innovation” is open to the public free of charge but only by advance reservation. Please email Ruth.S@AmherstLabel.com or call Joan at 800-458-0777 to attend.