The first post-quarantine exhibit at the ARTery Gallery in Milford, “Glimpses of Soho” will be presented in June. Featuring three talented member artists, Liza J. Smith-Simpson, Madeline Tully and Chris Hobbs, the show emphasizes the importance of hoping for a brighter future even in the midst of edginess and sadness. When we think of Soho of the 1970’s, we think of a bohemian lifestyle that is free to explore new styles of art in the midst of chaos. The theme “Glimpses of Soho” is a reminder to all of us that true hardship breeds passion and creativity. The artists want to make this their tribute of hope to the New York City area. A tribute of encouragement to all that have gone above and beyond the call of duty and to show respect to all those that we have lost. The show will be an eclectic mixture of art by three very different artists.
Madeline Tully, whether painting in watercolor or oil paint, uses striking color and a style that can be reminiscent of the Old Masters or Impressionists. Her nostalgic work, like a memory, takes you back to that beautiful summer walk in the garden or city street, and like a fond memory, makes you feel happy. Viewing them, one can feel her love of natural settings and smell the fragrant flowers.
Madeline is an early member of the ARTery. Her formal training in art began at Washington Irving High School of Design in New York City, followed by oil painting for 8 years at the Forest Park School of Art under Robert Burrell. She took classes in watercolor at the Jackson Heights Art School for 5 years with Bob Moffett. She continued advanced watercolor training with Matilda Gretch and training in oils with Marie Liu. She has exhibited her beautiful work in NY and PA galleries.
Liza J. Smith-Simpson constructs both collage abstracts and lyrical landscapes with a rich and interesting color palette. She uses a variety of substrates, mediums and styles interchangeably. With a great love and respect for the grandeur of the world around her, she derives her subject matter from the places she has visited and places she would like to visit. Going back in time and into the future with her “Flight Paths” series, “Flight Paths XI” commemorates the first USA moon landing and will be featured in this exhibit.
After living in NYfor a short period of time, she came back to her beloved Sussex County, New Jersey where she has continued painting local scenes for over 15 years. Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Caldwell University, she has since branched out of her comfort zone to change careers several times. She says, “Having successfully worked in all mediums and genre, I resist being put into any single category.” She studied watercolor, design and drawing with Hyo Chong Yoo at Upsala College and continues to take art workshops. Her paintings have been exhibited widely and have received numerous awards.
Chris Hobbs, a long time New Yorker, creates unique interpretations of iconic buildings and places as well as geometric abstracts, with vibrantly colored, three dimensional pen and ink art. This process is constructed of multiple layers of hand-colored graphics on paper stock which is assembled in layers and presented against a colored background in deep shadow box frames. The hours he spends making a single piece are too numerous to keep track of.
He started out doodling and making little drawings, until his wife encouraged him to do them on paper rather than on the back of napkins. As his work became more and more complex, he developed his own unique art form which amazes all gallery visitors. Chris, an inexhaustible and diverse person, also works as an arborist, softball umpire, and in real estate, as well as exhibiting his work throughout the country, which has won many awards.
The exhibit will be on display from June 11 through July 8, with an extended afternoon/evening reception scheduled for Saturday, June 20 from 3 – 8 pm (to lessen crowd size). Due to current uncertainty, the scheduled gallery reception is tentative, so call, check the website or Facebook page for updates as it gets closer. The exhibit will also be viewable on the galleries Facebook page.