Artists' Gallery Blog

Friday, April 17, 2009

Artists Gallery at Pinot to Picasso 2009

Artists' Gallery is well represented at this year's Pinot to Picasso - the Arts Council of Princeton's annual art and wine tasting fund raiser. This gala kick-off to the Princeton Arts Weekend and Communiversity Festival of the Arts has been described as "the liveliest and hippest art related event in Princeton" - so how can you miss that?!

The event takes place on Friday evening, April 24 and includes an exciting selection of foods donated by select local restaurants, and a tasting of wines from around the world. Also included are a wine-related Silent Auction, and a “Wine Grab.” But the highlight of the evening is the Art Tombola, a raffle of approximately 80 works of art contributed by a select group of local artists. Below are the works donated by Artists' Gallery members:

by John Treichler

by Materese Roche

"MHM 3905"
by Florence Moonan

"Behind Prallsville Mills"
by Joe Kazimierczyk

"Pussy Willows"
by Jennifer Cadoff

Last year's event was a lot of fun, and this year's sound like it will be even better. Details and registration information are available on the Arts Council of Princeton's Pinot to Picasso web page.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Prisms of Perception

Charles Katzenbach and Materese Roche
exhibit "Prisms of Perception"

at Artists' Gallery

oil on canvas
by Materese Roche

The first show of the Artists’ Gallery’s season features two artists working on separate planes, with different visions who are bound by parallels in techniques and the ability to draw the viewer into their work. The Charles Katzenbach and Materese Roche show “Prisms of Perception” opens Friday, April 10th, and the artist’s reception will be held on Saturday, April 18th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. The exhibit runs through May 3rd, 2009.

oil on glass
by Charles Katzenbach

For Katzenbach and Roche, visual depth and interest is achieved through the use of multiple layers of shifting light and colors, lending atmosphere and movement to their work.

Katzenbach creates abstract paintings with oil on the surfaces of glass or mirrors, often using multiple panes to increase the depth and complexity of the image. Colors and shapes shift as one moves around the work, literally playing with the viewer’s perceptions. His work has been referred to as “a legal high with paint, color and light as stimulus”.

Roche paints in a contemporary representational manner, but like Katzenbach, she is fascinated with the play of natural light and atmosphere and how opposing forces in a painting can create a sensation of vibration or tranquility, depending upon the subject. For Roche, the driving force is to pull you into the subject and create within you a specific feeling – from the cool morning air and shimmering light in Northern Maine to the sensation of mist at it flows through a grove of bamboo.

Please note that because it's Easter weekend, the opening is not being held on Second Saturday. Instead, the opening reception for this show will be on Saturday April 18th from 6 to 9:00 pm.