Sunday, December 18, 2011
Second, Third and Last Sunday 1-3 PM
This will be the third annual "January Open Call for Artists" exhibit hosted by the Gourgaud Gallery. Daniel Thomas, Chairperson for the yearly event and member of the Gourgaud Gallery Committee is pleased to announce that he is expecting the usual great attendance for this annual event. Last year there were over 22 artists with 45 pieces of original art on display. All art will feature the theme of "Winter Light" and various mediums from oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, photography and collage will fill the walls at the Gourgaud Gallery through the month of January.
The reception will be on Sunday, January 8 from 1-3 PM in the Gourgaud Gallery, located in Town Hall. This year the reception has the theme “ Celtic Tea.” Traditional Celtic Teas and cooking will be offered, and if you’re on time a chance to try Prince Williams Chocolate Cake from the Royal Wedding. We also hope to have a Bagpiper as well. Many of the artists will be available to share and discuss their work with the visitors.
Be sure to visit the gallery and view winter scenes at their best. The artwork is for sale with 20% of each sale going to support the Cranbury Arts Council and its programs. Cash or a check made out to the Cranbury Arts Council is accepted as payment. The gallery is located at Cranbury Town Hall, 23-A North Main Street in Historic Cranbury, New Jersey.
see the posting after this blog, on the interview with Dan Thomas.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
By Bob Gilbert
The January 2012 exhibit at the Gourgaud Gallery features paintings by various artists on the theme of “Winter Light”.
The following is a Q & A with Daniel Thomas, a member of the Cranbury Arts Council who originates and organizes the Open Call Exhibits. In the Q & A, Dan shares some interesting information about this exciting show.
Q: What is the concept of the yearly January "Open Call Exhibit"? (i.e., origin, how long it's been done, etc.)
This is the third year I believe. It was started to give all artists the
chance to exhibit at the gallery based on a different yearly winter theme.
Q: How did you select this year's Open Call Exhibit subject, "Winter Light"?
I thought of a theme that would allow all artists to express themselves in
whatever medium they chose. This year the theme encompasses a Celtic Tea
which plays off the time of year when tea is drunk and music is played to
while away the dark winter nights.
Q: The artist reception for the Winter Light exhibit, which takes place on Sunday, January 8, 2012 (1PM-3PM) features refreshments in the form of a "Celtic Tea". For those unfamiliar, what is a Celtic Tea (history, etc.,) and does it relate to the theme of the exhibit?
Celtic tradition in any of the Celtic nations meant that because of the
inclement weather during the harsh winter months, people would find
nourishment and solace from wholesome foods and good music. Each nation has
its own way of doing it. For example, traditional Welsh cakes are popular in
Wales. Scotland has traditional Bannock Cakes as well. Tea is central to
all, with a strong black tea being a common favorite. For this event, I will
be baking a smaller version of the Wedding Cake requested by Prince William
for his wedding, which should be a fun addition.
Q: If someone wishes to participate in next year's "Open Call Exhibit", when will the topic be announced, how can they find out about it, and what is the process for submitting art work for inclusion in the exhibit?
included in the November mailings. All the details for submission are
contained in that e-mail. Flyers are also posted around Cranbury and the
Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
First, third, and last Sunday, 1:00-3:00 p.m
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
By Bob Gilbert
The December 2011 exhibit at the Gourgaud Gallery is entitled "Cranbury Gardens- Works from Art in the Park" and features "plein air" paintings by local artists. In the following question and answer session, Amy Amico, Chairperson of the Gourgaud Gallery, explains what this exciting exhibit is about:
Question: What is the concept for "Art in the Park" and who are the participants? When did “Art in the Park” get started and who came up with the idea?
Answer: Art in the Park will be celebrating its ten year anniversary in 2013 and was developed by Bob Virgadamo when the Gourgaud Gallery was operated by Cranbury Township as the only municipally operated art gallery in the state. Since then, the gallery has become a part of the Cranbury Arts Council and the plein air sessions have grown into a very strong part of the arts programming offered by the CAC. The Art in the Park sessions run from May to October and offer a new location once a month where artists can come to paint at a location in Cranbury and the surrounding area. The program is free and artists who participate are invited to present the artwork from the sessions in the annual December exhibit at the Gourgaud Gallery titled "Cranbury Gardens- Works from Art in the Park". Local artists visit the gardens, farms and historic properties and are able to paint from noon to 4 pm, rain or shine. Art in the Park has become a wonderful way for artists to meet and paint together in an open air environment
A: Plein air painting is basically "live” painting at a location where the artist can view a scene and paint in the medium of their choice. Many artists work in watercolor as well as pastel, oil and acrylic. Some are able to take photographs of many different views to have reference for finishing the artwork at home. Outdoor painting lends itself to challenge the artist with a constantly changing environment with light, subject and season, as opposed to a studio environment where the light and subject can be controlled.
Q: How are "Art in the Park" locations selected and are there rain dates in the event of inclement weather?
A: Art in the Park is "rain or shine". Many of the locations are possible because of the generous homeowners in Cranbury who wish to share the beauty of their properties with the artists. Even a rainy or cloudy day lends itself to another "view" for the artist so there is always an opportunity to create from whatever the day might bring.
Q: Do the artists who do plein air painting generally complete the painting at the site, or do they sketch or photograph and complete the work elsewhere?
A: Each artist works in their own unique way, and the artists range from the beginner to the working artist, so some artists are able to create multiple pieces from one session, while others may sketch, take photos and do rough preliminary paintings and complete them at home.
Q: If someone wishes to join your group for plein air painting, how would they do that?
A: If you are a CAC member, there will be information sent out as soon as the next schedule is ready, usually in April. The website for CAC, cranburyartscouncil.org, will also post the information for those who are not members starting in May when the sessions begin. The artist can arrive at the location, sign in and include their contact info if they wish to be invited to exhibit art in the December show. While the sessions are free, donations to the Cranbury Arts Council are always welcome, as well as membership applications available to those who wish to support the arts programming that CAC offers to the community.
The Art in the Park, “Cranbury Gardens 1X-Works from Art in the Park” will open Dec. 4 and will close Dec. 26. The Artists Reception will be held Dec. 4 from 1-3 PM. Come and meet the artists, and view the wonderful art work. Refreshments will be served. In addition to the Art work, there will be notecards (of paintings from the members of the Cranbury Arts Council) for sale at a very nominal cost.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
|Mary Ellen Brennan|
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
It's that time of year again to prepare for another " Winter Scenes" January Exhibit at the Gourgaud Gallery. Just in time for tomorrows first snow ! This is our Third annual event and the theme is “Winter Light.” We look forward to another very successful exhibit this year.
Find attached the application for your entries. Please be aware that if we get the same number of entries as last year, that we may have to limit everyone to one piece in the show. We are inviting each artist to submit a maximum of 3 pieces. We do our best to make sure everyone has the same chances for exposure.
The date and time for receipt of work will be Sunday December 18th 1-3pm at the gallery. We will then notify you of accepted work asap and any work you will need to collect. It would be helpful if you would provide your email on the application form so that we can be in touch more effectively. The reception will take place on Sunday Jan 8, 1-3pm. This year we have a theme "Celtic Tea." More information about this will follow.
Daniel P. Turner Thomas
Chair, “Open Call” Series
The Gourgaud Gallery, Town Hall
23 A North Main Street
Cranbury, NJ 08512
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All purchases from the Gourgaud Gallery are made by cash or check made payable to “Cranbury Arts Council”. After a 20% donation is assessed to the non-profit Cranbury Arts Council from any art sales, the artist or group will receive final payment from the Cranbury Arts Council after the exhibit ends.
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“ Winter Light”
Monday, October 31, 2011
The guild provides a supportive environment for artists in Central Jersey and has been in existence since 1963. The guild's focus is to help artists exchange ideas, grow in their knowledge of the technical, theoretical and historical aspects of art, and foster an appreciation of the arts by the general public.
Over time, the artists have exhibited their work individually and together at juried shows and galleries in New Jersey, Maryland, Connecticut, New York, Virginia and other states. Local galleries also have been showcases for their work, including the University Medical Center at Princeton, Cranbury's Gourgaud Gallery, the Edison Arts Society venues, the Barron Arts Center and elsewhere.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Sunday, October 2, 2011
The new exhibit at the Gourgaud Gallery, "At Home and Abroad", features the photographs of SaraLee Pindar, a Burlington County (NJ) resident. The photos capture some of the picturesque and exciting places that she has visited, both far and near.
SaraLee recalls that early in life, she found that she did not possess a gift for drawing, and ultimately turned to photography as a medium of artistic expression. She started taking photos in 1957, but could not afford a darkroom or professional development services, and went no further with it. Seven years ago, thanks to the development of digital photography, things changed. She showed some of her Alaska photos to a relative, who was highly impressed and stated “you can sell these”. Hearing such high acclaim, in conjunction with the availability of digital technology, prompted SaraLee to pursue photography more seriously. She has been showing photos for the last five years, during which time she has been in thirty juried shows and has won seven prizes.
In the photo of SaraLee Pindar accompanying this article, she is seen with her husband, Gerald, who accompanied her on the journeys to the locations depicted in her photographs. Gerald even assisted her with the taking of one of the photos currently on display. At the time, SaraLee was attempting to photograph a swan in the water. Unfortunately, the swan had the back of its head to the camera. Gerald cleverly tossed a pebble in the water in the area where SaraLee was standing, prompting the bird to turn its head toward SaraLee and enabling her to get the perfect shot. Way to go Gerald!
All are invited to see this outstanding exhibit!
|Arco de Jesus|
Additional photos from the show can be seen on Facebook: Gourgaud Gallery
|Sara Lee and Gerald Pindar|
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
In the area surrounding Town Hall and the blacktop area behind the Cranbury School, between the hours of 10-4, the Cranbury Arts Council (CAC) will be hosting a sidewalk sale, which will include matted and framed paintings, open gallery exhibit, and Cranstock on Cranbury Day. Included in this wonderful event, will be live music.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
|ZARA FINA STASI|
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Been meaning to send you both this, if you want to add it to the web or a note in the Cranbury Press.
Jim Gerberich took some pics and I've asked him to send some to you Lorraine.
The opening was a huge success despite the torrential rains, folks said 50 people showed and I sold 9 pieces.
I was proud to donate an extra 10% of sales to a family in Missouri who was very hurt by the destruction down there. (20% goes to Cranbury Arts Council)
Attached and below is a little something about them, if you want to add it to anything.
Thanks again for all your support, the show was a success because your support and artful words.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
|Judy Buckley "French Fields'|
|Judy Buckley "Peru Street"|
|Judy Buckley "The Bay"|
The exhibit can be viewed at The Gourgaud Gallery, Town Hall, 3-A North Main St., Cranbury, NJ 08512. The Artist reception will be held on Friday, July 8 from 6-8 PM. The Gallery is open on the 1st, 3rd and last Sunday of every month and during regular business hours of Town Hall, Monday through Friday from 9AM to 5 PM.