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Simon Fine Art Gallery’s 3rd annual “Sketch George” Community Art Exhibit

Simon Fine Art Gallery’s 3rd annual “Sketch George” Community Art Exhibit opens February 25. The public votes for their favorite artwork and voting will continue through March 10. The 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners receive a gift certificate to our gallery/boutique.  We hold this exhibit in the spirit of nurturing fun and creativity!  It’s a gentle reminder that creative expression holds an important role in individual and community well-being. There is an artist in all of us, all you have to do is get out of your own way, have some fun creating and let that artist out! For more information, contact us at 215-249-9155 or drop by the gallery!  See the design brief that follows if you would like to participate:

 Design Brief for “Sketch George” Event

*A community art event for all ages!

*Gift certificate prizes awarded for 1st place $200, 2nd place $100 and 3rd place $50.

*We will accept one submission per person.

*All abilities, any medium and style accepted.

*You may use any photos of George from our Facebook page, or come by the Gallery and take your own photos or sketch from life. Subject matter is George, of course!

*Maximum image size 11 x 14 inches.

*Art needs to be matted or framed. All paint should be dry please!

*All entries are due by Feb 18, 2017.

 

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Featured Artist at Simons Fine Art Gallery: Jeffrey Charlesworth

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Jeff Charlesworth brings his own impressions of local landscape colors and nature to the canvas.  His oil paintings done directly outdoors (plein air) or in the studio create immediate impressions of light, color, shadow and space.  He finds inspiration in landscapes in the Delaware Valley in all seasons:  from farm fields, woodland creeks or scenes from in his own garden. His work has been shown at the Phillips Mill in New Hope, Pennsylvania; at the Stover Mill Gallery in Erwinna, Pennsylvania; The Philadelphia Sketch Club, and at the Lambertville Historic Society Plein Air Silent Auctions.

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A landscape architect by profession and a partner in his own practice Charlesworth Fleischacker Landscape Architects, Jeff translates his eye for color and design into lush four-season gardens.  Their practice specializes in sustainable and regenerative landscape that integrate landscape, nature, and architecture. His design work in residential, school and commercial landscapes has received state and regional awards for landscape architecture, planting and environmental design.  Recent projects have involved designs at a range of scales from an award-winning café in Reading, Pennsylvania, a restored and planted lake slope in eastern Pennsylvania, a lake-edge residence in Nantucket, Veterans Park in Plumstead Township, to a landscape plan for a 300-acre abandoned quarry in northern New Jersey.

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Jeff has been active in the local arts community.  He has served on the board of directors and is currently president of Artsbridge, a Delaware Valley artists group.  He also leads New Jersey Urban Sketchers, a group of architects, landscape architects, graphic designers and artistic professionals, in plein air drawing events.

Jeff’s drawings, renderings and sketches illustrate design work for clients, books and magazines.   In addition to professional work as a landscape architect, Jeff teaches design, graphics and planting design at Delaware Valley University and has given a workshop on garden sketching at the Barnes Arboretum in Philadelphia.

Artist’s website:  www.jeffcharlesworth.com

Charlesworth Fleischacker LLC Landscape Architects:  www.cfland.com

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Returning once again and paired with Mark McCoy, we are excited to share new works by both artists. Please join us for an opening reception on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 1-4pm. The exhibit “Vibrant Seasons” runs through October 29.

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How to Design Framing for a Picture

We do the designing for you but here is the basic formula: Always design the frame and mat to compliment your picture. Consider the style of the print or painting i.e. formal, rustic, modern, traditional, etc. as well as the color and style of your room. Remember the framing and matting are around the picture, so the artwork (not your furniture) is your first consideration when choosing a style of moulding.

Framing Sample

Look at the colors in the painting and select mat colors that will allow the picture to be the focal point. Almost never use the brightest color to be the top mat as this can overpower the artwork itself. Often neutral colors are your best bet. Use brighter colors underneath as long as they don’t distract your eye from the picture. This allows the finished framing style of your picture to coordinate nicely with the room . Done!

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Mark McCoy Selected to Participate In First Annual Bucks County Plein Air Art Festival

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If you love color and texture in a painted landscape, you will certainly appreciate Mark McCoy’s plein air style. He is not afraid to manipulate paint on a canvas. His blending of color is dynamic, using a style that ranges from a square touch brush stroke (popular in the 1930’s with the New England Painters), to bordering the edge of impasto, to impressionistic strokes of undulating movement reminiscent of Van Gogh. Scratched and smeared, layers of paint are deliberately placed, but not overworked, with an instinctual reaction to the medium. Resembling glazed fragments in a mosaic, transformed into multifaceted depth once lit by the light of the gallery, he achieves the desired mood of the landscape.

Mark has shared some quotes from painters that articulate his sentiment in his approach to plein air painting.  From John Folinsbee:  “Art is something seen and felt…interpreted through the painter’s aesthetic sense, along with his technical knowledge to make this understandable…so that the observer’s reaction is what the painter intends.” From A.T. Hibbard: “Avoid using Nature photographically. Many adjustments are usually necessary. And they should make the painting more successful as a work of art.”

In his own words, it is the craft of painting that Mark would like the viewer to understand more and to know that painting is not a mystery but a calculated decision, each painter interpreting a scene of nature, poetically, sharing a mood using the paint. Certainly capturing moods of nature is Mark McCoy’s specialty.

We are excited to share the news that Mark McCoy has been 1 of 10 selected Bucks County artists to participate in the First Annual Bucks County Plein Air Art Festival. Congratulations Mark!

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We Make Framing Easy for You

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We make framing easy for you. We know many of you are overwhelmed by the prospect of getting your art framed because you don’t know where to start. But that is why we are here, to guide you step by step through the design process. All you have to do is say whether you like it, or not, to the choices we provide for you. On the other hand, if you know exactly what you want, we will help you reach that goal to the best of our ability. Bring all your ideas. We promise there will not be any hassles! Our goal is to create exactly what you want.

Here are a few observations we have distilled over our many years in business regarding what to expect:

We design to your tastes not ours, so we will ask you questions regarding your décor, ideas, etc. Feel free to bring in photos or samples to match color. If you want to borrow samples of mat colors and moulding samples, we can provide you with those. And if you want to place an order on hold, to think about it, please do.

If you would like an estimate, we will gladly do one at no charge. Keep in mind that the value of a piece of art has no relationship to the cost of framing. But we assure you that our prices are hard to beat. Additionally, please don’t feel embarrassed about a piece of art that you want to frame. Though we do frame expensive artwork to archival standards (Cezanne, Warhol, Picasso, Audubon…) we guarantee your special piece of art will be treated like and look like a masterpiece!

Frankly, our customer service is hard to beat. Give us a try! You will be glad you did!

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Art Event Reveals an Inspiring Range of Talent

2nd Annual Sketch George Art Show

Simon Fine Art Gallery’s 2nd annual “Sketch George” Community Art Exhibit opens February 13. The public is invited to vote for their favorite artwork and voting will continue through the end of February. We hold this exhibit in the spirit of nurturing fun and creativity! Its a gentle reminder that creative expression holds an important role in individual and community well-being. There is an artist in all of us, all you have to do is get out of your own way and let that artist out!

 

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“Fields to Forest” Continues Alive with Color

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One thing for certain is that painters Mark McCoy and Kay King are not afraid to use color. There is something very primal in our brains that is awakened by color as current research in neuroscience will explain to you (not me!) Perhaps it is simply the rods and cones in our eyeballs that are exercised but the effect on our brains is healthy and positive. It anchors us to the earth and expands our visual awareness of where we want to be in this world: surrounded by nature, even if its only in our imagination.

“Fields to Forest’ is will be on exhibit for a few more weeks at our gallery. Don’t miss it!

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2nd Annual “SKETCH GEORGE” Community Art Event

Five years ago, on a dark snowy afternoon, our furry friend showed up hungry and cold at our door. Needless to say, it was LOVE at first sight so we welcomed him into the gallery and he quickly became the ‘Cover Cat’ for Simons Fine Art Gallery. And folks travel from miles away just to visit him! And to commemorate that JOYFUL day, to inspire CREATIVITY and for the sheer FUN of it….we are holding a community art event in his honor! And we would like to invite you to participate in creating a piece of art to be exhibited at our gallery. Gift certificates will be given to the top three favorite pieces voted on by the community through the month of February.

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The community is invited to vote for one piece they love the best! Judging event will start on Saturday, February 13, 2016 and end on Friday, February 26. Winners will be announced on Saturday, February 27.

See the design brief that follows if you would like to participate:

 Design Brief for “Sketch George” Event

*A community art event for all ages!

*Gift certificate prizes awarded for 1st place $200, 2nd place $100 and 3rd place $50.

*We will accept one submission per person.

*All abilities, any medium and style accepted.

*You may use any photos of George from our Facebook page, or come by the Gallery and take your own photos or sketch from life. Subject matter is George, of course!

*Maximum image size 11 x 14 inches.

*Art needs to be matted or framed. All paint should be dry please!

*All art must be submitted with entry form attached to back upon delivery (available at gallery).

*Goal: to get CREATIVE and TO HAVE FUN!… No egos required.

Submission deadline is Tuesday, Feb 9, 2016, 5pm at 

Simons Fine Art Gallery and Boutique     

www.simonsboutique.com

122 N Main St, Dublin, PA 18917

215-249-9155

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“Fields to Forest” Opens November 7, 2015 with featured artists Kay King and Mark McCoy

Please join us for a Meet the Artists Reception Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 1 to 4pm.

Here are some insights into the minds of our artists and what inspires them to create their beautiful art…

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Salt Marsh II by Kay King

Interview with Kay

MY FIRST MEMORY OF MAKING ART: As a child I made cards and decorations and drew on the sidewalk and made things with clay. I always had an artistic bent. I thought everyone did!

WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR ORIGINAL INTEREST TO PAINT? I loved art class in school. In Jr. High school my teacher gave me a space in the classroom to paint a still life. I brought the painting home and my father framed it. I attained confidence I didn’t know I had.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO KEEP INSPIRED TO PAINT? Inspiration is the light of day, the everyday goodness of the beauty around us. I paint en plein air when the season is warm and in the studio when the cold sets in. I paint what I see. I work at making art every day.

MOST INFLUENCIAL TEACHER? During a sabbatical year from teaching I took a three month course of study at The Florence School of Art in Florence, Italy. It was practicing drawing in the classical tradition and became a life changing event. I came away with the confidence to believe in myself as an artist.

ADMIRE AS AN ARTIST? When I began painting seriously 35 years ago it was with watercolor. The artist at that time whose work was captivating was Charles Demuth. When I became an oil painter 20 plus years ago I was drawn to the work of Edward Hopper. Of course there are hundreds of painters whose work I love. It’s never ending.

FAVORITE COLOR:I love neutrals. There are so many and all so under stated, warm and cool tones. The day starts out with the neutral tones of mist rising over the water with the sun shining through. Neutrals make colors pop!

KAY KING Biography

Kay King from Wycombe is an award winning fine artist, and has been an active participant in the Bucks County art scene since 1985 with her first show at Phillips Mill.

Years of formal study, both in the states and abroad have provided a wellspring of knowledge that she draws upon to translate the world she sees into the world she creates on canvas. As a plein air painter, Kay’s images retain the freshness of energy and light present in the locations that inspire her.

Her style can best been categorized as “Modern Impressionism” with a feel for shape, color and form; all beautifully manipulated inviting you to share her vision of the world around her. Strong loose brushwork and large expanses of color allow for personal interpretation and exploration beyond the canvas edge, allowing the viewer to add their own story to the painting.

Her images successfully capture atmosphere and emotion, creating a quiet beauty that lingers in the mind’s eye.

…and some insight into the work of Mark McCoy…

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 Interview with Mark McCoy

FIRST MEMORY OF MAKING ART: Small pen and ink drawings I did of farm scenes at 12 or 14 yrs old.

WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR ORIGINAL INTEREST TO PAINT? Viewing of Andrew Wyeth paintings at Chadds Ford.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO KEEP INSPIRED TO PAINT? Keep observing all the beautiful effects of nature.

MOST INFLUENCIAL TEACHER? My 9th and 10th grade teachers

ADMIRE AS AN ARTIST? Winslow Homer and Edward Redfield.

FAVORITE COLOR: Orange

MARK McCOY Biography

Starting from a young age, Mark was always drawn to the arts and the natural world.  Employment at the Boehm porcelain studio in Trenton, NJ brought hands on experience in painting, color and valuable exposure to other artists.  Mark also worked as a free lance sculptor for Lennox in Langhorne, PA.

Inspired by a book on Pennsylvania Impressionism years ago, Mark’s “hobby” of painting grew into a passion.  This prompted him to begin studying the New Hope School of Painting and to attend workshops on landscape and plein air painting.  He has studied with local notable artists George Thompson, Peter Fiore and Robert Beck.

Today, Mark continues the tradition inspired by the beauty of Bucks County and the early painters like Redfield, Garber, Folinsbee, and many others.  He paints landscapes primarily in oils. Along with his wife, Carol, they maintain a small hobby farm in Hilltown Township with their four dogs, two cats and assortment of barnyard animals.