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Exhibit at SFA Gallery explores possibilities of paint


SFA Gallery, 10 Bridge St., Suite 7, Frenchtown, N.J., presents an eight-person show exploring the use of paint in contemporary art.

Besides being a means by which artists build a recognizable image, paint has its own physical qualities and ways of being applied: thick, thin, opaque, transparent, glossy, dull, directly from the tube, layered, brushed, knife-applied, glazed, dry-brushed, built-up, scraped through, and stippled.

For example, Drew Panckeri, a Philadelphia-based artist and New Yorker cartoonist, mixes sand into acrylic paint, creating varied, textured surfaces that are a counterpoint to his otherwise spare compositions.

Ellen Sapienza, from Upper Black Eddy, uses everything from watery washes to thick directly-applied paint to create her nuanced interiors, sometimes starting with decades-old canvases.

Dick De Groot, who passed away in 2019 at the age of 99, often worked without a palette, simply squeezing paint onto his brush, and either blending it into another color, or dry-brushing one thin layer over another to create a multitude of hues.

“8 Painterly Painters” runs through March 1, with an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 1. This event is free and open to the public.

The exhibited artists are Dick De Groot (1920-2019), William Hudders, Lauren Kindle, Drew Panckeri, Ellen Sapienza, John Schmidtberger, Elizabeth Snelling and Emily Steinberg.

For information, call 908-268-1700 or visit online.