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

Winter Light by Mark McCoy

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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“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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“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

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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.

 

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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

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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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“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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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

 

 

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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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