Positively Transparent-Watercolor Meets Glass

Transparency will fill the Gallery of the Artworks, Trenton, NJ when “Positively Transparent- Watercolor meets Glass”, featuring works by watercolorists James Toogood, Earl Lewis, Beatrice Bork, Eric Rhinehart, Annelies VanDommelen, Ruth Councell, Robert Sakson, Mary Blackey, Barbara Osterman and Gail Bracegirdle, and glass artists Charles Katzenbach, Joe Porcelli, Karen and Geoff Caldwell of Sunflower Glass Studio and Kim Kurki & Bill Osler of Osler-Kurki Studio, premieres on Saturday, July 21, 2012 with an opening reception from 4 – 7pm.  The artists will talk briefly about their work at 5 pm that evening.

Artists will be selling and signing prints and books highlighting their art work at the opening, Saturday, July 21, 2012 4-7pm and at the closing reception on Saturday, August 25, 2012 4-7pm.

All events take place in the Gallery of Artworks - 19 Everett Alley, Trenton, NJ 08611 and are free and open to the public.  The exhibition will remain on display through August 25, 2012 with a closing reception from 4-7pm.

Two separate mediums with transparency in common. The exhibit’s artists illustrate the variety in both mediums.

About the curator:

Gail Bracegirdle is a graduate of Moore College of Art.  She began her art career in textile design & worked in that field for over 20 years. Gail had the good fortune of studying art and painting with George Douris at Neshaminy High School and Ranulph Bye at Moore.

In 1992, ready to explore new challenges, she made the decision to focus her time and creative energy on working in watercolor. Most of Gail’s paintings begin with a sketch and color study in her current sketchbook. (There are a couple shelves of sketchbooks in her library - each is like a diary of time, place, ideas and inspirations.) Gail enjoys working with various surfaces and weights of watercolor papers, even occasionally incorporating collage elements for variety - but - the painting medium is always watercolor.

Since 1993, she has been teaching watercolor classes and workshops – and finds it to be a wonderfully rewarding experience. Among other teaching assignments, she has an ongoing Saturday morning group that meets at Artworks Trenton - called “Watercolor Anarchy”. “Staying ahead of these folks is a constant challenge for me - and a lot of fun.”

Another special interest is her involvement with the “Arts for the Manor” program at Neshaminy Manor Long Term Care facility in Warrington, PA.

Gail is a signature member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, her paintings are actively exhibited in juried, group and solo shows throughout the region - have won awards and are held in private collections in the USA, Europe & Australia.


About the artists:

James Toogood (http://www.jamestoogood.com) watercolor landscapes are almost photographic while Robert Sakson (http://www.coryellgallery.com/artists/v/sakson/) offers classic plein air landscapes. Watercolorist Beatrice Bork (http://www.beatricebork.artspan.com/) and Annelies VanDommelen (http://www.vandommelenart.com) show birds and animals while VanDommelen also presents abstractions.  Eric Rhinehart’s   (rhinehart-art.com) abstracted people contrast with those of Earl Lewis (http://www.eblewis.com) who specializes in people and children's book illustration. Ruth Councell’s (http://www.councell.net/) offerings of botanical paintings & illuminated letters offset Mary Blackey and Barbara Osterman’s abstractions. Gail Bracegirdle (https://gailbracegirdle.artspan.com/), who curated the show will show a variety of her subjects.


Glass artist Charles Katzenbach (http://www.lambertvillearts.com/artists/katzenbach) will show painted glass with wooden framework and Joe Porcelli’s (http://josephporcellistudio.com/gallery.html) art work is 3-d leaded glass. Porcelli’s specialty is Tiffany restoration and lamps). Gail and Geoff Caldwell of Sunflower Glass Studio (www.SunflowerGlassStudio.com) offer among other pieces fused glass sculpture Kim Kurki & Bill Osler of Osler-Kurki Studio (http://oslerkurki.artspan.com/) present 2D and 3D leaded glass with painted details.