Artful Living

Have you seen Artful Living with CJ yet? CJ Mugavero, who runs The Artful Deposit Gallery in Bordentown, interviews Brian Hill, Executive Director of the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie, in Episode 3 on her web-based program. She also interviews artist Thomas Kelly, whose “Asparagus Field” was on view in the TAWA Open exhibit at Ellarslie.

Some of the artists the elegant Ms. Mugavero represents include Hanneke de Neve, Gennady Spirin and Ken McIndoe, in addition to Mr. Kelly.

Mr. Kelly is one of the most exciting painters working in the region today. He is a master of bright color and whimsical situations and superstitions.

“My paintings are of common scenes, everyday occurrences in which people struggle to establish and maintain relationships. It is these universal emotions and situations which most interest me,” he writes on his web site.

“I encourage viewers to participate in the narrative by placing themselves inside my scenes and characters. When asked by viewers if their interpretation of a painting is a true one, I say,
‘The paintings must stand on their own.’ I don’t tell them that their stories often rival my own.”

Next up, an interview with Michael Budden in his Chesterfied studio. TIMEOFF last wrote about Mr. Budden in February, when Anthony Stoeckert reported on his magnificent paintings of snow that captured a magical feeling of winters gone by.  “Not everyone has basked in the unusually warm weather we’ve had much of this winter. On that early February day when temperatures neared 70 and so many people happily wore T-shirts, some of us wanted to take a walk in brisk weather, come home to a warm meal and curl up with a hot cider and a good book while snow fell outside… Take a look at Mr. Budden’s oil painting ‘Afternoon Shadows,’ and its rendering of a hill on a farm in Chesterfield. Sun is beaming down on the top of the painting, while the lower half is clothed in shadows… Faint tracks can be seen toward the right of the painting, perhaps made by a cross-country skier or a snowmobile. Mr. Budden suggests the tracks might even be the work of the cows on the farm. Whoever (or whatever) made those tracks is gone and the kid in you would like nothing more than to grab your sled and dive into the picture.”

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