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