Sunday, December 18, 2011

Hours: Mon-Fri 9 AM - 4 PM

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

Daniel Thomas
"Winter Light"


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?

I need them to provide their contact info, especially e-mail so they can be
included in the November mailings. All the details for submission are
contained in that e-mail. Flyers are also posted around Cranbury and the

Information and applications for all group shows at the Gourgaud Gallery can also be downloaded from the Cranbury Arts Council Web site:  
and viewed on the Gourgaud Gallery Blog:

The Gourgaud Gallery is located in Cranbury Town Hall, 23-A North Main Street, Cranbury, New Jersey 08512.
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

Winter workshop Series

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Gourgaud Gallery Winter Workshops 2012


Saturday January 21stth –“Color Lecture” with Tamsen Granger

9-10 am, $ 10 members and non-members
____ 01/21/12 -followed by Painter’s workshop-w/ Lisa Walsh
10-1 pm , $ 30 Members, $ 40 non-members

Saturday February 11th – Collage w/ Tamara Woronczuk

9-12:30 pm $ 30 members, $ 40 non-members

Saturday March 10- Watercolor w/ Barbara Cox

_____ Session one, 9-12:30 pm $ 30 members, $ 40 non-member
_____ Session two, 1-4 pm $ 30 members, $ 40 non-members

Both sessions

$ 50 members, $ 70 non-members


Saturday April 14- Pastels w/ Lizzi Schippert

10-1 pm $ 30 members, $ 40 non-members
Please mark those workshops that you would like to participate in, and please make
checks out to the Cranbury Arts Council.
Mail order form and checks to
Gourgaud Gallery
23-A North Main Street
Cranbury, NJ 08512
Contact Colleen Cahill at with any questions.


Saturday, November 19, 2011

December Exhibit: Cranbury Gardens IX-Works From Art In The Park


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

Q: What is "plein air" painting, and what are the advantages as opposed to painting in a studio?

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,, 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.

Cranbury Gardens IX

Works from Art in the Park 2011

December 4-26

Reception Sunday December 4 from 1-3 pm

Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am-4pm, 1st and 3rd Sunday 1-3 pm, last Sunday closed for holiday
Linda Gilbert
"The Bicycle"

Amy Amico
"Fallen Beauty"

Tamara Woronczuk
"Patio Plant"

Please come to the Sunday Artist Reception at the Gourgaud Gallery, Cranbury Town Hall, to celebrate the art created from the Art in the Park plein air series sponsored by the Cranbury Arts Council. Each month from May to October, a different Cranbury property hosts local artists to capture the scenes offered at the beautiful farms, gardens and historic homes in Cranbury. Over 30 artists participated in this year’s series and the art will be on display through the month of December, making it a great time to purchase art for holiday gifts. All art that is sold gives a 20% donation to the Cranbury Arts Council in order to continue in its mission to promote and support the arts through its programs, classes, exhibits, summer art & technology camp and winter theatre camp.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Suburban Artist Guild Mixed Media Presentation

November 6-27

Reception Sunday November 6 from 1-3 pm
Gallery Hours - Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
First, Third & Last Sunday 1-3 p.m.
(Closed on Saturdays and 11/11, 11/13 and 11/24-11/25)
Mary Ellen Brennan
Robert Hyer
"In Flight"

For your information the Gourgaud Gallery is part of the Cranbury Arts Council, a nonprofit organization. Any art purchased at the gallery will benefit the Cranbury Arts Council for various programs, by receiving 20% from all sales. Cash or a check made out to the Cranbury Arts Council is accepted as payment.
The Suburban Artist Guild (SAG) has provided a supportive and social environment since 1963, for people who create art as an avocation or vocation, in the Central New Jersey area, and includes members from Middlesex, Somerset and Monmouth Counties. The Guild's focus is to create a forum for artists by exposing them to technical, theoretical and historical aspects of art through monthly demonstration/workshop meetings featuring well-known and accomplished artists, enabling artists to exchange ideas in the creation of their artwork, and to foster an appreciation of the arts by the general public, by participating in group exhibits in a variety of venues.
SAG members exhibit expertise in a variety of media, including charcoal, graphite, ink, oils, watercolor, pastel, colored pencils, acrylics, Chinese Ink and Brush, and mixed media. Through the years, a number of the Guild's members have received honors and awards, and are members of prestigious New Jersey State and National art organizations. They have written articles for national art magazines and had their works featured in books of collected art.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Hello Everyone,

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”

EXHIBIT TITLE:     Winter Light            EXHIBIT DATE :  January 2-30, 2012

Please print or use block capitals please:

NAME: ___________________________________________________________


E-MAIL: __________________

                               TITLE & MEDIUM                                                        PRICE

1. _______________________________________________________                        __________

2. _______________________________________________________                        __________

3. _______________________________________________________                        __________

By signing, you will be acknowledged as a group member under the guidelines of the Standard Gourgaud Gallery Application under the exhibit title “Winter Light 2012”.

Signature   ____________________________________    Date   ____________________________


(detach here- keep info below for your records)

All work will be received at the gallery on Sunday December 18 from 1-3pm during the day. A maximum of three pieces per artist.

You will be notified the week of Dec 20th about pick of work that will not be included.

Reception Sunday Jan 8 from 1-3 pm.

The theme for the reception is a “ Celtic Tea.” Please bring something appropriate that would fit this theme. A selection of Teas and Welsh Scones will be served.

A notice of when work will need to be picked up will be sent out once a date is agreed.

Thank you for your participation in the Gourgaud Gallery Winter Light Exhibit

Monday, October 31, 2011

November Exhibit at the Gourgaud Gallery: The Surburban Art Guild

The Surburban Art Guild will exhibit at the Gourgaud Gallery from Nov. 6- Nov. 27.The reception will be held on Nov. 6 from 1-3.

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.

As part of the non-profit Cranbury Arts Council, the Gourgaud Gallery donates 20% of any art sales back to the Cranbury Arts Council and its programs that support and promote the Arts in our community. The gallery is located in Town Hall and is free and open to the public Mon- Fri from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and the First, Third & Last Sunday of the month from 1-3 p.m. New exhibit receptions fall on the First Sunday from 1-3 p.m. Anyone wishing to exhibit at the Gourgaud Gallery can obtain an application in the gallery or at  Check the Gourgaud Gallery site on Facebook :!/pages/Gourgaud-Gallery/108657442495068and Gourgaud Gallery Blog: for information on upcoming programs and events. If you are interested in CAC membership or participating in any way, please email us atww 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Art In The Park Exhibit Information

Thank you for participating in the Cranbury Arts Council's Art in the Park sessions for 2011. The December exhibit at the Gourgaud Gallery, located in Cranbury Town Hall, will feature the artwork that has been created from the May-October sessions. If you are interested in submitting artwork to be exhibited, please bring your work to the Gourgaud Gallery on Wednesday, November 16 between 10-11 am. The application is attached to this email and must be filled out when your work is dropped off. Please read all of the information- no work that is not properly wired with name,title and price on the back of each piece will be accepted. Up to 5 peices can be submitted and the Gourgaud Gallery committee will jury the work for the exhibit. You will only be contacted prior to the exhibit if any of your pieces will not be included in the exhibit and arrangements for pick up will be made at that time.

The reception will be on Sunday, December 4 from 1-3 pm and artists who plan on attending are asked to bring a small plate for the reception table. The exhibit will run from Dec 4-26 and pick up day and time will be announced the week before exhibit ends. Thank you again for participating in Art in the Park 2011- we look forward to seeing all of the varied and beautiful artwork created from the sessions this year.

Please remind any fellow artists who joined you as some artists did not leave email info. Applications can also be picked up in the Gourgaud Gallery during the week, Mon-Fri 9am- 4pm located at Town Hall,23-A N. Main St, Cranbury NJ 08512.

Thank you,

Amy Amico

Cranbury Arts Council

Sunday, October 2, 2011

October Exhibit: Sara Lee Pindar, At Home and Abroad



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.

 I met SaraLee at the show opening on Sunday, October 2, and learned more about her.  SaraLee was born and raised in Philadelphia.  Her mother was an art teacher as well as an artist whose paintings were exhibited in the prestigious Philadelphia Museum of Art and in other venues.  From the earliest days, her mother taught her about composition and to “see pictures within scenes”.  SaraLee explained that “to see pictures within scenes” means that when appropriate, to find an interesting area of detail within a larger subject and then photograph it.  This principle ultimately became an important part of SaraLee’s technique.

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
 The Gallery is located in Town Hall, in Cranbury, New Jersey and is free and open to the public Mon- Fri from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and the First, Third & Last Sunday of the month from 1-3 p.m.
Sara Lee and Gerald Pindar

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Christmas Time Is Here!

OK, we know it’s closer to Labor Day, but the Cranbury Arts Council is getting the Christmas spirit a little early as we proudly announce the second annual Fall production for kids: “A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS.”

Kids grades 2 thru 9 are invited to join our musical production of the timeless TV classic. We’ll need Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, Snoopy, Charlie Brown and a whole assortment of beloved “Peanuts” characters to bring Charles Schultz’s story to life.
Additional songs and dances have been added to make “A Charlie Brown Christmas” a wonderful start to the holiday season and YOUR CHILD CAN BE A PART OF IT!
Attached, you will find a brochure with all the information about our production. Brochures will also be available at the Cranbury Public Library.

Rehearsals begin Wednesday, October 5 and will be held every Wednesday and Thursday from 6:45 to 8:45. The final performance will be on Saturday, November 19. (Think of it as an early Christmas present!) The cost is $250.00 per child with a 10% discount to any Cranbury Arts Council members.
Spots are limited and will fill up early so fill out the registration attached and mail it to:
PO BOX 643
If you have any questions about the program, please e-mail us at:
So, be a part of a Christmas tradition and join the cast of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
In the words of Linus: “This is what Christmas is all about!”

Wednesday, August 24, 2011



The Gourgaud Gallery has many exciting new events beginning in September 2011.  On Cranbury Day, Sept. 10, 2011, the WINTER WORKSHOP SERIES exhibit opens.  It includes :
Artists’ work from the classes that were offered, including collage, landscapes, and watercolor.

 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.


September: “Winter workshop Series” (Sept. 4-25—opening Sept. 10)

October: Photography-Artist Sara Lee Pinder (Oct. 2-30)

November: The Suburban Art Guild (Nov. 6-27)

December: “Cranbury Gardens IX”-works from Art in the Park (Dec. 4-26—closed Christmas Dec. 25)

OPEN CALL FOR JANUARY EXHIBIT ”WINTER LIGHT”.  Applications will be available on web site in the near future:

As part of the non-profit CAC, the Gourgaud Gallery donates 20% of any art sales back to the CAC and its programs that support and promote the Arts in our community. The Gallery is located in Town Hall and is free and open to the public Mon- Fri from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and the First, Third & Last Sunday of the month from 1-3 p.m.  New exhibit receptions fall on the First Sunday from 1-3 p.m, where you can meet the exhibiting Artist(s).  Anyone wishing to exhibit at the Gourgaud Gallery can obtain an application at the Gallery or at  For information on upcoming programs and events, join us on FACEBOOK: GOURGAUD GALLERY, and on the GOURGAUD GALLERY BLOG at . If you are interested in CAC membership or participating in any way, please email us at 

Monday, August 15, 2011

Coming in September

The September exhibit at the Gourgaud Gallery will be showing the Art Work of artists who attended the Winter Workshop Series at the Gourgaud Gallery (, (!/pages/Gourgaud-Gallery/108657442495068), and The Cranbury Arts Council

The Winter Workshop Series consists of classes in collage, watercolor, art history, and painting Landscapes.  The Art Show opens September 6, 2011. The artist reception will be held in conjunction with Cranbury Day, September 10, 2011.

In addition to the Art Exhibit, there will be an outdoor sale of matted and framed original paintings and craft items in the parking area outside the gallery.  A percentage of sales of these items will benefit the Gourgaud Gallery and Cranbury Arts Council. (Sept. 10, 2011).

Monday, August 1, 2011



The August exhibit at the Gourgaud Gallery is entitled “21 Years of Painting: Travels and Experiences from Around the Globe”, and features the oil and watercolor paintings of Ms. Zara Fina Stasi.  The collection represents Zara’s travels abroad as well as scenes from Cranbury and Cape May, and includes landscapes, portraits, and still life. 
Zara is a native of Cranbury and is presently a senior at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, where she is majoring in Art and History. 
Zara turns twenty-one years of age shortly, and I wondered about the title of the exhibit, which seems to indicate that she has been painting since she was born.  She explained that “I have been painting since I was old enough to hold a brush for no reason other than I love to paint”, and that the title conveys that painting has been an important part of her life from early childhood.  In fact, she participated in juried art shows at the Gourgaud Gallery as a child, and even at that time, there was a bid to purchase one of her paintings.
 Many of the paintings appearing in the current exhibit have been made in the last two years, but Zara is also including a number of paintings that she created as a child, as early as seven or eight years of age.  This will demonstrate the progression of her work. 
Zara states that she has a passion for art history, and that she has been greatly influenced by Van Gogh, de Kooning, and Rothko.  She describes her style as leaning toward expressionism.
Zara is a very well rounded individual involved in many interesting extracurricular activities at school unrelated to art.  She is a Tour Guide at Historic Williamsburg and is the Chief Justice of the Undergraduate Honor Council at her College.  With respect to the latter, she is one of twenty-four elected Justices on the Council.  As Chief Justice, she is in charge of the Council, which enforces the school’s honor code by adjudicating cases involving alleged student misconduct.  Zara has gained valuable experience through this position, including learning how to be a manager and how to use advanced computer programs.
Could her position as Chief Justice on the Honor Council mean a possible legal career for Zara?  Probably not, as her first love is art.  She is considering a career as a full-time artist, as an art teacher, or as a member of the Art or History Departments of a museum.
All are encouraged to visit the Gourgaud Gallery to view Zara’s work.  The show runs from August 5th – August 28th, with the Artist’s Reception on August 5th from 6PM – 8PM.  The Gallery is open Monday through Friday (9AM – 4PM), and the first, third, and last Sunday of the month from 1PM- 3PM
Additional information and sample paintings are available on Facebook on the Gourgaud Gallery fan page:
                                                     SAMPLES OF ZARA'S PAINTINGS

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Note from Judy Buckley: the current show at the Gourgaud Gallery

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.
Along with 20% of sales going to The Cranbury Arts Council,
another 10% will go directly to the Lamar Family of Joplin, Missouri.
Ginger Lamar was at her daughter’s graduation on May 22, when the tornado flattened her two-story home and left only one wall of a closet standing. Her two pets were found safely under the ruble with an injury of only a broken leg. The family was able to retrieve only one photo album from living in their home of twenty five years. Ginger works at Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce.
Contacts can be made at: Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, 320 East Fourth Street Joplin, MO 64801 Attention: Ginger Lamar (personal)
(I do not know Ginger personally, but was moved by the photos of the devastated area and inquired through the Joplin Area chamber of Commerce.)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011



By Bob Gilbert
Judy Buckley  "French Fields'

Judy Buckley  "Peru Street"

Judy Buckley  "The Bay"

The new exhibit at the Gourgaud Gallery opening on July 8, 2011 features the paintings of Cranbury resident Judy Buckley.  The show is entitled “Travels – Recent Paintings 2011 – Near and Far”.

I had the pleasure of previewing the exhibit, which includes a variety of landscapes.  There are bodies of water, farm fields, countryside, and marshes, all with dramatic representations of the sky.  In one painting, the outline of a Ferris wheel can be seen on the distant horizon line of the beach.  A Ferris wheel is probably the most impressive, striking, and unique structure associated with beach resorts, and the painting really captured that.

But there are more than landscapes.  One painting is a view from within a church looking out.  It captures some of the interesting features inside the church and the appealing scene outside.  Paintings looking out on something always catch my attention.   

Judy has a BA degree in Art from Georgian Court College, Lakewood, NJ, and has studied art in New York City as well.  She worked for a period in the art department of a New York City advertising agency, but now spends her time painting as well as teaching art at Princeton High School, the Middlesex Youth Center, and the West Windsor Arts Council.

Judy speaks enthusiastically about teaching art.  In adult classes, there is great energy and excitement when a new person begins to paint and discovers the joy within them.  It is contagious!  With high school students, there is discovery, as you never know what is in a person’s mind until they express it in their art work.  Each student brings their own approach to art, and witnessing this helps Judy to keep an open mind and to see things in a new way.

Judy was interested in art as a child, but really got started when, as a high school student, she took lessons from a highly regarded artist in Red Bank, NJ, whom she still remembers fondly as a great inspiration.  Judy is especially grateful to her mom who drove her forty-five minutes each way to attend these lessons.  This is a great example of how a caring parent and an outstanding teacher can make a difference in a person’s life!

Judy paints primarily landscapes, as she enjoys the challenge of capturing the beauty of the places she has seen, whether it be the Jersey shore or some exotic location halfway around the world.  She finds that as her art evolves, she is less concerned with realism and more interested in the play and interaction of color. 

In addition to her own paintings, Judy is displaying paintings by some of her students at the Middlesex Youth Shelter.  These students earn high school credits in Judy’s art class, which is funded by the Cranbury Arts Council.

Additional paintings may be seen on the Gourgaud Gallery Facebook page:!/pages/Gourgaud-Gallery/108657442495068?sk=info
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.