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Artists exhibit “Birds and Beetles” in joint show at Artists’ Gallery


Artists Beatrice Bork and Richard Harrington opened their joint show Oct. 7, “Birds and Beetles,” which runs to Sunday, Oct. 31, at the Artists’ Gallery.
The exhibit features wildlife paintings rendered in watercolor and gouache, and paintings of classic Volkswagen Beetles worked in watercolor, gouache, and acrylic on paper and wood panel.
An opening reception is slated for 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, at the gallery, 18 Bridge St., Lambertville, N.J.
Harrington has earned a reputation as an automotive artist, while Bork is well known for her wildlife paintings. Both have been members of Artists’ Gallery for more than 10 years, but this is the first time the two have collaborated in a joint exhibition.
Particularly well-known for her paintings of birds, Bork is a Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists.

In preparing for the exhibit, she said, “My mind has been on a more reminiscent and even light-hearted approach to many of the pieces I’ll be exhibiting.
“I think in these times, it’s more fulfilling to the soul—both to the artist and to the viewer.”
Harrington, too, sees the “Birds and Beetles” exhibit as one of joy and playfulness. “It’s hard to do a painting of a Volkswagen Beetle that doesn’t look happy,” he notes.
“I’ve always liked the look of the first-generation Volkswagen Beetle, known as the Type 1. They have such a quirky shape and sound, almost as if they have their own individual personalities,” he said “People often ask me what’s my favorite vehicle to paint and draw, and I always reply ‘The cars that reflect light well.’ The shape of the original VW Beetle definitely does that.”