Thursday, February 22, 2007

Solo Show in Hopewell

Delaware and Raritan Canal at Griggstown
"D&R Canal at Griggstown"
18x24 oil on canvas

I have a solo show at the Hopewell Frame Shop coming up very soon. This is my first big show of 2007 and I'll be showing many of my local landscapes, some of which were done very close to the town of Hopewell so I'm excited to be having the show here. I'm not sure yet, but I should have at least 15 paintings on display. Besides paintings, I'll have some limited edition prints on hand and Abby, the owner, would be glad to handle your framing needs.
Hopewell Frame Shop and Gallery
24 W. Broad Street (route 518)
Hopewell, NJ 08525
[map & directions]
Hours: Tues-Friday, 10 am - 5 pm and Saturday 9 am - 3 pm.

Opening reception is Saturday March 3 from 6pm to 8pm
and the show runs through April 28. Hopewell has some good restaurants, so if you come to the opening, you can make an evening out of it. If you visit during the daytime, I highly recommend lunch at the Soupe Du Jour, just around the corner at 10 Blackwell Ave. It'll be the best bowl of soup and grilled cheese sandwich you ever had. I promise!

20x16 oil on board

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Ending and Beginning

Ending: My gallery in Frenchtown, NJ, the Harrison Street Gallery artists cooperative, is closing it's doors at the end of this month. The owner is moving and hasn't been able to find a buyer who wants to keep the gallery going. So, it was a lot of fun and a great opportunity for me when I needed it last year, but all good things must end. And hopefully lead to other good beginnings.

Beginning: I've joined a new gallery in Lambertville, NJ: the des Champs Gallery, run by Lise des Champs. It's a really nice space and she has a lot of really great artists onboard so far, so it's quite an honor for me to be a part of this. The gallery is in a great location at 7 Lambert Lane, right in the heart of town, and just a stone's throw from the bridge. Lise ran the Gallery at the Frame Shop on Main Street last year, and just started up the des Champs Gallery in mid-January. I think she's off to a terrific start with this venture.

I'll still be a member of the Artists' Gallery in Lambertville, just a few blocks from the des Champs Gallery. So my personal challenge will be to find a way of balancing the 2 - maybe showing one body of work in one gallery but not the other, or... I don't know but I really have to think about this!

Monday, February 12, 2007

The 1st Prallsville Mills Invitational Show

I'll be participating in the first ever Prallsville Mills Invitational Show, Artists of the Mills, at the Prallsville Mills in Stockton, NJ. Opening reception is Friday, Feb 16, from 6 to 9 pm and is open to the public. Other than that, the show is open Saturday and Sunday, Feb 17 and 18, from noon to 5 pm. It's only a 1 weekend show, because the Mill is booked for a lot of events, but I'm glad to be in this one. It's the first invitational that I've been invited to, and the mill is a cool space to show one's art. It reeks with history and the old mill works are still visible inside.

Here are the paintings I'll have hanging (click each for a larger view):
Cider Mill Farm
Cider Mill Farm

Amwell Afternoon
Amwell Afternoon

Prallsville, July Afternoon
Prallsville, July Afternoon

Lower Creek Road Bridge II
Lower Creek Road Bridge II

The show is run by the Delaware River Mill Society (DRMS),a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the historic Prallsville Mills industrial complex. They've been running annual juried shows called "Images of the Mills" for a few years, where, as you can guess, each work must be an image of the Mills. They invited 22 award winners from these past shows to be honored in this Invitational Show - we're to be known as the Artists of the Mills.

This was my award winning painting at the 2005 Images of the Mills show:

"Prallsville Mills Spillway"
16x20 oil on canvas

Several building make up the mill complex, but the main building is the large one in this painting - and it's 2 floors of this building where the art exhibitions are held.

I hope you can make it out to Stockton this weekend.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Artsbridge Board of Trustees

I've been invited to join the Board of Trustees at Artsbridge, the premier arts organization in the Lambertville / New Hope area. I was honored when the president, Ty Hodanish, asked me to join, but I have to admit that I also had some reservations. Being on the board of a non-profit organization basically means that you're volunteering your time to help run the thing. My main concern was how much time it would involve. Being a member of 2 co-op art galleries already takes up a fair amount of my time but there's a lot of good that I get back from being in those co-ops. So what would the return be for being on the Board? I'm sure it will be interesting to see how an organization like this works. They put on 1 big juried show every year plus some smaller shows. Some of the other board members are artists who I really admire, and maybe working with them will be as rewarding as I've found the co-ops to be. So I've joined the Board and I'm sure it'll be an interesting experience.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Art Card Giveaway

The next opening reception at the Artists' Gallery is on Saturday February 10 from 6pm to 9pm. The show is called Passions - a Valentine's theme where we get to show our most passionate work. My own work is almost completely devoid of people, but I'll find my lushest landscapes to show.

At this opening, we're doing something new: all of the artists have created some 4"x6" postcard sized original artworks which we'll be giving away for free throughout the evening. Although I usually do work small, I was having trouble making a 4x6" landscape work, so I went with something different - my art cards will be whimsical pen & ink and watercolor drawings. I've always enjoyed drawing like this, but I've never shown these in public - so here's your chance to see another side of me, and to possibly win an original piece of art in our art card giveaway!

I hope you can stop by the gallery on Saturday:
The Artists' Gallery
32 Coryell Street
Lambertville, NJ 08530
[map & directions]

Note that these are not ACEOs or ATCs - those cards are pretty popular lately, but they must be 2.5" x 3.5" to be labeled as ACEO. These are 4"x6", which gives us a little more elbow room to work.