We are excited that our friend, brilliant stained glass artist and incomparable blues musician, Geoff Caldwell will join us to help celebrate First Friday, April 7, 2017. Geoff is a fabulous blues singer and guitarist, who cites Rev. Gary Davis as one of his chief influences. Geoff is a popular performer at River Queen, and his appearances are always warmly received.He will perform from 6 PM to 8 PM.
The performance is free and open to the public.
"Beyond the Dark" opened with a reception from 3 - 6 PM.
"Beyond the Dark" features work from our regular lineup of local artists, but also introduces work from local glitch artist, Phillip McConnell.
Glitch art can trace it's roots back to the Dada movement of the early 20th century. According to Wikipedia, the Dada movement "consisted of artists who rejected the logic, reason, and aestheticism of modern capitalist society, instead expressing nonsense, irrationality, and anti-bourgeois protest in their works...The art of the movement spanned visual, literary, and sound media, including collage, sound poetry, cut-up writing, and sculpture. Dadaist artists expressed their discontent with violence, war, and nationalism...For many participants, the movement was a protest ... against the cultural and intellectual conformity—in art and more broadly in society—that corresponded to the war (WWI)...Dada rejected reason and logic, prizing nonsense, irrationality and intuition."
Phillip McConnell is a 25 year old Glitch Artist from Trenton, NJ. According to Phillip, glitch art is the aestheticization of digital or analog errors, such as artifacts and other "bugs", by either corrupting digital code/data or by physically manipulating electronic devices. As a sort of digital alchemy he blends aspects of photography and graphic design with data bending. By bending and manipulating the raw data of a picture, he essentially corrupts the original picture creating something new and destroying what was. "Beyond the Dark" includes several examples of Phillip McConnell's Glitch Art.
Photo montage is another art form which traces it's roots back to the Dada movement. River Queen Artisans Gallery proudly shows work from several artists who use digital technology to produce photo montages, including Darlene Foster and Rodney Miller.
Since River Queen Artisans Gallery first opened in April of 2010, the gallery has always sought to show some of the best artists in our area. We believe that we have gathered a talented group of eclectic artists within our gallery. We continue to focus on local artists, but decided to focus on more quirky art, feeling there are many great galleries in New Hope and Lambertville where traditional paintings are easily found. We want to offer space to artists with more playful, whimsical and even bizarre visions. We show paintings, prints, digital art, photography montages, sculptures, jewelry and assemblage art, and also greeting cards done by our artists, and CD's from local musicians. We do five shows a year, each one lasts about ten weeks. We feature live music from local musicians most First Fridays.
"Beyond the Dark" also includes new work from more than thirty local artists, many of our artists will be at the opening to meet and greet.
Light refreshments will be available. Stop by and join the celebration!
"Beyond the Dark" will run through April 15, 2017.
If you need more information, please call the gallery at 609-397-2977.
First Fridays in Lambertville and New Hope continue to grow. Visit First Fridays Art Walk for more information about happenings on both sides of the river.
"Things Made Beautiful" features oil paintings by local artist, Dot Bunn, and will run until May 16, 2017.