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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…

Salt Marsh II by Kay King
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…

Original Oil by Mark McCoy 2015

 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.


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.


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What We Framed Today

Family cutlery used in Civil WarWorking in our custom framing gallery gives us an amazing opportunity to see art and objects of all kinds. It is like being in a museum where people bring their things and stories to us. We have framed everything from very expensive to reclaimed-abandoned art with lots of variety in between.  The most common element of every single piece is the customer’s desire to capture the memory and passion of the piece to give it new life; to transform it into a mark on their own personal timelines that maintains the human connection to the story, to the history that inspires and propels us all forward. It can be a color, texture, design, a mood, a memory, a milestone that rouses one to get an art piece framed, but ultimately its value is connected to something they love and the roots of creativity. It is truly a gift to be witness to this process.  Peg Lynch October 2015

Painted condor feathers from Peru

A Cezanne etching

Hymnal on real hide parchmentShirley's needlepoints


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“Close to Home” featured artists Jeff Charlesworth and Stafford Ordahl

Simons Fine Art Gallery and Boutique presents “Close to Home”, a collection of new works in oil by Jeffrey Charlesworth and Stafford Ordahl. Please join us for a Meet the Artists reception on Saturday September 19, 1-4 pm. The show will be on exhibit from September 19 through October 31,  located at 122 N Main St, Dublin PA 18917. For more information please call 215-249-9155.

Jeffrey Charlesworth

Artist Jeff Charlesworth brings his own impressions of local landscape colors and nature to the canvas.  His plein air and studio oil paintings reflect his own view of light, color, and spaces.  He finds inspiration in his own garden and in the landscapes of the Delaware Valley year round.  His art work has been seen at the Phillips Mill Juried Show in New Hope, Pennsylvania; at the Simons Gallery, Dublin, PA: at the Stover Mill Gallery in Erwinna, Pennsylvania, New Hope Arts and at juried shows with Artsbridge and the Philadelphia Sketch Club. A landscape architect 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 landscapes that integrate landscape, architecture and nature.  His work in residential, school and commercial landscapes has received state and regional awards for landscape architecture, planting and environmental design. Jeff’s drawings, renderings and sketches illustrate their designs for clients, books and magazines.

Artist website:  www.jeffcharlesworth.com

Charlesworth Fleischacker Landscape Architects: www.cfland.com

Jeffrey Charlesworth

Stafford Ordahl

Stafford Newell Ordahl was born in North Dakota and began his painting studies at the age of 14 with two Minnesota painters: Charles Running and C. N. Beck. After moving to New York City, Mr. Ordahl studied at the School for the Visual Arts, and privately with two New York painters: Eleanor Beckham and Ilonka Karascz. In addition, Mr. Ordahl studied anatomy for two years at the New Jersey School of Medicine in Jersey City. From 1965 to 1991 Mr. Ordahl worked in the advertising business as a copywriter and group creative director, winning a number of major awards for creativity. Since 1991, he has devoted himself exclusively to painting. Before settling in Bucks County PA in 2002, Mr. Ordahl painted the landscape of upstate New York- as well as interiors, portraits and still life. He now concentrates on the landscape of Bucks County and the surrounding area. Mr. Ordahl has been accepted twice by the juried Phillips Mill show and has won an Honorable Mention in a Lambertville Historical Society show. Ordahl captures the grandeur of the landscape, with majestic sunlit clouds and reflections of the ‘golden hour’.

Stafford Ordahl

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“Teacups and Flowers” Original paintings by Emily Steinberg and Corinne Lalin

A blend of color, pattern and texture is the theme of “Teacups and Flowers”, a collection of original works by artists Emily Steinberg and Corinne Lalin. This exhibit will run June through August 2015. Please join us on Saturday, July 11, 1-4pm for a demonstration by Corinne Lalin on the encaustic technique.

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Emily Steinberg

Philadelphia artist Emily Steinberg’s paintings of individual teacups are a bright and cheerful tribute to her mother’s extensive collection. Composed of sophisticated patterns in rich color, they are glazed with a whimsical element of balance in which the amplified angle invites the viewer to peer inside. Delicately poised on their saucers, you can practically pick them up and take a sip of tea. Having attained both her BFA and MFA at the University of Pennsylvania, Emily has been teaching and lecturing in the Philadelphia area for 20 years. For more on Emily and her art visit www.emilysteinberg.com.

Corinne  Lalin

The technique of encaustic painting integrates Corrine’s training as an a la prima landscape painter into the world of still-life, flowers, gardens and architectural spaces.  Blending the essences of an inspiring subject matter with compelling arrangements of light and color, Corinne creates textured vignettes from the world around her.  Acquiring an MFA in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989, she has been teaching college level art cirriculum for 15 years, and has exhibited in numerous shows sharing her amazing talent as both a teacher and an artist.

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“Meet the Artist” Jody Furch

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Gazing upon a Jody Furch painting, you will notice a striking element that pulls the whole viewing experience together. Besides the masterful manipulation of the acrylic medium to a create landscape of minute detail- which for all its labor looks effortless, calm, and peaceful- there is within the composition a dynamic focal point, not one of tension, but one that draws you into the painting stirring a curiosity to know what lays just beyond the horizon, as if you were in the scene yourself.

Self taught as a painter, I asked Jody to share his artistic process. As an avid outdoorsman, he takes his inspiration from the special moments he experiences being in nature. He starts with something that moves him, then he lets the idea ruminate for a bit. Drawing elements from actual photographs and the memory of feeling, he goes into his studio of prepared canvases and starts by blocking in color. Then he selects references from his photos, building textures and layering details to transcribe an experience and recapture a feeling from the outdoor experience. Pure color, abstract elements, rocks, water and sky are some of his favorite ingredients for inspiration as are the artists Joseph Turner, Andrew Wyeth and Robert Bateman.

“I’m going to paint that!”, Jody remembers telling his parents as a boy when driving around the New Jersey countryside with them and his brother, his nose pressed against the car window. A retired organic chemist specializing in cancer research, he states, “I paint for the pure love of it”.

“River Valley Landscapes” original paintings by Jody Furch are now on exhibit at Simons Fine Art Gallery and Boutique. You can view them online at Facebook.com/simonsboutiquedublin


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“River Valley Landscapes” Paintings by Jody Furch opens April 7

Fly Fishing, Worthington State Forest, NJ

Simons Fine Art Gallery presents “River Valley Landscapes” featuring original paintings by Jody Furch. A New Jersey native, avid fly fisherman and outdoorsman, Jody has been immersed in the glorious settings of the Delaware River Valley for most of his life. Since retiring from his professional career as an organic chemist, Jody has become a full-time artist, as painting has been his passion since childhood. His work has been featured on the cover of the ‘Mid-Atlantic Flyfishing” magazine (July 2009 and June 2011). His paintings have been exhibited in several prominent galleries and juried shows, winning awards along the way. Additionally, they have made their way into private collections in the New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania area. His style evokes a feeling as much as it represents a scene. His detailed landscapes will actually transport you to that captured moment as if you were losing yourself in the daydream of a place you were once gazing upon. Please join us for a Meet the Artist reception on Saturday, April 11 from 1-4pm. The show will be on exhibit April 7 through May 31. For more information call 215-249-9155.

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“Sketch George” a Community Art Event!

On the Inside Now

Four years ago this month, 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.

The community is invited to vote for one piece they love the best! Judging event will start on Saturday, February 14 and end on Friday, February 27. Winners will be announced on Saturday, February 28. 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 10, 5pm at the Gallery.

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Holiday Gift Ideas!

Everyone is saying how fast this year fled by….and the holidays are just around the corner! We have some great gifts for everyone on your list. OUR GIFT TO YOU…receive a $25 gift certificate for every $100 you spend. Some of this years favorites are….THYMES Frazier Fir candles…TRAPP Candles in Orange Clove and White Fir…New styles in Wearable Art Jewelry by Q3Art, Ann Egan, Jillery…Great selection and price on our custom framing special. Be sure to get your framing order in early so we can guarantee delivery before Christmas. We’d like to shout out a special THANK YOU to all our customers for supporting our business this year. Its always great to see your smiling faces when you pick up your framed pictures, so please keep coming back to visit!

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“Captured Beauty” Original oils by Mark McCoy & Raymond Davis



Towpath Upper Black Eddy by Mark McCoy

Simons Fine Art Gallery in Dublin presents “Captured Beauty”, a return visit by artists Mark McCoy and Raymond Davis featuring new works in oil. The refreshingly different perspective of the Bucks County landscape created by these two local artists was met with popular response last year and we are pleased to welcome them back.

Mark McCoy expresses a traditional Pennsylvania Impressionist style capturing the fractured light upon rich colored foliage that is quintessential to our Bucks County landscape. Mark is an award winning artist who has been included in many juried shows, including Phillips Mill.

Raymond Davis is a fourth year student at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, blooming with talent. His ability to render emotion of a poised figure in a soft familiar landscape and balance classical elements of the masters is both breathtaking and calming.

Please join us for a Meet the Artists reception on Saturday, October 18 from 12-4pm. Show will be on exhibit Oct 18 through Nov 30. For more information call 215-249-9155 or www.simonsboutique/events


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