“LADY AND THE GENT”: this watercolor by Beatrice Bork is part of “Birds and Beetles”, her joint exhibition with Richard Harrington, presented from October 7 to 31 at the Lambertville artists gallery. Opening on Friday October 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Artists Beatrice Bork and Richard Harrington have announced the opening of their joint exhibition, “Birds and Beetles,” on October 7-31 at the Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville. The exhibition features wildlife paintings rendered in watercolor and gouache, and classic Volkswagen ladybug paintings worked in watercolor, gouache and acrylic on paper and wood panel.
A vernissage will take place on Friday October 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Harrington gained a reputation as an automotive artist, while Bork is well known for his animal paintings. The two have been members of Artists’ Gallery for over 10 years, but this is the first time they have collaborated in a joint exhibition.
“I’ve always admired Bea’s work,” said Harrington, “and thought it would be fun to combine our topics on a show like this.”
“Like Rich, I have been looking forward to this show ever since we decided to exhibit together,” said Bork. “I think Rich and I have similar reactions to our subjects, in that they tell a story and are an expression of the artist.”
Particularly well known for her paintings of birds, Bork is a signature member of the prestigious Society of Animal Artists. While preparing for the ‘Birds and Beetles’ exhibit, Bork said, “I have thought of a more evocative and even lighter approach to many of the pieces I will be exhibiting. I think in these times it’s more fulfilling for the soul, both for the artist and for the viewer.
Harrington, too, sees the “Birds and Beetles” exhibit as an exhibit of joy and playfulness. “It’s hard to paint a Volkswagen Beetle that doesn’t look happy,” he said.
Harrington’s work is inspired by his love of the automobile. “I have always loved the look of the first generation Volkswagen Beetle, known as Type 1. It has such an original shape and sound, almost like they have their own personality,” he said. . “People often ask me what my favorite vehicle is for painting and drawing, and I always say ‘Cars that reflect light well.’ The shape of the original VW Beetle certainly does this.
The artists’ gallery is located at 18, rue Bridge, in the heart of Lambertville. Hours of operation are Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information visit LambertvilleArts.com.