Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Where Farmland and Conservation Meet

I have 3 paintings in a group show called "Preservation of an Integrated Landscape: Where Farmland and Conservation Meet" running Sept 12 - Oct 15 at:

D&R Greenway's Marie L. Matthews Gallery
at Johnson Education Center
One Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: 609-924-4646
[map & directions]

Opening Reception: October 1, 5:30 - 7:30

"Sunflower Patch"
8x10" oil on board

The D&R Greenway has been very active in preserving land in Central New Jersey, and has recently extended it reach into South Jersey.  In 2008, the Greenway worked in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture to preserve the 1,900-acre Seabrook Farm in Salem County. In 2009, two more farms around the Mannington Meadows were preserved resulting in over 2,729 acres of preserved land surrounding the 18,593-acre Mannington Meadows.

"The Updike Barns"
18x24" oil on canvas

The purpose of this exhibit is to showcase the fertile farmland and the magnificent marshes of the Mannington Meadow in Salem County.  Some of the artwork in this group show will be of Mannington Meadows and Salem County, but the general theme is farmland preservation.   The 3 paintings I have in this show are on preserved farmland in Mercer County.

"Oliver's Barn"
11x14" oil on canvas

Please note that there are no weekend hours for this gallery.  The Marie L. Matthews Gallery is open Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm, but it's best to call the Greenway at 609-924-4646 first to confirm that the facility is not being used for other purposes.


  1. Hi Joe, just surfed across your blog here whilst searching landscape artists. I particularly like the middle painting here, and the way you have the sky subtly pointing toward the barn, very effective. Keep creating, Chris

  2. Thanks, Chris. I'm glad you mentioned the sky in the middle painting. It looks very simple but I had such difficulty getting it right that I completely repainted the sky 3 or 4 times before I was happy with it. Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest!

  3. Yes I agree Joe, skies can make or break a painting and sometimes what looks like a simple sky can have a big influence on the overall effect. Your sky in that painting is perfect for that scene, so the repainting was well worth the effort ;-)