Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Catching Up- a little Art History

The story behind our show opening Saturday, September 21, from 7-9 pm at the Transformations Gallery at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse in Metuchen, NJ.
Photographer Catherine (Romeo) Hartigan and I met in High School art class back in the late 70's (can you tell- how's the hair?)

We became fast friends, sharing our love of art, music, dogs and a good laugh.
We even went to the prom together...
  as you can see- our dates (then boyfriends are out of the picture!)
We stayed in touch through college, ended up on opposite coasts for the next 30 years. Then Facebook comes along and we reconnect. The rest is “art history” —at least in the local sense.

Even though our lives had taken different paths on different coasts, time didn’t change the bond of friendship. Cathie found my Butterfly Kisses book online and looked me up on Facebook. We reconnected, and discovered we were both now on the east coast and were both still creating art and now, with families. Cathie, her husband Jack, their son Will and two dogs live in Wilton, CT. Scott and I, our two sons, and two dogs live in Landenberg, PA.

During one of our conversations, Cathie mentioned she was off to Martha's Vineyard for a family summer vacation. I asked Cathie to keep her eye out for any fishing nets as I was incorporating net imagery in my new work. Cathie found a perfect old fishing net in a second hand store. Cathie sent the net to me as a gift, along with one of her photographs with nets as the subject as well.

Archival print
20" x 24"

Beneath the Surface II, 2013
Acrylic on canvas
30" x 40"

Such is the story of “Catching Up” – two Jersey girls returning to their roots, and sharing their passion for color and light, capturing nature and beauty, weaving it into the lines and threads of their lives.

The show will include a selection of our work: My Koi Pond paintings and Cathie's landscape photographs, including select images of Martha’s Vineyard. 

Exhibition open on September 21st running through November 16, 2013 at the Transformations Gallery at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse, 491 Middlesex Avenue (Rt 27) in Metuchen, NJ, across the street from Metuchen Boro Hall. 

The artists will be present at a Reception will be held from 7:00 through 9:00 pm on September 21st.

There will also be an Artist talk and Art Workshop that is free and open to the public on Sunday, September 22, from 12:00 noon through 2:00 pm at the gallery. 

Registration is preferred. You can email me at nancihersh@gmail.com

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