D&R Greenway Art Galleries have reopened with the Garden State Watercolor Society’s 51st Annual Jury Art Exhibition, the theme of which is quite significant right now.
Entitled “Recovery,” the collection represents the natural health and well-being that flow along the Delaware River, the longest free-flowing river in the eastern United States, and on the lands around it.
“This exhibit celebrates what we have learned at D&R Greenway over the past year and a half, that nature heals and helps us recover from isolation and trauma,” said Linda Mead, President and Chief Executive Officer. direction, referring to the “return success” of progress. done by preserving water quality by saving land along waterways.
GSWCS President Tess Fields said she was thrilled when D&R Greenway challenged the group on the theme of the Delaware River and its recovery. “Each season on the river has its own special beauty,” she says. “It can be calm and serene, or, after a storm, it can be dangerous and threatening. “
What makes this exhibit even more interesting than one might expect is that the artists took the plunge and portrayed the river in all its rediscovered beauty with a new understanding of what salvage really is. You will see the grandeur celebrated in Gloria Wiernik’s “Delaware Water Gap” and also the simple beauty of a man in quiet solitude throwing his rod into the rippling water in Terry Freemark’s “Fishing on the Delaware”.
You’ll see Evelyn Voget’s “Osprey Returns” as the bird dives with fierce determination. And the delicious boldness of Jill Crouch’s great blue heron in a standing position with a pull-up attitude stating “I’Mmm… Back !!! Crouch points out in her published written remarks that she juxtaposed the bird between a struggling older tree and a healthy sapling to illustrate “a recovery much like we’ve seen for our own Delaware River and Canal. D&R “.
Joan Capaldo’s “No Water, No Life” received the GSWS Silver Award in memory of Princeton artist Lucy Graves McVicker. This is a close-up portrait of a young girl in deep contemplation, her forehead resting on the rim of a half-filled glass of clean water. In his written statement, Capaldo acknowledges his intention to draw our attention to “a simple glass of water and a youngster; together they are our hope for the future.
The Best In Show Nummie Warga award went to Ann Greene’s “Camping Along The Delaware”, a large and fascinating summary where deep vertical pits of earth tones bleed to a sparkling meander of the river as it walks towards a mystical and atmospheric light in the distance.
Many exhibiting artists have chosen to integrate the human element into their reflections on the river. Paul Hartelius turned to tourism and commerce with the dock occupied in his “Gazela at Penn’s Landing”, while Sandy Mezinis shows people their many sailboats, in his Ellen Grant Memorial Award “Sailing on the Delaware”.
On the land side, Karen Repka takes exhibit visitors across the “Lumberville-Raven Rock Foot Bridge” with the American flag fluttering in the breeze. In “Crossing The Delaware”, Cheryl Coniglio takes us across the river in a photo-realistic rendering of the construction of a modern bridge to an old stone building standing on the other side of its own history.
Richard Hoffman takes exhibition visitors on a “Walk Along Union Street, Lambertville” in his Golden Artists Colors Material Award winning painting and Elizabeth Oberman received the James Fiorentino Nature Award for her beautifully described “Relaxing by the Delaware” at Ferry Landing Park ”. In this, the couple sit comfortably on a bench, soft light resting on their surroundings, their clothes, their warm skin tones as if bathing them in contentment.
That same sense of peace permeates this exhibit from your first steps in the Johnson Education Center where you hear the sounds of the flowing river and see over a hundred 5×7-inch hanging paintings stirred by a gentle breeze. GSWS artists were challenged to paint using only the cool colors, blue, green, and purple to represent all aspects of the Delaware River. But even with these similarity restrictions, they’re all so different. There are water scenes as well as wildlife. There are turtles and ducks, frogs and fish, bridges, boats and birds. The facility is a true celebration of Delaware’s salvage and is a tempting tease for what you’re about to enjoy upstairs.
IF YOU ARE GOING TO:
- WHAT: Salvage – The Garden State Watercolor Society’s 51st Annual Jury Show
- OR: D&R Greenway Land Trust, One Preservation Place, Princeton. To view the virtual exhibit, visit the Garden State Watercolor Society on YouTube.
- WHEN: Until October 17th. Visits in person by appointment only. Reserved timed entries available three days / week with monthly hours on Saturdays. Outdoor reception and awards ceremony, Friday September 10.
- CONTACT: 609-558-0207 for reservations and additional information.