Local Artists Showing at The Laceworks in Lambertville
“Points of View”, an Art Show and Sale featuring four local artists, will be presented at the Laceworks at 287 S. Main Street, Lambertville, Friday, November 4th through Sunday, November 6th. The show will begin with an Opening Reception on Friday, November 4th from 7 – 9 pm. The show continues Saturday and Sunday, November 5th and 6th from 10 – 5:00 PM.
The show will be held at The Laceworks, at the framing studio of Stuart Clark. It is located on the lower rear parking lot side of the building. Parking is free and abundant. Entrances are on the street side or around the back on the lower level.
Showcasing their work are Ilene Rubin, Jeanne Chesterton, Bette Baer, Susan Eckstein, Kathy Schroeher, and, Pat Powell. All art is for sale.
Jeanne Chesterton and Ilene Rubin have been creating Art Shows in the Bucks County area for three years. Along with a who’s who list of local artists, they have found that joining talent with location to exhibit and sell art has been quite the lucrative endeavor. It’s a win-win for any serious collector of art or a casual tourist wanting to go home with a little piece of Bucks County in the New Hope/Lambertville area. A few of the aspects that they like so much about the Point of View Art Show at the Laceworks are that the art of Jeanne Chesterton and Ilene Rubin with Bette Baer, Susan Eckstein, Kathy Schroeher and Pat Powell, complement each other while individually, are visually very different. There is something for everyone with little to no overlap of style or range. Also, each in their own right have amassed their own following and niche in an otherwise crowded art field in the Bucks County region. It’s a unique blend with a wide price range, so that anyone who is a collector will certainly have a diverse choice, while a casual tourist will certainly find a treasure in a treasure box of a gallery.
Ilene Rubin is a national award winning Bucks County artist and author. Concentrating mostly on landscapes and still life paintings in Oils and Pastels, Rubin’s paintings explode with color. Her paintings have been accepted into juried art shows from Colorado, Illinois to the communities in and around Bucks County, PA. She also has published two novels, both available on Amazon.com. Ilene’s art has been shown on the Natural Awakenings Magazine cover as well as at the Phillips Mill 86th Annual Juried Art Show. Ms. Rubin will be showing paintings created in the past two years, including a few selections which, while a departure from her recognizable style, are still true to her urgent desire to capture the vanishing highways and byways. According to Ms. Rubin, “It’s a moment in time that I’m compelled to take hold of, a split second along the road or by a field, when I see something that captures the timeless dignity of this place that is so pastoral and serene and simultaneously vibrant and growing- and that might disappear through development all too soon. With still life, there is a simple yet defined energy that reveals how we view the things surrounding us, and that challenges me to give them dimension and charm. These are the moments I want to paint. This is why I paint; because I breathe.”
For this show, Jeanne Chesterton has included several landscape paintings. “The intensity of this summer had an impact on me. The white heat, brilliant light and ebullient clouds kept intruding on my sensitivities. And so my natural inclination was to paint all of that somehow. It was a refreshing change of subject for me and a means of celebrating my favorite season of the year.” However, there remains no shortage of Chesterton’s realistic still lifes, for which she is primarily known. Paintings featuring roller skates, metal ware and shopping bags will also be on the wall.
Bette Baer paints scenes that are right out of her own life experiences, and possibly ours as well. Bette creates oil paintings created realistically, scenes reminiscent of Hopper and time worn photographs. From summer camp to far-away lands, Bette captures expressions of people we seem to know just by viewing her art. Bette is local to Lambertville. In her words, “Retiring left me with too much time with little to do. Having been an art history major and having been a clay person, I felt making art would be the road to take. For twelve years I labored over every stroke, culling every photo I could from friends, looking always for something challenging and interesting. I went from landscapes to interiors, and then to nostalgic memory pieces. All seemed to be appreciated by others. Now I paint people in an isolated moment in time. Moody, quiet, mysterious images now are what I look for. I always try to find the secret inner life of each.”
Susan Eckstein lived and painted in New York Until 2012, where her paintings were in many juried shows, winning multiple awards. Since moving to Bucks County she has been in many of the juried shows here. She is not a typical Bucks County artist and so her style sets her apart. In Points Of View she is exhibiting her newest work, concentrating on buildings, many of them local, which are enhanced by strong sunlight and unusual vantage points. Always a painter of people viewing artwork in museums, she terms herself, “the observer observing the observers, small poignant moments in time which often go unnoticed.”
Says Kathy Schroeher, “I’ve been painting since the turn of the century. It is hard work. I love when I can make a painting better in my eyes. My goal is simply to improve and develop a personal voice. Painting for me takes practice, discipline, constant corrections and ruthless scraping. It does not come naturally. It has forced me to observe more carefully. Yet the hard work of it is a joy. When I’m not painting, I’m tending to my vegetables, taking a nap, or reading. All those are exactly what I love doing.”
As a long time resident of Bucks County, Pat Powell believes it has been a perfect place to inspire and rekindle an old passion for art and painting. It has involved classes at Bucks County Community College as well as private and group lessons and workshops. Being a docent at the Michener Museum has also been educational for Ms. Powell, learning from the interaction between other docents and the tour groups of different ages as well the training and lectures. About Pat Powell’s art, Ms. Powell says, “My philosophy regarding my work is to be inspired by what I see, be it nature, a still life or portrait to be, and to create my interpretation in what I hope is a painterly way. I also hope my paintings make the viewer happy, thoughtful or jog a memory of the near or distant past. I think art should speak to the viewer and take him or her to another place of his or her own. Seeing something “new” in the same painting is always a wondrous discovery.”