Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Trenton Then & Now: Contemporary Views

I have 2 pieces in the show "Trenton Then & Now: Contemporary Views" running June 28 - September 14, 2014 at:

Ellarslie, The Trenton City Museum
in Cadwalader Park
Trenton, New Jersey
Phone: (609) 989-3632

Opening Reception: June 28
Members and Artists only: 6-7pm, General Public 7-8pm

This is one of the shows at the Trenton City Museum to commemorate New Jersey’s 350th anniversary, and includes work by nineteen regional artists whose work interprets Trenton's history in a variety of ways, depicting people and places both past and present.

My work in this show depicts the D&R Canal and towpath with a railroad bridge crossing overhead - a reference to the transportation and industry which played a big part in Trenton's past and present. The D&R Canal may be unchanged in appearance, but it's usage has changed from industrial to recreational. Railroad lines may not be as heavily used as in the past, but are still active and important.

"Canal Reflections"
8x10" oil on board

"Railroad Reflections"
16x20" oil on canvas

The small 8x10" painting was done on location.  The larger 16x20" version was done in the studio using the plein air piece and photographs for reference - those trains went by too fast for me to get them in the plein air version!

In addition to these pieces, my "Small Works" show at Ellarslie is still running with 10 pieces on display.  (This was originally scheduled to end June 15 but will remain up for a while yet.)