Winter landscapes star in 'Snow' group exhibit

Exhibit opens with a reception at the Hotel Fauchere this Sunday


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  • "Slateford Farm Woods" by St. Clair Sullivan (24” x 36," oil on board, 2008)




  • By Lois Dodd




  • By Tom Keough




  • By Tom Keough




  • By Tom Keough



About the artists

Rita Baragona often paints woodland gardens and their flowers in summer, but in winter she is drawn to the architectural majesty of trees in snow. “The closer I look, the more I see organic self-similar patterns in snow and trees, with rhythms of light and color,” she says. Baragona’s work has been exhibited at the Bowery Gallery in New York, The Walker-Kornbluth Gallery and Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her work has been shown at Rider University, the Dutot (Delaware Water Gap, Pa.), the Kouros Gallery, Borgenicht Gallery, Midtown Payson Gallery, and the New York Studio School.
Lois Dodd paints where she has lived and worked over the course of her 91 years: the Lower East Side, rural Mid-Coast Maine, and the Delaware Water Gap. Her surroundings inspire intimately scaled pictures that she typically completes in one plein air sitting. She co-founded the legendary Tanager Gallery and with Fairfield Porter, Rackstraw Downes, Alex Katz, Charles DuBack, and Neil Welliver, she was part of the wave of New York modernists to explore the coast of Maine in the late 1940s. In 2012 – 2013, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, MO, organized a retrospective of Dodd’s paintings, accompanied by the book Catching the Light and in 2017, Lund Humphries published a monograph of her work. Widely exhibited and honored, Dodd is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Academy of Design.
Tom Keough paints in both oil and watercolor, capturing the urban New York City environment and the beauty of the Catskills. He has exhibited at the Museum Of Modern Art, the Moenchehaus Museum and The Place/Kayenberg Design Studio, both in Germany, at the United Nations, U.S. Capital Rotunda, U.S. Senate Chambers, St. Peter’s Church in Manhattan, St. Thomas Cathedral in Rockefeller Center, the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment, the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem and the Riverstone Art and Design Gallery.
Simeon Lagodich is an artist as well as a frame designer. His work is in books featuring American realist painters, including "Paintings of California" by Ilene Susan Fort and Arnold Skolnick, and a cover image for "Ceremonial Time: Fifteen Thousand Years On One Square Mile," John Hanson Mitchell, 1997. Lagodich is currently continuing a series of en plein air landscapes of notable sites along the Hudson River and rivers of the American West. He is an expert in period frame styles, gilding and restoration techniques and lectures on the subject of period frame history, fabrication, and restoration. Based in New York, he and his partner, Tracy Gill, own Gill and Lagodich Fine Period Frames and Restoration in New York’s historic Tribeca neighborhood.
Barbara Kulicke (1929-2015) exhibited in numerous solo and group shows throughout the U.S. and abroad, including at London’s Rivington Gallery. She was honored by the NJ State Council of the Arts with a Fellowship Award for Artistic Excellence. A founder of the Ridge and Valley Conservancy, Kulicke was influential in preserving the untouched native landscapes she often paints. Included are paintings made during a blizzard: “As the storm howled outside, I painted quickly; the snow and wind translated to paper and paint. The white paper served well as snow, a few marks as tree lines and the bright orange of the willow tree bending to nature’s powerful force captured the energy I felt so strongly.”
Arthur Kvarnstrom finds painting onsite offers an experience different from studio painting. “Being outside, immersed in the sights, sounds, and scents that are an inevitable part of the environment, provides sensory input not available in the studio. Winter light is clear and bright with long shadows cast from the sun low in the sky. The presence of snow creates sharp, dramatic contrasts of light and dark. The totality produces a haunting mood of silence and peace that I find deeply spiritual.” Kvarnstrom has had solo exhibitions at the Marion Art Center, Mass.; Antoine Dutot Museum and Gallery, Delaware Water Gap, Prince St. Gallery, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Kingsborough Community College, Romano Gallery, Blair Academy, Nelson Fine Arts Gallery, Trahern Gallery and Austin Peay State University, Clarksville Tenn.
Ken Metcalf captures the beauty, balance, and harmony of ever-changing winter landscapes. His work explores how winters’ light reveals the play of cool and warm color within nature along the Delaware River and the Delaware Water Gap landscape. An alumnus of the Rhode Island School of Design, Metcalf has exhibited in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions including the Antoine Dutot Museum and Hal Bromm Gallery. Metcalf’s paintings in public and private collections have garnered numerous regional awards. A member of several conservation, historic and environmental organizations, Ken supports open space, watershed and river conservation efforts.
St. Clair Sullivan recalls that he “came to the landscape more as a walker than as a painter.” He often starts his day with a steep trail hike atop one of the small mountains of the Kittatinny Ridge that frame the Delaware Water Gap, finding a virtually untouched natural world that he conveys through works featured in this exhibition. He has exhibited in solo shows at Kornblee Gallery, New York City, Academy Gallery, New Orleans, Wyckoff Gallery, Sussex County College, Bachelier-Cardonsky Gallery Kent, CT, Blair Academy, Dutot Museum and Rider University. Selected group exhibitions include the Noyes Museum, N.J., Kerygma Gallery, Ridgewood, N.J. “The New Jersey Landscape” at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and the NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowship Exhibition at Rutgers. He has twice been honored to receive NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowship awards.


— “Snow,” a group art exhibition of winter landscapes, will be presented at the Hotel Fauchere in Milford.

An opening reception in honor of the artists will be held at the Fauchere from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18.

Eight en plein air artists present winterscapes from the Delaware Water Gap and Kittatinny Ridge region of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as scenes from New York State, Maine, and beyond. The exhibition will remain on view and available for sale through March 31.

The works focus on the beauty of the natural world and the grace that comes with the first snowfall of the season. The exhibition captures the change and excitement of winter to come, inviting us to consider nature’s beauty as the seasons shift.

"Snow" is curated by New York gallerist Hal Bromm, who founded the first contemporary gallery in Tribeca in 1975. In 1981, he presented Pennsylvanian Keith Haring’s first one-man show in New York.

A well-known preservationist, Brom served as president of New York’s Historic Districts Council. He was a design consultant to Richard Snyder and Sean Strub during the restoration and reopening of the Hotel Fauchere.

“Hal Bromm’s eye for art, design and emerging talent, as well as his accomplishments in the field of historic preservation, is legendary,” said Strub, the Hotel Fauchere’s owner. "I’m so proud that he has agreed to be the hotel’s first guest curator and has assembled such a spectacular group of artists for the show."

Many of the featured are friends who have exhibited together throughout the region—include Rita Baragona, Lois Dodd, Tom Keough, Barbara Kulicke, Arthur Kvarnstrom, Simeon Lagodich, Ken Metcalf, and St. Clair Sullivan.

Works in a variety of media will be on view, including oil on canvas, acrylic on canvas, watercolor and pastel.

The opening reception is open to the public. RSVP to events@HotelFauchere.com.

For more information call 570-409-1212.







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