Artists' Gallery Blog

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Served with a Splash

mixed media
by Florence Moonan

Florence Moonan will be exhibiting at Bell’s Tavern during August. Florence is noted for her colorful abstract paintings. Cool down with an icy drink or enjoy a great meal while taking in the colorful works of art displayed on the walls between August 4 and September 1, 2008.

Bell's Tavern is located at 183 North Union Street and open seven days a week. Hours are Monday - Thursday 6:00 - 9:30, Friday & Saturday 5:00 - 10:00 and Sunday 5:00 - 9:00.

For more information call 609-397-2226 or visit

Friday, July 18, 2008

Hunterdon: Inside and Out

Florence Moonan's painting "Dorothy Fields and Me: Doin' What Comes Natur'lly" was accepted into the Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission’s juried exhibition called Hunterdon: Inside and Out: The Artist Views Hunterdon County. The jurors were renowned artists Nessa Grainger and James Toogood. The piece was selected for the Stanley and Nancy Baron award for painting.

Dorothy Fields and Me: "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly"
14 x 25 x 9.5 inches
acrylic and mixed media collage by
Florence Moonan

Artists were "encouraged to think beyond the traditional pastoral landscape and to paint the mood of Hunterdon as well as its reality." This piece, completed in 2008, is devoted to my memories of St. John Terrell’s famed Lambertville Music Circus, a major cultural attraction in Hunterdon County from 1949 to 1970. Annie Get Your Gun was the first show in which my sister, Joyce, and I had minor roles. One side of this piece is dedicated to Dorothy Fields who wrote the libretto for Annie Get Your Gun, and the other records my experience with the Music Circus. This early connection with the theater has been a driving force for my creative endeavors as a visual artist.

This painting is a mixed media two-sided folding book on canvas and watercolor paper. (Six panels.)

Where: The Prallsville Mills, Route 29, Stockton, NJ
Exhibition: July 20 - July 31, 2008
Opening reception: Sunday, July 20, 4 - 7 p.m.
Open daily 12 – 5 p.m. – Free Admission


Thursday, July 10, 2008

July show: House of Dreams

Marc Reed and Alla Podolsky are the featured artists this July at The Artists' Gallery. Their show, entitled "House Of Dreams", runs July 11 through August 3, 2008. Opening reception is Saturday, July 12 from 6 - 9 pm.

"Organic Demolition"
photograph by Marc Reed

Reed, who typically exhibits his oil paintings, will be exhibiting selections from his photographic body of work.

"I've been taking photographs for years" says Reed. "Each winter for the last three years I chose a different abandoned location to document."

Reed will be exhibiting photographs from various locations including an abandoned steel mill, paper mill and an abandoned mental institution he documented over winter 2008. In addition to his photography, he has produced and directed 3 short films that are available on DVD.

"For me" says Reed, "House of Dreams is a reference to these places, once bustling with life, but now engaged in a long sleep and filling visitors' heads with dreams of what was."

"Outside of a Dog"
oil painting by Alla Podolsky

For Alla Podolsky House of Dreams is about the shape and structure of memory. The beauty of it is manifested by brightness and color, and its sadness comes in form of distorted and often broken angles and muted shadows. The paintings are juxtapositions of old and new, remembered and lost, romanticized and real, reflected and direct, internal and external, seen and perceived.

The work is very personal, but, hopefully, universal in that we all revisit the past, always looking at it from different angles our ever changing perspectives provide. We all see old things with new eyes and take walks in our private house of dreams.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Moonan / 2nd Annual Contemporary Art and Antiques

Florence Moonan has been invited to participate in the 2nd Annual Contemporary Art and Antiques exhibit which opens July 13 at Gallery 31 North, Glen Gardner, New Jersey.

The opening reception will be Sunday, July 13 from 1 - 4 p.m. Here's an opportunity to view Florence's artwork integrated with fine antiques and older home furnishings. This will be an exceptional and unique exhibit of selected contemporary artists exhibiting in room settings designed by John Frederick with antiques furnished by Paul Dorman of Cottage Treasures from his shops throughout NJ and NY.

"Sew Forth"
by Florence Moonan

"Sew On"
by Florence Moonan

The show ends August 3, 2008. See the press release for more information.