Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Salon at Artworks

It's time for Trenton City Museum's the annual Ellarslie Open, one of the best juried shows in the region. This show always attracts artists from a large geographical area and for the past couple of years has been struggling with the problem of not having enough room to show all of the work that they would like to show. This year Ellarslie is partnering with Artworks to present "The Salon Show" - a show of entries that didn't make it into the Ellarslie Open but are too good not to exhibit. My painting "Hopewell, 3pm" will be in the Salon Show at Artworks:

Hopewell Shadows, 3pm
"Hopewell, 3pm"
16x20 oil on canvas

Opening reception: Friday May 8, 6 to 9 pm at:

19 Everett Alley at South Stockton Street
Trenton, NJ 08611
In the Mill Hill Historic District
[map & directions]

The show runs May 8 through June 27, 2009.
Gallery hours are Saturdays: noon to 4:00 pm, and by appointment.

Ellarslie is the Trenton City Museum, downstairs is used for changing art exhibitions, upstairs features exhibits that showcase the city of Trenton's industrial history. Artworks is Trenton's downtown visual arts center, offering classes, exhibits and events to foster an appreciation of the arts.

While you're in the area to visit Artworks, it's well worth your time to stop in the nearby New Jersey State Museum to see the exhibit of Mel Leipzig's work - I'm a big fan of Mel but it's the first time I've seen so much of his work in one place. Mel has a unique way of looking a the world and it's a really amazing exhibit, so go see it!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Artists of Bristol 3rd Annual Open Exhibition

"Six Mile Run Farm"
11x14 oil on panel

The above painting will be in the Artists of Bristol 3rd Annual Open Exhibition being held at:

Lower Bucks Hospital
501 Bath Road
Bristol, PA 19007
(in the Hospital’s original lobby)

The show lasts only this weekend, Friday April 17 through Sunday April 19. There's a reception on Friday April 17 from 6-9 pm.

This exhibition is jointly sponsored by the Artists of Bristol on the Delaware and Lower Bucks Hospital. While I don't live anywhere near Bristol, they were encouraging artists from outside the area to participate and I was glad to oblige.

This painting was done at Six Mile Run Reservoir and I'm not sure if I should have been under water here. The surrounding land was acquired by the state of NJ in 1970 for a reservoir but those plans were eventually scrapped and it's now a park called Six Mile Run Reservoir - even though there is no reservoir and never will be! Six Mile Run is the name of the creek that runs nearby.

Addendum: My painting was award 3rd Place in the show!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Small Oils at the Philadelphia Sketch Club

"Montgomery Barn"
8x10 oil on board

This painting was accepted into the 146th Annual Exhibition of Small Oil Paintings at the Philadelphia Sketch Club. The show runs April 10 through May 2, 2009 at:

The Philadelphia Sketch Club
235 S. Camac Street
Philadelphia, Pa

Opening reception is Sunday, April 19 from 2 to 4 pm.

Although this is the 146th year of this annual juried show (isn't that amazing?!), it's the first time that I've entered. Needless to say, I'm very happy to have gotten in. I only recently became acquainted with the Sketch Club when I was invited to judge a show at the neighboring Plastic Club.

The Philly Sketch Club was founded in 1860 and is the oldest continuing artists organization in America. Many of America's great artists have been members or teachers at the club including Thomas Eakins, N.C. Wyeth, Edward Redfield, Maxfield Parrish, Daniel Garber, Ranulph Bye and Alexander Calder.

Normal gallery hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 1 pm to 5 pm.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Save the date: May

My next big show is coming up soon at the Artists' Gallery in May. It'll be a 2-person show with Beatrice Bork - a very talented wildlife artist. Between Bea's animal paintings in watercolor and my landscapes in oils, I think it'll be a really good show. Of course I'm a little bit biased, but I really do think so!

Right now I'm busy with all of the little details and odds & ends that go into doing one of these shows. Fortunately, in a 2-person show you have someone to split some of the work with: writing and sending press releases, designing and mailing postcards, selecting which paintings to show, varnishing paintings, ordering frames, framing paintings, telling everyone on the planet about the show... which is exactly what I'm doing right now. I'll post more details in a few weeks, but for now, I just want to let you know that:

The show runs May 8 through May 31 at Artists' Gallery in Lambertville, NJ
Opening Reception is Saturday, May 9 from 6 to 9 pm.

Also, Beatrice has just started a blog of her own, so you may want to keep an eye on that: Beatrice Bork, Artist.