Due to the weather, tonight’s meeting is cancelled.
We hope to see you at the Winter Solstice party on Dec. 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Please bring food to share. Drinks and paper goods will be provided.
Please consider taking one of the open positions on our board. We can’t move on without a President, Secretary, and Treasurer to keep Artsbridge active. Contact Sue Ann Rainey at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining the Artsbridge executive board.
Thursday, November 15, 2018, 7 p.m.
Prallsville Mills, Stockton NJ
Florence Moonan – “Finding My Voice”
“If I can’t sing it, I will paint it,” said Florence Moonan, the New Jersey based artist whose early inspirations were sparked by vivid memories of performing in summer stock theater during the heydays of the Lambertville Music Circus.
As a child, Florence had her heart set on performing, but a gift set of acrylics from her dad redirected her focus. She began painting at home while raising four children. Working at The College of New Jersey, she began taking art courses there, and learned to express her inner thoughts and emotions through color and texture. It was a revelation. Using paints and mixed media, she began working abstractly. Intuitive paintings began springing up from bits and pieces from her memories—places, family mementos, loss, travel, and above all, music.
Finding My Voice illustrates Moonan’s wide range of approaches over the years from representational art to the intriguing abstract Venetian plaster paintings she is known for today. Through this medium she has learned to create bold new ways of mark-making using metal scrapers and various tools. The paintings evolve as she applies multiple layers of hand-tinted plaster to create depth. These layers are rubbed with a cloth or sandpaper to reveal passages beneath. Burnishing the surface by hand produces a tactile texture that is as smooth as a stone tossed by the sea. Her paintings evoke a range of moods from playful to mysterious to be revealed to her, and interpreted by the viewer. The presentation will include a brief video of her painting practice.
Moonan earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts summa cum laude from The College of New Jersey. Her paintings have been selected for numerous juried shows, invitationals, and group exhibitions throughout the United States including: Monmouth Museum’s 2018 New Jersey Emerging Artists Series; GoggleWorks Center for the Arts–receiving 1st Prize in their 11th Exhibition; The Center for Contemporary Art; Hunterdon Art Museum; Maryland Federation of Art; and Chautauqua Institution.
Artsbridge loses a founding member & friend.
Obituary, details and donations for Ty Hodanish
Ty Hodanish of New Hope, PA, passed peacefully in his home on Sunday, May 20, 2018 with his husband by his side. Born in West Orange, NJ, he was the son of the late Martin F. and Virginia Lang Hodanish.
Over his life, Ty excelled in all that he did. In his two-part career, he was first dedicated to public service and later shifted his dedication to his true passion as artist, teacher and mentor.
Following the completion of his doctoral work in public administration at NYU, Ty worked in the NY city office of the mayor and subsequently in various public service positions including the National Governors Association in Washington D.C. Ty then accepted an invitation to return to his home state of New Jersey as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Parole Board. He subsequently became the Director the State Juvenile Delinquency Commission.
Immediately after retiring from state government, Ty shifted his focus to art and trained side by side with Lois Griffel, a plein air painter and owner of the of the Cape Cod School of Art. Ty opened his first gallery in Sergeantsville, New Jersey in 1997. Thereafter, he moved into the historic building on the grounds of the Prallsville Mill, Stockton, New Jersey where he maintained a working artist gallery for 17 years. Ty was coined the term “Guardian of the Mill.”
It is said that Ty influenced a whole generation of plein air painters, having taught over 1000 painters in his highly attended workshops entitled “Painting the Impressionist Landscapes.” He taught a special method of painting which included the use of a pallet knife with emphasis on color and light.
Over the years, Ty received many honors for his paintings and community service work including the highly coveted “Artist Laurel” award. He served as the president of Artsbridge for a number of years. Ty was heralded as one Bucks County’s 10 most interesting people by a local magazine.
Ty leaves behind the love of his life and spouse Daniel Filoramo, his sister Nancy, his nephews Seaton and Mathew, his dog Fredi and many dear friends.
The mass of Christian burial will be offered on Wednesday, May 23, at 10:30 am at St. John the Evangelist Church, 44 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530. Interment will follow at the Solebury Friends Cemetery, N. Sugan Road, New Hope, PA.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 pm on Tuesday evening and on Wednesday morning from 9 am until departure for church at the Van Horn-McDonough Funeral Home, 21 York Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530 (vhmfh.com).
Donations in Ty’s memory may be made to the Prallsville Mills Society/Delaware River Mill Society, PO Box 298, Stockton, NJ 08559 (email@example.com).
More about Ty
Artsbridge has lost one of our founding members and a giant in the local arts community. Ty Hodanish passed away this morning. We will continue to feel his absence for a very, very long time to come. We will miss his strong leadership, wicked sense of humor, generous sharing of his knowledge, and most of all his loyal friendship and support.
Trained by masters in the tradition of the famous Cape Cod School, Ty Hodanish blended the plein air painting traditions of Provincetown and Bucks County in a style filled with color and light. His paintings, imbued with his charm and style were unmistakably Ty’s, and graced the walls of many juried exhibitions, and can be seen in galleries along the east coast. They garnered many major awards, including many at the illustrious Phillips Mill Exhibition.
He brought the New Hope School of Impressionism across the river to Stockton, and established the Art Colony at the Prallsville Mills. Ty’s studio and gallery became a gathering place for artists and friends of the arts. A successful artist, he did not limit his achievements to his own work. He shared his talent as a gifted teacher and mentor. His highly regarded “Painting the Impressionist Landscape” workshops attracted hundreds of students. Ty’s legacy lives on through his students, and his incredible works of art.
His work was one of the most widely recognized styles in the extraordinary art community of Bucks County and its surroundings.
His success came not only from his output as a painter, but also from his gift as a teacher and mentor. His gallery/open studio at Prallsville Mill was a gathering place for artists, friends of the arts and a base for his highly regarded art classes and workshops.
Ty’s highly regarded “Painting the Impressionist Landscape” workshops have trained hundreds of students to embrace plein air painting.
A sign in his studio – “Impressionism Spoken Here”
2018 Members Show
Show Opening Photos
2017 Summer Art Salon
Collaborative Members’ Show Awards and Sponsors
ARTSBRIDGE ARTIST’S LAUREL
Executive Director, New Hope Arts
BEST IN SHOW
Sponsored by Topeo Galleries
OUTSTANDING ARTISTIC MERIT
SUSANNE PITAK DAVIS
Sponsored by Gallery Piquel
Sponsored by Reinard Insurance Company
AWARD FOR CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY
Sponsored by Rodney Miller
Sponsored by Al and Cindy Ruenes
Sponsored by Adam and Lucinda Chou
Sponsored by William and Andrea Wallace
Photos from opening reception of the 2017 members show.
- Provide a better public understanding of the arts in all the creative disciplines.
- Make the arts available to all segments of the community through education, exhibition and performance.
- Nurture local, state and regional arts and artists, enhancing communications among and between artists and providing artists with a greater opportunity to have their work displayed or otherwise exposed to the public.
- Promote quality and professionalism in the arts.
- Fostering communication and networking within the arts community.
- Avail and administer all services and policies to all people of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, age or physical status.
- Finally to provide the community information concerning the arts in the form of seminars, community programs and any other informational media.
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