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!
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…
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…
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.
Working 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
Simons Fine Art Gallerypresents “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 receptionon Saturday, April 11 from 1-4pm.The show will be on exhibit April 7 through May 31. For more information call 215-249-9155.
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.
On March 8th, collectors and art enthusiasts made their way to downtown Dublin for the opening of “Fresh Perspectives”, the current exhibit and sale at Simons Fine Art Gallery. The show consists of selected oil paintings by Lambertville artist Jeff Charlesworth and Bethlehem artist David Sommers .
The present exhibit is an exciting combination of images combining post impressionist and cubist landscapes, highlighting the unique vision and engaging perspectives of these very talented regional artists. Response was overwhelmingly positive, and sales were brisk on opening night, with collectors enjoying the new works on display.
“Fresh Perspectives” will be on view through the end of March as part of Simons Fine Art Gallery’s ongoing “Featured Artist Series” in support of the areas local fine artists.
Simons Fine Art Gallery is proud to present American Traditions, an exhibit of original paintings by Bucks County artists Fred Place and Raymond Davis, on exhibit from Sept 7 – Oct 31, 2013.Please join us for aMeet the Artist opening reception Saturday, Sept 7, from 12:00 – 4:00pmat our gallery located at 122 N. Main Street in Downtown Dublin.
Fred Placeis anaward winning watercolor artist, and lifelong Bucks County resident. Through the strong use of color and composition, his paintings draw the viewer into the scene, transporting them into the local landscapes that so inspire him. Evidence of his favorite artists, Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth can be seen in his images.
Raymond Davis, an oil painter living in Bucks County, is a third year student at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. His work is inspired by the masters, reflecting rich skin tones and classic figures reminiscent of Singer Sergeant. Coming off a successful show at the academy, Simons Fine Art is thrilled to bring his work to his hometown and to introduce him to the local art community.
New jewelry creations by SFA Designs will be on display through the autumn season. Enter our raffle to win an original jewelry design crafted in onyx, pearl and sterling silver. Entries will be accepted through October.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 11am – 6pm and Saturday from 10am -5pm. 215-249-9155
Summer’s here and the boutique is heating up for the season with something for everyone to make their summer sizzle!
Graduations, weddings, and family vacations bring a bevy of items in need of framing; we have a stellar deal on framing to help turn your keepsakes into works of art! Stop in and enjoy our special pricing and allow our professional framing staff to help you design the perfect package.
We are pleased to announce the arrival of works by Doylestown photographer Robyn Graham included in our print show and sale on display through the end of July. Use your lazy summer days to refresh your home and office with new artwork. The collection includes signed limited edition prints by local and national artists, antique/vintage engravings, Disney animation cells, original photographs, lithographs and giclee`s. There’s something for every room and every budget, (designers welcome), think Simons Fine Art for your decorating needs.
And as always, we have new summer fashions, jewelry, and accessories that are sure to brighten up your vacation wardrobe.
So please drop by say “hello” to our ambassador George, and brighten your summer days with a little help from Simons Fine Art Gallery and Boutique. Or visit us on the web www.simonsboutique.com. And remember to “Like” us on Facebook to receive all our latest news and updates!
Here we go again! The 38th Bucks County Designer House and Gardens opens to the public on Sunday April 28 and this will be Simons Boutique’s 9th year participating. We will be featuring many new spring styles and a large collection of jewelry and accessories. This is a fun occasion to roam the beautiful grounds and get inspired by many talented designers. For more information: www.BucksCountyDesignerHouse.org or call 215-345-2191.
Response has been exceedingly positive for the exhibit “Visions” on display at our Simons Fine Art Gallery in downtown Dublin. The original works by Bucks County artist Jas Szygiel have brought collectors and enthusiasts alike into our gallery, and several pieces have found a place into private collections both locally and in New England. Strong traditional technique combined with his unique interpretation of the local landscape has garnered Jas recognition and numerous awards in both regional and national competitions.
For the duration of the exhibit, viewers can enter our drawing for the opportunity to win a limited edition signed print by the artist titled: “Newtown Berries”, with the drawing being held at the end of May.
Simons Fine Art Gallery is thrilled to bring this exciting collection to art enthusiasts and collectors, and would like the public to enjoy the exhibit through the month of May during our normal business hours
Chalfont artist Jas Szygiel is re-defining what it means to be a Bucks County artist in his one man show “Visions” on exhibit at Simons Fine Art Gallery in downtown Dublin, PA.
Jas’s sensitive yet powerful paintings, infused with rich dramatic color, capture the splendor of the local landscape, transforming his images into an emotional symphony of atmosphere and beauty. His classically designed, representational paintings combine the use of subtle light and delicate shadows, to bring the mood of the scene directly to the viewer.
A life-long resident of Bucks County, Jas is a graduate of Hussian School of Art and Arcadia University (BFA), and has taught art at both locations. His works have been awarded regionally and nationally, and are included in the collections of the Port of History Museum, The Franklin Mint, LPGA , The Polish National Alliance, and numerous private collections as well.
We are proud to include this talented artist as part of our ongoing “Featured Artist” events showcasing Bucks County’s fine artists. Please join us for a Meet the Artist reception on April 6, from 12 to 4 pm. The show will run through May 30 during regular business hours at our gallery located on Rt. 313 in Dublin.
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