Friday, June 12, 2015

July art show at Gourgaud Gallery

                                    Journey Through Mixed Media” by Francine Van Ostrand.
The exhibit is from July 12 – July 26.

Reception Sunday, July 12 from 1-3 PM
Gallery Hours are
Sundays: July 12, 19 & 26 1-3 PM
Weekdays: Mon - Fri 9 AM - 4 PM

The artist will be available to share and discuss her work with the visitors at the reception on Sunday, July 12 from 1-3 PM at the Gourgaud Gallery, located in Town Hall, 23-A North Main Street in Cranbury, New Jersey. There will be light refreshments. 

See Facebook: Gourgaud Gallery for details and pictures

As a full time artist I enjoy working in the “Mixed Media” venue. I like to paint with bright
colors using acrylics, watercolor and collage in a layeringtechnique, then add lots of texture 
in a realistic or abstract form. My artwork is decorative but with a strong feeling of purpose.
It is free and flows from one shape to another. It is the process of collecting ephemera,
making decorative papers, and preparing everything for the canvas that is also very enjoyable
to me. I enjoy being a full time artist and look forward to painting everyday.

                                                                Artist’s Autobiography
                                                                Francine Van Ostrand
Francine Van Ostrand was born in Paterson, New Jersey and grew up in Haledon, New Jersey. She was always interested in art and had a very influential High School art teacher. He introducedher to many mediums raging from watercolor to batik. After graduating from High School she went on to Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts for a three year education in art. Aftergraduation she went on to become a textile designer and worked in that field for 38 years.
When she retired she joined the Ocean County Artists Guild and took many classes there.
Since she did very detailed work in her textile career and wanted a change she started doing mixed media after taking several classes at the Guild with mixed media artist, Dolores Ziegler.
Several years later she has won many awards for her mixed media paintings and now teaches mixed media at the OCAG. She is also President of the Ocean County Artist’s Guild and a member of the Toms River Artist’s Community.

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