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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Painterly Poetry of Quiet Places

During the month of March, I'm having a solo show of recent landscape paintings at The Gallery at Verde in Kingston, NJ. I'll be showing mostly new work, including a few paintings done just a short walk from the gallery door.

Painterly Poetry of Quiet Places
Landscape Paintings by Joe Kazimierczyk

Feb 27 - March 30, 2011
Opening Reception: Sunday, Feb 27, 3-5pm

The gallery is located in a beautiful spot in Kingston that's rich in history and I've painted here quite a few times in recent years. The Gallery at Verde is right next to the D&R Canal at Lock Number 8, with a charming old locktender's house and the only surviving canal telegraph office on the canal. Just above the lock is a canal basin where barges could pull over to load and unload cargo.

"The Lock Tender's House"
11x14" oil on canvas

A short walk from the canal is the Millstone River with a 4 arch stone bridge crossing it. This bridge was built in 1798 to replace a wooden bridge that was destroyed by General George Washington's troops to prevent pursuit by Lord Cornwallis following the Battle of Princeton on January 3, 1777.

Across the stone arch bridge is the Kingston Flour Mill, built in the 1870's on the site of Jacob Skillman's grist mill from 1748. There's a small mill dam right here and just beyond it is the larger dam that creates Lake Carnagie.

"Kingston Mill"
11x14" oil on canvas

From here you can walk for miles in either direction on the towpath or on other connecting trails. Check out the trail maps of the Kingston Greenways Association and plan a day of exploring the area. There's even a pair of bald eagles nesting in the nearby!

As I said, I've been painting at this location for a while, so I was glad to learn that an art gallery had opened up here and I'm very grateful for this opportunity to show my work. I hope you can see the show!

The Gallery at Verde
4492 Route 27 (between Eno Terra & D&R Canal)
Kingston, NJ

Hours: Wed - Sat 11-5pm, Sun 12-4pm, or by appt.
609-865-5456 or 609-865-5812

Please note that the gallery is located right next to the D&R Canal in a building called The Artists' Collective at Verde, which it shares with 3 other shops. If you get directions to this address from a GPS or a mapping website, you'll end up several blocks away. Trust me on this, and don't trust your GPS!

Besides the local Kingston paintings, I'll have some from further travels, like this one which isn't Kingston, but Kingwood Township near Frenchtown, NJ:

"Horseshoe Bend Road"
7x14" oil on board

And this one in Pleasant Valley, West Amwell Township near Harbourton, NJ:

"Pleasant Valley Barns"
11x14" oil on canvas

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