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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!

George

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!

George

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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AMERICAN TRADITIONS:Selected works by Fred Place and Raymond Davis

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 a Meet the Artist opening reception Saturday, Sept 7, from 12:00 – 4:00 pm at our gallery located at 122 N. Main Street in Downtown Dublin.

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Fred Place is an award 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.

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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.

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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

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What to Frame?

It is very satisfying to have art tastefully framed. Some folks might think a piece of ‘art’ is not worthy of all the trouble and expense. We all have certain items that mean something very special to us. Even though it may not be a collectable master piece or other valuable artifact, it is still worthy of framing if you love it. No need to apologize for it not having any recognizable value to anyone but you! Believe it or not, it becomes elevated aesthetically after being framed. The joyful look on our clients’ faces when they pick up their transformed piece is priceless!

We take pride in giving you what you want and are happy to spend the time it takes to help you design a framing project. We will walk you step by step through the process, reviewing details until you are satisfied with your choice. We take this time so that once you have committed your art or artifact to the expense of design and framing, you will be glad you did it. It will be protected and preserved for years to come.

 

 

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Holiday Open House runs December 7th, 8th, & 9th

PLEASE JOIN US for tasty treats, a glass of good cheer, Gift Certificate drawings and an over-all pleasant shopping experience! Also…our famous kitty, George, will be on hand for shopping advice!

Simons Fine Art Gallery & Boutique offers a broad array of unique gift ideas, from fine sterling jewelry to fashionable accessories, custom framing and home décor. Our custom picture framing special is one of the best quality deals in town!

All sterling jewelry and clothing will be 20% off during our open house weekend!

Take advantage of our popular annual HOLIDAY PROMOTION: Receive a $25 gift certificate with every $100 you spend (Can be used toward next purchase on anything we offer!)

Experience an enjoyable and convenient one stop shopping experience away from the crowded malls and only minutes outside of Doylestown, Perkasie and Quakertown.

We hope you will include us in your holiday celebration and SHOPPING LOCAL plans!