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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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“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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“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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How to Build a Fine Art Collection: Part I

Entering the world of art collecting can be a daunting, if not downright intimidating prospect. Whether you are beginner, or someone who has been admiring original art for quite some time, the thought of purchasing your first painting is enough to stop even the most ardent art fan in their tracks.

Building a fine art collection can be an exciting and satisfying hobby, not only a great way to spend your spare time, but  it can enrich your life on a daily basis by surrounding yourself with images you love that can be enjoyed every day!

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But where does one start? Whose art do you choose? There is really no correct answer….so long as it is something you love. Because at the end of the day, art values will rise and fall, and ultimately you want to be happy with what you have surrounding you in your home or office.

One of the biggest keys to successful collecting is to know what style of art appeals to you,  (this is where the fun begins…), and the only way to discover that is to start looking at art! So make a trip to a museum or to local galleries and begin to really look at the different styles and mediums that are on display.

On display now at Simons Fine Art Gallery is a collection of works by locals artists Robert Allen, Jeff Charlesworth, Robyn Graham, Kay King, Mark McCoy, John Reilly.

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“The Painted Landscape” Original works by Mark McCoy

photo Winter StreamSimons Fine Art is proud to announce the return of Hilltown artist Mark McCoy in an exhibit of selected works titled “The Painted Landscape”  on view from Nov 5 -30, 2013 at the gallery in downtown Dublin. Mark’s original oil paintings successfully capture the natural beauty of the local scenery, with confident brushwork, and masterful handling of light and shadow. Having a lifelong affinity for the arts and the natural world has provided an obvious understanding of the landscape which is clearly evident in his paintings. Having studied with some of the area’s most prominent artist George Thompson, Peter Fiore, and Robert Beck as well as the works of the Pennsylvania impressionists, his works seamlessly bridge traditional techniques and contemporary style.

Please join us for a Meet the Artist reception scheduled for Saturday, November 16, from noon to 4pm.

Gallery hours are Tues. – Fri. 11am. – 6pm. and Sat. 10 am. – 5pm.

Who: Mark McCoy

What: “The Painted Landscape” Solo Exhibit of original oil paintings

Where: Simons Fine Art Gallery 122 N. Main St. (Rt. 313) Dublin, Pa 18917

Phone: 215- 249 -9155

When: November 5 – 30, 2013

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Mark McCoy Exhibit Continues Through November 30

Braving the maze of downed trees, power lines and general mayhem that was Bucks County in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, Mark McCoy greeted guests and patrons at Simons Fine Art Gallery for the Saturday opening of his one man show “Light and Shadow”. The Hilltown painter spent the afternoon sharing his views, techniques, and inspiration with friends, collectors, and fellow artists who attended the event to view Mark’s newest works in oil. The month long exhibit is part of the continuing “Featured Artist” events held at the location in downtown Dublin.  “Light and Shadow”, is a collection that showcases McCoy’s regionally recognized landscapes, focusing on the rich artistic heritage begun by the Pennsylvania Impressionists. Having studied under artists such as George Thompson, Peter Fiore and Robert Beck, Mark continues to develop his own style which has been recognized and consistently awarded in several prominent area exhibits. His handling of light, combined with his strong, spontaneous brushwork results in images that reflect such notable artists Harry Leith-Ross and Arthur Meltzer. Simons Fine Art Gallery is pleased to be highlighting the artwork of local artists, and is excited to be part of the movement to support local business. “Light and Shadow” runs through November 30, 2012.