Behind the Scenes
Exhibit runs April 11th – May 6th
Winter hours are Fri – Sun 11 – 5
Wine and cheese reception: Saturday, April 13th from 6 – 9 pm
Ever wonder where artists get their ideas or what goes into creating a piece of art?
“Behind the Scenes” is a unique, new exhibit at the ARTery Gallery that reveals the creative process behind a work of art. Wondering if the art loving public would like to venture behind the scenes, the artist members will reveal what happens before the painting is framed and hung in a gallery. Alongside their finished artwork, the artists will display sketches, scribbles, doodles, photos, books, poetry, tools and materials, and any other element that brought them from inception to completion of a piece of their work.
Inspiration, although important, is often thought of as a magical moment of enlightenment and the work that follows is easy. While that may occasionally be the case, what is more true and not so apparent is the work, research, failures, changes and searching that follows the initial inspiration and forms the final piece.
Where did the idea come from? How did the initial sketches differ from the final piece? Why were certain decisions made? What tools are employed by each artist? Seeing what the process is about will lead the viewer to appreciate the stages and changes that the artists may undergo while on their creative journey and help demystify the creative process.
In his book Imagine, Jonah Lehrer writes “The reality of the creative process is that it often requires persistence, the ability to stare at a problem until it makes sense. It’s forcing oneself to pay attention…It’s sticking with a poem until it’s perfect; refusing to quit on a math question; working until the cut of a dress is just right. The answer won’t arrive suddenly, in a flash of insight. Instead, it will be revealed slowly, gradually emerging after great effort.”
From Destruction to Creation
Exhibit runs March 8th – April 8th
Winter hours are Fri – Sun 11 – 5
Reception: Saturday, March 9 from 6 – 9 pm
Once again, it’s time for the Delaware Valley High School art students 7th annual March exhibit at the ARTery Gallery in Milford. “From Destruction to Creation” is inspired by circumstances around last years exhibit when the region, struck by a catastrophic storm, left residents without power for several weeks, being restored only days leading to the students reception which was curiously titled “Unplugged”.
Being unplugged, although challenging, was small compared to the destruction of many of the ravines within which our cherished waterfalls lie, leaving these areas scarred for many many years to come. “Our hearts are broken. We have to adapt to these changes to the landscape and try to see some positives from it – like death which feeds new life.” says Marie Liu, curator and organizer of the event. Hence the title “From Destruction to Creation” for this years show. This year we celebrate the beginning of recovery and the creativity that springs forth from the youth.
This particular gallery exhibit brings the community into the gallery for an exciting and fresh look at creations by our young artists and gives those young artists the gallery experience of professional artists. The public and gallery members are continually surprised by the quality and imagination of the pieces presented. The work is mostly for sale, with family, friends and collectors anxious to own a piece by a potential future Picasso.
A Juried Open Show
Exhibit dates: Feb. 8 – March 3
Reception: Saturday, Feb. 9 from 6 – 9 pm
The ARTery Gallery in Milford, PA, is hosting a Juried Open Show for emerging and established artists titled “New Perspectives.” A jury of Gallery members will select the best pieces which will then be on exhibit from February 8 – March 3. This Cooperative Gallery, owned and operated by member artists, has been a cornerstone of Milford’s art scene for over 19 years. The Gallery strives to include artists who are not members by partnering with local organizations, such as The Delaware Valley High School, Milford Garden Club, Delaware Highlands Conservancy, Pike Co. Arts and Crafts, as well as the upcoming juried exhibit. Paintings, sculpture, and fine crafts will be considered for exhibition and sale.
Gallery curator Marie Liu adds, “We love opening our doors to the wider art community and enjoy seeing what artists in the region are creating. With so few exhibit venues, we feel proud to offer our lovely space in the historic Forest Hall building, in a gesture of inclusion for our fellow artists.” Members Claude Larson and Liza Smith Simpson have put a tremendous amount of time and effort into organizing the event, which will no doubt be a sampling of the area’s finest artists.
Awards will be given for First, Second and Third Place at the opening reception on February 9th. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced at the conclusion of the exhibit. In addition to gift certificates and prizes from retailers such as Dick Blick, Jerry’s Artarama, Golden Acrylics, Liquitex and Cheap Joe’s Art Supplies, winners will be invited to exhibit their work at the gallery for the additional month of March.
The ARTery Gallery is proud to welcome two new artists to it’s cooperative gallery. For nearly 20 years the gallery has presented the creative works by some of the regions most accomplished artists – Laura Dudes and Thomas Denaro are no exception. Their styles and subject matter are a fantastic compliment to the outstanding stable of current member artists.
Hudson Valley artist, Thomas Denaro studied illustration and advertising at Paier College of Art in Connecticut and gets his inspiration from the traditions of past pen and ink artists. His subjects vary from local Orange County, NY settings to breath-taking international scenery.
He has traveled the world capturing images that have inspired many of his cityscapes. His pen and ink drawings become a value study, creating tonal nuances with a unique crosshatching effect, giving his elements distinctive textures of stone, brick, wood, etc.
“I use areas of light and dark for balance and to lead the viewers’ eye throughout the drawing. I want to keep their interest so each time they view my art, there is something new to see.”
Denaro creates hand-embellished first-editions, adding back color to the image. This gives the art buyer a choice of the drawing’s appeal through nature’s color or solely the visual charm of the black & white subject.
Laura Dudes comes from a family of artists. As a graphic artist, she studied at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, and went on to create designs for such companies as M&M, Crayola, BASF and Fuzzy Nations (some of these designs were sold at Macy’s. She now devotes her time to painting and commissioned works. Over the last few years she has perfected a 3D technique using polymers on the canvases along with paint. The result, a combination of 2 and 3 dimensions within one images is uniquely hers. Her bright palette, unusual compositions and cheerful subject matter invite the viewer to reflect on happy things and smile.
The gallery will be carrying many unique items for the holiday season, perfect for gift giving, from handmade jewelry and ornaments, small and affordable paintings and prints, antique glassware flowers and crystals and gems from around the world.
You can meet and welcome both Laura and Thomas (and the rest of the artists) at the next wine and cheese reception on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 6 – 9 pm.
The ARTery Fine Art and Fine Craft Gallery LLC invites submissions to “New Perspectives” regional juried exhibit and sale for February 2019. Open to all forms of art and craft, including jewelry. This special exhibit will showcase the best fine arts and fine crafts that the region has to offer. A cooperative, member owned and operated gallery which proudly boasts over 19 years in the heart of charming downtown Milford PA, The ARTery will be opening its space to non-members for the month of February for a juried show of local emerging artists. Submissions will be judged by a committee of artist members.