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Hamilton Street Gallery
P.O. Box 710
Bound Brook, New Jersey 08805
Phone: 732-748-2092
Email: info@hamiltonstreetgallery.com




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Contemporary Art
Description:
Welcome. Hamilton Street Gallery, located in downtown Bound Brook, New Jersey, is an exhibition space for contemporary visual art. We welcome both
emerging and established artists residing in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. All media is considered and we encourage work that is new and
experimental. There will be 6 or 7 annual group exhibits, some of which will be juried and curated by our gallery staff, and others by guest curators.
Shows will run between 6 and 8 weeks. They will be thematic and versatile in nature, ranging from whimsical to the audacious, providing artists with
the means to articulate their ideas about the world. Also, we hope to stimulate the creative pulse of the community by conveying an atmosphere in
which to experience a focused, personal and enriching engagement with art.

New Art Group exhibition entitled Influences
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Featured artists: Susan Ahlstrom (Stirling, NJ), Francesca Azzara (Westfield, NJ), Jane Caminos (Watchung, NJ), Nanci Ori (Berkeley Heights, NJ), Paul XO Pinkman (Plainfield, NJ), Heidi Sussman (West Orange, NJ) and Gail Winbury (Westfield, NJ)

The Hamilton Street Gallery will be showing, “Influences,” an exhibition of new work by the members of the New Art Group, an organization of visual artists with a 22 year history in north central New Jersey.

Running from August 23rd to September 24th, with the opening reception on Sunday, September 13 from 2 to 5pm, this exhibit represents the first time the members of the New Art Group have created work specifically in response to and in conjunction with one another. The show is comprised largely of triptychs, and one diptych, each of which are made of the works of two or three different artists in the group, along with individual pieces from each artist.

The formative idea of this exhibit was a desire to get all the members of the group to push themselves into different, sometimes difficult places with their work. In this way, each artist could experience what collaboration might do within their own body of work. The results are eye-opening for both the viewers of the work and for the artists themselves.

Per New Art Group member, Susan Ahlstrom, “Although individually several members had acknowledged the influence that past and present members had on their work, ‘Influences’ in triptych form had never been considered.”

Artists with mature styles face a challenge with collaborative works. They must strive to remain true to their own vision, yet work together so the end result is cohesive, while at the same time being open to re-envisioning their own approach. Jane Caminos explains, “In a deliberate shift designed to ‘stretch us’ as artists, the ‘Influences’ project breaks from our accustomed way of working out a solution to a theme; instead of creating answers in isolation to the exploration of a concept, we decided to collaborate on a series of triptychs which would ultimately demonstrate how divergent methods of working out an idea might, or might not, result in a surprisingly cohesive solution.”

The New Art Group’s process was simple – artists created a center panel without reference to any other artists’ work. Then two other artist members were randomly chosen to create works for the side panels. This part of the process was left open – the side artists could choose to collaborate, converse or simple work independently. However it was approached, it presented challenges.

Francesca Azzara states it well. “Jane’s skillful use of vibrant colors juxtaposed with sharp black and white [in her center panel] is at the very opposite end of the visual spectrum of my work. In contrast to my usual approach of delicate line work and subtle colors, my new work required stronger colors and bolder imagery…This collaboration has inspired me with a new direction for future bodies of work.”

To round out the exhibition and offer a way into each artists’ work, panels produced by each artist not within a collaborative context are shown. These works provide a view into the visual language of the individual artists that was the starting place from which the multi-paneled works were created.

Another member artist, Heidi Sussman, had this to say about the process, “There is a story in every work of art but usually we are our own authors. It is extremely challenging to interpret another artist’s story while keeping the visual integrity of the centerpiece. For this project we were forced to step outside of ourselves and leave our creative comfort zone.”

The resulting exhibition demonstrates how artists with established styles and approaches and mature views of their process can yet create work that challenges preconceived notions of what we think we know about their work.

We are pleased to be introducing our newest member, Gail Winbury, who, though not a member during this process, will have a representative piece in the show.

The New Art Group today consists of New Jersey based artists Susan Ahlstrom (Stirling, NJ), Francesca Azzara (Westfield, NJ), Jane Caminos (Watchung, NJ), Nanci Ori (Berkeley Heights, NJ), Paul XO Pinkman (Plainfield, NJ), Heidi Sussman (West Orange, NJ) and Gail Winbury (Westfield, NJ).

The exhibition runs from August 23rd. to September 24th., 2015 at the Hamilton Street Gallery, 6 Hamilton Street, Bound Brook NJ 08805. The artists’ reception will be held on Sunday, September 13 from 2 to 5 pm.

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As part of the newly established Arts District, Hamilton Street Gallery is proud to present, for a second year, “Artists of Bound Brook.” This exhibition features the creative work of eight artists, both established and emerging, living and working right here in Bound Brook, NJ. A rich variety of media including, painting, collage, mixed media, photography and sculpture is on display until August 6th. As with our other exhibits throughout the year, we hope to attract artists and art lovers alike, to this annual event and look forward to showcasing the talents of many more artists in years to come.

Directors
Joan Sonnenfeld
BrianMcCormack

Artists of Bound Brook postcard
Featured Artists
   

Bob Beucler
Kelly Clark
Ivan Constante
Dr. Rachel M. Jasper

Liz Levering
Brian McCormack
Caitlin McCormack
Joan Sonnenfeld
If you are interested in buying artwork from the "Artists of Bound Brook" exhibit, we will accept cash, check or money order. To find out about availability, purchasing, pickup and delivery of work, please call the gallery at 732-748-2092 or email us at: info@hamiltonstreetgallery.com

Locked and Loaded by Bob Beaucler

The Living Deads photo by Bob Beaucler

Guitar Hero photo by Bob Beucler

Fire Painting The Dance by Liz Levering

Bob Beucler “Locked and Loaded” digital photo
$80.00

Bob Beucler
“The Living Deads”
digital photo $80.00

Bob Beucler “Guitar Hero”
digital photo $80.00

Liz Levering “The Dance”
(fire painting 1)
oil on canvas $550.00

Fire Painting by Liz Levering

orange Siren by Kelly Clark watercolor by Brian McCormack Pattern for an angerl oil by Joan Sonnenfeld

Liz Levering
“The Meeting”
(fire painting 2)
oil on canvas $550.00

Kelly Clark
“Orange Siren”
monotype collage
$200.00

Brian McCormack
“Blue Grotto”
watercolor
$125.00

Joan Sonnenfeld
“Pattern for an Angel”
collage on canvas
$350.00

  Angel Cought in a Nuclear Cloud collage by Joan Sonnenfeld K nox by Kelly Clark tree before thr storm watercolor by Brian McCormack

Joan Sonnenfeld
“Cloak and Hanger”
oil on canvas $100.00

Joan Sonnenfeld
“Angel caught in a
Nuclear cloud”
collage on canvas
$400.00

Kelly Clark “Knox”
collage $200.00

Brian McCormack
“Tree before the Storm” watercolor
$200.00

 

Dream a dry place oil by Joan Sonnenfeld

Guitaqr sculpture

Tummy Beast

Fortuitous Peachling Caitlin McCormack
Joan Sonnenfeld
“Dream a Dry Place”
oil on canvas
$500.00

Brian McCormack
“Rack-em-up”
sculpture
$650.00

Caitlin McCormack
“The Tummy Beast”
mixed media
digital print $60.00

Caitlin McCormack “The Fortuitous Little Peachling” mixed media digital print $40.00
Red Dlelicious Caitlin McCormack I love ferrets Caitlin McCormack Steven Tyler ivan Constante Caustic Kelly Clark

Caitlin McCormack
“Red Delicious”
mixed media digital
print $40.00

Caitlin McCormack
“I <3 Ferrets”
mixed media digital
print $40.00

Ivan Constante
“Steven Tyler”
acrylic on paper
$170.00

Kelly Clark “Caustic”
monotype collage
$200.00
Skyway View Brian McCormack Asbury Jetty watercolor by Brian MoCormack Lennon by Ivan Constante Red Umbrella watercolor by Brian McCormack
Brian McCormack
“View from the Pulaski
Skyway” watercolor
$150.00

Brian McCormack
“Asbury Jetty”
watercolor
$100.00

Ivan Constante
“Lennon” acrylic
on paper
$170.00

Brian McCormack
“Red Umbrella”
watercolor
$100.00

Rocky Stream at Harriman watercolor by Brian McCormack The Nursery assemblage by Joan Sonnenfeld    
Brian McCormack
“Rocky Stream at Harriman” print of watercolor
$75.00

Joan Sonnenfeld
“The Nursery” assemblage
on panel
$150.00



 
PAST EXHIBITION - May 9th to June 18th, 2015
Beginning Saturday, May 9th, Hamilton Street Gallery will be presenting
“Journey to Here,” featuring the work of Zig Mantell, an artist whose many
varied travels and experiences throughout the world, are reflected in his
creations. The vivid and diverse compositions of his digital photos and collages communicate a rich social and personal mythology captured through the technical prism of the camera and Photoshop, tools which are integral to his process. Within the vast environment of the digital realm, Zig travels on a continuous quest in search of people, places and things, and as these connections emerge, he introduces us to a limitless array of possibilities.

Directors
Joan Sonnenfeld
BrianMcCormack

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Journey to here - art of Zig Mantel
Featured Artist Zig Mantell
 
 

grumphids by Zig Mantell

Kandy Kat Dancer

The traveller by zig Mantell

Sign and Skull by Zig Mantell

Title: “Grumphids”
Medium: digital
reproduction
of a colored pencil
drawing 1970
Size: 16” x 20”
Year: 2015

Title: “Kandy Kat Dancer”
Medium: digital collage
Size: 20” x 24”
Year: 2011

Title: “The Traveller”
Medium: color study
on mat board, acrylic, pencil
and magic marker
Size: 18” x 24” (frame Size)
Year: 1984

Title: “Sign and Skull”
Medium: digital collage
Size: 18” x 24”
Year: 2011

Zincopro panel 10 by Zig Mantell

Waiting looking for Elvis Wisdom

Title: “Zincopro Panel #10”
Medium: digital collage
Size: 22” x 28”
Year: 2011

Title: “Waiting”
Medium: color study
on mat board,
acrylic, pencil and magic
marker
Size: 18” x 24”
(frame size)
Year: 1981

Title: “Looking for Elvis”
Medium: digital collage printed on
watercolor paper mounted on board
Size: 19” x 25”
Year: 2012

Title: “Wisdom”
Medium: digital collage
printed on watercolor paper mounted on board
Size: 19” x 25”
Year: 2012

Neighborhood phone Psychic Visions Zincopro Panel 43 Local Shade

Title: “Neighborhood Phone”
Medium: digital collage
Size: 11” x 14”
Year: 2014

Title: “Psychic Visions”
Medium: digital collage
Size: 18” x 24”
Year: 2012

Title: “Zincopro Panel #43”
Medium: digital collage
Size: 22” x 28”
Year: 2011


Title: “Local Shade”
Medium: enhanced digital photo
Size: 16” x 20”
Year: 2014

 

sunny Day Intersection

Balloon Market

sunny street
Title: “Late Afternoon”
Medium: digital collage
Size: 27” x 33”
Year: 2014

Title: “Intersection”
Medium: enhanced
digital photo
Size: 12” x 20”
Year: 2014

Title: “Balloon Market”
Medium: enhanced
digital photo
Size: 16” x 20”
Year: 2014

Title: “Sunny Street”
Medium: enhanced digital photo
Size: 16” x 20”
Year: 2014
Crucero de Cortesia tragedy Industrial break room Industrial environment

Title: “Crucero De
Cortesia”
Medium: enhanced
digital photo
Size: 16” x 20”
Year: 2014

Title: “Tragedy”
Medium: digital collage
Size: 11” x 14”
Year: 2014

Title: “Industrial Break Room”
Medium: oil painting on
canvas board
Size: 18” x 24”
Year: 1982

Title: “Industrial Environment”
Medium: digital collage
Size: 18” x 24”
Year: 2010
Smashing the Atom Complimentary The Bus Monument
Title: “Smash the Atom”
Medium: digital collage
Size: 11” x 14”
Year: 2014

Title: “Complimentary”
Medium: digital collage
Size: 16” x 20”
Year: 2014

Title: “The Bus”
Medium: enhanced
digital photo
Size: 30” x 36”
Year: 2014

Title: “Monument”
Medium: digital collage
Size: 18” x 24”
Year: 2010

free Minus Zincopro panel 12 Pegasus WIndow by Zig Mantell
Title: “Free Minus”
Medium: digital collage
Size: 16” x 20”
Year: 2014
Title: “Zincopro Panel #12”
Medium: digital collage
Size: 22” x 28”
Year: 2011
Title: “Pegasus”
Medium: digital collage
Size: 16” x 20”
Year: 2011
Title: “Window”
Medium: digital reproduction of
original collage 1980
Size: 16” x 16”
Year: 2015
geoterra by Zig Mantell TekByte by Zig Mantell Forecast by Zig Mantell  
Title: “Geoterra”
Medium: digital
reproduction of
colored pencil
drawing 1981
Size: 16” x 16”
Year: 2015
Title: “TekByte”
Medium: digital reproduction
of an acrylic painting 1983
Size: 16” x 16”
Year: 2015
Title: “Forecast”
Medium: digital reproduction of
original magic marker 2011
Size: 16” x 16”
Year: 2015
 
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RECENT EXHIBITION - March 15th to April 23rd
To be in the defenseless, precarious state of endangerment, a word often heard these days, is to have undergone a process of decline, to become weakened, vulnerable and eventually disappear. This descension can manifest itself in the form of a waning plant or animal species, environmental deterioration, such as the effects of global warming, the fading away of sensitive cultures and a way of life for many people. It can also contribute to economic decline, and class struggle inciting conflicts throughout the world. For this exhibit, thirty one artists explore the ephemeral aspects of existence that we all take for granted.

Directors
Joan Sonnenfeld
BrianMcCormack

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Featured Artists  
Susan Ahlstrom
Luis Alves: collage
Peter Arakawa
Lisa Bagwell
Mary Jean Canziani
Kelly Clark
Fred Cole
Leslie Delgyer
Theresa DeSalvio
Joanne Devine
David Elwood
Steven Epstein
Darlene Foster
Richard Gessner
Jerome Gonzales
Jenna Hannum
Curt Harbits
Rita Herzfeld
Parvathi Kumar
Jerry Luciani
Zig Mantell
Brian McCormack
Maria Mijares
Pat Feeney Murrell
Franc Palaia
Carol Radsprecher
Ellen Rebarber
Pegg Lyons-Roehm
Steven Ullmer
Nicole Vincenti
John Wyatt
 

Strange Garden Carol Radsprecher

Steven Epstein Roadside Shrine on Rt 1

Moving towards extinction David Elwood

Hurry Please wait Peter Arakawa

Carol Radsprecher
Title: “ Strange Garden"
Medium: inkjet print, drawn in photoshop
Size: 12” x 12”
Year: 2013

Steven Epstein
TItle: “Roadside Shrine
on Rte. 1 South”
Medium: acrylic on canvas
Size: 24”H x 30” W
Year: 2012

David Elwood
Title: “Moving Towards Extinction”
Medium: photograph
Size: 20” W x 16” H
Year: 2009

Peter Arakawa
Title: “It’s time, Please Hurry!”
Medium: spray painted readymade with watercolor
Size: 27” W x 21” H
Year: 2010

Big Sky - Steven Ullmer

Recycled Dreams - Nicole Vincente End of the road - Zig Mantell Artificial Intelligence - Jerry Lucianani

Steven Ullmer
TItle: “Big Sky”
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 24” W x 48”H
Year: 2012

Nicole Vincenti
Title: “Recycled Dreams”
Medium: sea glass, wood, driftwood, found object
Size: 19” H x 10 1/2” W
Year: 2012

Zig Mantell
Title: “End of the Road”   
Medium: digital collage  
Size: 27 x 33 inches  
Year: 2011

Jerry Luciani
Title: “Artificial Intelligence”
Medium: sculpted 2 part clay epoxy (resin and hardener), weld bond, foam core, paint, fabricated steel, found objects and adhesive
Size: 15” x 15” x 19”
Year: 2014

Where are all the trees - Rita Herzfeld Extra Security - Fred Cole This art is toxic - Brian McCormack Surface Scratch - Kelly Clark

Rita Herzfeld
Title: “WHERE ARE
THE TREES?”
Medium: acrylic on canvas
Size: 36 W x 48: L
Year: 2007

Fred Cole
Title: “Extra Security”
Medium: recycled phone cord, whistles, hook and locks
Size: 13” H x 8” W
Year: 2015

Brian McCormack
Title: “This Art is Toxic”
Medium: spent batteries, wood,
paint, glue, silver tape
Size: 26” W x 13” H
Year: 2014


Kelly Clark
Title: “Surface/Scratch”
Medium: collage
Size: 28” H x 26” W
Year: 2015

 

Pardon me thou bleeding piece of earth The Vanishing - Leslie Delgyer

Tree in honor of my father - Ellen Rebarber

Golden Milkweed - Pegg Lyons-Roehm
Curt Harbits
Title: " Pardon Me, Thou Bleeding Piece of Earth "
Medium: graphite and acrylic on Stonehenge paper
Size: 11" x 14" , 12" x 15" framed
Year: 2015

Leslie Delgyer
Title: The Vanishing
(white Tiger)
Medium: Pastel on Strathmore paper
Size: 18” H x 16”W
Year: 2009

Ellen Rebarber
Title: “Reconstructed Tree,
In honor of my father”
medium: once a tree
Size: 34” H x 14” W x 10” D
Year: 2012

Pegg Lyons-Roehm
Title: “Golden Milkweed”
Medium: photograph
Size: 20” Wx 16”H
Year: 2015
Price: $250.00
In addition to this piece, the artist has included “Seed Bombs” of milkweed seeds encased in soil and clay to be distributed
The social world of Children - Mary Jean Canziani Blue and Beige Buildings - franc Palaia The Spam of Vegas-Roit

Mary Jean Canziani
Title: The Social World
of the Child
Medium: acrylic on
vintage book
Size: 16” W x 12” H
Year: 2013

Franc Palaia
Title: “Beige and Blue Buildings” (Havana Cuba)
Medium: digital photograph
Size: 30” W x 20” H
Year: 2013

Title: “The Spam of Vegas-Roit”
Medium: short story
manuscript and video
Year: 1987
Price: NFS
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Mesophile - Jenna Hannum earth - Luis Alves: Collage waiting - Maria Mijares
Jenna Hannum
Title: “Mesophile”
Medium: graphite on paper mounted on panel
Size: 22 x 22 inches
Year: 2014

Luis Alves: collage
Title: “Earth”
Medium: Framed Handmade Collage
Size: 24” W x 20” H
Year:

Ellen Rebarber
Title: “Where Will The River Go?”
Medium: wooden box, paint, wooden dowels,
and iridescent fused glass
Size: 31 1/2” W x 8 1/2” H x 3 1/2” D
Year: 2014

Maria Mijares
Title: “Waiting”
Medium: acrylic on polyester
Size: 46” H x 17” W
Year: 2014

Layered Languages - Parvathi Kumar Radiation - Theresa DeSalvio Ready for demolition - John Wyatt Coatrack - Jerome Gonzales

Parvathi Kumar
Title: “Layered Languages”
Medium: digital photograph
Size: 16” W x 20” L
Year: 2013

Theresa DeSalvio
Title: “Radiation”
Medium: acrylic medium, willow stick, oil paint on Arches oil paint paper
Size: 30” H x 22” W
Year: 2013

John Wyatt
Title: “Ready For Demolition” NJ
Medium: archival digital print
Size: 20” W x 13 3/8” H
Year: 2013,
Jerome Gonzales
Title: The Coatrack-Articles about one thing shouldn't mostly focus on another thing, Wikipedia
Mixed media: Newspaper print, deer decoy, wooden arrows, acrylic, wooden plaque
Size: 24"x36"
The Last Waltz - Darlene Foster Running on empty - Fred Cole

Running on empty - Detail

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White Purity - Joanne Devine
Darlene Foster
Title: "The Last Waltz"
Medium: photography montage
Size 20” w x 16” H
Year: 2012
Fred Cole
Title: “Running on Empty”
Medium: found object, oil gauge, wood
Size: 51” H x 9” W
Year: 2015
Joanne Devine
Title: “Endangered: The Purity of Whiteness”
Medium: acrylic on canvas
Size: 24" H x 30" W
Year: 2015
One Angry Seahorse - Lisa Bagwell Remnant Box II - Pat Feeney Murrell tower of extinction - Susan Ahlstrom
Lisa Bagwell
Title: “The Angry Seahorse”
Medium: found objects, plastic,
glue, and screws
Size: 28” W x 27” L x 6” D
Year:
Pat Feeney Murrell
Title: “Remnant Box II”
Medium: flax handmade paper body
wrap, binders board, bamboo
Size: 43”L x 27”W x 22” H
Year: 1997
Susan Ahlstrom
Title: Tower of Extinction
Medium: wood and ceramic tiles
Size: 63” H x 12” W x 13” D
Year: 2008
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(A two person exhibit of Rita Herzfeld and Peter Arakawa) January 18th to February 26th, 2015

The title says it all. Rita Herzfeld and Peter Arakawa are an artistic couple who haven’t grown up, and really don’t want to. Their approach to art, although generally abstract in character, is both playful and emotional. Peter’s art is very versatile, showing a pervasive originality, sparked by a unique sense of humor. He has a deep understanding of science, architecture and nature, exploring detailed imagery that range from simple to complex forms of expression, sometimes adding collage materials and his own imaginative calligraphic text to his technical and insightful compositions.

Rita has a more spontaneous and emotional approach to her art. Her paintings transport the viewer on a roving excursion over the painted surface, which can feel sensual, mysterious, wildly chaotic, and anywhere in between. Her brush strokes ignite a fuel cell of rhythmic patterns and colors energized by an anomaly of shapes and swirls. Rita acknowledges, “I feel like I must burst out...but stay contained on the canvas or paper...it’s a constant struggle. I do fight to be free and loose.”

Hamilton Street Gallery is happy to provide the “playground” space for this engaging exhibition of work by these two imaginative and exciting artists.

Directors

Joan Sonnenfeld
BrianMcCormack

Download PostcardImagination of a Boy and a Girl - 2 person show of works by Rita Herzfeld and Peter Arakawa
 

Peter Arakawa Mixed Media

Mackerel by Peter Arakawa mixed media

Boy by Rita Herzfeld

Slope by Rita Herzfeld Mono print

Peter Arakawa “I believe this is yours Mr. Chief Justice, Mr. Scalia, I was wondering... Clarence, your mother’s on the phone... Mr. Kennedy, I am shocked by your levity” mixed media
7 1/2” x 13 1/4”

Peter Arakawa
“Mackerel”
mixed media
9 1/2” x 11”

Rita Herzfeld “Boy”
acrylic on masonite
8 1/2” x 10 1/2”

Rita Herzfeld
“Slope”
acrylic mono print
on paper
26” x 26”

Bright Day by Rita Herzfeld acrylic on paper

Moonight by Rita Herzfeld acrylic on canvas Crick crick by Peter Arakawa assemblage Girl by Peter Arakawa

Rita Herzfeld
“Bright Day”
acrylic on paper
15” x 18”

Rita Herzfeld
“Home Depot, Moon Night ”
acrylic on canvas
40” x 30”
Peter Arakawa
“Crick Crick”
assemblage
20” x 26”

Peter Arakawa
“Girl” computer augmented image with low relief attachment
13” x 16”

The last cynders by Rita Herzfeld watercolor Airplane 1 by Peter Arakawa Airplane 2 by Peter Arakawa ice Breaker by Rita Herzfeld

Rita Herzfeld
“The Last Cinders”
watercolor and
acrylic on paper
17 1/2” x 15”

Peter Arakawa
“Airplane -1”
mixed media
on masonite
5” x 5”

Peter Arakawa
“Airplane -2”
mixed media
on masonite
5” x 5”

Rita Herzfeld
“Icebreaker”
acrylic on canvas
4’ x 3‘

 

Re Birth by Rita Herzfeld

Tiught squeeze by Rita Herzfeld

Night Lake by Rita Herzfeld watercolor acrylic
Rita Herzfeld
“Walk in the Woods”
acrylic on masonite
8” x 21”

Rita Herzfeld
“Rebirth”
acrylic on paper
15” x 18”

Rita Herzfeld
“Tight Squeeze”
watercolor and
ink on paper
38” x 31”

Rita Herzfeld
“Night Lake”
acrylic on paper
15” x 18”
Pensive Mood by Rita Herzfeld acrylic Invoking Free will by Peter Arakawa Orange Light by Rita Herzfeld acrylic Orange Watch by Peter Arakawa

Rita Herzfeld
“Pensive Mood”
acrylic on paper
30” x 38”

Peter Arakawa
“Invoking Free Will”
mixed media
11 1/2” x 13 1/2”

Rita Herzfeld
“Orange Light”
acrylic on canvas
3‘ x 4‘

Peter Arakawa
“Orange Watch”
mixed medial
on paper
28” x 23”
Time Space Contimuum by Peter Arakawa Cat Toy by Peter Arakawa After the big bang by Peter Arakawa Radio by Peter Arakawa
Peter Arakawa
“Time/Space Continuum” gouache, ink and
collage on paper
28” x 23”

Peter Arakawa
“Cat Toy”
mixed media and
acrylic on panel
13 1/2” x 29 1/2”

Peter Arakawa
“After the Big Bang”
ink and collage
on paper
23” x 28”

Peter Arakawa
“Radio”
acrylic on canvas
24” x 60”

Surfaces by Peter Arakawa Red Hot by Rita Herzfeld Whose Involved by Peter Arakawa Bubbles by peter Arakawa

Peter Arakawa
“Surfaces”
ink and collage
on paper
23” x 28”

Rita Herzfeld
“Red Hot”
acrylic on paper
15” x 18”

Peter Arakawa
“Who’s involved anyway? or “Have you been vaccinated?” mixed media
8 1/2” x 12 1/2”
Peter Arakawa
“Bubbles”
mixed media
on paper
26” x 23”
Home Depot by Rita Herzfeld    
Rita Herzfeld
“Home Depot”
silicon caulking
and acrylic paint
on canvas
40” x 30”
Peter Arakawa
“Peaceful Roots”
watercolor and
found object
8” x 6”
   

NY Time mention for Rita and Peters show

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STATEMENTS

Rita Herzfeld
Statement
My introduction to the art world was through my mom, who would show me how to draw animals. The magic of filling a blank page with quickly drawn geese, ducks and horses hooked me. The ease of the pencil darting across the page was mesmerizing. It wasn’t until much later in life that I bothered to categorize art. I admired it all!!!

It’s impossible for me to not credit the impressionists with their lovely light and color.
Certainly this influenced me…but it was the Abstract Expressionists that captured my imagination. The thought of non representational art making a statement intrigued me.
Kandinsky, Pollack, Miro & Kline are just a few I can name off the top of my head. Oh what about Van Gogh?, DeKooning?, Marin & Arakawa. I’m influenced by them all.

Though I enjoy sketching from life, a successful painting of mine will have no reference to the physical world...I try with every painting to push beyond my comfort zone. I don’t follow a formula…I may not know what I’m striving for, but I know when I have found it and the painting is complete.

Early on in the 70’s my paintings were more figurative and boldly colorful. Over the years I’ve become less figurative and my colors though strong are more nuanced. Perhaps the work reflects my maturity and the real concern I feel for the world. My works on paper remain colorful and light. It is in my paintings on canvas that I try to find a safe place to escape to...


ARTIST’S STATEMENT - Peter Arakawa

The jazz idiom has been with me from an early age. In childhood I had a subconscious appreciation of Duke Ellington and Count Basie. Cartoons and plastic models were how I expressed myself. Listening to radio was always in the background in our house. I learned about abstract painting in college, and I became aware of poetry while in high school. Poetry, jazz, and abstraction were the three elements which I was to pursue as I launched my career as an artist, that was thirty years ago.
I became enamored with the avante guard in both jazz and painting and as a student choked on the difficulty in writing poetry. Discord was something I knew I had to learn, as with tone. T.S. Eliot, John Coltrane, and Jackson Pollock were the influences which determined my artistic direction. Later the Imagists poets, straight ahead jazz, and the abstract expressionists filled me as roll models. Noise was where it was at and I had to be a part of it.
Like Charlie Parker said,” Know everything about your instrument, then just play…” I did my homework. Realism, the figure, impressionism, surrealism, hard edge, all these were lessons which I learned to do. College allowed me the time to follow the chords which struck my fancy. Good teachers coaxed me on. Philosophy, English Lit, and History were put on my plate, and I devoured every morsel. At the end of earning a Masters, I jumped into the trenches.
I had an inkling of a voice as I reached the real world. The gig as an artist was that one played in solitude, and if you were lucky you’d have a show. In the drain of rejections I would implode, destroying bodies of work. I finally learned not to do that. I learned the hard way to deal with rejection.
Now I just play. I go to the boards and stuff pours out. I have paid my dues and I get to ride for free, or almost. I am lucky. I live with my greatest love, Rita, an artist of the nth degree, for the past fifteen years. She keeps us afloat. As for me I am a recovering schizophrenic who would die if Rita ever left me. We are two little children braving the elements of reality together. She is twelve and I am five years old, but that’s another story…

 

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