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Frenchtown exhibition explores use of paint


SFA Gallery in Frenchtown, N.J., is presenting an eight-person show exploring the use of paint in contemporary art.

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 beautifully nuanced interiors, sometimes starting with decades-old canvases.

Dick De Groot, who died last year at 98, 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.

“Eight Painterly Painters” runs through March 1, with an opening reception 4-6 p.m. Saturday Feb. 8. 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.